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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 Tony Carroll on November 9, 2013 at 10:53am

Hey guys. Come along and have some fun.  It' the annual Sarah Palin game. Please check all reason and logic at the door. Thanks for playing.

Bwahahahahahahahaha!  Click on the ornaments and have the sound up for a large, heaping bowlful of stupid inanity! http://nymag.com/daily/intelligencer/2013/11/sarah-palin-war-christmas-book-good-tidings-great-joy.html?mid=twitter_nymag
The Sarah Palin War-on-Christmas Soundboard
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Listen to her rail against the liberal atheist heathens.
Comment by Plinius on November 9, 2013 at 1:04am

I googled the Perils of Pauleen, but I don't understand the connection.

The plant is still there, four floors down. When I'll go out in an hour or two I'll check what they've done to it.

And laughter is absolutely necessary for learning! I have got one class in a bible belt village half an hour from here. Started that class a year ago: and they wouldn't laugh! And had trouble learning!

Now they're getting used to me and gradually allowing some fun. I'll get them there...

Comment by Joan Denoo on November 9, 2013 at 12:46am

Chris, I love your experience with your students. Clearly they respect and like you a lot. Laughter! Excellent atmosphere for teaching. 

How is your plant in the common area doing? Kind of a "Perils of Pauleen" mystery. 

Comment by Plinius on November 9, 2013 at 12:38am

Thanks for all your comments! Yesterday I worried too much, but your kindness helped, two neighbours sent love and today I can face anything again.

A nice description of how you speak, Carl, and I'm just the same! The people I teach know me and often find my mistakes, and I'm the first to laugh and say:" Watch out, I'm going to say something really stupid in a minute." 

How that helps? They build up the self-confidence they sorely need: you don't have to be perfect to try another language! Chris stumbles around like a madwoman and she's a teacher! It makes learning a language a good and happy experience for them.

In the community centre I work in they often ask me why my classes so often roar with laughter. I say I don't know why, they're funny people.

Comment by Joan Denoo on November 8, 2013 at 11:43pm

Patricia, Spud, Mindy, and Carl. Each one of you has great writing and thinking ability. Each very different from the other. Each of you writes from your compassion and disgust about the wonderful and stupid things people do. Each of you writes about your feelings in ways with which I resonate. I read your comments, feel your pain, rejoice in your joys, share in your disagreement with foolishness, and you reveal your concerns about all the things that concern me. 

Your treasures of mindfulness come through the computer screen revealing great jewels. Write on, my hearty companions!  

Mindy, thanks for that lovely photo of painted body art and thanks to Patricia for passing it along. I did not receive it. The patterns amaze me; a fine collection. 

Comment by The Flying Atheist on November 8, 2013 at 10:52pm

Patricia, I'm so much better at expressing myself in written form than verbally.  In particular, when speaking about passionate issues, complicated subjects, or in the heat of the moment, I often struggle to express myself clearly.  I stumble and hesitate, trying to spit out a previously known perfect word or phrase that has somehow eluded me at the most inopportune time.  I'm one of those people who fifteen minutes later says, "Oh, I should have said......"

What's funny, I don't really have a fear of speaking in front of crowds or even one-on-one.  I just get major "senior moments" trying to cough up a word I know I want to say but can't remember.   I would be a horrible defense attorney or public debater.  

Leisurely writing down my thoughts allows me to organize and to express myself much more clearly and eloquently. 

Comment by Idaho Spud on November 8, 2013 at 5:16pm

Steph, like Joan, I love the kitty that knows he has feetz!!

Comment by Idaho Spud on November 8, 2013 at 5:15pm

Chris, sorry about your problem with some neighbors.  I can relate, as I'm a worrier also, and get very stressed-out when there's conflict.

Comment by Joan Denoo on November 8, 2013 at 1:22pm

Carl, your words reflect great wisdom and compassion. You don't wear rose colored glasses, you express yourself well and have such a nice way of saying things. 

Patricia, your wording is clear;  you always make good sense. Sadly, religion gives way to hypocrisy far too easily. A most destructive trait. Your realism refreshes me. 

Chris, old wounds hurt when they show up in a new situation. My guess is that these events are red flags waving, trying to tell you areas in which you need healing. Trust your feelings; they are real and provide valuable information. 

Mindy, Friday! Already! 2013 moves right along. 

Comment by Joan Denoo on November 8, 2013 at 1:06pm
Option:
Do nothing;
Find the anonymous writers and movers and negotiate with them;
Thank those who appreciate your efforts;
Remove the plant and get full enjoyment out of it in your own place;
Take a vote of the building;
Retaliate.
Now the fun is deciding which option to choose and lay or sit in your favorite position and laugh.
 

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