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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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Is Christianity Persecuted? (The Thinking Atheist)

Started by Loren Miller. Last reply by Patricia on Friday. 7 Replies

Okay, gang ... when is the last time you saw Seth Andrews do an animated video on his YouTube channel?  Seems like donkey's years ago, don't it?  Well, apparently Jeff Sessions and his "religious liberty task force" got Seth's nelly up enough that…Continue

Tags: religious liberty task force, Donald Trump, Jeff Sessions, Seth Andrews, The Thinking Atheist

worshipping narcissists (qualiasoup & theramintrees)

Started by Loren Miller. Last reply by Ruth Anthony-Gardner Aug 4. 2 Replies

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

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

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

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Comment by Randall Smith on November 25, 2014 at 7:35am

One good thing about living alone is you don't have to talk, period (except to the dog). For some reason, I despise talking on the phone, even to my own children. They know it and don't call much. Once I got a cell phone (last April) and dropped my land line, the phone seldom rings. When it does, Bach's Orchestral Suite plays. That helps.

Comment by Plinius on November 25, 2014 at 6:15am

Have a happy reading time with Ishiguro, Ian! And be sure also to read his Never let me go.

Comment by Idaho Spud on November 24, 2014 at 5:08pm

Beautiful picture of Charlie Girl.

Comment by Deidre on November 24, 2014 at 4:33pm

Sorry to hear that, Patricia. I hope you get to feeling better, soon. For now, ((hugs))

Comment by Ian Mason on November 24, 2014 at 12:36pm

That's a nasty thing for a firm to do, Felaine. An ice-skate slice to the shin would be well deserved.

Discovering a new author is like making a new friend. I'm absorbed by "When We Were Orphans" by Kazuo Ishiguro.

https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/28923.When_We_Were_Orphans

Comment by sk8eycat on November 24, 2014 at 11:35am

Felaine sez "Hay" back at Charlie Girl!  WHAT a sweet face!

Carl, I have read about at least one motel (in Wisconsin, I think) that does have (free) cats for guests that want one to keep them company.  It started out by accident at least 20 or 30 years ago, and now they adopt rescue cats from local shelters because so many people go out of their way to stay there. 

I used to house-dog-sit for some friends who had Boston bull terriers that snored softly when they slept.  I found myself nodding off to the sound ALL the time.

Comment by Idaho Spud on November 24, 2014 at 6:43am

Nice train layout Patricia.  Those cows were making quite a ruckus. : )

May have told this story before:  When I was a youngster, I wanted a train set, so when a paint the food products contest came along with a train set as second prize, I colored them all, and was disappointed when I won first prize, a bicycle.

I won first because mom helped me, and she was a good amateur artist.

Comment by The Flying Atheist on November 24, 2014 at 2:01am

Felaine and Patricia, you've given me a wonderful idea.  Set up and run a boutique hotel that has a cat available to stay with the guests in each room for the night. 

Comment by The Flying Atheist on November 24, 2014 at 1:55am

Wow, Patricia.  Your husband's train layout has come a long way since last time you posted a video.  He's been working hard I can tell.  Lots of very nice scenery has been added.  What a great hobby.  I know from first-hand experience how much fun it is.  

I like falling asleep to recordings of rain and thundershowers.  Tonight it's not working, as it is approaching 2 AM here as I write this.  I also listen to old radio shows from the 1930's, 40's & 50's as I drift off to dream land,      

Comment by sk8eycat on November 24, 2014 at 1:29am

Purrrr-purrrrr-purrrrrr......the sweetest, most relaxing sounds on Earth....cats and the surf.  (I spent the first 5 years of my life living next to the ocean in Hermosa Beach.  I still have some tapes of the ocean...and seagulls... that I listen to when I need to relax.)

 

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