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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 Ian Mason on May 3, 2014 at 6:38pm
Comment by kathy: ky on May 3, 2014 at 6:29pm
Booklover, it is funny.
Comment by Ian Mason on May 3, 2014 at 6:16pm

Patricia, do like Calvin (and Hobbes) mother: MAKE them go outside and build snowmen.

Comment by sk8eycat on May 3, 2014 at 4:21pm

Patricia, is there a quiet, private place where you can duck inside, sit down, close your eyes, think of nothing but your breathing, and do some slow, deep breathing for a minute or two?  You know, inhale for a count of 4, hold it for the same anout of time, exhale for another count of 4, and hold that for a count of 4...repeat as needed.  It doesn't really take long, and helps immensely.  IMHO

It has worked for me, even when I am feeling suicidal (which is often)...

Comment by Ian Mason on May 3, 2014 at 1:52pm

Joan, the best SF revovles around "what if?" ideas. As an example, a Star Trek episode where Lwaxana Troy falls for a man who's culture expects self-administered euthanasia when a person reaches a certain age. This is considered a preventative measure, ensuring that no-one suffers the indignities of dementia and the like. The burgeoning romance leads to a conflict of course but the main point is "what if?" How do we cope with situations where the rules and norms are different? Writers like Isaac Asimov, Kurt Vonnegut, Philip K Dick, Ursula LeGuinn and Iain M Banks are masters of this and are well worth reading. Launch yourself into a new adventure - it's worth it, I promise.

Hope you have a pleasant time indoors with the family, Patricia. Drinking hot cocao while looking at a snow-covered landscape is a simple but sublime pleasure.

Comment by Joan Denoo on May 3, 2014 at 12:14pm

Ian, I should have said there is a lot of bunk in OUR culture that needs debunking. Sorry for my mistake. 

Comment by Joan Denoo on May 3, 2014 at 12:11pm

OK! OK! OK! My education is stunted. You guys sure know how to wake up an uneducated old woman who wears diabetic shoes, shaves her head, and likes "Somewhere over the Rainbow" and Judy Garland. 

I have made a list of your music likes, am downloading them into iTunes and will commence my musical education. 

Now, as to sci-fi and other outrageous fiction, you might have something to offer me; I am even willing to give that damnable fiction a try. It seems you wise men and women enjoy it and there must be some reason for all your wisdom. But this! You have to be kidding!

Hehehe 

Comment by Ian Mason on May 3, 2014 at 9:16am

Just got through the local ½ marathon. A slowish time but there are lots of hills and a strong headwind. My son-in-law also took part and now he, my daughter and her mother are going to eat here. Very nice.

Comment by Loren Miller on May 3, 2014 at 8:47am

My wife and I finally got around to trying Piada last night, and I have to say ... not bad at all!  I had a Steak Piada (a "piada" might as well be an Italian burrito!) with diavolo sauce (not too hot, but nice character!), chopped romaine and Parmesan - excellent!  My wife had their Chicken Fritte Pasta bowl, also with diavolo sauce and some other accents - also pretty darn good!  I should also mention that my side dish was their Lobster Bisque - not much lobster, but the proper bisque taste was absolutely there.

If you've got one of these places within shooting distance, I'd say absolutely give 'em a try!

Comment by Joan Denoo on May 3, 2014 at 12:35am

Ian, Yes, you have talked about Randolph before, but not this story, if I remember correctly. In any event, there is a lot of bunk remaining in your culture that needs de-bunking. 

I like the way you put it, "A 'stop, look, listen, breathe, enjoy' day is something we don't value enough."

 

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