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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 August 19, 2014 at 9:11pm

Mindy, my thoughts will be with you as you go for your upper endoscopy. Remember that worry is a useless feeling unless you have something to worry about. Thankfully, you are following up on a symptom that continues to plague you. Once you have some answers, you cant get down to the miserable work of doing what you have to do to take care of it. As I remember, you didn't get a definitive answer last time you had tests. I do hope you get a solid diagnosis and treatment plan. I will be waiting with you those three weeks until diagnosis. 

Had to look up Nissen Fundoplication; Oh gracious, how many ways can a body go haywire? One article stated after the procedure to not eat solid foods for a while. Do you have a good broth recipe? If not, I have a wonderfully healthy one, either chicken or vegetable. I make it all the time and freeze quarts of it to use throughout the week, usually in sauces or for cooking potatoes or rice. But it is a wonderful healer for any kind of recovery. Let me know if you want the recipe.  

I have very little experience with reflux, so can't really know what you are experiencing. Whatever it is, I hope all goes well and you have a full restoration of comfort and health.

Please give your husband a greeting from me for his 48th birthday! 

Comment by Joan Denoo on August 19, 2014 at 8:56pm

Carl, terrible news about your stage three chronic kidney disease. May I ask, what were the presenting symptoms? I'm so sorry your medications have "terrible side effects"! 

Will your work restrictions last for long? 

Chronic Kidney Disease

According to the articles I read, diet plays an important part in treatment, much as diabetes. 

If you are anything like I am, I go on the hunt for information as soon as I learn there is a problem. These two sites are only two of the many Googled items. Of course, remember to be a discerning reader, there is a lot of poppycock on internet sites. 

National Kidney Foundation 

Comment by Idaho Spud on August 19, 2014 at 3:23pm

Carl, sorry for your kidney disease!

Comment by Idaho Spud on August 19, 2014 at 3:22pm

Mindy, I've had lots of acid reflux most of my life, so when I went in for an upper-endoscopy, I thought they would find something, maybe even cancer, but they found nothing wrong.  Hope the same for you.

Comment by The Flying Atheist on August 19, 2014 at 1:56pm

Happy birthday to your husband, Mindy.  Has your daughter's school started classes yet?  I hope your appointment goes well tomorrow.  

I was in Walgreen's the other day and the aisle with the school supplies was filled with excited kids picking our their notebooks, etc.  They were very cute.  When you're young, those things are so important.

On a personal note, I saw a kidney specialist yesterday and was diagnosed with stage three chronic kidney disease.  So.......I'm on some medications with terrible side effects that I'm dealing with.  My condition is under control for now and I will have to monitor myself closely for blood pressure and salt intake.  I'm actually unable to work at this time. 

Randy, I hope you enjoy the time with your grandson.  It was always fun to go to my grandmother's house and play with toys that were my father's when he was young. 

Comment by Randall Smith on August 19, 2014 at 7:27am

Oops, "He wanted..."

Comment by Randall Smith on August 19, 2014 at 7:26am

Joan, you have quite a family! I was surprised to get a phone call this morning from my near 5 yr old grandson. I wanted to spend overnight with me. I said "you bet". While rummaging through the attic the other day, I came across some toys belonging to my son. They'll be something new for my grandson (and me!) to play with.

Comment by Plinius on August 19, 2014 at 4:03am

I can't understand why nobody orders a good independent investigation into the death of Michael Brown. Of course the police won't like that, but they're there to protect and serve, not for anything else.

Comment by Brent Feeney on August 18, 2014 at 11:42am

I has been scary out here Mindy, and it's getting worse after it seeming was getting better. Gov. Jay Nixon has now called out the National Guard and Amnesty International is sending a team to monitor the situation.

Of course, the fact that AI is making their way here has many of The Usual Supsects heading into a tizzy, among other things.

Comment by Joan Denoo on August 18, 2014 at 11:01am

Now, a moment to brag about my newest great-grandchild, Brooklyn. She is a lovely baby, very sweet tempered, chubby as can be, cried very little even as she has a hearty sound indicating she has a need. 

Laurie, my granddaughter, is an outstanding mother, very loving and attentive. She enjoys their baby very much. 

Zac, Brooklyn's daddy, gently takes care of all her needs from feeding to cleaning her. He holds her so gently and quietly talks to her. He seems to enjoy fathering. The look on his face as he cuddles her is almost mystically loving. I can't say enough good about Zac, he is so kind and thoughtful, he is a hard worker and has initiative. They are living with Laura and Larry just now and he finds things to repair or to create for them. He is building a terraced garden for Laura, cutting down the trees, preparing them for the use in the terraces, and builds them so strong, it would take something very unusual to damage them. Right now the dogs love to jump from layer to layer, leaving behind deep holes where their feet dig in for a gigantic leap. The training has started to get the dogs off of the future garden. 

One of my great pleasures while with them this weekend, was just watching the three of them interact. Sweet memories to take along with me in my twilight years.   

 

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