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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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11 "unanswerable" questions for atheists - answered (Aron Ra)

Started by Loren Miller. Last reply by Tom Sarbeck Jun 6. 1 Reply

If you spend any time around YouTube and have any history of looking at atheist material (or even theist material!), you will inevitably run into: "XX Questions Atheists Can't Answer."  These are occasionally followed by: "XX Questions Atheists…Continue

Tags: apologist, answer, questions, unanswerable, Aron Ra

worshipping narcissists (qualiasoup & theramintrees)

Started by Loren Miller. Last reply by Idaho Spud Jun 3. 1 Reply

They're all around us: people who perceive the world as revolving around them and will go to considerable lengths to make it so: narcissists.  Such beings have been with humanity, I suspect, since humanity emerged from the gene pool.  Even worse,…Continue

Tags: narcissist, QualiaSoup, TheraminTrees

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

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Comment by Ruth Anthony-Gardner on May 23, 2015 at 5:23pm

Hi, everyone! Just a quick note to apologize for not participating for the past month. After my husband's knee replacement hospitalization he spent 4 weeks in rehab. I was driving up to visit him daily, usually getting home by dark. After 3 weeks he got Clostridium difficile, and then his leg swelled up too. He got home Wednesday, and it's been nonstop work, with visiting nurse, physical and occupational therapists, aborted unhelpful interviews with Seniors Helping Seniors, his C-Pap not working right, special c diff precautions, etc. He's managing to get around with a walker, but hasn't graduated to a cane yet.

He's managing 14 prescriptions, including warfarin every day at 5 and vancomycin every 6 hours round the clock.

The higher dose of amlodapine, blood pressure medication that I'm on, makes me very fatigued and very stupid. I frequently try to get out of my car and lock it, forgetting to turn off the engine first (you can't hear the hybrid motor). I'm lucky to read the news on the internet and maybe post about something every 4 days or so.

So it's not that I don't care about all of you, I don't have the leisure for friends right now. I will return when things calm down.

Thanks for your patience. If there's an issue, please leave me a message here and I'll see in 4 days or so. Thanks!

Comment by sk8eycat on May 23, 2015 at 11:07am

Did you teach at Chaffey High in Ontario?  My dad went there 100 years ago.

Comment by Randall Smith on May 23, 2015 at 7:32am

Holy smokes, Spud--you're up and out early! Good for you.

Felaine, I never saw the movie. I know many LA area schools have been featured in various movies. I taught in two junior highs and one high school in Pomona (incl Diamond Bar) from '66-'73. They hadn't changed when I visited them 10 years ago.

Comment by Idaho Spud on May 23, 2015 at 6:37am

Good morning.  5:37 AM, and I'm off to plant in the garden.

Comment by sk8eycat on May 23, 2015 at 2:31am

Randall, many things come to mind, especially when kids are home-schooled through 12th grade.  Dealing with crabby teachers, dealing with outstanding teachers, team sports, orchestra, chorus, class plays, dance performance, PTA nights..... Art and crafts equipment, print shop...and on an d on.

Auto shop....if you've ever seen "Corvette Summer" with Mark Hammil and Annie Potts, most of the school interiors were shot at my alma mater: Auto Shop, Burbank High School - 902 N. Third Street, Burbank, California, USA" and

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Since that film was made, the entire school was rebuilt.....I don't recognize the place AT ALL///except the bulldog mascot over the main door.  BFD.

Comment by Plinius on May 23, 2015 at 1:51am

Saturday morning, not yet 9 o'clock. Good morning all and have a nice weekend! Has anyone heard from Carl?

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

Felaine, you had better stay! I miss Mindy (Booklover, who left in a huff), and Carl, who's dealing with health issues. (I wonder how he's doing?)

I have many reasons for opposing home schooling, but they aren't really "the socialization" reasons, although that's important. For one, science (my subject) has access to tools for many lab experiments--not found at home. Teachers are trained in and have greater knowledge of their subject matter. If I home schooled my kids, I would be deficient in art, history, and other areas. Plus, no sports, no school plays, no band, etc.

One of the biggest reasons parents choose home-schooling is the religion factor. They don't want their children exposed to the truth--evolution, in particular. (There are many other reasons: bullying, eliteism, antisocialism, etc.) 

Comment by Plinius on May 21, 2015 at 12:46am

I wasn't homeschooled but I was just as isolated as homeschoolers because of my parents' religion. I feel children should interact with all sorts of people and learn to stand their own ground. I tried to find positive sides of homeschooling to complete the picture but I didn't hear many positive comments.

Thanks Gerald, I'm glad of it. 

Comment by sk8eycat on May 20, 2015 at 3:24pm

Back in the 1940s we used to play in the street and vacant lots around here after school..."Kick the Can" and "Statues." 

Now, I NEVER see or hear kids playing outdoors in the neighborhood, unless someone is having a private pool party.  Everything else is so over-organized that I often wonder when kids get to use their imaginations.  If they have any.  (I took ballet lessons 5 days a week after school, but I still had time to play invent-your-own games with the other neighborhood kids....or row all over Balboa Bay by myself when we went there for the summers.

Comment by Bertold Brautigan on May 20, 2015 at 3:04pm

Sometimes kiddos homeschooled  through grade school show up in high school and earn a black belt in promiscuity with lightening speed. Missing all that socialization, even such as it is, may not be an entirely good thing.

 

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