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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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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 March 8, 2015 at 9:29am

Something for international Women's Day:

Comment by Joan Denoo on March 8, 2015 at 4:39am

Oh! I am sorry to learn of your eye injury, Kathy and hope it heals fast. The band-aid contact lens is a new one to me. It should ease the wear and tear of your eyelid moving over your cornea. 

Ruth, Your fall and bruise do sound painful. So many hazards, especially when it is hard to get around. I imagine you had some sore muscles for a few days. 

Comment by Ruth Anthony-Gardner on March 7, 2015 at 10:48pm

I signed the petition.

Thanks for the Stephen Stills music, Loren. Perfect for the last thing before going to bed.

Randall, the only time we watch TV news now is when there's a major unfolding disaster or huge storm.

G'night all.

Comment by Loren Miller on March 7, 2015 at 10:04pm

A suggestion worthy of consideration:

Sit yourself down.
Take a look around.

Comment by Ian Mason on March 6, 2015 at 9:49pm

Stealing that, Bertold.

Comment by Bertold Brautigan on March 6, 2015 at 4:43pm

Comment by Plinius on March 6, 2015 at 1:07am

Same for me Grinning Cat. I don't mind when people look strange at me for not knowing celebrities, TV-programmes or fashion houses. Perhaps I'm a little proud of it.

Comment by kathy: ky on March 5, 2015 at 5:14pm
Thanks everyone.
Comment by Grinning Cat on March 5, 2015 at 1:01pm

Randy and Ruth, I have no patience for TV news. Not only for the sen­sation­al­ized trivia in lieu of things that pro­foundly affect the world -- my #1 pet peeve is "celeb­rity non-news" that we wouldn't care less about if a random person had the same drunk-driving arrest or fight with their spouse -- and cheap, lazy reporting and reacting to tweets instead of actually reporting news....

I've long preferred newspapers and the web for reading articles in my own order, at my own pace. In the car, I find public radio -- NPR, BBC World Service late at night -- to be an oasis of thoughtfulness and calm.

Kathy, I hope you feel better soon!

And Chris, thanks for the petition link urging the UN Security Council to refer ISIS to the International Criminal Court for kidnapping people into slavery. http://www.walkfree.org/iraq-slavery-icc/

Comment by Emma Lennon on March 5, 2015 at 12:54pm

Funny thing about "The Dress." Just the other day, I commented on Twitter that I'm so sick of the dress that I actually miss the "Team Edward/Team Jacob" arguments. (That is a reference to a book and film series called  Twilight, which I actually despise with a passion.)

 

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