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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 Grinning Cat on June 11, 2013 at 12:04pm

Ruth, I know several cats who would insist that no human could be "Queen of the Universe"!

But seriously, Joan, you are strong and beautiful, with or without hair, with or without photoshopped tributes!

(And I'll heartily second Ian's recommendation of American Gods.)

Comment by Ruth Anthony-Gardner on June 11, 2013 at 11:33am

Joan Denoo, you're my Queen!

Comment by Ian Mason on June 11, 2013 at 1:14am

While on holiday I finished reading "American Gods" by Niel Gaiman, which I can recommend. A fantasy/allegory that's very gripping. Also contains a joke:

Q. How can we be sure that the CIA wasn't involved in the Kennedy shooting?

A. He's dead.

Comment by Ian Mason on June 11, 2013 at 12:37am

Joan, Mussolini never had such a cheerful smile. Depending on the weather, you might want to protect your head. I'm starting to thin out a bit and have become aware of this over the past couple of years.

Comment by Joan Denoo on June 10, 2013 at 10:17pm

My cousins Ron and Carolyn from western WA, and Paula from northern Idaho came, full of cheer and stories of their winter adventures. Paula is a breast CA survivor and has been my inspiration through all of this process. We had so much to talk about we didn't get to shaving my head. After they left, Cary did the honors and I must say, those tufts of hair laying in the garden looked quite celebratory. 

All in all, it was a very fine day!

Yep! I have a Mussolini head and neck! 

I have to go to the hardware store tomorrow, let's see if anyone notices. 

Comment by Lillie on June 10, 2013 at 9:40pm

My daughter did not lose the hair at the very back of her head so when she wore her cute little caps there were little wisps of hair sticking out.  When her hair came back in, it was very dark whereas she had always been a blonde.  She decided she liked it short and dark.  My niece who had always had straight hair is now a curly top.  Very strange.

Comment by Ian Mason on June 10, 2013 at 11:23am

Nice one, Melinda.

Comment by Ian Mason on June 10, 2013 at 11:19am

Senior Skinhead Joan, I salute you. Hope the birds don't take you for granted and start coming round again next year.

Comment by Joan Denoo on June 10, 2013 at 9:23am

Nope! Definitely not a wig! If a bald Joan results, a bald Joan is what the world gets. I wear it as a badge of honor. We have quite a few bald women wandering around Rosauers  grocery store or the hardware store, the only places I care to go. It doesn't take long for hair to grow back, and who knows, it may grow back to my favorite style, white and straight. 

Well, I am off to the garden to share my shedding hair with the birds. 

Comment by sk8eycat on June 10, 2013 at 8:42am

Joan, are you going to get a wig, or have you already done so? 

My mom was terribly upset about the hair-loss part of the treatment, and her oncologist's assistant suggested an Eva Gabor synthetic wig.  It was comfortable, washable, looked perfectly natural, and they're still in business!  Made all the difference to her morale (This was years before anybody came up with the idea of "teams." As I said before, she had to go through the chemo "discomfort" at home with just me to try and keep her from giving up.)

When her hair grew back in, it was as thick as ever, and was pure white (It was salt & pepper when it fell out).  She looked terriffic!

I was looking at the styles online last night, and I'm tempted to get one for myself, just for the fun of it...my hair is so thin, fine, and colorless that I can't do much with it but have it cut every 2 months..

 

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