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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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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 November 4, 2014 at 7:30am

There was a film of The Handmaid's Tale with Robert Duvall back in the late 80s or early 90s. I actually can't remember whether it was very good though.

Comment by Idaho Spud on November 4, 2014 at 5:22am

Haven't eaten (or seen) any smarties of 30 or 40 years.  I think I liked them though.  Haven't eaten any M&Ms for 20 years, even though I definitely like them.

Candy is way too expensive, so I seldom buy any.

When I buy candy for the halloween kiddies, I always buy my favorites, and they appreciate it.  I've heard at least one little guy say "Boy, he gives the best candy."

Comment by Idaho Spud on November 4, 2014 at 5:16am

Ian, I'm saving your statement of god's plan.

Comment by The Flying Atheist on November 4, 2014 at 1:12am

Comment by The Flying Atheist on November 4, 2014 at 12:09am

Yes, Ian and CLAWS, I discovered the different Smarties when I Googled them to find a photo.  That's when I also found out that they are made with Dextrose instead of sugar.  According to the Wikipedia entry the company changed from sugar to Dextrose in the 1970's when sugar prices skyrocketed.  They have two manufacturing plants:  one in the USA and one in Canada (where the candy is called "Rockets.")

The European chocolate Smarties are owned by Nestle but are not sold in the US because of the "Smarties" registered trademark name. 

Don't you just love the internet?!  A world of knowledge is at your fingertips. 

Comment by Ian Mason on November 3, 2014 at 10:55pm

Comment by Joan Denoo on November 3, 2014 at 10:46pm

Ian, I like Margaret Atwood's "The Handmaid's Tale" too. Hits a little too close to reality. Makes me shudder to think of what a society could become if there were not energies forcing radicalism back to center. 

I have not read Ann Radcliffe's "Mysteries of Udolpho".

Comment by Ian Mason on November 3, 2014 at 10:06pm

Nice one, CLAWS. Stealing.

So that's what American Smarties look like. In Britain they're the same thing as M&Ms.

Just finished Margaret Atwood's "The Handmaid's Tale", future fiction where the U.S. has become a patriarchal theocracy and a polluted wreck. Damn good book. Before that, Ann Radcliffe's "Mysteries of Udolpho", one of the Gothic classics. Overlong and overwritten but still a pleasure. And all the "supernatural" events have logical explanations.

Comment by Joan Denoo on November 3, 2014 at 9:27pm

C.L.A.W.S.  "God hates facts" fits perfectly. Thanks. Reposting. 

Comment by Joan Denoo on November 3, 2014 at 9:13pm

Mindy, the thought of the family working together as a team to help your daughter reach her goals just feels very good to me. That sense of people pulling together for a common coal is what being family is about. 

 

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