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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 Randall Smith on March 24, 2015 at 7:47am

72 revolutions around the sun (as Chris would say) today (3/24). It's been a great ride, and it ain't over quite yet.

I've led a fairly charmed life, godless and all. My parents were great. I thank them for clothing and feeding me, providing an education, giving me piano lessons and braces, and much more

My first (of two) wives gave me 4 wonderful children. Being twice divorced wasn't on the menu, but such is life. I'm happily single.

I enjoyed (mostly) teaching middle school students for 33 years. I don't know who was educated more. I learned a lot.

Over the years, I've traveled, hiked mountains and plains, seen the Mona Lisa, on and on. I'm headed to the Danube in two weeks. Mostly, I'm a homebody, however, gardening, golfing, reading, exercising, babysitting, just hangin' out.

It's a wonderful life--at least for me.

Comment by kathy: ky on March 23, 2015 at 11:19pm
I accidentally hit that I liked andold blog of mine and it popped up on the right. I feel like an idiot and hate this little pad!
Comment by Idaho Spud on March 23, 2015 at 10:31am

Trepidation indeed Randall.  Here's hoping things go well.

I don't quite understand the land value you're talking about.  Can you clarify that for me?

Comment by Idaho Spud on March 23, 2015 at 10:26am

I used to work with a guy that was probably the most enjoyable person to talk to that I ever met.  And, he had a great sense of humor.  We could be talking about something very serious, and he would all of a sudden say something funny about it, and make me laugh.

I ask him how he got such a sense of humor, and he said his home life was so miserable, he had to develop a sense of humor or die.

Comment by Randall Smith on March 23, 2015 at 7:38am

In a couple of hours, with fear and trepidation, I'm signing papers that will use my 100 acre farm land as collateral for my organic farm kids to secure a major loan for their operation. To make money, or be successful, you have to invest. They're running their operation on shoe laces. And they want to expand--fruit trees, modern equipment, cattle, etc. At $8000/acre, we're talking ten times that in land value. But, it's a risk I'm willing to take. No pain, no gain.

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

 I often wonder how people can come out of such an experience and be loving and kind.

Many people can't, but if you find one who can, listen and watch. I think such people have a special quality; they are hurt as often as anyone, but they remain unspoilt. Like this man http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/W%C5%82adys%C5%82aw_Szpilman  I read the book, and in an extra chapter one of his sons told how his father was a happy familyman and his children never even suspected that he had had such a bad past.

I love how your Ebony taught you!

Comment by Joan Denoo on March 22, 2015 at 6:57pm

Chris, What a horrid/sweet memory to carry and share! His experiences molded him. I often wonder how people can come out of such an experience and be loving and kind. Clearly, he means a lot to you. 

I love the fact it was a black cat. My Ebony was a wonderful teacher. She taught me how to wean my babies, discipline them and care for them. She took no nonsense from her kittens and the two litters she adopted when my Calico turned out to be an unloving and uncaring mother of her kittens. I watched Ebony and would say, "OH! I can do that!" She kept them fed and clean, made sure they didn't get into dangerous situations, and when it was time, she wouldn't let them nurse. 

Your  father-i-l had to have experienced the depression in Europe. Then the war with armies marching across his country and planes bombing from above. It saddens me that they were USA bombs. At least that is what I assume. 

Comment by The Flying Atheist on March 22, 2015 at 6:08pm
Chris, I love your family story about 1940's Rotterdam and the black cat!
Comment by Joan Denoo on March 22, 2015 at 3:01pm

Ian, Dury does have a way with words! Funny? 

Comment by Ian Mason on March 22, 2015 at 2:32pm
 

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