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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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Discussion Forum

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 November 25, 2013 at 10:09pm

Steph, I like: "If atheism is a religion, then off is a TV channel."

Comment by Joan Denoo on November 25, 2013 at 10:08pm

Steph, Now, that pigeon photo is funny! 

Patricia and Spud, most prepared food is far too sweet for me as well. I make my own whipped cream with top grade, very fresh heavy cream, with just a sprinkle of turbinado sugar and a dollop of Nielsen-Massey Vanillas, Madagascar Bourbon Vanilla Bean Paste.
The ancient cranberry sauce recipe off the package with ground cranberries, oranges, and about half the sugar works for me. Toss in a handful of chopped roasted walnuts and you have ambrosia. 

Comment by Idaho Spud on November 25, 2013 at 10:01pm

That's the best response I've heard to that ridiculous religious accusation Steph.  

I must admit I was guilty of accusing atheists of that when I was in the brainwashed state.  It's such an incredibly dumb thing to say, on so many levels, that I'm now at a loss to why I was proud of thinking of and saying it.

Comment by Steph S. on November 25, 2013 at 9:42pm

Comment by Idaho Spud on November 25, 2013 at 9:08pm

Many prepared foods are way too sweet for my taste also.  Perhaps I didn't like whipped cream because my mother made it too sweet.  Don't know why I liked Cool Whip.  I may hate it now.  It's probably been 30 years or more since I've tasted it.

Comment by Steph S. on November 25, 2013 at 8:55pm

Comment by Steph S. on November 25, 2013 at 8:53pm

Joan I am so happy for your daughter being able to find a way to fix the marriage she was in. Learning is always a good thing. I am glad they were able to leave the dogma of religion. So wonderful to hear your success story.

Comment by Steph S. on November 25, 2013 at 8:27pm

Well my hair does not look quite like that when it is humid. But that is a bird - I thought it was funny.

I don't like sports either. I find it boring myself. I suppose many would disagree with me. Cool Whip - yummy.

Facebook I see as privacy invasion and lots of worry and loss of time doing more important things. The Nexus is such a better place to spend my time.

Comment by Joan Denoo on November 25, 2013 at 6:10pm

Patricia, I bought my MacBook over five years ago, use it daily, it does all that I want it to do, doesn't freeze up like my old PC did, is the easiest of all computers to learn. At the time the going price was $1,000 and I paid $400 for mine, a reconditioned one. I have no regrets. 

Comment by Joan Denoo on November 25, 2013 at 5:58pm

I have a little confession to make. Over twenty years ago my daughter married the most obnoxious, arrogant, domineering, offensive, egotistic man I have ever met. For years I visited them only when I felt I had to in order to keep up appearances or family obligations. I detested the guy. Wanted nothing to do with him. 

When I returned to school to discover why so many women and children in my family were victims of family violence, and during my master's training at Whitworth College, we were put through a program called Leadership Institute of Spokane (LIOS). It was designed for leaders in education, business, law enforcement, religious communities, government, etc. In that training I felt like all my skin, muscles and tendons were torn off my bones and put back together in ways that brought about mental and physical health, to repair religious dogma. Many ministers, church youth leaders, priests and nuns graduated from LIOS, many left the organized church and formed programs of their own, without the dogma of religion. 

Over the years, my beautiful, smart, business-like, gentle daughter took courses with The Landmark Forum. It is the same type program that I graduated from in 1979. She learned how to examine her thinking and acting, set goals, identify options, develop action plans and evaluate outcomes. 

Laura knew she was not happy in her marriage, was fed up with Larry's attitudes and made some decisions. Long-story-short. She set an ultimatum: take a course in Landmark before she would reconsider her decision. 

Larry attended Landmark several years ago, recognized his fears, anger, guilt, shame, and depression. He learned how to read his own body, how to communicate with others, how to listen for feeling and meaning, how to see that black-white thinking left out a huge area of more-tha-acceptable gray, gave up notions of dominance and learned how to think and act in a partnership of equal rank. He learned how to manage his kids in ways that made all the difference in the world to them. 

Now, their two daughters, and two of their oldest grandchildren have taken courses to learn these skills. Nothing magic happened, they all learned how to live in healthy relationships. 

Many people think Landmark is a cult; you will find those articles by Googling. They have a right to their opinions, however they just do not understand what happens in experiential learning. It is the most powerful of education methods, not recognized by many trained professional educators. People who call it a cult simply judge out of ignorance. 

It is not a program for people who want instruction, lectures or sermons. It sets up situations to demonstrate how and why "normal" is not necessarily "healthy". 

I am profoundly and deeply in love with my daughter and her husband. They have so many skills that I can only dream of having. I can't wait to spend time with them and their menagerie living deep in the forest of Pend Oreille County. 

There, my confession time is up. 

 

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