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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 Deidre on December 23, 2014 at 8:24am

Wanted to wish everyone here a safe and happy holiday week!

:)

Comment by Randall Smith on December 23, 2014 at 7:37am

Spoiler alert! The Keane movie is based on a true story. It wasn't the man who painted all those wide-eyed "creatures", but his wife! He couldn't paint a lick, but took all the credit, coercing her to keep her mouth shut. She's still alive and painting. 

Comment by sk8eycat on December 23, 2014 at 3:46am

There was somebody else in the late 1960s who painted big-eyed dogs and cats...usually crying.  Disgusting.  IF an animal has teary eyes, it needs to see an ophthalmologist. 

There are veterinary eye specialists....amazing people!  I had to take my T. Devil to one....he had hydrostatic shock in both eyes from jumping from great heights....when he weighed 20 lbs. Couldn't save his eyes....and the saddest thing was that my Dad died while this was going on, and Mr. Devil would get in my dad's chair when it was time for the news....and wait, and wait, and wait.  It took him almosta year to realize that Dad was gone forever.

How do you explain things like that to a cat?

Comment by Plinius on December 23, 2014 at 3:05am

Of course it's all right, Felaine!

Something in the style reminds me of the Dutch COBRA artist Karel Appel, who painted hungry children just after WWII, but there's a world of difference - Keane is phoney.

Comment by sk8eycat on December 23, 2014 at 2:27am

Chris, I love your snarky comment....I may turn it into a greetihng card, if that's all right with you.

Comment by sk8eycat on December 23, 2014 at 2:17am

I don't want to give you nightmares, but they ARE tacky....always were.

The "artist" is a JW.....puke!

Comment by Plinius on December 23, 2014 at 1:05am

Yes, the Keane paintings - what a depressing sort of art is that! I may barf too! It's the barfing season anyway, with all the sugared xmas stories and all the other seasonal nonsense. Let's be kind to homeless people so we feel good and then we can neglect and ignore them for another year.

Comment by sk8eycat on December 23, 2014 at 12:04am

Does anyone else remember the so-called Keane paintings of big-eyed children that were so popular in the hippie days of the 1950s?  Someone has made a movie about the "artist." 

I may barf.

Comment by sk8eycat on December 22, 2014 at 9:44am

I've loved this recording ever since it was first released:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=u7iLc7XhU8E

Comment by Plinius on December 22, 2014 at 1:50am

They talk all day, Carl, but I'm still no expert in understanding Cat. Couldn't find a language guide.

 

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