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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 January 20, 2016 at 9:24pm
Kelly, Nigeria and Iran are two countries that have the death penalty for gays. There are others. Prison time with hard labor are common punishment.

Google it. I think you will be shocked.
Comment by Loren Miller on January 20, 2016 at 2:29pm

Could you use a good laugh today?  Try the following on for size:

Click on image to enlarge.

Comment by Joan Denoo on January 20, 2016 at 1:14pm

Christianity Debunked Using Science and History - Richard Carrier

Here is on of the firebrands, using critical thinking skills to analyze evidence 

Comment by Plinius on January 19, 2016 at 7:16am

I like it, Ian, clear and well told, but I don't like that depression.

You reminded me of my own "spider", so I'll put it here:

Between hope and fear

on a silken thread

..

from cantilever window

to the window-frame

I build security

without  a doubt.

..

I’m a spider.

Comment by kathy: ky on January 18, 2016 at 7:55pm
Ruth, I hope all goes well. Everyone I know has had a good outcome.

Ian, l like your poem very much.

Joan, what's the temps in your area? We are down to near zero. We will be before morning.

Kelly, being gay is still punishable by death in many places. Sad but true. And religion is always behind it in one way or another.
Comment by Ruth Anthony-Gardner on January 18, 2016 at 7:04pm

I didn't understand your comment, Joan. All I saw was a 2014 weather map image, no commercial or commentary.

Great poem, Ian.

We thought twenty one was cold, Randall. The grandkids sound great.

I see your point about musicians, Loren.

<sigh> On a personal note, my respiratory problem has cleared enough, so I'll get the cardiac cath tomorrow. I'll be out of touch for over a day if I get a stent. Bye for now.

Comment by Loren Miller on January 18, 2016 at 6:18pm

[sigh] First Bowie, and now Glenn Frey of the Eagles.  2016 is NOT starting out kindly to musicians.

Comment by Joan Denoo on January 18, 2016 at 1:22pm

Ian, your poem on depression moved me. The phrases offered a visual of unexplainable thoughts: 

Like a spider that has

spun in vain in an empty room

where only dust moves

I also am intrigued by the way your lines form an hour glass.  It gave me a shiver when I made the connection of being in the empty room to 

grit our teeth and move toward

the light, every step a modest victory.

Thank you for sharing. 

Comment by Joan Denoo on January 18, 2016 at 1:09pm

Although this is a commercial for a product, I send this because of its photos and commentary on climate change. Climate change is a fact, what is not so certain is the cause. A conspiracy? I can't imagine humans behaving in such a way. Perhaps the most popular and common theory is not correct, science often goes down a mistaken path. However, the beauty of science is its ability to self-monitor and make mid-course corrections. 

I liken science to a plane flight from Los Angeles to Bejing, it is off course 99% of the time and makes corrections along the way around the planet. 

Comment by Ian Mason on January 18, 2016 at 12:44pm

After a lot of prevarications and distractions, I've finally started to translate some of my poems from Danish to English. Here's one to start with, about getting through a depressive episode:

A Spark

 

Like a spider that has

spun in vain in an empty room

where only dust moves

we try to reach for the impossible.

All efforts seem wasted,

all labour worthless.

Nothing helps.

Nothing.

 

Again

a new attempt.

We stretch, breathe

blow on hope’s tiny spark,

catch sight of a single sunbeam,

grit our teeth and move toward

the light, every step a modest victory.

 

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