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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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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 Joan Denoo on December 24, 2014 at 2:23am

Loren, I like the Herb Alpert's Let it Snow. A great winter song. I've enjoyed everything you share with us. 

Comment by Joan Denoo on December 24, 2014 at 2:18am

Carl, I enjoy the Kronos String Quartet, Songs From Liquid Days, and saved it. 

I like the photo of you in 1983. You must have very special memories of your musical years, too. 

I couldn't remember which sax you played and the piece I selected had them all. How could I miss! 

Comment by Plinius on December 24, 2014 at 1:19am

You are busy! Writing four pages while I sleep!

I'm so glad you got food, Felaine! And I love the unsugared cartoon, Carl!

Comment by The Flying Atheist on December 23, 2014 at 7:18pm

Good timing on that post, Loren.  Chicago is under a winter storm watch for tomorrow.  Thundersnow with thunder and lightning has also been predicted.  I remember the first time experiencing that as a kid.  It's quite bizarre to hear and see lightning flashes during a blizzard.  Concrete details of tomorrow's expected storm are quite evasive.  Anywhere from 2 to 7 inches of snow, if any.         

BTW, I'm a huge Herb Alpert/Tijuana Brass fan. 

Comment by Loren Miller on December 23, 2014 at 6:52pm

Not certain whether I've posted this before or not, but still ... 'tis the season!

Comment by Pat on December 23, 2014 at 6:49pm

Felaine, I'm very glad to hear about your good fortune. As to lentils and split peas, I'll go with the lentils. While I am a meat eater, I don't use it in lentil soup. Carrots and onions are good for me. I'll have to think about cinnamon and allspice as to my blood glucose. Might be a good idea.

Comment by The Flying Atheist on December 23, 2014 at 5:39pm

You can add me as a split-pea soup lover as well.  Yum.   

Sk8eycat, you better not give us your address.  You might end up with a long line of us outside your front door.  Although.......that would be fun if we all brought something to eat.  Potluck at Elaine's house!!!!! 

Comment by sk8eycat on December 23, 2014 at 5:36pm

Patricia, bay leaf is another ingredient I can live without, but I certainly have turmeric, curry powder (????) and cayenne.  There was also a bag of lentils in with all the soup ingredients, plus a small bag of Ghirardelli chocolates, 2 pears that need to soften up a bit....a LARGE bag of navel oranges  I have a bag and a half of cranberries in the freezer....and I always buy the largest bottle of cinnamon available, at least twice a year.   (I wonder if my overuse of cinnamon and allspice in practically EVERYTHING has anything to do with my blood glucose normalizing itself.)

Comment by Idaho Spud on December 23, 2014 at 5:21pm

Split pea soup is one of my favorites.  I add things to it for variety, but most times, I just use butter, pepper & salt.  Very economical that way.

Comment by Idaho Spud on December 23, 2014 at 5:17pm

Happy for you Felaine!

 

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