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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 Joan Denoo on February 24, 2015 at 6:03pm

Randall, those names rattle some bells in my head, but I am not able to pull them from memory. 

Dandforth was a name of a Senator, I think, and iw now a minister. The others don't come to memory. 

Quayle, wasn't he a nutcase, Oh Dan Quayle. VP ... can't pull anything more out. I'm peeking now. 

Comment by The Flying Atheist on February 24, 2015 at 2:48pm

Glad to see you here, Sk8eycat.

Comment by Ian Mason on February 24, 2015 at 2:33pm

Did you get to the last frame, Spud? No-one is insignificant because we're all part of the human whole. Give someone a smile and you matter.

Is that some kind of runner-up list, Randall?

Comment by Idaho Spud on February 24, 2015 at 9:31am

Joan, I liked the images of the universe, but they did not make me feel insignificant.  

I'm not anywhere near what I would like to be, but I'm not insignificant.

Comment by Randall Smith on February 24, 2015 at 7:39am

Ready for today's pop quiz?

What do all these men have in common? And no fair googling.

Schuyler Colfax, Thomas Hendricks, Charles Fairbanks, and Thomas Marshall

Hint: add J. Danforth Quayle to the list 

Comment by sk8eycat on February 24, 2015 at 5:31am

Joan, the most liberating thought I ever had was the realization of my utter insignificance.  Very comforting to know I'm worthless..

Comment by Randall Smith on February 23, 2015 at 8:34am

Glad you're feeling better, Carl! Keep up the positive attitude.

Joan, when taught astronomy, I tried to instill that "size" perspective into my students. I could have used those photos.

Comment by Plinius on February 22, 2015 at 11:56pm

I love to be put in my place by the universe - thanks Joan!

Comment by Plinius on February 22, 2015 at 11:49pm

Good news, Carl, but I guess you had some bad days before things got better! I hope better developments come soon.

Comment by Ian Mason on February 22, 2015 at 11:17pm

Perhaps that's the negative side of adaptability, Joan. At first there's shock but then a tendency to "get used to" things, internalising the outrage. There should have been a large-scale, popular revolt against the banks a few years ago but most people took the Homer Simpson route: "I know, but what can you do?". In a lot of cases what people did do was start blaming immigrants and others further down the economic ladder.

 

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