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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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Christmas: Behind the Curtain (The Thinking Atheist)

Started by Loren Miller. Last reply by booklover 16 hours ago. 21 Replies

Well, it's that time of year again.  Time to gird our loins, put on our battle armor and join the (dah-dah DAAAAAH!) WAR AGAINST CHRISTMAS!!! [groan!] Yeah, most of us have heard that crap before, probably too many times, in fact, how atheists are…Continue

Tags: Christmas, The Thinking Atheist, Seth Andrews

Seth Andrews - The Copycats: How Christianity Steals The Best Ideas

Started by Loren Miller. Last reply by Loren Miller on Wednesday. 11 Replies

Many of us have observed or learned how christianity shamelessly borrows from other sources to bolster its position and show off its supposed wonderfulness.  Well, Seth Andrews of The Thinking Atheist podcast has compiled some of the more modern-day…Continue

Tags: steal, borrow, copycat, The Thinking Atheist, Seth Andrews

Finding Your Roots

Started by Randall Smith. Last reply by Chris G Dec 15. 9 Replies

I've been into genealogy for a long time. It's fun, especially with internet help, but increasingly frustrating. You see, I've hit "brick walls". And being a Smith doesn't make research any easier.Wouldn't you think I could find the death date and…Continue

Secular and Reclaimed Winter Holiday Songs

Started by Grinning Cat. Last reply by sk8eycat Nov 26. 41 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

Aljam

Started by Randall Smith. Last reply by Grinning Cat Nov 24. 4 Replies

I'm not a news hound by any stretch, but I do like to stay informed about what's going on in the world. (I despise "local" news with all the reports of murders, robberies, fires, etc.)The national "evening" news shows really irritate me. I hate…Continue

Surreal, I haz it

Started by Ruth Anthony-Gardner. Last reply by Ruth Anthony-Gardner Nov 22. 79 Replies

Surreal, not just found in art.Continue

Tags: surreal

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Comment by Joan Denoo on December 19, 2012 at 1:25am
sk8eycat, my desire for you this Winter Solstice, is that you relax, enjoy, have good experiences with the nice fat cat, have perfectly grilled steaks with asparagus (yum), and all intruders stay away. Looking forward to reading your very funny posts next year.
Comment by sk8eycat on December 19, 2012 at 1:10am

Ruth...it's a joke!  (and a suggestion that it would be a relief if the Food Police would STFU for a week or two.)

For the record: I'm not planning to stuff myself silly over the Solstice season because I'll be working...house-sitting with a nice fat cat.  I'm not planning to leave that house at all (I don't drive anymore...diabetic neuropathy in my feet, for one thing) till the owner comes home from her trip on January 4th (she had a break-in about a year ago, in broad daylight. That neighborhood is going downhill a little bit...pity.)...so no parties.

Everybody: Sue is picking my up Saturday afternoon (Dec 22) and I won't be home till late January 4th.  She doesn't have a computer, just a Kindle (that she's taking with her, naturally), so I won't be dropping in here after Saturday morning.  Just wanted to let you  all know that I'm won't be ignoring you-all or anything like that.

In the meantime....I have to pack, and decide what groceries to order from Schwan's.  I'm thinking about asparagus and maybe splurging on some steaks.  THAT will be my treat.  Sue has a gas grill; I don't.  The rest will probably be diced chicken that I can make all kinds of things with, and a split of very dry champagne....if I can find such an animal at the store.

An' dat's da troooooffff.

Comment by Steph S. on December 18, 2012 at 10:58pm
Booklover I love squirrels! My mom has a bunch in her yard.
Tony love the Good Night graphic!
Flying Atheist that is so cute!
Sk8eycat love the food list joke. Funny
Comment by Ruth Anthony-Gardner on December 18, 2012 at 10:30pm

Thanks for the cheery squirrels, cake kitty, and good night. Sorry sk8eycat, that foods's not for me.

Comment by sk8eycat on December 18, 2012 at 10:24pm

 GREAT HOLIDAY EATING TIPS


 
1. Avoid carrot sticks. Anyone who puts carrots on a holiday buffet table knows nothing of the holiday spirit. In fact, if you see carrots, leave immediately. Go next door, where they're serving rum balls. 
 
2. Drink as much eggnog as you can. And quickly. It's rare... You cannot find it any other time of year but now. So drink up! Who cares that it has 10,000 calories in every sip? It's not as if you're going to turn into an eggnog alcoholic or something. It's a treat. Enjoy it. Have one for me. Have two. 
 
3. If something comes with gravy, use it. That's the whole point of gravy. Gravy does not stand alone. Pour it on. Make a volcano out of your mashed potatoes. Fill it with gravy. Eat the volcano. Repeat. 
 
4. As for mashed potatoes, always ask if they're made with skim milk or whole milk. If it's skim, pass. Why bother? It's like buying a sports car with an automatic transmission. 
 
5. Do not have a snack before going to a party in an effort to control your eating. Hello?! The whole point of going to a Holiday party is to eat other people's food for free. 
 
6. Under no circumstances should you exercise between now and New Year's. You can do that in January when you have nothing else to do. This is the time for long naps, which you'll need after circling the buffet table while carrying a 10-pound plate of food and that vat of eggnog. 
 
7. If you come across something really good at a buffet table, like frosted Christmas cookies in the shape and size of Santa,  position yourself near them and don't budge. Have as many as you can before becoming the center of attention. They're like  a beautiful pair of shoes. If you leave them behind, you're never going to see them again. 
 
8. Same for pies. Apple, Pumpkin, Mincemeat. Have a slice of each. Or if you don't like mincemeat, have two apples and one pumpkin. Always have three. When else do you get to have more than one dessert? Labour Day? 
 
9. Did someone mention fruitcake? Granted, it's loaded with the mandatory celebratory calories, but avoid it at all cost. I mean, have some standards. 
 
10. One final tip: If you don't feel terrible when you leave the party or get up from the table, you haven't been paying attention. 
  
Life is short. Drink the good wine first

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Comment by The Flying Atheist on December 18, 2012 at 10:23pm

Cheeky squirrels in London?  LOL 

Comment by Tony Carroll on December 18, 2012 at 10:10pm

http://youtu.be/AudSbLdZmWU

Go Radio. Song 'Good Night'. Enjoy. Going to bed now. Pleasant dreams to all my friends.

Comment by Ian Mason on December 18, 2012 at 9:54pm

The squirrels in London's parks are the cheekiest. I've known them attack people who get close to them but don't feed them but just try to take a picture. You have been warned!

Comment by Tony Carroll on December 18, 2012 at 6:48pm

I like squirrels. Had one cuss me out a couple months ago, though. Walked up on him in the yard by surprise. Startled us both. He ran for the tree, stopped when he got there, stood up and angrily chittered at me. Kinda lunged my way a couple times. Lasted about 20 sec or so. Turned his back on me, flicked his tail, and disappeared up the tree. I could only do one thing. I laughed my ass off. Still remembering and chuckling about it to this day. LOL! :)

Comment by booklover on December 18, 2012 at 6:12pm

Steph, your LOL Cats are awesome!  I really laughed out loud!

Tony, those puppies are ADORABLE!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Here is a cute picture of a squirrel.  I know some people don't like them, but I do!

 

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