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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.

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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 Plinius on September 2, 2016 at 1:50am

Joan, I went back to teaching a fortnight ago, and I must take some rest in between. 'Rien' is a one syllable name with the short vowel from 'me'.

Comment by Joan Denoo on September 2, 2016 at 12:15am

Chris, how do you pronounce "Rien"?

Will your classes start again soon? Is it that getting ready time? Hopefully, you will have time to rest before the new semester. 

Randy, my son, Craig Smith, named one of his sons John Smith. Oh! are the genealogists going to have a time finding that one!

Carl, Jimmy Durante had a style all his own. He was well paired with Eddie Jackson. 

Comment by Joan Denoo on September 1, 2016 at 11:55pm

Ian, you survived the classes, now is there a job that you are looking to apply for? Whatever you do, you will be a cracker-jack! Your instructor sounds like a real jerk, as though he and the student deserve each other. Sadly, a wife and children have a loser.

Kathy, I join Carl in asking how your tests results turned out?

I forgot about Pat's cast iron collection; I can't find the photo. 

Here is his last post:

Fallacious GOP Candidate, Ted Cruz, Dodges Questions Consistently Inserting Red Herrings!

Reply by Pat on April 8, 2016 at 7:39am

First, look at the 'news' outlet he is speaking to. Newsmax is an extremist right wing propaganda organization, with a Xtian bigoted agenda to promote. So, of course they're going to give voice to this fraud. He's one of them. They feed off each other. They are just as dishonest and filled with hate as he is. Loren's right. Put Cruz in front of a real journalist and he'll sound like Ralph Cramden in the Honeymooners. Hommina, hommina, hommina, hommina.........

Comment by The Flying Atheist on September 1, 2016 at 10:43pm

For Friday, just for the fun of it.

Comment by Randall Smith on September 1, 2016 at 7:15am
Ironicly, just when I was considering eliminating my last name here on A/N (for various reasons), I'm now persuaded to leave well enough alone. If one didn't know my hometown, hours could be spent looking this Randall (Randy) Smith up!
Ian, sorry about your bad experience. There's not much you can do in those situations.
Comment by The Flying Atheist on September 1, 2016 at 12:16am

Daniel, I have to laugh.  I still have your cell phone number that you gave me years ago.  You're not the only Daniel I know, and I never knew your last name.  So, I have you listed in my phone directory as Daniel Washington.

Comment by Plinius on September 1, 2016 at 12:15am

Such a lot of news when I'm busy! Sorry that we've lost Pat! It's good to think of ways to find each other - I think Loren has my e-mail. And when I'm tired I play stupid games on Facebook, using the name Selena Challoner. After the disappearance of Felaine and now Pat, I want to be found by the people I choose.

Glad you survived your course, Ian! It's disconcerting to see how people make a mess of their own life and other's lives.

Comment by The Flying Atheist on August 31, 2016 at 11:35pm

I hope we're wrong about Pat, but it's obviously strange that he disapeared from here without any trace.  His profile is still here.  I remember well in the "Food" group when he posted a photo of his very sizable and impressive cast iron cooking pan collection.  He was very passionate about food.   

Kathy, I'm thinking about you while you wait for test results.  I know how that is.....nerve–racking. 

Ian, what a loathsome experience.  At least the extramarital affair was between two adults.  My first year high school biology teacher managed to impregnate one of my classmates.  He was a young, newly married guy in his first year of teaching.  He wasn't back the next year.  And of course this was at my Lutheran high school.  Religion classes, chapel every Wednesday, etc. 

Comment by Bertold Brautigan on August 31, 2016 at 10:31pm

Glad you weathered the storm, Ian. Also glad to know we here in the States don't have a monopoly on the level of professionalism you described.

Comment by Ian Mason on August 31, 2016 at 10:22pm

8 days of short, intensive courses finished. I now know a very little about: warehouse layout, ordering and despatch of goods and Microsoft Navision, which I found to be a minefield. I'm glad it's all over.
The teacher was an idiot. He took an instant dislike to 2 people in the group and showed it AND took too much of a liking to one of the women, leading to a poorly-hidden affair. Him a married man with small children!

 

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