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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 May 10, 2014 at 10:00am

Bear with me I've gotta brag..My third grade g-daughter took first place in the county wide math competition.  She out scored almost  two hundred other third graders to do it.

Way to go baby girl!!!!!!!!

Comment by Idaho Spud on May 10, 2014 at 9:23am

Patricia, I like the "SIT" pic.

And Joan, I'm with you.  I might like a dog if I could get a bird to train it for me.  And are those cute things otters?

Sorry for the bad day you peeps have had.

Ruth, sorry for your frustration with Blue Shield.  They sound like a horrible company.  Their actions or inactions would make me very angry and depressed.

Comment by Ian Mason on May 10, 2014 at 4:02am

Thanks for all the great pics (and unusual music). Just the stuff to come home to after a night's work. Warmth and good cheer :-)

Comment by Joan Denoo on May 10, 2014 at 1:06am

Hugs to each one having stress in our lives. A virtual cuddle, a soothing expression of care, and an experience of gratitude for friendship across the miles can ease the feelings.

Looking at Earth through the lens of Cassini doesn't relieve the pain and frustration of living; it makes it more important that feelings of strength, power, competence and agency replace helplessness, anger, fear and hopelessness.  

Chaos of modern life can be challenged with a determination to experience beauty, comfort and serenity, especially as we express our deepest frustration at incompetence.

 

Comment by Plinius on May 10, 2014 at 12:29am

A good song, FA, thanks! No migraine, so I got up early and will do a lot of work today. Have a nice weekend, everybody!

Comment by The Flying Atheist on May 9, 2014 at 11:25pm

I hope everyone has a good weekend and that next week will be better than the last. 

Comment by sk8eycat on May 9, 2014 at 9:27pm

Joan, I've wanted to be a Red Hat Lady for years; they seem to have so much jolly fun!

Comment by Grinning Cat on May 9, 2014 at 9:15pm

Ruth, I'm sorry to hear about the insurance bureaucracy driving you to frustration! (And you're exactly right that the right wing, which is against government bureaucracy, is just fine with it as long as it's in the private sector of health care profit-as-usual.)

On a different, lighter note: Massachusetts' reminder of the law, in a Boston accent, to drivers who don't signal lane changes:

Electronic roadway sign: USE YAH BLINKAH(story and video from a Boston news station)

Comment by Joan Denoo on May 9, 2014 at 7:03pm

Patricia, I might enjoy a dog if I thought I could have a bird train it for me. 

Comment by Joan Denoo on May 9, 2014 at 6:06pm

Carl, love your coffee, collection and cat! It is a keeper! 

 

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