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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 The Flying Atheist on October 6, 2014 at 9:19pm

Joan, thanks for asking about me.  I had two doctor appointments today and I have some positive news to report.  My kidneys are stable right now and I'm doing well.  I'm doing well enough that the doctor wants to hold off on a preparatory vein surgery that is required for dialysis.  In the meantime all the medical paperwork has finally been completed for myself and my brother and two sisters for a transplant operation.  Once blood work can be done, I will know if one of the them will be a blood match with me. Today's news widens the window of time for this, so hopefully a transplant operation can occur before dialysis is needed. 

And Joan, I have to agree with the others here........you truly are an inspiration to all of us!

Comment by Joan Denoo on October 6, 2014 at 1:27pm

Mindy, not Mind! 

Comment by Joan Denoo on October 6, 2014 at 1:26pm

Thanks Spud! It is odd. For some reason you and Ruth's computer aren't totally compatible with mine. I am surely glad we have friends to third party our problem!

I guess I will just call for an interpreter the next time it happens. 

I did get a nice chuckle. Thanks Mind. 

Comment by Idaho Spud on October 6, 2014 at 1:01pm

Here's Mindy's picture Joan:

Comment by Ian Mason on October 6, 2014 at 12:03pm

Hello everyone. It seems that you are all having positive experiences. That's good to hear.

I've returned from a weekend in England. Spent a couple of hours at a niece's wedding party, which was nice. Got to see a lot of the family but had trouble talking to them as the music was too loud. Otherwise all eating, relaxing and tea. Very pleasant. My trouser button broke on the journey home, which says a lot.

Comment by Joan Denoo on October 6, 2014 at 11:05am

Mindy, your comment didn't come through that you sent an hour ago. It is probably some photo that will make me laugh. Or some information I don't want to miss. 

I want to read everything you write and for some reason you and Ruth have comments that don't to my Wall. I see your name, but no comment 

Comment by Plinius on October 6, 2014 at 11:01am

I'm glad it's so easy, Joan!

Comment by Joan Denoo on October 6, 2014 at 11:01am

Today is another beautiful day. I made great progress yesterday getting my garden ready to go to sleep. The vines seemed almost grateful to be cut off and put in the trash. I repaired some trellises that they grew on and they, too, are all ready for a new season. The growth that will be next spring's lilac blossom form nicely. The rhododendrons have huge buds forming as well. 

The lilac bushes have a new assault on their leaves so I gave them diatomaceous earth on the soil and leaves. It doesn't really matter about these leaves because they will be falling soon, but I want to start my defenses before next season.

Comment by Joan Denoo on October 6, 2014 at 10:53am

Chris, the replacement is no big deal, it requires anaesthesia and a procedure that is not at all painful. I don't even feel the electrode when it keeps my heart in rhythm. My primary physician asked last Friday if I can hear or feel it. I don't hear or feel anything, except grateful that I have had these extra years. 

January 2008

Comment by Randall Smith on October 6, 2014 at 8:21am

So much to comment on!                                                               Joan, You are such an inspiration to all of us. I consider you the matriarch of A.N. Let's hope you can continue gardening for a long time, pacemaker and all!

Mindy, happy your daughter is enjoying waitressing.                    Great "selfie", Chris! I love photos of all my friends here.

Wouldn't it be great if we really could get together for a grand "potluck"?! When I was a member on an previous blog site, I met six fellow bloggers while traveling east, south, and west. Even stayed overnight at 3 of them. The blog site sort of crumbled, so I moved on--to here! It's been a blast.

 

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