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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 Idaho Spud on March 24, 2013 at 8:28am

Melinda, got a good chuckle out of the cat reporting a hungry.

Comment by Idaho Spud on March 24, 2013 at 7:27am

Thanks for the asshole sign Loren.

Comment by Loren Miller on March 24, 2013 at 6:06am

Comment by sk8eycat on March 24, 2013 at 3:51am

TFA...that candle holder is WONderful!  I even showed th photo to my JWitless sisther, and she wanted to know who made it, and where she could get one. 

Witlesses HATE Halloween...they claim it's satanic, or something.  During Trick-or-Treat time in our neighborhood, my sister "has to" sit in the back yard, as far as she can get from the street, to keep the evil from touching her "soul."

None of them have ever been able to  explain to me what's evil about little kids dressed up as spacemen, fairy princesses, clowns, whatever.

(One of her friends refused to come in the house one day because I'd just printed a photo poster of several owls on a perch, and it was titled "Hogwarts Post Office," or something like that.)

But my sister loves that candle holder.  Go figure.  (I think she also regrets the fact that since our parents died, we don't "do" xmas in this house anymore, either.  The OT has an an injunction against bringing trees inside and decorating them.  Pagan, yanno.  They're effing weird.)

Some of my happiest memories are of the wild Halloween parties we put on when I was in HOI. 

The "nun" in the upper right is a guy I took skating lessons with when we were both in high school. We joined the show together, too. When I walked into the party room, he was sitting quietly on the sidelines, prim and proper.  I didn't recognize him at first; I just wondered, "What's a NUN doing here?" Then I saw the big belly (a pillow), and realized she/he was supposed to be pregnant, realized it was Tim, and laughed till my face hurt.

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I'm sitting on the floor, in a white blouse, pleated skirt, laughing.

Most of the boys came in drag, even the str8 ones.

 

Comment by Joan Denoo on March 24, 2013 at 3:00am

OK, does this pass the "Poo" test?

Comment by Plinius on March 24, 2013 at 1:49am

You're a wonderful aunt to Abby, Melinda! She'll have a bad life as long as she stays with her family, so she keeps comforting herself with unnecessary things. It's not easy to divorce yourself from your family, but it looks like the best option for her.

Comment by Ian Mason on March 24, 2013 at 12:44am

Melinda, if your friend suffers from bipolar disorder then Abby has, in some ways, grown up without a mother. If you can be the "sensible aunt" for her you will be doing her a service that could last a life-time.

Glad to know someone with such a kind heart.

Comment by The Flying Atheist on March 23, 2013 at 10:12pm

Melinda, if I may publicly state.........you are a real Gem.  Anyone who knows you is indeed very lucky.  You not only have a big, welcoming heart but you have obviously proven that you are an individual who can be relied upon in so many circumstances. 

Comment by Joan Denoo on March 23, 2013 at 5:13pm

A colleague once told me she had to divorce her family because they were toxic. She said she had to pay a price for getting out, and in the long run it was worth it. 

Comment by Joan Denoo on March 23, 2013 at 5:10pm
Sounds like all you can do, Melinda. It is really too bad. Life can be so incredibly fine and it is not hard to do. Love oneself, love one's work, love family and community, love being able to think and solve problems and participate in living with people you love and who love you.
Well, that is kind of a big order. And all it takes is thinking and acting wisely and paying attention when dreams and nightmares try to alert one to some unsolved problem or conflict, or sometime illness is a body trying to get in touch with oneself, or recurring problems that don't seem to get fixed. These and other things are our wonderful bodies and minds calling attention to something that needs attention.
 

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