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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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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 September 6, 2014 at 12:34pm

Oh! What a beautiful morning, 60 degrees F, full sun, a lovely day to be continuing with the prep for winter. Yesterday, the sunflowers had a small flock of goldfinch, eating seeds, upside down in their peculiar way of eating sunflower seeds. My propagated plants are doing well in my little greenhouse under the blue spruce; I will be setting them out for the neighbors to come by and pick up whatever they want for their gardens. I'm off to the garden and I may or may not be able to make contact with the internet. During rest periods I can read all the mail that came in from my A/N friends up until I am disconnected from the wireless. 

I just want to say to each one of you dear friends, I am so grateful for having you in my life and happy that you want to share with me. 

Carl, I am happy to see hour face in the mail this morning. Hope you are feeling well. 

Thank you, Chris, Carl, and Mindy for your nice comments about Laura's post on Facebook. It still gives me goosebumps. 

I share your thoughts about Joan Rivers. Not one I listened to. Thanks, Felaine, for the lead to Elayne Boosler 

Comic Relief "Elayne Boosler" Stand Up Comedy

Mindy, glad your dinner was so pleasant; the future looks brighter. I was not able to see your comment of two hours ago, just after your report of your dinner last night with atheist friends. I hate to bother anyone, but I know I am missing a treasure. 

Comment by Idaho Spud on September 6, 2014 at 10:07am

I didn't find Joan Rivers funny either, but I got the idea she wasn't trying to be mean.

Comment by Idaho Spud on September 6, 2014 at 10:03am

Mindy, I'm jealous that you have atheist's to have dinner with.

I like the scripture circle.

Comment by sk8eycat on September 6, 2014 at 9:09am

Randy, I'm with you; I never cared much for Joan Rivers' style of comedy...made me uncomfortable. 

Elayne Boosler is one of my faves....there's warmth in her monologues, and I went to a live "reading" of her "Peter & the Wolf" -style creation, called "Rescue; a True Story."  There wasn't a dry eye in the house when she (and the music) finished.

Comment by The Flying Atheist on September 6, 2014 at 9:00am
Joan, what your daughter wrote about you is beautiful. You have every right to be proud of both her and yourself.
Comment by Randall Smith on September 6, 2014 at 7:23am
I've been amazed at the amount of media coverage the death of Joan Rivers has received. For me, I could hardly stand to look at her, let alone listen to her. I'm not a big fan of loud, obnoxious comedians that put people down. That type of humor is irritating to me. But, to each his own.
Comment by Plinius on September 6, 2014 at 6:41am

I can't read everything Laura wrote, but I think she is right, Joan; strictness, especially when applied by a loving person, is a great help.

Comment by Joan Denoo on September 6, 2014 at 3:15am

Mindy, I enjoy the Ricky Gervais statement.

Comment by Joan Denoo on September 6, 2014 at 3:13am

Mindy! Looks as though you are getting some nice atheist friends that you can actually see! Nothing wrong with virtual friends, and it is pleasing, indeed, to have ones with whom you can sit an chat. 

Comment by Joan Denoo on September 6, 2014 at 3:10am

I know I am shamelessly sharing this response of Laura, my daughter, when I apologized to her for being so strict with her when she was little. 

Laura wrote: "The strictness came in handy for me as an adult though, because I don't settle for 'good enough'. I take pride in what I have and what I do and I attribute that to how you and Dad raised us. I wouldn't trade those years in for anything! I do think that I flourished as a teenager from the more collaborative approach because it helped me to think and act as a team-player in life, realizing that my actions could affect more than just me. You also guided us through our teenage years, when we were seeking independence, in a way that stimulated personal responsibility from within us. I couldn't have asked for a better mom!

 

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