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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.

Nobody here is into mind games. A discussion started with a loaded guilt-throwing question will be deleted.

This group is not intended to compete with other groups on topics they cover but to "fill in the cracks." Whenever a discussion dwells at length on a topic for which there's an existing group, we urge you to provide members a link to that group to continue along their tangent.

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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 Chris on September 27, 2017 at 11:11pm

Climate change is Anthropomorphic extinction. 

After the mass extinction insects will continue to inhabit the earth.

Comment by Ian Mason on September 26, 2017 at 3:05pm

Comment by Joan Denoo on September 26, 2017 at 2:30pm

Sadly, I did not own a camera in those days. 

Comment by Joan Denoo on September 26, 2017 at 2:28pm

This news from Africa is good. The work is hard and not beyond the ability of women and children seeming to be doing the work. 

When I was in Turkey during harvest time, the women, wearing dresses and garments that covered their entire bodies, harvested the fields of grain with scythes. The heat was well into the 90s. I asked where the men were and was told to go to the villages to find them. I found men sitting in shaded streetside cafes drinking Turkish coffee.

A shady cafe in Yildiz Park near the Bosphorus suburb of Ortakoy. A stock photo. 

In Hungary, I observed women of all ages, in dresses and babushkas, building roads, digging ditches, and harvesting grain. 

Hungary, old-woman-in-the-field-with-a-rake-works-in-the-summer-Stock-Photo.jpg

Comment by Plinius on September 26, 2017 at 1:28pm

Great work! 

Comment by Ian Mason on September 26, 2017 at 12:20pm

Some positive news from Africa. I notice that it's the women doing the work.

http://www.bbc.com/news/av/magazine-41391844/why-is-africa-building...

Comment by Plinius on September 26, 2017 at 9:33am

I feel the same Randall. Even if it was a fundie church, there was a nice cooperation in organizing fairs to raise money. and repairing and cleaning the building. 

And I enjoy internet enormously; friends at A/N, browsing books at Gutenberg etc. and endless pages of information. How did we ever live without internet?

The religious at the door are mostly elderly people and often coloured - trying to convert us seems a fitting revenge for colonization, theft and murder and missionary work. 

Thanks for the poetry and the pics!

Comment by Randall Smith on September 26, 2017 at 6:52am

Chris, I used to belong to the Unitarian Universalist Church solely for the fellowship. Sometimes, I miss it. The older I get, the more I value my isolation from my fellow man. I live alone, but I don't get lonely. Of course, it helps to have all my friends here at A/N.

Carl, great pictures! 

Comment by Patricia on September 26, 2017 at 12:48am

We get both morons, young men in pairs, & jws, 2 or 3 adults with a pre-teen.

Comment by Joan Denoo on September 26, 2017 at 12:13am

Thanks, Carl, it is an extraordinary time of year for me and with Randy and other gardeners here as well. Mid-latitude gardeners seem to have a rhythm of the seasons, in particular for those of us living in the four seasons, in the northern and southern latitudes, roughly midway between the poles and the equator. 

Your beautiful photos of autumn scenes with the fields of gold, harvest time, lots of hard work with sweat running into our eyes and onto our clothes, coupled with sweet memories of shared effort and a time of gratitude make life unusually vibrant for me. 

 

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