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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.

Nobody here is into mind games. A discussion started with a loaded guilt-throwing question will be deleted.

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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 April 5, 2016 at 1:21am
Comment by Ian Mason on April 5, 2016 at 12:42am

Personalize!

Comment by The Flying Atheist on April 4, 2016 at 10:27pm

It's been 4-1/2 months since my transplant.  I may not have my physical mobility back but I have so much more energy and stamina than in the previous few years.  That makes a huge difference in my attitude.  I'm back in the kitchen doing more cooking, which I love to do, and taking care of many previously neglected activities around the house, both business and fun.  I use a cane for outside only.  Inside is all flat floor surfaces and plenty of items around me to touch for keeping balance.  I own a walker which I used for a short time after one of my hospital stays but it's not currently needed. 

Comment by Bertold Brautigan on April 1, 2016 at 12:40pm

Carl - I'm really sorry to hear of your latest setback. You've had so much crap thrown at you and you maintain an admirable equilibrium in the face of it all. You're an inspiration for all of us.

Comment by Joan Denoo on March 31, 2016 at 8:10pm

Carl, bad news, indeed! I just Googled it, and there is no known prevention or treatment. Given such discouraging news, be sure to develop a strategy to deal with your reality. Find all the things that you enjoy that you will be able to do and focus on your abilities.Your disabilities exist as a fact that is beyond your control. You have a choice about how you react, and that decision will mean misery or gratitude. 

You have every right and need to grieve. The individuals in this group are strong enough to listen. As we are not able to change your reality, we can share the process with you as you find your new normal. 

Carl, you know I have a particular fondness for you. Being the same age as my three children and your enthusiasms ring my bells. Do take good care of yourself. 

Comment by The Flying Atheist on March 31, 2016 at 4:32pm

Thanks, everybody, for your comments.  My attitude is actually very good.  I don't have much control over what happens to me so all I can do is continue forward and enjoy life. 

If I recall correctly, I think it was Joan who mentioned some time back that as we grow older or when we have certain restrictions placed upon us, we need to adjust to the standards of our new "normal" and move on from there.  Words of wisdom, indeed.

All of you are so inspirational in your unique and various ways.     

Comment by Grinning Cat on March 31, 2016 at 1:36pm

What Loren said, Carl! Shit happens... We're here to listen and give whatever support we can.

I hope the light exercise keeps up your strength, and that you get to participate in promising clinical trials -- and that the research progresses quickly into useful treatments!

Comment by Ruth Anthony-Gardner on March 31, 2016 at 1:36pm

Sorry to hear hear about Inclusion Body Myositis, Flying Atheist. I's never heard of it before. Stem cell treatments are advancing. Hopefully the FDA will approve that new medicine before things get too serious.

Comment by Ruth Anthony-Gardner on March 31, 2016 at 1:31pm

Hey, Bertold, thanks for the link. I didn't know there were an estimated 5,000 gods and goddesses worshiped by humanity. And good quote. I also appreciated this.

Comment by Loren Miller on March 31, 2016 at 8:23am

Well, crap, Carl.  I'm sorry to hear about your diagnosis.  I just hope that there are researchers out there who are all over that disorder.  Please know you have my support, and (as evinced here) that of many others!

 

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