Hang With Friends

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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 The Flying Atheist on July 30, 2017 at 6:27am

Ian, two hours before domestic flights is the rule of thumb in the US as well.  Depending on the airport and the time of day, you may be surprised how quickly you get through security.

For international flights leaving the US (your return trip) the general rule is to arrive three hours before flight time.

You're a seasoned traveler, so I'm sure you know all about the liquid restrictions for your carry-on bags.

One regulation which is brand new, and is expected to be implemented over the next few weeks and months concerns electronics.  Laptops were always required to be taken out of bags and placed in a separate bin for x-ray screening.  Now, any electronic items larger than a cell phone need to follow the same procedure.  This basically applies to iPads, tablets, E-Readers, etc.

I'm glad to answer any questions for you that I'm able to.

Comment by Idaho Spud on July 30, 2017 at 5:48am

Joan, thanks for that picture of the Milky Way over Monument Valley.  I saved it.  It's beautiful and amazing.  I checked to see if it was photoshopped and it appears to be a real picture.

Comment by Joan Denoo on July 30, 2017 at 5:31am

Chris, I enjoyed seeing your current home town of Schiedam. It looks so clean and well cared for. The narrow streets imply that horses and wagon probably moved through them at one time. Your home town is ancient, compared to mine. Yours was founded in 1309 whereas mine was in 1873. Of course, I like the windmills, the facads of the buildings, tile roofs, cobble or brick streets, and the water looks clean. 

If I remember correctly, my ancesters in Brugge, Belgium, used dogs to pull carts of coal and produce through their narrow streets. 


Comment by Ian Mason on July 30, 2017 at 5:29am

Chris, that looks like a lovely town. No wonder you thrive there.

Joan, what was LBJ like? I've seen a documentary that said where it not for the Vietnam war, he would have gone down in history as a more progressive president than Kennedy.

Carl, I'll make sure I see the Parthenon. I expect to come back from the trip tired and sated with experiences.

A practical question. How long should I allow for getting through airport security? In Europe people are asked to turn up two hours before their flight. Is that enough in the U.S.?

Comment by Plinius on July 30, 2017 at 3:32am

No Carl, I wasn't born here and I grew up in Rotterdam, where I stayed for 50 years. But I like Schiedam better, although we have unattractive suburbs too. 

Comment by The Flying Atheist on July 30, 2017 at 3:21am

The wondrous beauties of space never cease to impress and awe me.  But personally, I prefer Snickers over Milky Way.   he he


Ian, your upcoming trip sounds like a lot of fun.  Did you know there's a full scale replica of the Parthenon in Nashville?

I've not been to Greece, so for me this was the next best thing.  It's quite beautiful.

Washington DC is a beautiful city with all its iconic structures, monuments, and museums.  It has a wonderful vibe.  It's both quintessentially American and extensively international.  There's lots to see and do.

Regarding New York City, whatever you desire, you'll find it there.  New York is an amazing city of orderly chaos.  All your senses will be delighted and disgusted.  I say that with love and respect for New York City.

Chris, I'm glad Patricia, her husband, and their home are safe.  I can't imagine the stress and fear of having to evacuate, not knowing what conditions you'll return to.

Thanks for posting the article on Schiedam!  It's so quaint and visually charming.  It looks and sounds like a wonderful place to live.  The canals, bridges, bricked passageways, windmills; it's all there!  Is that where you were born and spent your childhood?

Joan, the more you talk, the more amazed I am with all that you've done throughout your life.  You're an incredible woman!    

Comment by Plinius on July 29, 2017 at 11:59pm

Someone sent me this, about the town I live in. Nice pictures. 

Comment by Plinius on July 29, 2017 at 11:34pm

That's going to be a great trip, Ian!

And I love the wallpaper - on a clear winter night we can sometimes see part of the Big Dipper, but that's all in all this light polluton.

And here's the news from Patricia, after three weeks evacuation:

Hi Everyone,


We're home by tour bus with police escort, & driven to our house by the Red Cross. The bus had a box lunch, fruit, yogurt, & drinks on every seat when we boarded.


Very smoky, hot & sticky, but surprisingly the house is not too bad. We're leaving the windows closed & running the a/c.


We can't unpack because we're still on high alert, so need to be ready........


Rick MAY be able to save his tomatoes!


Pat   >(^-^)/span>

Comment by Joan Denoo on July 29, 2017 at 3:24pm

Ian, your agenda will be full with those museams and Nyew York City will dazzle you! Be sure tell us your trave stories when you get back!

Comment by Joan Denoo on July 29, 2017 at 3:19pm

Ian, I lived in Wasington DC for two year, part in 1967, & 1968 the year Martin Luther King Jr. is assassinated, and part of 1969.

While there, I met and talked with President Lyndon Baynes Johnson about my teaching project at Valley Green Housing Project, in Anacostia, a place where black single mothers, and their dependent children lived. I was trying to get assurance for employers who hired our black teenagers as they worked to get out of the tenaments. 

I also talked with my Senators and Congress people, as well as others. The most helpful to me was Mark Odom Hatfield, a Republican politician and educator from the state of Oregon. 


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