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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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Men who challenge men to stop violence

Started by Joan Denoo. Last reply by Grinning Cat 12 hours ago. 17 Replies

Many men join in the effort to reduce violence against women and children and other men. He speaks of the need to place responsibility on men instead of focusing on women to stop violence. He offers a breath of fresh air, as do so many of the men on…Continue

Surreal, I haz it

Started by Ruth Anthony-Gardner. Last reply by Ruth Anthony-Gardner on Sunday. 83 Replies

Surreal, not just found in art.Continue

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Such Lyrics!

Started by Donatien Alphonse François. Last reply by Joan Denoo on Friday. 8 Replies

Hello Friends,I was ruminating a bit today on my sixty-some years existence. My mind went back to teenage years when I first figured out religion is not only obnoxiously loud, but also nothing I wanted anything to do with. Truly. I knew by age 15…Continue

Atheist Pig STRIKES AGAIN!!!

Started by Loren Miller. Last reply by Loren Miller May 18. 2 Replies

There's no getting around it, Atheist Pig is fast becoming my fave secular comic, and as evidence, I refer you to the following.  Jesus and Mo had better watch their respective asses, 'cuz they got a porker coming up on the outside, and I'm pretty…Continue

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The Burial Waltz

Started by Donatien Alphonse François. Last reply by Donatien Alphonse François Apr 26. 4 Replies

Hi everyone,It was almost a half-century ago, at age 15 or so, that I encountered one of the more important influences in my life: a crazy group of poets/musicians who called themselves The Fugs.They had a huge impact on me in that, though raised in…Continue

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Comment by Joan Denoo on April 3, 2013 at 2:59pm

Life in all its wonder. 

Comment by Loren Miller on April 3, 2013 at 6:26am

Sadly on point, Grinning Cat.

Meanwhile, United and Continental merged and effectively ruined my favorite airline (and no, it was NOT United!), and now what is it ... US Airways and American are looking to merge and cut the choices down even FURTHER?

Seriously ... it looks as though we're headed for multiple monopolies in multiple industries and no one gives a good damn.

Comment by Grinning Cat on April 3, 2013 at 1:49am

The first honest cable company ad? (NSFW: contains the F-word.)

Comment by Plinius on April 3, 2013 at 12:28am

I enjoyed the Short History of Nearly Everything very much, mostly because of all the people who refused the easy old answers.

Comment by Ruth Anthony-Gardner on April 3, 2013 at 12:08am

Oops, Sorry.

I responded to a picture booklover had posted in Birding, Birders and All Things Bird. I'll repeat it here.

Comment by Grinning Cat on April 3, 2013 at 12:07am

Those hominid reconstructions reminded me of this poster by Jason Permenter -- not the usual sort of cat picture here:

"Have you seen this cat?

''MILES''

Kind of blue. Nocturnal. Solitary. WARNING: Extremely distant, cold, and withdrawn. Quick temper. Severe contempt for critics and everyone else. Likely to be confrontational. Does not respond to treats."

Comment by Ruth Anthony-Gardner on April 3, 2013 at 12:03am

Booklover, that owl looks as if it’s in the company of Daleks.

Cute skeletal cartoons, Flying Atheist!.

Thanks you, Joan for saying, “This site is a treasure and one that soothes and relaxes, even as we face big challenges of living.”

That cat video festival sounds interesting, Napoleon Bonaparte, but why would people need to congregate in person?

Egg hunts with clues are the most fun. Thanks for sharing your Sunday dinner, Joan.

Ian, that sounds about right.

1) established science will go to extraordinary lengths to resist new ideas and 2) that when new ideas are accepted the wrong person gets the honours.


Thanks for your company, everyone!

Comment by The Flying Atheist on April 2, 2013 at 11:46pm

This isn't by Gary Larson, but I also like this cartoon.  I guess I just find skeletons to be funny.

Comment by The Flying Atheist on April 2, 2013 at 11:42pm

I have always LOVED Gary Larson cartoons.  This being one of my favorites:

Ian, last year I read Bill Bryson's book, "At Home."  It's a very fun historical look at the development of the modern home and, specifically, his home in England.  At the same time he goes off on many tangents with interesting historical stories of people and household objects. 

Comment by Ian Mason on April 2, 2013 at 11:01pm

Gary Larson is always good, Melinda.

Just finished Bill Bryson's "A Short History of Nearly Everything". My main impressions are that 1) established science will go to extraordinary lengths to resist new ideas and 2) that when new ideas are accepted the wrong person gets the honours.

I remain a sceptic in all areas.

 

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