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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 kathy: ky on December 21, 2016 at 10:36pm
Daniel, Carl,
I'm proud of you both. The only time I've lost my temper and cursed someone it was a telemarketer. After six calls in less than 48hours, and me telling them politely each time I wasn't interested please don't call again, the seventh call I lost it. I screamed into the phone 'which f*****' part of don't call again do you not understand"? And I continued from there. They did not call again :-)
When it's business I'm much calmer and tell them I will report them to the BBB after I've spoken to their supervisor. Works every time.
Comment by The Flying Atheist on December 21, 2016 at 8:39pm

Just came across this video of the Christmas train display.  It shows it in action.

Comment by The Flying Atheist on December 21, 2016 at 8:38pm

Yes, Qiana, I did receive a check from them.

Comment by The Flying Atheist on December 21, 2016 at 8:04pm

Daniel, I don't blame you, especially when they require you to be home and then they're the no show.  Unbelievable!  

I'm not the cussing tirade sort of guy but I sure as shit was the morning a demolition contractor knocked a brick wall down onto my car from the garage they were tearing down next door.  I lashed out with both barrels.  He was the same contractor who remodeled my building, so I already had lots of (bad) history with him.  A very angry, pent-up genie was unleashed from me that morning.  This was before YouTube, but my rant certainly would have gone viral.  

Comment by The Flying Atheist on December 21, 2016 at 6:22pm

Year 2016 seems to have had an overabundant amount of bad and tragic news.  Now, more than ever, it seems we need to take a deep breath and enjoy some of the simple and wonderful pleasures that are often overlooked.

Here's an article with lots of photos of what has become a yearly tradition at the Chicago Botanic Garden:  miniature trains running alongside landmark/iconic Chicago buildings made from all natural materials.   

Photos: Stunning Miniature Chicago Landmarks Shine At Botanic Garden

Comment by Idaho Spud on December 21, 2016 at 12:18pm

No problems here with AN freezing up.

Comment by The Flying Atheist on December 21, 2016 at 10:38am

Greetings of the Solstice Season one and all!

Randy, I haven't had any problems with A|N freezing up.

Comment by Bertold Brautigan on December 21, 2016 at 9:47am

Happy solstice all. The real reason for the season as they say. The return of the light = cause to celebrate.

Comment by Plinius on December 21, 2016 at 8:49am

Happy Solstice! The sun and the sky are invisible here, thick grey clouds obscure everything, but I've finished my lessons for this year and I've got a holiday!

Comment by Randall Smith on December 21, 2016 at 8:40am

Happy Winter Solstice everyone! Like a yoyo at the bottom of its drop, it'll take awhile before the sun begins to move higher in the sky. But, rest assured, it will. Patience is required.

On an unrelated note, is anybody else having trouble with A/N "freezing up"? I frequently have to close out the site and return later. Maybe it's my dinosaur of a computer.

 

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