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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 Ruth Anthony-Gardner on October 15, 2014 at 11:36am

"They make all Southerners look bad." Right! Thanks for the post GC.

Comment by Grinning Cat on October 15, 2014 at 11:32am

The Duck Dynasty "cultural export" is all the more embarrassing for being a wealthy-yuppies-in-redneck-drag fake!

There are before-and-after pictures on various websites, including here: http://aattp.org/duck-dynasty-is-fake-and-thats-a-fact-jack-video/

Dusty Smith (of CultOfDusty videos) has strong words about it in his video (cued up to the relevant part; NSFW):

Comment by The Flying Atheist on October 15, 2014 at 10:45am

Ian, that Duck Dynasty photo embarrasses me when I think about so much of our country's "cultural" exports to other parts of the world. 

Comment by Joan Denoo on October 15, 2014 at 1:42am

Ian and Randy, there is that anxiety a parent has when an adult child quits a job or for whatever reason they are unemployed. I hope both your daughters fare well in their professional endeavors. 

Craig, my son with the nice job description, lost his job several years ago in a RIF and we all held our breath. As it stands now, Craig and Laura are both secure and I have no worries about their futures. They are both entrepreneurial in spirit, not liking to work for others. Being self-employed is a strong message from my family and from their dad's. There are risks, and benefits. Kind of like life. 

Patricia, The party sounds like great fun and excitement. Did you know before hand that an engagement was coming? Your granddaughter's face looked so excited and pretty. Her ring is lovely. 

Ian, I have never seen the American Ya'll Qaeda, but from what I hear, I have no interest in learning what he has to say. A good comparison of the Qaeda twins. 

Randy, we still have that neighborhood feeling of belonging to each other as family. We have front porches, and now there are several front yard vegetable gardens. The third generation of kids is growing up. This summer has been the most recent squealing of the young ones. Of the oldest group that grew up while I lived here, one is an astrophysicist another is a dentist. It is a sweet place to grow up. 

Comment by Ian Mason on October 15, 2014 at 1:06am

Has anyone posted this before?

Comment by Randall Smith on October 14, 2014 at 8:12am

Joan, your son's job description is a little more complicated  than what mine was: "teacher"! Impressive sounding, anyway.

Ian, my daughter (age 39) just went throught the same thing, and is now unemployed. Hope your daughter has better luck finding a job.

After reading a new book by Marc Dunkelman, The Vanishing Neighborhood, I realize my friends are not my real neighbors like they were for my parents. The definition of "neighborliness" has evolved dramatically over the the course of several decades. As a kid, I remember sharing meals, baby sitting, going places, etc., with our neighbors. Today, being "neighborly" means leaving those around you in peace. You're friendly, but detached.

Consequently, or perhaps a reason for that change, is the internet. Facebook, twitter, blogs have become the centerpiece for our relationships and friends. True, I share more information with you all than I do with any of my so-called true friends and neighbors. I'm okay with that, although I miss the "good ol' days". 

Comment by Plinius on October 14, 2014 at 6:40am

A really impressive list, Joan!

Must have been a nice family party, Patricia! No ring for him or is that not the custom with you?

Comment by Ian Mason on October 13, 2014 at 1:42pm

Sorry for the mistakes. Just woken up from my day's sleep. Yes. blAming and there.

Comment by Ian Mason on October 13, 2014 at 1:40pm

"Gift" in Danish means poison AND married. No comment from me.

Glad to hear that Dale is picking up.

Yes, Joan that's an impressive list.

My daughter has resigned from her job as she thought the dept. boss was an idiot, bleming her for things that weren't her fault After an interview with a senior boss, she's been offered something in another dept, so someone up their knows that there's something wrong at the local level. She's also decided definitely to move to Copenhagen in the new year when her bloke has finished his studies. There are greater opportunities in the capital for both of them.

Autumn has come to Denmark, with wind and rain but also occasional bouts of sunshine. It looks like I will have a small second crop of green cherry tomatoes, just right for pickles.

Comment by Joan Denoo on October 13, 2014 at 12:48pm

Hi everyone! It is a blue sky day, cold, I'm feeling splendid and ready to get out into the garden. Hope everyone is doing well, has loads of people you like and enjoy around you. 

I haven't read the morning news yet, so thought I should get my greeting in before I ty to start solving all the problems of the world. 

My previous post this morning is my son, Craig's work background summary. I hope you are as impressed as I. I discovered it while I was looking for an old college friend. 

 

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