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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 Bertold Brautigan on July 8, 2015 at 3:55pm

Sk8ey - I hope this turns out ok!

Comment by Loren Miller on July 8, 2015 at 3:50pm

EEEEK.  Take care, sk8ey, and Get Well SOON!!!!!

Comment by sk8eycat on July 8, 2015 at 3:44pm

Have I been kicked out of AN?  I haven't been able to post anything today, and I'm getting ready to call for an ambulance to take me to the horsepissed-all.  I can't walk (even with a walker), and the pain has become unbearable.  If this post works, I'll let you know what happens whenever I can (I don't have anything like a smartPhone, so I'll be  out of touch for a while.

Comment by Randall Smith on July 6, 2015 at 7:05am

Joan, your mentioning of Diamond Lake reminds me of all the 4ths spent watching fireworks at my grandparents cottage on DIAMOND LAKE(!) in southern Michigan. Wonderful memories--swimming, fishing, boating, sunning, eating, etc.  It just occured to me that my own adult children have never heard about those glorious days, at least not from me. They know little about my childhood--never asked.

Comment by Joan Denoo on July 6, 2015 at 2:50am

Chris, Laura's home is 50.1 miles north from my home, farther into the mountains and a higher elevation. It is a lovely rural area with lots of wild animals that present a risk for small domestic animals. The larger animals seem to survive OK. There have been bear and cougar sightings in this forest area although we have seen no signs of either one this summer. 

Deer have a routine path past my bedroom windows and I occasionally see them. They move so quietly, I only notice them when I see movement in the forest. Skunks and raccoons visit us regularly. Wild turkeys come by every day or so, with young chicks getting bigger each day. 

Comment by Joan Denoo on July 6, 2015 at 2:42am

Oops, I got the timing off. They all ate here and then went to the fireworks whil I went to bed

Comment by Joan Denoo on July 6, 2015 at 2:38am

Loren, thanks for fireworks displays; yours is as close as I got to one. I don't enjoy crowds, especially when it is hot. My granddaughters and their families went to Diamond Lake where they have a community display and many people around the lake shoot off their own. Our little Brookyn, almost one year old, jumped at the sounds and smiled at the sights. They all came back to Laura's place where Larry smoked a brisket for 23 hours in his smoker. Everyone contributed and we had a splendid meal. Such good cooks in the family. I pooped out about 9 PM and the party continued until 1 AM. 

Comment by Plinius on July 6, 2015 at 2:36am

Is Laura's house far from your old house, Joan?

Comment by Joan Denoo on July 6, 2015 at 2:21am

I can't take the heat! Early morning feels and looks grand, I enjoy getting up and doing what needs to be done outside, and come in when the heat saps my energy. A nap, some cold water, and I have energy again, but not for outside. It has been remaining hot during the evening, which is unusual for this NW location. 

I am at Laura's this week and the morning temperatures feel refreshing. I have breakfast outside and with a sweater. Afternoons are hot, even though the temperatures tend to be cooler in summer and colder in winter. 

Comment by Ruth Anthony-Gardner on July 5, 2015 at 10:28pm

Thanks for the fireworks and statues.I like the one in Winslow Arizona best.

Sometimes fireworks cause bird die-offs. I have mixed feelings about them.

 

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