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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 Bertold Brautigan on May 23, 2017 at 8:19pm

It's a modern miracle! After a little windstorm this atheist "A" appeared on my driveway.

. . .Or is it anarchist? Or asshole??

Comment by Idaho Spud on May 22, 2017 at 3:48pm

Comment by Bertold Brautigan on May 15, 2017 at 11:06pm

To me "motivational speaker" is an oxymoron, and in the later years of my life few things have been easier to hate than Windows (Apple is an exception). Yet, Bill Gates gave a graduation speech that I think qualifies as inspirational, and I don't say that sort of thing lightly. I was struck by his humble tone.

Bill Gates has a message for every college grad who wants to change the world

[MIC]

 Warning - you have to get past the career advice early on to get to the heart.

Comment by Randall Smith on May 9, 2017 at 7:31am

I just filled out a "rate your trip" form for the Road Scholars Tuscany trip I recently completed. I don't like doing it, but I had some concerns. First of all, no trip is perfect. Secondly, we each respond differently due to our interests and personalities. I want to be sincere without sounding picky. Overall, I will give the experience a B+ and would recommend the trip to those interested in the region.

Comment by Ian Mason on May 9, 2017 at 2:35am

Villages, fields and the beach, Carl. All very nice although you have to be careful when running on farm tracks. They're really just wheel ruts from tractors and rather uneven.

Comment by Chris on May 8, 2017 at 10:45pm

Daniel,

Great cities have great art, fountians, museuam, libraries, bookstores, public transportation and social events.

Of course all cities have problems with homelessness. Portland has it's share.

Comment by The Flying Atheist on May 7, 2017 at 10:15am

Ian, I'm curious.  Through what sort of surroundings did your marathon take you? 

Comment by Ian Mason on May 7, 2017 at 8:57am

Welcome back, Randall.

Comment by The Flying Atheist on May 7, 2017 at 7:26am

Great job, Ian!  Good for you!  

Welcome home, Randy!  

Comment by Randall Smith on May 7, 2017 at 7:06am

Congrats, Ian!

The garden pics are nice. I'll post some photos from Tuscany when I get the time. They have nice gardens and farms.

 

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