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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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Liberal Redneck - Climate Change the Game (Trae Crowder)

Started by Loren Miller. Last reply by Ruth Anthony-Gardner 10 hours ago. 2 Replies

Trae Crowder isn't just about atheism.  He has a deep and abiding concern about what's going on with this planet's climate and the all-too-probable catastrophe we face from a fundamental change in weather patterns.  That said, Trae is thinking about…Continue

Tags: climate change, Al Gore, Trae Crowder

concealing abuse (TheraminTrees)

Started by Loren Miller. Last reply by Loren Miller Sep 3. 2 Replies

We think of institutionalized child abuse and for many of us, the natural reaction is to think of the Catholic Church. Certainly, their guilt is beyond question, even as the headlines of the Boston Globe early in 2002 and the more recent news…Continue

Tags: Children of God, Jehovah's Witnesses, David Berg, child abuse, TheraminTrees

Men who challenge men to stop violence

Started by Joan Denoo. Last reply by Grinning Cat Aug 27. 20 Replies

Many men join in the effort to reduce violence against women and children and other men. He speaks of the need to place responsibility on men instead of focusing on women to stop violence. He offers a breath of fresh air, as do so many of the men on…Continue

CBS News Treats Uri Geller as Actual ESP Talent?

Started by Loren Miller. Last reply by Joan Denoo Aug 25. 1 Reply

CBS Sunday Morning is beginning to piss me off.  This morning they presented a story on the US governments foray into…Continue

Tags: espionage, fraud, ESP, Uri Geller, Sunday Morning

Is Christianity Persecuted? (The Thinking Atheist)

Started by Loren Miller. Last reply by Patricia Aug 10. 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

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Comment by Patricia on December 31, 2017 at 2:02pm

"In the meadow we will build a snowman, and pretend that he's officiant Brown. He'll say are you married....."

Comment by Idaho Spud on December 31, 2017 at 1:53pm

There's lots of music I used to enjoy that I just can't anymore, because of the religious lyrics.

However, I still enjoy Carol of the Bells because it's not overtly xtian.  My favorite rendition so far is the small piece of it that is in the movie "The Mirror Has Two Faces".  I can't find a good video of it on YouTube or I'd post it.  I just wish it was longer in the movie.

Comment by Idaho Spud on December 31, 2017 at 1:46pm

I enjoy singing, but know too many religious songs.  I find myself singing some of them about xmas this year, and get disgusted when I reach the religious parts.

Example: "In the meadow we will build a snowman, and pretend that he is parson brown.  He'll say are you married....."  

I spend a few minutes wondering if I could change it to make it more enjoyable.  Didn't come up with anything great, but thought perhaps this:  "....and pretend that he is AronRa.  He'll say understand evolution?  We'll say yes we do, thanks to you."

Comment by Bertold Brautigan on December 31, 2017 at 1:17pm

Happy new year everyone.

Comment by Joan Denoo on December 31, 2017 at 4:24am

Yes, I understand there are "billions" of splendid music styles that one can enjoy; I mean music that celebrates non-belief to match music that celebrates belief. 

Music of the Bells 

The sounds elicit astounding, sumptuous, pleasing, magnificent, strange, and jubilant emotions. Perhaps the origin comes from some ancient, primitive, pre-Jewish, pre-Christian, pre-Muslim melody. The composition evokes a haunting, primordial, mysteries, and splendid excitement. The piece communicates rejoicing and harmony.

The music does all this without a single mention of Yahweh, or God, or Jesus, or Muhammad, or any other religious expression.

Comment by Patricia on December 31, 2017 at 2:31am

Yes, billions of music styles to choose from, don't need the religious stuff. I played soft, quiet classical music during the solstice.

Comment by Plinius on December 31, 2017 at 1:02am

There's so much magnificent music without religious connotations! Take your pick from classical and modern music from around the world, from folk songs, anything. The one thing for people who grew up with reli music is that you have to get used to something new.

Comment by Joan Denoo on December 31, 2017 at 12:30am

So many splendid melodies come from composers who believe in God, Jesus, and the myths of the ancients. 

This piece certainly gets the blood moving, and if we did not know it was a religious composition performed by religious people, it would be a blockbuster. From whence comes the magnificent music of the non-believer? 

Comment by Joan Denoo on December 30, 2017 at 11:59pm

Question: does anyone know of first-class musicians, gathered in a common purpose of celebrating life and Earth and of being alive, healthy and at peace?

 

Comment by Patricia on December 30, 2017 at 2:35pm

We, & the neighours have snow blowers for the majority of the clearing Joan. Shoveling is mostly for the ''fine tuning''.

 

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