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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 sk8eycat on July 31, 2014 at 10:57pm

To my friends who have lost their Mollys this week, my sincere sympathies.  I know how much it hurts....been there, done that more times than I can count.

To Grinning Cat: that is such a sweet quote.  I must be more than 50 cats old by now; my parents had cats for 10 years before they had me, and we have have always had cats ever since then.  A lot of them were "dumped" at our house when it was still safe to let them roam outside (and every effing neighbor blamed US for any cat damage that they found in their yards, as if we were the only cat fans for miles....they even blamed us for the free-roaming dogs that buried bones in their flower beds....)

We stopped letting our cats go outside when the greedy developers started building ticky-tacky houses up in the hills and destroying coyote and mountain lion territory back in the 1980s.

Comment by Grinning Cat on July 31, 2014 at 10:48pm

Joan, it's good to see the Swedish language expanding with a gender-neutral pronoun, that's a more natural extension than "they" for "she/he" in English.

A commenter on the 2012 article about divided opinions on the pronoun noted: "Well, like it or not, it's apparently taking hold. The other day two separate Swedish friends of mine both used 'hen' in normal conversation."

Comment by Grinning Cat on July 31, 2014 at 10:38pm

Comment by kathy: ky on July 31, 2014 at 10:19pm
I like this very much Grinning Cat.
Comment by Grinning Cat on July 31, 2014 at 9:49pm

Mindy, I'm also sorry to hear about Molly dying! (And then having to deal with the "Rainbow Bridge" nonsense.)

I think Irving Townsend's quote about "Another cat? Perhaps..." could apply to dogs just as well!

"Another cat? Perhaps.
For love there is also a season; its seeds must be resown.
But a family cat is not replaceable like a worn out coat or a set of tires.
Each new kitten becomes its own cat, and none is repeated.
I am four cats old, measuring out my life in friends that have succeeded but not replaced one another."

Comment by Joan Denoo on July 31, 2014 at 7:40pm

Well, this makes good sense to me. An end to him/her!

Gender neutral 'hen' enters dictionary

Comment by kathy: ky on July 31, 2014 at 3:21pm
Booklover, l was so sorry to hear about Molly. I've lost one to cancer too and it's not a bit easier.
Comment by The Flying Atheist on July 31, 2014 at 10:08am

Mindy, have a great lunch!

Comment by Randall Smith on July 31, 2014 at 7:29am

It's so nice not to have to hear someone say "doggy heaven", etc. I did check out the dogs at the animal shelter (remember when we used to call it the "dog pound"?). I think I found one I like. More later.

Joan, isn't "googling" something great?! (Ray Rice)

Brent, thanks. It was nice to read you're doing well after a rough year. Keep you spirits up.

Comment by Joan Denoo on July 31, 2014 at 1:59am

Mindy, I just read that your Molly died and I am so sorry that she had that terrible experience at the end. From your photos of her over the past months have shown a very much loved, well cared for, treasured part of the family. I am sorry for your loss. 

 

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