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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 1 hour ago. 19 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

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Comment by Loren Miller on March 24, 2014 at 5:27pm

A generation which ignores history has no past -- and no future.
-- Robert A. Heinlein

Comment by booklover on March 24, 2014 at 4:12pm

That's good Felaine!

Comment by sk8eycat on March 24, 2014 at 3:43pm

Oh, I believe Santayana's remark about repeating the past. 

There was another observation that I read last night that a culture that worships the past is decadent.  I'm sorry that I can't give you a reference...I was scanning quotes on the net, and doing the same with several different books, including a couple of fantasy novels.  It may have been a Heinlein quote...I just don't remember.

Comment by Loren Miller on March 24, 2014 at 2:00pm

sk8ey, the only way I would amend Kennedy's statement is to recognize that we do have to look behind, at least to know and acknowledge what has happened before us.  Too well do I know the famous statement made by George Santayana about those not knowing the past being condemned to repeat it.  I think we have to act with the consciousness of the past and awareness of the present in order to address the future.  We can't afford the blinders that others would superimpose on us.

And I think I speak for all here when I say we won't wear 'em.

Comment by sk8eycat on March 24, 2014 at 12:32pm

Mindy, I don't know what "spirituality" means anymore...and I'm sure that most people who use any form of it don't know what they're talking about, either.  Here's a more concise version of the same statement:

Comment by sk8eycat on March 24, 2014 at 12:30pm

Randall, I want daylight in the morning so I can see where stuff is without turning on every light in the house...(It doesn't "save" energy...it just shifts the time of peak usage.)

I really want to know the rationale for the whole thing...

Do farm animals set their internal clocks ahead on someone's say-so?  Of course not!  Same goes for wild animals, and the ones who live with us...."Why are you feeding/walking me now?"  (Of course most dogs I've known will eat and go "walkies" any time.)

Comment by Randall Smith on March 24, 2014 at 8:28am

Indiana succumbed to DST a few years back. I hate it. I'll skip all my reasons, but basically, it has to do with me being a morning person. And I want daylight in the morning, darkness after supper. It's the opposite now.

Comment by booklover on March 24, 2014 at 8:23am

I I like this except the "spirituality" part, and the open to all possibilities doesn't mean religion to me if that's what they mean.  The rest is why I'm a Liberal though! :)

Comment by The Flying Atheist on March 23, 2014 at 9:21pm

Elaine and Joan, love the information the two of you posted about cats.  Those are beautiful creatures, both the wild and domestic cats. 

Comment by sk8eycat on March 23, 2014 at 9:19pm

Patricia, Arizona doesn't change their clocks, either.  Sensible.

50+ years ago, when I was with Holiday, we toured by rail 90% of the time, and ALL the railroads everywhere in the US stayed on Standard Time all year.  Now that all passenger travel is via AMTRAK, they follow the crowd.

Disgusting.

(My first year with HOI, we rehearsed in Minot ND, and they were trying Daylight time...it was twilight till almost midnight.  The local yayhoos drove around and around the town all bloody night.

We hated it; we had to be on the ice at 8:30AM....that meant getting up around 6AM if we wanted to get any breakfast in the hotel's tiny coffee shop.

 

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