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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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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 The Flying Atheist on September 11, 2013 at 3:21am

That monopoly cat video was made by Parker Bros. as a promotion to advertise the fact that the cat game board piece is a new addition to the game.  It won in a popular vote.  I thought it was a cute video.   

Comment by Joan Denoo on September 11, 2013 at 1:18am

Carl, thanks for the giffs and Monopoly cat. Clever. 

Comment by Joan Denoo on September 11, 2013 at 1:12am

Mindy, I hate what your daughter experiences and feel for her. False accusations, especially when so blatantly placing blame on her with no evidence, would really get my goat! There comes a time when she will look for work someplace else. If she has been accused twice for no reason, she is entitled to an apology and has the right to issue an ultimatum. She doesn't benefit by people not showing her respect.
This situation is what I call the "Oh Well ... !" syndrome. Receive an insult or put-down or discount one time and just shrug it off with an "Oh Well!" and she receives another insult ... and says, "Oh Well!", pretty soon her life becomes "Oh well!".
I can't think of a better way to become depressed and self-loathing.
I know, she wants a job and to become independent. That is a noble goal. What price does she have to pay to keep that job? Is it worth it to her?
A first step might be to discuss her reaction with her supervisor or boss and set some ground rules. To be accused without evidence and to not be trusted and supported by her co-worker, is an insult, in and of itself. It is up to them to prove her guilt, not her to prove her innocence.

Comment by Joan Denoo on September 11, 2013 at 12:55am
Grinning Cat, splendid training that cat gave his/her owner. I wonder how long it took? I trained rats during my undergraduate work and I must say, those rats had me as well trained as this cat!
Comment by Grinning Cat on September 10, 2013 at 11:27pm

Also from lovemeow:

Not quite Pavlov's bell: "Cat Trains Human to Feed On Command", using a bell to request treats.

Comment by Lillie on September 10, 2013 at 10:26pm

Grandpawrent's cats are so cute.

Comment by The Flying Atheist on September 10, 2013 at 4:43pm

Comment by The Flying Atheist on September 10, 2013 at 4:37pm

Comment by sk8eycat on September 9, 2013 at 9:42pm

re: Destructive Trees...Liquid Amber

They have very shallow roots, and if they are near a sidewalk or patio, they push the concrete up at the joins, and trip people.  Their seed pods are big and prickly, too.

My friend Sue had one planted in her parkway by the City of Los Angeles. (Parkways and sidewalks are City property). When it did become dangerous, and she wanted it removed, the City told her SHE had to pay for it!  Where is the logic in that?

She finally got fed up and did pay to have it cut down, and the root system dug up.  The City "very generously" put in a new level sidewalk.

A long time ago we had Catalina Cherry trees in the parkways in our neighborhood.  They were always messy; the "cherries" were inedible, mostly seed (about the size of the large marbles gamers use to "shoot" smaller marbles out of the circle), attracted wasps and other stinging insects.  Feh.  They finally developed big galls and started looking raggedy all over, so THIS city removed them, and gave us a choice of replacement trees or no trees.

I am SO glad I live in Beautiful Downtown Burbank, even if they finally did let Walphart open a store here this year. (We've been fighting that sleazy, money-grubbing outfit for ages.)

Comment by sk8eycat on September 9, 2013 at 9:23pm

Not everyone in here is a grandparent, and I'M not even a parent (at least not a "people parent"), but this is so sweet I just had to post it for everyone:

Happy Grand Pawrents Day

 

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