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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 Plinius on June 27, 2016 at 2:14am

Congrats Kathy! There's nothing like loving and supportive family for a new start in life!

Comment by Joan Denoo on June 27, 2016 at 12:47am

Kathy, I m happy for them, and especially that they have you as support. Let the fireworks begin! 

Comment by kathy: ky on June 26, 2016 at 8:00pm
Carl we can be there in spirit.

Hey everyone my gson and his boyfriend are getting married on the 4th. I think it's wonderful that gay marriage is allowed in all states. They seem to be made for each other.
Comment by Joan Denoo on June 26, 2016 at 12:40pm

Chris, thanks for the site, "Last chance to see". It is the kind of video I enjoy. It is filed in my "To Watch" file. 

Comment by Bertold Brautigan on June 26, 2016 at 11:41am

Ruth, there are different kinds of facemasks for the cpap. I've found that the little "pillow" that only goes over your nose rather than covering your nose and mouth is much more comfortable. I had my machine replaced recently, and the straps that hold the mask in place are much more comfortable and easier to keep in place than the older one was.

Comment by Joan Denoo on June 26, 2016 at 11:31am

Randy, I am very sorry to learn of the storm damage. Your family works so hard, and they obviously enjoy their lifestyle.  

Storms leave me feeling helpless; don't allow hopelessness to turn into depression. 

Two things often trigger depression, helplessness and not being in control. Farming imposes both factors on farmers. 

Comment by Ruth Anthony-Gardner on June 26, 2016 at 10:07am

Thanks for the encouragement. I've already had my uvula removed and turbinates cut back to improve breathing at night. Don't think there's third surgery that would help, Carl. I have about ten issues apart from the apnea. Steeply sloped bed for reflux, usually sleep in a fetal position  due to pinched nerve, chronic sinus condition, use an occlusal guard for teeth grinding, get up every 1 1/2 to 2 hours due to bladder problem, and on and on. My mask has to be held over the nose with one hand while the other hand pulls the straps around my head. Yours sounds much easier to get into, Donald.

I appreciate your support.

The CPAP nags me to not get up as often. Reminders every day that I have to acknowledge. <eye roll>

Comment by Donald L. Engel on June 26, 2016 at 1:46am

Ruth, it took me about a week to get used to my CPAP machine.  Now I feel lousy if I'm not wearing it in bed.  I learned to put my head on the pillow, and then use the pillow to hold the face mask while I moved my head within the mask to get the most direct air flow to my nose.  It just takes the slightest movement of my head to adjust it right.

Comment by The Flying Atheist on June 25, 2016 at 10:38pm

Ruth, my ex had to start using a CPAP and he struggled with how uncomfortable it was.  I'm not sure what your issue is, but my ex finally ended up having a small nasal surgery which corrected his problem.

Comment by Ruth Anthony-Gardner on June 25, 2016 at 10:28pm

Sorry to hear about the awful storm and its damage to your kids property, Randall.

Thanks for your physical therapy update, Flying Atheist. The parade was not in your cards.

I haven't been here as much as I'd like. Struggling for over a month to get used to sleeping with a CPAP. <sigh><bags under eyes> I read that most people only take a week or two.

 

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