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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 Idaho Spud on March 27, 2015 at 10:12am

80 years is still longer than average for people born in that era.

Comment by Plinius on March 27, 2015 at 10:09am

You have got such old parents! Mine died when they were about 80, fifteen years ago.

Comment by Idaho Spud on March 27, 2015 at 10:03am

Wow Randy!  97 years and still going.  I thought my dad was doing great living 95 years.  Of course, my mother is still in the running.  She's 95 and still going.  Maybe she'll beat your dad in longevity. : )

Comment by Randall Smith on March 27, 2015 at 8:19am

Speaking of being old, I'm reading an interesting book--Being Mortal by Atul Gawande--"one not just about dying and the limits of medicine, but about living to the last with autonomy,dignity and joy".  With my father being "up there", and me not so young anymore, it's something worth paying attention to.

Comment by Randall Smith on March 25, 2015 at 7:55am

Glad you pointed that out, Chris. I would have missed it.

I'm taking my father out for lunch today. It's his 97th birthday. He's doing great, by the way. 15 minutes later, and I would have shared birthday dates with him. Thanks for the warm wishes, all.

Comment by Plinius on March 25, 2015 at 1:15am

The Milky Way from a geyser, a spectacular pic!

Comment by Joan Denoo on March 24, 2015 at 3:02pm
Comment by Ian Mason on March 24, 2015 at 2:16pm

Happy birthday, Randy and many more of them. I hope the organic venture goes well and that you enjoy your trip over to this side of the big pond. Will you be cruising down the Danube? Perhaps waltzing to a famous Strauss tune too?

Comment by Joan Denoo on March 24, 2015 at 12:16pm

Chris, thanks for the lead to Szpilman. 

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/W%C5%82adys%C5%82aw_Szpilman 

Comment by Joan Denoo on March 24, 2015 at 12:13pm

Randy, a very Happy Birthday! I hope your day is full of loving faily and friends, great food, pleasant sights, and excitement about investing in the future. Your land, expanding organic farming, and your family will give thoughtful care of your investment. 

 

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