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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 Ian Mason on May 13, 2014 at 1:24am

There was no such excitement where I grew up in the pleasant surroundings of Epping Forest although there was one quiet evening when we heard gunfire and the next day there was police everywhere. It seems that, after the  demise of the Kray family various London criminal gangs were having a war of succesion and had chosen our local area for a peace conference that went wrong.

Here and now it's 8 a.m. and I'm about to finish my packing for Istanbul, where the weather forcast is for showers/thundery showers and sunny  intervals. In the hope of good weather I had a drastic haircut yesterday, one of those where my head is Denoo-ded of hair. Must therefore take a hat or two. I'm not taking a PC but there'll be photos galore when I return. Have a great week, everyone. I'll be thinking of you.

Comment by sk8eycat on May 12, 2014 at 10:52pm

There used to be a family on the street behind ourd that we called "The Swear Bears;" they only seemed to know one word...the father and the two boys.  When they would get into one of their rages, the grandmother would run out on the front lawn and just scream...no words.  And, Yes, the black & white cars were there a lot.

When the boys were in their late teens they were both arrested for breaking and entering an apartment a few blocks away, and stealing electronic "toys."  When their house was searched, the back rooms and the garage were full of stolen stuff....

And the house next door was sold without warning the buyers about the family, so there was a lawsuit about that, and the buyers got their money back and moved elsewhere. 

Comment by The Flying Atheist on May 12, 2014 at 10:23pm

I could write a book about the overabundance of nut-case people who lived on my block when I was a kid.  There's just way too much to explain here but, in a nutshell, for one family that lived three houses down, having the police show up at their place was a regular occurrence.  Loud, bombastic arguments, breaking dishes, slamming doors and yelling inside and outside where the norm for them.  The Chicago police paddy-wagon seemed to routinely drive home the head of the household from the bar he patronized.  Many a time I watched as two policemen tried to unload their unstable human cargo as the wife, two sheets to the wind herself, argued with the cops that she didn't want him.   

In my neighborhood, the typical city lot was 30 feet x 120 feet, so basically there was just 60 feet of buffer zone between our homes.  Our house and the two houses in between were at the front of our lots, whereas their house sat on the back of their lot.  With my bedroom being at the back of our house, my bedroom windows were the perfect vantage point to see and hear all the activity.  I learned at a very young age that at night you need to turn off the lights in the room if you're going to spy out the window and not be seen,

Comment by kathy: ky on May 12, 2014 at 6:38pm
Hi Arp
Comment by Arp on May 12, 2014 at 8:11am

Quick hello from me. Hope you all are fine. I've been busy for the last month or so, and continue to be busy even now.

Comment by Ruth Anthony-Gardner on May 11, 2014 at 8:06pm

I like your Mother’s Day plan, booklover.

Napoleon, I don’t enjoy S&M, so I’d have found that missed ending less than fun. S&M is compatible with the personality portrayed, though. But it would have been a twist to not have the whole thing be a rant. Oh well, each to his own. You and I often have different tastes, but I still think you add so much to HWF. The world would be uber boring if everybody was like me.

I’m not a mother either, and  happy just to have cats. It never occurred to me to celebrate not-motherhood.

Joan, I’m just an ordinary old woman. If I were really that insightful, wouldn’t I have publications or something? Everything I’ve ever submitted was rejected, excepting at the most trivial level.  You are a very forgiving audience. Thanks.

Comment by kathy: ky on May 11, 2014 at 2:50pm
And... Happy mothers day.
Comment by kathy: ky on May 11, 2014 at 2:48pm
Oops, didn't see where you had already found it.
Comment by kathy: ky on May 11, 2014 at 2:46pm
Joan, a peep or my peeps in slang is 'my people'.
I'm not sure if that's the meaning your were looking for.
Comment by kathy: ky on May 11, 2014 at 2:44pm
Thanks all. I too was, and am, lousy at math.
I think that's why I'm so proud of her.
 

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