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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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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 Ian Mason on October 29, 2015 at 9:41pm

I'm afraid I get a 'page not found' from your Ugandan link, Joan. I have nothing but admiration for those secularists and atheists active in those parts of the world still in the thrall of superstition.

Comment by Bertold Brautigan on October 29, 2015 at 5:37pm

Interesting piece of history, Joan. It reminds me of a limerick I heard years ago about the consort of King Carol II of Romania:

Have you heard about Magda Lupescu?

She came to Romania's rescue

It's a wonderful thing

To be under a king

Is democracy better I esk you?

I studied for a couple of quarters in Romania back in the 70s.

Comment by Joan Denoo on October 29, 2015 at 5:04pm

Just a wee bit of NW history to brighten up a cold, rainy day:

October 29, 2015 - November 4, 2015

"This week in 1926 Washington rolled out the red carpet for Queen Marie of Romania, who was visiting the state at the invitation of philanthropist Sam Hill. On November 2 the queen arrived in Spokane with her 85-person entourage and was feted with a reception at the Davenport Hotel. The next day she traveled to Goldendale, where she dedicated Hill's Maryhill Museum of Art, which was still under construction. After the dedication the royal party spent the night in Portland, then visited Longview the next morning.  

"When the Queen arrived in Seattle the afternoon of November 4, she was greeted at the King Street Station by thousands of well-wishers, then left in a motorcade for a tour of the city that included a visit to Roosevelt High School and ended with a dinner reception at the New Washington Hotel. On November 6, Queen Marie completed her tour of Washington in Blaine, where she rededicated the Peace Arch, which had been built by Sam Hill a few years earlier. From there she headed east, making another brief stop in Spokane on her way back across the continent and home again to Romania."

Hill's Maryhill Museum of Art looking across the Columbia River into the wheat fields of Oregon.

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Comment by Joan Denoo on October 29, 2015 at 2:29pm

Another of our favorite, Betty Bowers: 

Comment by Joan Denoo on October 29, 2015 at 12:04pm

New update about my activities in Uganda From Bwambale Robert

Bwambale's "core aims and objectives {are} to ensure Science and Reason prevail on the African soil". Photos of their facilities, students, sponsors, and teacher reveal an active Humanist effort to educate students for healthy living and working.  

 core aims and objectives to ensure Science and Reason prevail on the African soil.

Comment by Randall Smith on October 28, 2015 at 7:39am

When I flipped on the TV to watch the World Series, I was struck by seeing Alex Rodriguez and Pete Rose doing the pre-game analysis. What's wrong with that, you ask? Well, they're disgraced current and former major leaguers, one for using steroids, the other for betting on his own team, both charged and found guilty. Surely they could come up with more respected figures

Comment by Randall Smith on October 27, 2015 at 7:40am

$190 later, I think my dog's nose condition is clearing up. She "breaks out" with bleeding sores. Some viral thing according to the biopsy. She's spending the day indoors with me while it rains (finally!). The wind is knocking off the colorful fall leaves. Boo. Good day to clean house.

Comment by kathy: ky on October 26, 2015 at 6:39pm
Joan, it is so like you to know felaines birthday! I hope she knew how much she meant to all of us.
In-laws! I also have issues with the only one l have but it seems to be a personality clash from word go. I don't think anyone wants to see their children marry someone older with children. Odd that the grandson l brag of so often came from that marriage.

Life has a way of working out.
Comment by Ian Mason on October 25, 2015 at 2:50pm

That's a remarkable story, Joan. Your son-in-law must really have loved your daughter to be willing to make great changes. He must also have been aware of his problems and wanted to change. Life among your family and surrounded by nature sounds beautiful.

I'm starting to have doubts about my son-in-law. Last time I was there, during the summer. I found out that my daughter was the one going out to work and doing all the shopping, cooking, cleaning etc. while he was busy 'working on his thesis.' I don't know what will happen now he's started work too.

I still think of Felaine regularly. A remarkable life and a fighting spirit lost too soon.

Comment by Ruth Anthony-Gardner on October 24, 2015 at 2:20pm

I miss her too, Joan. It's great that you have a custon-built greenhouse. We haven't had a hard frost here yet, just a bit of "powdered sugar" on the grass. I'm glad you're happy in your home with your daughter now.

I seem to have missed the streaming of Sleep.

Randall, I'm sorry to hear the Amtrack trip was so disappointing. I'd always imagined going cross country that way as a delight. I hear you about your son in law. Joan's story about Larry's turnaround is encouraging. My sister's choice of husband is in that same ballpark. One reason I don't enjoy visiting her.

Like Flying Atheist, I have a bit of cultural-event envy, Ian. But I'm too cheap to pay for streaming live theater when there's so much "free" (already paid for) entertainment.

Have a good weekend, all.

 

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