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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 Ruth Anthony-Gardner on November 28, 2015 at 10:03pm

Great collage, Plinus. I like "I think, therefore I'm dangerous" the best.

Sorry, Joan. I avoid Holiday-themed music. Even secular stuff. Too many years of it. Think I'm allergic now.

Comment by Randall Smith on November 28, 2015 at 9:04am

I'm with you, Joan!!  No contemporary female vocalists can measure up to the queen of scat. And, of course, today's pop(ular) singers make me cringe. Adele? Ugh.

Comment by Plinius on November 27, 2015 at 11:24pm

Of course you can use it, Ian! I made it from internet images.

Comment by Joan Denoo on November 27, 2015 at 4:22pm

Here is one of my favorite performers!

Comment by Ian Mason on November 27, 2015 at 3:22pm

Great videos, Joan and Bertold. Both reach a truth in very different ways.

Love the collage, Chris. Stealing it. Hope you don't mind.

Have a happy day, American buddies in whatever way you choose.

Comment by The Flying Atheist on November 26, 2015 at 7:38pm
Chris, that's a wonderful collage!
Comment by Plinius on November 26, 2015 at 6:36am

I'm old enough to fill in questionnaires about growing old. They asked me to do a collage and this is what I made:

Comment by Ruth Anthony-Gardner on November 25, 2015 at 10:33pm

While you guys are getting snow, we expect a high of 61°F tomorrow and 66°F Friday. Those roses are still OK. It was down to 28°F last night here in the burbs, but there they were. I think the south side of that building, facing a parking lot, is a micro-environment that saves up heat from the day.

Happy Turkey Day to all!

The honest political ad was cute.

Thanks for the Jimmy Cliff song, Joan. Bergen appreciated it. He's always liked the song. "Thank her for me", he says.

Comment by The Flying Atheist on November 25, 2015 at 9:52pm

Joan, I love the Thanksgiving holiday. I celebrate it like I do with Christmas, with my own values, meaning, and interpretation. No, I don't use the day to celebrate and glorify the genocide that occurred on this continent. I make the day "my own" and celebrate and reflect upon what I personally am thankful for. Plus, I really enjoy the "traditional" meal which, incidentally, is nothing like the actual food served by the Indians and Pilgrims.  

You can never go wrong with Carl Sagan. Great video!

Love the political ad, Bertold.

I hope you enjoy your low-key Thanksgiving, Randy. I don't blame you for not wanting to participate in a setting that makes you uncomfortable.

Comment by Grinning Cat on November 25, 2015 at 5:41pm

We need to reform the system, so that good candidates can get elected without spending big money (and large donors expecting access and favors).

Anyone know what public financing programs currently exist and how they're doing? It looks like there are a few state-level programs:

"In the clean elections programs offered only in Arizona, Connecticut, Maine, candidates are encouraged to collect small contributions... As an example... a candidate for state office in Arizona must raise $5 contributions from at least 200 people in order to qualify... In return, the state provides the candidate with public money in an amount equal to the expenditure limit....

The other type of public financing program, offered in states such as Florida and Hawaii, provide matching funds for candidates up to a certain amount." (Candidates who participate must abide by various contribution and spending limits.)

(info from National Conference of State Legislatures)

Maybe time to move this to a topic in Politics, Economics, and Religion?...

 

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