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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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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

worshipping narcissists (qualiasoup & theramintrees)

Started by Loren Miller. Last reply by Idaho Spud Jun 3. 1 Reply

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

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

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Comment by The Flying Atheist on October 9, 2013 at 11:01pm

Comment by Tony Carroll on October 9, 2013 at 9:47pm

Comment by Joan Denoo on October 9, 2013 at 7:01pm

My first year in high school and all four years, I belonged to Teen Twirlers, a folk dance group. We had costumes for each of the countries and had some pretty intricate steps to learn. I just tried to find the names of some of them, i.e. Tarantella, Schuhplattler, Virginia Reel, polkas, Tinikling, Irish jigs, Tango, Rumba, and stuff like that. You probably learned these as well.
I didn't like ballroom dancing.  I preferred learning about the cultures, experimenting with their foods, regalia and traditions. Didn't do any dancing after high school. Got interested in science, especially horticulture, and spent my first year and a half in college at the greenhouses or barns.  I am too clumsy for dancing. 

Comment by Idaho Spud on October 9, 2013 at 4:58pm

I like dancing in a group also Patricia, but I'm not good, so it has to be with someone I've danced with a few times before.

Comment by Idaho Spud on October 9, 2013 at 4:51pm

Love the laughing cat Steph.

Comment by The Flying Atheist on October 9, 2013 at 2:24pm

Just in time for Halloween.

It's been used so many times it's become a scary movie cliché: an ominous, rustling sound in the next room. The person on the screen reluctantly opens the door and, suddenly, lets out a bloodcurdling scream at the sight of ... a cat.

Using scenes from such horror classics as "Friday the 13th," "Halloween" and "Pet Sematary" (as well as some non-horror hits like "Horrible Bosses" and "Romancing the Stone"), Alex Moschina created a fantastic supercut — "It's just a cat" — that includes no less than 25 cats.

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Comment by Steph S. on October 9, 2013 at 11:35am

loves scary Atheist Napoleon

thanks for all the music posts - very nice

sounds fun booklover

so it is Wed and the weekend is coming up

How is everyone ?

Comment by The Flying Atheist on October 9, 2013 at 2:40am

Tony, that "Chammak Challo" video is fun to watch and very colorful.  I found two things to be very interesting.  Everyone was very light-skinned and the lead male had searing blue eyes.  I wasn't expecting that from India.  I hope Bollywood isn't purposefully making such drastic changes to their performers in order to make their films more marketable.  I admit, I know absolutely nothing about Bollywood movies, so perhaps this clip is an anomaly.  I've watched independent films from India but not from mainstream Bollywood.  

Comment by Tony Carroll on October 9, 2013 at 12:08am

Mushrooms sound good in chili. Will have to try it.

I like the old song and dance movies from the 30's and 40's. Grew up watching them with my mom. Song and dance is still alive in India. This is from the movie RA.One. Chammak Challo.

Comment by The Flying Atheist on October 8, 2013 at 11:57pm

Patricia, I so wanted to be a tap dancer when I was a kid.  I grew up watching all those Fred Astaire and Shirley Temple type of movies and I've always loved the music from that era.

Sauteing the mushrooms first is a good idea.  I suspect that brings out more of the flavor. 

 

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