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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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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 Randall Smith on October 21, 2016 at 7:59am

We have no propositions on our ballots. Only one "extra"--whether to retain a judge or not. I like your firt measure, Daniel.

I have a book recommendation on Nexus Book Club group.

I've invited my daughter's family (the "farmers") over for dinner tonight (potato and ham casserole), with the two oldest (4 and 7) staying overnight and much of Saturday while their parents do a farmers market. I think I can handle it. Wish me luck! No prayers, however.  

Comment by Bertold Brautigan on October 21, 2016 at 7:46am

Thanks for posting those, Daniel. I haven't been paying a lot of attention. There's also an interesting one in Oregon, BM 97. It would tax corporations with over $25M annual revenue at 2.5%. Of course the usual corporate shills are out screeching about what a bad idea it is.

Comment by kathy: ky on October 21, 2016 at 12:13am
If ky ballots looked like those I would be excited too :)
Comment by Randall Smith on October 20, 2016 at 8:08am
Speaking of windmills, my county (in Indiana) has a controversy raging on whether to permit landowners to have them built or not. I'm not sure who has the final word--zoning comission?
Comment by kathy: ky on October 19, 2016 at 1:40pm
I've found a prayer I can get behind. By Chuck Lorre:

A nonpartisan, nondenominational prayer for America
God,
Please make this election be over soon
Amen
Comment by Ian Mason on October 19, 2016 at 12:40pm

Now and again a cartoon says more than a philosopher.

Comment by Bertold Brautigan on October 19, 2016 at 12:32pm

Thanks for the link, Ian. I always remember Summertime Blues from the Live at Leeds album.

Comment by Ian Mason on October 19, 2016 at 12:24pm

Camus siad something about autumn being a second spring where all the trees are flowers. A nice thought.

Bertold, I remember The Dave Clark Five too. They were a bit of a joke among some music fans but I liked them at the time.

My inspiration for the bass and the notion that bass players are cool is, of course, the late, great John ' Thunder Fingers ' Entwistle of The Who. While the other 3 in the group were leaping about and wrecking things, he stood stock still and played a storm. Heard but not seen much in this clip.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=GRHBPdSIecA

Comment by Idaho Spud on October 19, 2016 at 12:21pm

I like the fall colors from Chris and Loren.  We don't get much of a show here.  Wrong kinds of trees for the most part.  Lots of Elm.

Comment by Loren Miller on October 19, 2016 at 11:25am

The Great Lakes Theater Festival presented Sweeney Todd a couple years ago, and it was the most memorable and powerful play among many outstanding productions I've seen at the Hanna Theater.  Here's the opening:

 

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