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Picture yourself spending some time with congenial friends, sharing your lives and pictures from your cell phones." They're curious about that cool game, song, movie, camping trip, art show, or other event that fascinated you. You talk about all kinds of stuff, poetry, styles, personal achievements, relationships, and bad days. You can share your inner child, and laugh together. They sympathetically listen to your feelings about serious topics like politics or climate change, even when they don't agree.

Personal validation comes from paying attention to one another, giving more than you get. Everyone respects you and themselves, despite our amazing range of personal tastes and interests. They'll tell you they don't agree with an idea or behavior without implying you're a bad person or somehow deficient. It's an "I'm OK, You're OK" kind of fellowship, where nobody tries to make himself look better by picking on somebody else.

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Secular and Reclaimed Winter Holiday Songs

Started by Grinning Cat. Last reply by Grinning Cat May 2. 42 Replies

This is an appropriate day of the year for this subject...What are some of your favorite winter holiday songs?It would be especially good to share powerful new secular lyrics to tunes that have become associated with Christmas.…Continue

Tags: singing, lyrics, reclaimed, reclaiming, HumanLight

appropriating morality (TheraminTrees)

Started by Loren Miller. Last reply by Joan Denoo May 1. 7 Replies

We've all heard the claim: "Human morality comes from god."  And we've all seen for ourselves what Yahweh's "morality" looks like, from condemnations of homosexuality and the treatment of women as chattel to inexplicable sanctions against the eating…Continue

Tags: morality, appropriating, TheraminTrees

Bible Belt Atheist (New York Times)

Started by Loren Miller Apr 19. 0 Replies

The following showed up in my YouTube feed this morning, and I decided to have a look.  Turns out, the New York Times has given us a reasonably even-handed look at a good friend of ours, being one Jerry DeWitt, former bible-thumper and now a pretty…Continue

Tags: Bible Belt, atheist, Jerry DeWitt

How would you respond?

Started by Christina Scribner. Last reply by Christina Scribner Apr 10. 5 Replies

So, this morning, I was at my local coffee shop as I am most weekdays between bus runs. I do the editing on my husband's books so I had my laptop with me. My wallpaper is a picture I found online sometime back of a double helix with the word atheist…Continue

The Fake Christian Busybody Show (Andrew Bradley)

Started by Loren Miller. Last reply by Plinius Apr 9. 1 Reply

It seems as though there was a Gay Pride parade in some town somewhere and a Christian commentator, herein known as The Activist Mommy, apparently got her panties so in a bunch about it that she had to fire up her video camera and record a…Continue

Tags: gay, pride, The Activist Mommy, Andrew Bradley, America's Best Christian

America Held Hostage: Day 436 (MisterDeity)

Started by Loren Miller. Last reply by Ruth Anthony-Gardner Apr 9. 1 Reply

Now that Sinclair Broadcasting has stated their position regarding fake news and its threat to our democracy, Mister Deity's Brian Dalton has decided to throw his $0.02 worth in as well ... though I don't quite think his presentation was really what…Continue

Tags: fake news, Deity, Mister, Broadcasting, Sinclair

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Comment by The Flying Atheist on July 13, 2015 at 9:03am

Wow, sk8eycat, what a star line-up!

Comment by sk8eycat on July 13, 2015 at 3:37am

orreries,

I've always wanted to see one of these (an antique)..."up close and personal."

And this song always makes me think of an orrery for some reason

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=yGKPHFrHVVY

Comment by Plinius on July 13, 2015 at 12:51am

Loren, the link goes to 11.000 blog posts, and I'm not sure which one you mean...

Joan, my husband works in the national Museum of Education. http://onderwijsmuseum.nl/  It was economised out of Rotterdam some years ago, but they were offered a renovated building in another town, where the museum was reopened last week. Displays are about history of education, starting in the Enlightenment, different sorts of teaching, all the varieties of education, etc. Husband made a big display of unica - artwork made for education, orreries, and other things - there was even a model guillotine for history lessons... 

Comment by Joan Denoo on July 12, 2015 at 3:20pm

Chris, seems like a good way to spend a day, mounting pictures and brushing the museum cat. What type of museum does your husband work in, and what are the displays. Some interesting new creators in your midst?

Comment by The Flying Atheist on July 12, 2015 at 2:31pm

Hi, Chris.  Just enjoying a lazy Sunday.  I think I'll take a little nap shortly.  I wanted to sit and read for a while, but I feel a little too drowsy for that.  See you in my dreams.......

Comment by Loren Miller on July 12, 2015 at 1:59pm

I'm doing well, Chris, though I'm not very pleased with my state's Attorney General at the moment.  It seems he's been a very naughty boy.

Comment by Plinius on July 12, 2015 at 1:43pm

Nobody here? How are you all?

Comment by Plinius on July 10, 2015 at 7:39am

Carol posted that book everywhere. Let's see if she can be part of a forum, apart from writing ads....

Comment by Randall Smith on July 10, 2015 at 7:21am

Ruth, I don't think Carl has a book out. Carol does.

Ian, I'm jealous! I'm sure Tony and LG were great. I visited Copenhagen and Tivoli in July, 1967. Wonderful place. 

Comment by sk8eycat on July 10, 2015 at 1:34am

In the 1980s, when both my parents were i need of emergency care, it was an entirely different group of paramedics....Vietnam vets, mostly...they were SO helpful and kind.  The 4 that tromped in today were borderline rude and chewed me out for wasting their time. Said "Take a taxi."  When I said I couldn't afford one, they said, "Don't you have any friends?" (Everyone I could depend on works during the day, or has moved out of California, or is worse off than I am physically.) 

They just went on and on, interrupting me when I tried to explain my situation (No car, neighbors have moved away, etc.).  Maybe I'll ask the veterinarians who just bought the house across the street.  This USED to be a real neighborhood, but it's now two blocks of strangers who don't talk to each other.  Or even speak the same language.

Oh, and the Armenian Avocado thieves are cruising our patio again, even though what's left on the tree are rotting. I hope they get sick..

 

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