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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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Is Christianity Persecuted? (The Thinking Atheist)

Started by Loren Miller. Last reply by Patricia on Friday. 7 Replies

Okay, gang ... when is the last time you saw Seth Andrews do an animated video on his YouTube channel?  Seems like donkey's years ago, don't it?  Well, apparently Jeff Sessions and his "religious liberty task force" got Seth's nelly up enough that…Continue

Tags: religious liberty task force, Donald Trump, Jeff Sessions, Seth Andrews, The Thinking Atheist

worshipping narcissists (qualiasoup & theramintrees)

Started by Loren Miller. Last reply by Ruth Anthony-Gardner Aug 4. 2 Replies

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

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

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

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Comment by The Flying Atheist on November 7, 2015 at 6:54pm

Grinning Cat, that's a great song.  I've always liked it. 

Speaking of health, as a flight attendant, I can tell you that it's no secret that airplanes are a smorgasbord of germs.  The close proximity of people, vomit from airsickness, food eating, diaper changing on beverage tray tables, garbage in seat-back pockets, inadequate or non-existent hand washing by passengers.  I was constantly washing my hands while working because of the constant contact with germs.  Still, it was common that I would get a bad cold three or four times a year in addition to the flu once or twice, despite getting a flu shot. 

Because of my kidney disease, I haven't been able to work for the past 15 months.  As a result, I haven't had a single cold or flu during that whole time. 

Comment by kathy: ky on November 7, 2015 at 10:50am
Grinning Cat, that is WONDERFUL :)
And so approp. Thank you.
Comment by Grinning Cat on November 7, 2015 at 10:34am

Randy, I missed that "forum", but while I'd like to see a Bernie Sanders presidency, I wholeheartedly agree that any of the Democratic candidates would be far better than any of the Republicans (Republicons; Rethuglicans; official party motto: "I've got mine; screw you").

Bertold, sorry to hear of your furry family member's passing. It sounds like she had the least worst way to go, enjoying life until the end.

Ian, I too look forward to reading your poems in translation, hopefully one that transmits a lot of their spirit and quirks as well as their basic sense.

And for Kathy:

Comment by Randall Smith on November 7, 2015 at 7:42am

Except for Bertold's loss of his beloved pet, there seems to be a lot of good news going on. I like to hear that.

Did anyody watch the MSNBC "forum" with Rachel Maddow, last night? She interviewed the 3 Democratic pres. candidates. Enlightening and informative. I could live with any of the three. Just no Republicans.

Comment by Joan Denoo on November 7, 2015 at 12:19am

Kathy, I like your suggestions for Carl to be especially careful during this waiting time. Those little sniffles, sneezes and coughs can sidetrack procedures too easily. Yes, we join in as your team of encouraging support. 

I had dogs throughout my childhood and made sure the kids had their pets and learned to care for them. When our last cats and dogs dies of old age, and after my kids flew the nest to build their own, I retired from animal care. What a splendid gift to have such fine animals in my new home during this stage of my life. I receive so very much pleasure from them.

Dominic has a personality that suits me very comfortably with his quiet attention and joining me in my activities. He seems to enjoy each day as much as i. He belongs to my daughter, Laura. 

Spaz offers all bounce and vigor that I no longer have. 

Zeek, or Zeak, or Zeke, I don't know how they spell his name, is a reckless, undisciplined, wild animal that has no concern for manners or impositions. He and Spaz belong to Michelle, my granddaughter who lives down the gravel road from my new home. 

Each one is a treasure that I love. Dominic offers me companionship with quiet affections that I treasure. 

Comment by kathy: ky on November 6, 2015 at 11:06pm
Thanks to everyone for the kind words.

Carl, be a germ freak while you wait. Carry an extra bottle of hand sanitizer with you and use it! Wash your hands often. You know the drill!! We all want you healthy and well prepared for surgery and you know we will all be thinking of you.


Joan, you seem to have been adopted by a lovely dog. Is he your first?
Comment by The Flying Atheist on November 6, 2015 at 10:56pm

Ian, I'm all for an English translation of your poems as well.  Either that or a pop-up picture book.

Comment by Joan Denoo on November 6, 2015 at 4:20pm

Kathy, glad your cataract surgery went well and you can see clearly.

Bertold, very sorry to learn of the loss of your #1 dog. Happily, your description of playfulness on her last day and quiet passing occurred. 

Ian, how wonderful to be published! I hope we can read English translations, even if anything is lost in the process of translation.

Comment by Joan Denoo on November 6, 2015 at 4:08pm

Laura told me it was about time I stopped complaining about not having a bird book and order one. She says, "Get 'er done", Larry says "Get 'er did". They believe in taking action, not whining.  

Dang! I love it when I hear my kids say back to me what I taught them when they were little!

Comment by Bertold Brautigan on November 6, 2015 at 3:48pm

I'm with you on that, Kathy.Woody Allen had it right when he said I don't mind dying, I just don't want to be there. Thanks for your condolences, everyone. And Ian, congrats on publishing your poetry. are we going to be treated to English translations??

 

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