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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 kathy: ky on August 3, 2014 at 11:55am
Hello Frank. From the hills of ky.
Comment by Plinius on August 3, 2014 at 10:52am

Hi Frank, I'm Chris

Comment by Frank Gibson on August 3, 2014 at 8:53am
Hello all from 200 miles of the Louisiana Coast.
Comment by Plinius on August 3, 2014 at 8:12am

And good luck and much happiness to you and Dot, Randall!

Comment by Randall Smith on August 3, 2014 at 7:57am

Felaine, I'd be on the lookout for "bad thing #3", as my grandmother's adage that "things happen in threes". Just kidding--I don't believe such things.

Well, I saved a dog from the animal shelter two days ago. It's a two yr old boxer-lab mix. She's (Dot) a strong, energetic, extremely friendly dog. I'm trying to get her used to her new surrounding, but on a leash for now. It is very therapeutic to have a quick replacement for Molly. Thanks again for all your kind words.

Comment by sk8eycat on August 3, 2014 at 3:40am

I have always tried to do business with independent neighborhood stores and services, partly because it's friendly, and partly because I detest chains.  (I would like to see Walmart and Walgreens go bankrupt  in some mighty catastrophe.)

I am old enough to remember when even grocery stores were mostly independent....now we have a choice of two...Von's, which is owned by Safeway; and Ralphs, which is part of the Kroger conglomerate.  Eff them both!

(Although Vons/Safeway began home delivery about 10 years ago; just about the time that I could no longer carry bags of groceries from my car into the house without excruciating pain.  I shop on line now, and they have electronic coupons, and other specials...fresh baked goods, etc.  I also buy a few things from Schwan's home delivery service now and then when they are on sale. And the drivers are nice.....) 

I sold my 1979 Pontiwreck 2 years ago.  Too big to park anywhere, and the upkeep was killing me.  (Have you noticed that parking spaces are skinnier than they used to be?  Gotta get more cars on all those acres of asphalt!)

Comment by Plinius on August 3, 2014 at 1:07am

I'm so glad about that neighbour helping you, sk8eycat! We need people like that!

Comment by The Flying Atheist on August 2, 2014 at 11:48pm

Sk8eycat, what a great neighbor you have.  How nice of him to reward you with his kindness and generosity.  From the stories you tell, you certainly can use a break like that.  I'm glad for you.  :) 

Yes, Mindy, I like the Philosophy/Religion quote as well. 

Comment by sk8eycat on August 2, 2014 at 11:19pm

The Kindness of Friends

Our A/C started quitting on us just as the weather got really nasty, and before I could do anything about it, our water heated died completely, and had to be replaced.

My sister finally called a neighbor who owns his own Heating & A/C business, and has for years (and we have always done business with him). He came over this morning and fixed things...the filter just needed cleaning (it's removable, he just takes it outside and hoses off the cat hair and dust, and then replaces it...I am not strong enough to remove the metal panel to get at the filter)., Then he gave the compressor a couple of blasts of freon....or whatever the coolant is.  And now it's running nicely, and I am no longer sweating.

When my sister started to write him a check, he just smiled, and said, "No charge."

I am flabbergasted.

I just wish the damn plumber was as understanding...he is not even giving me the advertized "Senior Discount" for the gahdam water heater.  And I had to borrow the money for the down payment on the thing before he would even let his men start work...

Two entirely different businessmen...I just wish I could find a different plumber.  This guy is an asshat, and I have paid him thousands of dollars over the past 10 years....never got the bloody discount.

Comment by kathy: ky on August 2, 2014 at 11:08pm
I like the puzzle.
 

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