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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 Steph S. on April 12, 2013 at 8:14pm

sk8eycat so sorry to hear about your beloved Harry Jerry. I hope the medication helps. You are in our thoughts.

Yes, hugs to both of you.

Comment by Grinning Cat on April 12, 2013 at 8:05pm

Felaine, sorry to hear about Hairy Jerry! Please accept some hugs for both of you. He certainly couldn't ask for a better human to help him through a difficult end of life.

Comment by The Flying Atheist on April 12, 2013 at 7:12pm

Hi, Elaine.


I also wanted to express my sadness about Hairy Jerry's health news.  He is very lucky to have such a loving house companion such as you.  He'll be under great care. 

It's dinner time here in Chicago, and I have to admit that chopped white meat chicken sounds good to me as well.  --Carl

Comment by sk8eycat on April 12, 2013 at 6:48pm

Thank you all.  I had a fairly accurate idea about that lump on Jerry's neck was before I took him to the vet, and I knew it wasn't good.  I've taken cae of so many cats and dogs over the past 40 years that I can tell whether a lump is a fattty tumor, an abcess, or something malignant just by feeling it, and seeing the animal's reaction.

Right now Jerry is in no pain, wants chopped  chicken white meat ALL the time, and still wants to bonk heads with me, so.....

I'm waiting for the pharmacy to deliver his prednisone, and we'll see how he reacts to that.

Comment by Loren Miller on April 12, 2013 at 5:04pm


It's a risk I take gladly, especially with Hitch for an example.

Comment by Idaho Spud on April 12, 2013 at 4:53pm

Felaine, sorry about Hairy Jerry.

Comment by Joan Denoo on April 12, 2013 at 3:55pm
My computer is running dreadfully slowly, so I leave you with a little sight and sound candy.
Symphony of Science - The Poetry of Reality (An Anthem for Science)
http://www.youtube.com/watch?feature=player_embedded&v=9Cd36WJ79z4
Comment by Joan Denoo on April 12, 2013 at 3:55pm
My computer is running dreadfully slowly, so I leave you with a little sight and sound candy.
Symphony of Science - The Poetry of Reality (An Anthem for Science)
http://www.youtube.com/watch?feature=player_embedded&v=9Cd36WJ79z4
Comment by Joan Denoo on April 12, 2013 at 3:00pm
Felaine, I am very sorry to learn Hairy Jerry has a thyroid cancer. Hopefully, you will have good books to read while you are gone; not very satisfying to watch distractions on TV. I will be thinking of you.
Comment by sk8eycat on April 12, 2013 at 2:29pm

Announcement: I haven't been around much because my brayne has fallen out.  I was finally able to get Hairy Jerry to the vet yesterday, and she confirmed my uneducated fears...he has thyroid cancer, and palliative care is the only humane way to go.  (The biopsy results aren't back yet, but his condition is obvious, even to me.)

So....I'm getting prednisone mixed with a trans-derm gel for him...you just rub a dab inside the ear, which is a helluva lot better than trying to force a pill down his throat at regular intervals.

But Felaine is NOT a happy camper right now, and I have about 10,000 chores to take care of before I leave for Sue's to house-sit till the 25th or 26th. No computer there, so I'll be raiding her library, watching TV (something I rarely do at home), and worrying.  My JW sister takes care of the cats when I'm not home.

I'll pop back in here to wave bye-bye before I leave on sunday.

 

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