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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 Idaho Spud on November 12, 2017 at 10:43am

Loren, I've always wondered if a conductor was really necessary for an orchestra that had lots of practice under their belt.

Comment by Idaho Spud on November 12, 2017 at 10:39am

Very interesting, Randy.   I like the pictures.  We could use some sidewalk sweepers in my trashy town.

I don't know if I could get very far when the traffic was high.  I would be rather stressed, worring about getting run over.

Sounds like they love their hand-held devices more than the peeps here.  Me, I don't even carry my phone anymore.  Leave it in the car when shopping, leave it downstairs, when going upstairs.

It's surprising to me that there are no Caucasians and the natives don't make eye contact.

Comment by Loren Miller on November 12, 2017 at 8:56am

Randall, your trip sounds like it was pretty amazing (DUH!).  I shouldn't be surprised that trying to convey your experiences would be an exercise in frustration to a degree.  Still, thanks for what you have offered us.

On another topic, The Cleveland Orchestra has been a wonder to me since I was about nine years old, but yesterday it was especially amazing, in that they performed Vivaldi, Haydn, and Mendelssohn without benefit of conductor.  Concertmaster Bill Preucil would start each movement and occasionally provide guidance, but mostly focused on his own violin as the ensemble did what they do best: play together in near-flawless fashion with a clarity of tone which leaves my jaw on the floor.

Just. Plain. Amazing.

Comment by Ian Mason on November 12, 2017 at 8:52am

With Disney T-shirts too! Thanks for sharing, Randall.

Comment by Randall Smith on November 12, 2017 at 8:34am

I've thought it over and will comment on observations and impressions of China and its peoples! No pressure.  And I like your comment, Ian: I'm certainly no Twain or Bryson!

Permit me to start with the people. First of all, there are a lot of Chinese!! Only early in the morning, when I took pre-breakfast walks, were the streets and sidewalks not filled with humans. The only people out and about were sidewalk sweepers (they're everywhere, keeping walkways spotless), and cab drivers.

During the day, it's a madhouse--cars, buses, bicycles, motorbikes, walkers. They do follow rules--barely. You have to be careful not to get run over. At touristy areas, it's even worse! Chinese all have hand held devices, texting, taking photos, etc. They're all in a hurry, not exactly rude, but a little pushy. Outside of the major tourist attractions, I did not come across one single Caucasian as I walked the streets alone. The natives might glance at me, but seldom make eye contact. That surprised me being I stood out, race wise. The only exceptions were Tibetians. They were curious. Here's a couple of photos.

Comment by Ian Mason on November 12, 2017 at 5:32am

In Danish cities cyclists rule. Everyone else jumps.

It's hard to write about a trip, unless you're Mark Twain or Bill Bryson. A couple of pictures and/or comments would be nice but at Randall's discretion.

Comment by Ian Mason on November 12, 2017 at 5:26am

Been to Silkeborg Festival of Wonder/Puppet Festival. Friday saw a film. 'The Dark Crystal' preceded by a talk given by Jim and Jane Henson's daughter. Yesterday, the Forman Brothers' show. It's not often you see cycle tricks performed on a trampoline plus a live-action silent wild-west film all in the same show.

http://www.deadtown.cz/en/

Comment by Joan Denoo on November 11, 2017 at 7:36pm

Patricia, has Randy said he didn't want to write about his journey? I don't remember him doing so! In fact, I had a sense he wants to tell his story.

How about it Randy, am I being pushy?

Do you not want to share your adventures?

I can take the truth, but I am not sure Patricia has the truth. Can you clear this matter up for us? I won't feel bad if you don't want to share. I will apologize if you say I am pushy!

Comment by Joan Denoo on November 11, 2017 at 7:03pm

"Pushy?" Perhaps, but I am sincerely interested in what Randy experienced. OK. I will relent, with sorrow. 

How about a compromise? 

FOOD

FASHION

TRAFFIC

ATMOSPHERE

WOULD YOU LIKE TO RETURN? 

DID YOU SEE THE BAMBOO SCAFOLDING ON NEW CONSTRUCTION?

i saw one many stories high and they took cement, concrete blocks, sand, and all their tools up those spindly stagings. 

Comment by Joan Denoo on November 11, 2017 at 3:40pm

Randy, perhaps you could form a Blog and share as much as you want; those of us who are interested will be able to read it. Remind us if you do post in another place so we can find you. 

 

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