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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 Steph S. on March 28, 2014 at 8:42am

I had to take that cat pic Booklover- I love it

Comment by Joan Denoo on March 27, 2014 at 9:50pm

Really good news about your daughter, Mindy. Sounds like she is on her way! Happy for you, as well. 

Comment by Joan Denoo on March 27, 2014 at 5:26pm

Very heavy rain and hail coming down how. Windy, wet, and cold. No gardening today, except inside. 

Comment by Joan Denoo on March 27, 2014 at 5:15pm

Oh Loren, you are so patient. I have a really hard time reading fiction. I read how much you enjoy it and recognize it gives ideas in ways that don't come across in the professional literature. However, I read a page, paragraph, chapter, and it is just so much blah, blah, blah. I am half way through and I will finish because that is my style. I do appreciate everyone's encouragement to get out of my closet and open up to new and different ways to enjoying life. 

I must say, This spring is especially welcome, even tough it is so crazy, unnatural. And we had that terrible landslide over on the coast with so many people still buried in the mud. The bodies come out, one by one. This morning they found the baby. The slide was compounded by recent earthquakes, very heavy rain, a deforested slope that has not grown back to hold the slope from caving. 

The way I read all this, we have used the Earth as if it is a slave to be bent to our will, and Mother Nature just does her thing, caring not one iota whether we survive or not. 

Comment by Loren Miller on March 27, 2014 at 4:54pm

Thanks for the references, Joan.  As it happens, I've been intermittently rereading Double Star over the last month or so, and I'm maybe a third of the way into it.

While I think of it, have you finished Stranger and if so, what did you think of it?

Comment by Idaho Spud on March 27, 2014 at 4:53pm

Comment by Ian Mason on March 27, 2014 at 3:44pm

Thanks for your support and kind thoughts everyone.

That's great for your daughter, Mindy. Hope she enjoys herself.

As Schulz saw it:

Comment by The Flying Atheist on March 27, 2014 at 3:27pm

Great news concerning your daughter, Melinda.  It's so important to do what you love. 

Comment by The Flying Atheist on March 27, 2014 at 3:22pm

Ian, welcome back home.  Sorry to hear about your family health issues.  The situation you describe must be very difficult for you.  I do have to say, at least you are balancing the tough times by treating yourself to the beauty of the Fine Arts.  Good for you!!

Mindy, that quartet of young ladies is outstanding.  They appear to be college age, I suspect.  They really nailed everything.  Not a bad note in the the whole performance and awesome energy. 

Folks, I admit I am a Starbucks connoisseur.  I buy their beans (Kenya blend) to make here at home.  When traveling, I'll pass by Dunkin' Donuts and McDonald's (horrible coffee) to wait in line at Starbucks.  I drink my coffee black, and I like the rich, bold flavor.  I can't stand week coffee. 

Comment by Idaho Spud on March 27, 2014 at 3:21pm

Good to hear your daughter is happier doing what she likes where she likes, and being closer to you.

 

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