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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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Alexa for Evangelicals! (Betty Bowers)

Started by Loren Miller. Last reply by Patricia Oct 9. 1 Reply

Never let it be said that Mrs. Betty Bowers, America's Best Christian, is anything less than up to date with the state of the art as it comes to the modern household.  However, as a discriminating conservative Christian, Betty would never tolerate…Continue

Tags: digital assistant, America's Best Christian, Betty Bowers

New Rule: Church and Destroy (Real Time with Bill Maher - HBO)

Started by Loren Miller. Last reply by Loren Miller Sep 30. 6 Replies

Bill Maher is an atheist [whoa, shock and amazement!].  He is also a dedicated opponent of Donald Trump and anyone who would support the man or his goals ... and that includes ol' Yahweh, himself!  As it turns out, there is a substantial correlation…Continue

Tags: Stalin, Mao, Hitler, New Rules, Donald Trump

concealing abuse (TheraminTrees)

Started by Loren Miller. Last reply by Ruth Anthony-Gardner Sep 23. 3 Replies

We think of institutionalized child abuse and for many of us, the natural reaction is to think of the Catholic Church. Certainly, their guilt is beyond question, even as the headlines of the Boston Globe early in 2002 and the more recent news…Continue

Tags: Children of God, Jehovah's Witnesses, David Berg, child abuse, TheraminTrees

Liberal Redneck - Climate Change the Game (Trae Crowder)

Started by Loren Miller. Last reply by Ruth Anthony-Gardner Sep 20. 2 Replies

Trae Crowder isn't just about atheism.  He has a deep and abiding concern about what's going on with this planet's climate and the all-too-probable catastrophe we face from a fundamental change in weather patterns.  That said, Trae is thinking about…Continue

Tags: climate change, Al Gore, Trae Crowder

Men who challenge men to stop violence

Started by Joan Denoo. Last reply by Grinning Cat Aug 27. 20 Replies

Many men join in the effort to reduce violence against women and children and other men. He speaks of the need to place responsibility on men instead of focusing on women to stop violence. He offers a breath of fresh air, as do so many of the men on…Continue

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Comment by The Flying Atheist on December 22, 2014 at 1:38am

Patricia, you're very lucky to have talking cats.  Most are too smug to speak to humans.  :)

Comment by Plinius on December 22, 2014 at 1:36am

I like the movie very much, Patricia, and your husband has got a very steady hand.

Comment by Joan Denoo on December 22, 2014 at 1:31am
  1. Ring Out Solstice Bells
    Song by Jethro Tull
  2. Now is the solstice of the year,
    winter is the glad song that you hear.
    Seven maids move in seven time.
    Have the lads up ready in a line.
    Ring out these bells.
    Ring out, ring solstice bells.
    Ring solstice bells.
    Join together beneath the mistletoe.
    by the holy oak whereon it grows.
    Seven druids dance in seven time.
    Sing the song the bells call, loudly chiming.
    Ring out these bells.
    Ring out, ring solstice bells.
    Ring solstice bells.
    Praise be to the distant sister sun,
    joyful as the silver planets run.
    Seven maids move in seven time.
    Sing the song the bells call, loudly chiming.
    Ring out those bells.
    Ring out, ring solstice bells.
    Ring solstice bells.
    Ring on, ring out.
    Ring on, ring out.
Comment by Ian Mason on December 22, 2014 at 1:24am

Comment by Ian Mason on December 22, 2014 at 12:57am

Lovely pictures, music and hugs. Thank you, all of you.

I've probably posted thid before but it's my seasonal favourite:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=K2mh5zPj7Lc

Comment by The Flying Atheist on December 21, 2014 at 9:35pm

Time to use the "Wayback Machine."

Me in the Spring of 1983, finishing up first year of college, with a fellow jazz band trumpet player. 

Comment by The Flying Atheist on December 21, 2014 at 9:17pm

Joan, thanks for posting the saxophone quartet.  It brings back tons of memories of my college days.  I spent five years as part of a saxophone quartet.  Most often I was the soprano player. 

Phillip Glass brings back lots of memories as well.  I was first introduced to his music by his famous Songs From Liquid Days album which I fell in love with and still play today.  I also had the privilege of seeing him perform live as part of a subscription music series at my college's fine arts auditorium.  His music is very mesmerizing and surreal......and yes, unmistakable.  As a musician I've never actually played any of his music, but I know it's difficult due to the riff repetition, the constant changing meter and the counter-syncopation.   

I'm also a fan of the Kronos String Quartet.  Phillip Glass has written much music for them and they have collaborated on many projects.  Kronos plays on the above-mentioned album, Songs From Liquid Days.    

Comment by kathy: ky on December 21, 2014 at 9:12pm
Cat, those are very good.
Comment by The Flying Atheist on December 21, 2014 at 8:39pm

Patricia, what can I say?  I love the train video!  lol 

Comment by The Flying Atheist on December 21, 2014 at 8:38pm

Sk8eycat, those changing photos are really cool.  Thanks for sharing. 

 

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