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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 Joan Denoo on December 16, 2017 at 12:22am

Paricia, my friend in Spokane had M.S. and was totally quadraplegic. We had to feed her, and of course she couldn't take care of herself. She was confined to that chair. Sadly, she died this past summer. 

I made an assumption that you were confined as she was. Obviously, her motorized chair was not a wheelchair, but I thought of it as one. It looked much as yours. 

I am truly sorry I made assumptions about you that were based on her situation. 

Comment by The Flying Atheist on December 15, 2017 at 10:20pm

Scary episode, Randy. Glad you were able to prevent a really bad situation.

Comment by Bertold Brautigan on December 15, 2017 at 2:13pm

Randall, I'm glad you got the fire doused!

Comment by Patricia on December 15, 2017 at 1:47pm

After our wildfire evacuation last summer, that is frightening! It moves so fast, & creates its own wind.

Comment by Idaho Spud on December 15, 2017 at 12:15pm

Interesting.  First time I've seen your back yard, I think.

If the whole field had burnt, was there anything else that could have caught fire?

Comment by Randall Smith on December 15, 2017 at 11:53am

I've added a couple of photos of the scary scene. Be glad you don't live in Indiana. Almost as bad as Alabama.

Comment by Idaho Spud on December 15, 2017 at 9:13am

Very scary indeed!

Comment by Randall Smith on December 15, 2017 at 7:23am

Just a few "personals" to change the subject:

Nice, windless day yesterday, so I decided to light my burn pile, consisting of mostly dead pine branches. Well, it got away from me and began to spread out into the field of corn stubble. Oh yes, and the wind picked up, of course. Boy, did I scramble-- stomping, raking, and finally, filling up buckets of water to douse the quickly spreading fire. Success! Whew! I was close to calling the volunteer fire department (where firefighters are called away from their regular jobs--not good). Very scary situation.

Had a blood test prior to my annual physical next week. Results are in and it appears I'm "normal". Cholesterol even came down 24 points which pleased me (still a little high at 240).

I bought myself 2 early "Solstice" presents this week--a coffee/spice grinder and running/walking shoes. Healthy additions to my life (beneficial coffee and exercise).

So there you go.

Comment by Chris on December 15, 2017 at 5:34am

Trekking poles to help  people walk upright.

Comment by Plinius on December 15, 2017 at 2:35am

You see upright walkers quite often here.

 

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