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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 Ian Mason on February 7, 2017 at 11:23pm

Favourite authors? There's so many. Shakespeare, king of them all. If you measured my shelf content the winner would be Stephen King followed by Terry Pratchett. John Le Carre, Iain M Banks, Will Self...The classics like Dickens, Hardy, Melville, Twain. History from Herodotus to Juliet Barker. I'm omnivorous and insatiable when it comes to reading.

Comment by Chris on February 7, 2017 at 10:23pm

Sorry I didn't provide a link for the St. Louis book. I forgot the title. After looking at

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/MS_St._Louis I saw the title is:

"Voyage of the Damned, by Gordon Thomas and Max Morgan-Witts.

The wikipedia site said a 1976 movie was made about the story. I didn't see the movie.

Xenophobia seems to be running wild. Fortunately the courts are excercizing their branch of government to reign in a lopsided government. Will Congress capitulate to the Executive Branch?

Comment by Bertold Brautigan on February 7, 2017 at 9:51pm

Check, on each and every one. (Scott Walker was an early adopter.)

Comment by Chris on February 7, 2017 at 9:50pm

The book "Voyage of the St. Louis" is interesting reading and may have a run as 1984 is.

Comment by Chris on February 7, 2017 at 9:45pm

From the U.S. National Holocaust Museum.Early Warning Signs of Fascism.

Comment by Bertold Brautigan on February 7, 2017 at 9:43pm

I saw that too, There was a comment somewhere recently that it was supposed to be a warning, not an instruction manual. Ol' George Orwell saw this coming.

Comment by kathy: ky on February 7, 2017 at 9:34pm
George Orwell's 1984 is having another big run too.
Comment by Chris on February 7, 2017 at 8:30pm

Malcolm Gladwell wrote some interesting books.  "Blink, the Power of Thinking With out Thinking" has a couple of interesting chapters about police shootings. "The Tipping Point" is another of his books about society.

Comment by Bertold Brautigan on February 7, 2017 at 7:28pm

I'm quoting a friend:

I read in the StarTrib today that sales of Sinclair Lewis's 1935 novel, "It Can't Happen Here" are up 1100% since November! Amazon sold out in December, and the publisher ordered another run of 45,000. May I recommend this book to you? Lewis predicted our future with uncanny accuracy, right down to the smallest detail. You can get the ebook for free from the link below. I remember reading it as a lad of seventeen and thinking the premise totally unbelievable. Well! But now I have a suggestion for a promo to run on the front cover of it:
"Make 'It Can't Happen Here" fiction again.

[Feedbooks]

Comment by Bertold Brautigan on February 7, 2017 at 7:16pm

I agree with you, Thomas. While history is what we've done filtered through the lenses of the victors, literature is what we think we've learned from what we've done. Ignoring the canon of English lit, a couple of my favorite novels are Earthly Powers by Anthony Burgess and Corelli's Mandolin by Louis de Berniers. Illuminatus by Robert Anton Wilson is quite a hoot too.

 

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