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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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Alexa for Evangelicals! (Betty Bowers)

Started by Loren Miller. Last reply by Patricia Oct 9. 1 Reply

Never let it be said that Mrs. Betty Bowers, America's Best Christian, is anything less than up to date with the state of the art as it comes to the modern household.  However, as a discriminating conservative Christian, Betty would never tolerate…Continue

Tags: digital assistant, America's Best Christian, Betty Bowers

New Rule: Church and Destroy (Real Time with Bill Maher - HBO)

Started by Loren Miller. Last reply by Loren Miller Sep 30. 6 Replies

Bill Maher is an atheist [whoa, shock and amazement!].  He is also a dedicated opponent of Donald Trump and anyone who would support the man or his goals ... and that includes ol' Yahweh, himself!  As it turns out, there is a substantial correlation…Continue

Tags: Stalin, Mao, Hitler, New Rules, Donald Trump

concealing abuse (TheraminTrees)

Started by Loren Miller. Last reply by Ruth Anthony-Gardner Sep 23. 3 Replies

We think of institutionalized child abuse and for many of us, the natural reaction is to think of the Catholic Church. Certainly, their guilt is beyond question, even as the headlines of the Boston Globe early in 2002 and the more recent news…Continue

Tags: Children of God, Jehovah's Witnesses, David Berg, child abuse, TheraminTrees

Liberal Redneck - Climate Change the Game (Trae Crowder)

Started by Loren Miller. Last reply by Ruth Anthony-Gardner Sep 20. 2 Replies

Trae Crowder isn't just about atheism.  He has a deep and abiding concern about what's going on with this planet's climate and the all-too-probable catastrophe we face from a fundamental change in weather patterns.  That said, Trae is thinking about…Continue

Tags: climate change, Al Gore, Trae Crowder

Men who challenge men to stop violence

Started by Joan Denoo. Last reply by Grinning Cat Aug 27. 20 Replies

Many men join in the effort to reduce violence against women and children and other men. He speaks of the need to place responsibility on men instead of focusing on women to stop violence. He offers a breath of fresh air, as do so many of the men on…Continue

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Comment by The Flying Atheist on September 26, 2015 at 3:51pm

Geez, I've never heard that song before (Anytime, Anyday, Anywhere.)  Nice!  Thanks, Joan.

Comment by Joan Denoo on September 26, 2015 at 3:32pm

Comment by Joan Denoo on September 26, 2015 at 3:31pm

You guys catch my memory with those old songs. Big bands, great musicians, beautiful scores and lyrics. Lots of memories, i.e. dads gone to war, most moms working outside the home. The new sort of demand for child care, with grandparents and great-grandparents taking on that task. Food rationing, no fats or sugars. Women were learning how to drive. 

How Much things cost in 1943 Average Cost of new house $3,600.00 Average wages per year $2,000.00 Cost of a gallon of Gas15 cents Average Cost for house rent $40.00 per month Bottle Coca Cola 5 cents Average Price for a new car $900.00

Comment by Loren Miller on September 26, 2015 at 11:29am

So long as we seem to be on a big band kick, here's my fave cut from a Direct-to-Disc performance done by Harry James and his Orchestra: Corner Pocket.

Comment by The Flying Atheist on September 26, 2015 at 11:16am

Randy, the Stan Kenton Orchestra played at one of my parents' high school dances in the 1950's. Imagine that! 

Comment by Randall Smith on September 26, 2015 at 7:23am

Thanks, Carl! I still have hundreds of old 78's from my parent's collection of big band records. Timeless! Both my parents played and sang (dad, piano, mom vocal) with big bands at Ind. Univ.

Comment by The Flying Atheist on September 25, 2015 at 9:19am

Randy, that's a great song. One I've enjoyed countless times from my Harry James CD's. 

Comment by Randall Smith on September 25, 2015 at 7:37am

Since you asked, Carl: "my" song in March of '43 was "I've Heard That Song Before", by Harry James and his orchestra. Lotta big band stuff back then. War songs, too, of course.

And yes, Emma, the only good thing about the Pope is, he trumps Trump. I did appreciate his comment about asking non-believers (non-prayers) to wish him well. That was thoughtful.

Comment by The Flying Atheist on September 24, 2015 at 8:17pm

Summer officially ended yesterday in Chicago with last night's final water and light display of the season at Buckingham Fountain. The water is off now until springtime.

 

Comment by The Flying Atheist on September 24, 2015 at 2:59pm

Thanks for your musical post, Spud.  I'm enjoying the array of different songs. 

Anyone else have a contribution?  Number one song on the day they were born.

 

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