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

Started by Loren Miller. Last reply by Soren Sagan on Wednesday. 9 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

Christmas: Behind the Curtain (The Thinking Atheist)

Started by Loren Miller. Last reply by sk8eycat Dec 12. 11 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

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 The Flying Atheist on August 4, 2014 at 11:46am

Jury duty, k.h.?

Comment by k.h. ky on August 4, 2014 at 11:37am
Sitting in the hall at the court house. Waiting for the murder trial to begin.
Comment by booklover on August 4, 2014 at 8:33am

That's sad Chris.  I'm sorry.

Randy, I'm so happy for you and Dot! :)

Comment by Plinius on August 4, 2014 at 8:13am

He is six years older than I am and steadily drinking on as far as I know, Joan. Nice character traits dissolve in alcohol, and he had not much to start with. I saw him last year for the first time in thirty years, and decided that that meeting will do for the next thirty years as well.

Comment by Randall Smith on August 4, 2014 at 8:00am

Frank, welcome to the Friends group!

Carl, growing up in South Bend, I used to walk to the corner store to buy baseball cards. I still have my collection from the 50's, worth a considerable amount! I thank my mother (Dorothy, or Dottie) for not throwing them away while I was off to college and California to teach.

And, rather than multiple posts (bad Carl!), let me add that after 3 days, I'm extremely pleased and happy with dog Dot. I'll post a photo soon, whether you care or not (I'm guessing you do)!

Comment by Joan Denoo on August 4, 2014 at 7:58am

Chris, how old was your brother at that time? What a terrible thing to ask a sister to do. How is he doing now? 

Comment by Plinius on August 4, 2014 at 1:04am

When I was eight I bought bottles of gin for my alcohol addicted brother, brought back the empties and bought myself a present with the deposit money. Nobody ever asked what I was doing. Today you must be 18 even to handle alcohol...

Comment by k.h. ky on August 3, 2014 at 7:38pm
Carl, I walked to the store for my mom at that age too. That would be unheard of now. And for good reason.
I wonder if all children have fond memories of that age or if some of us were just luckier than others.
Comment by Joan Denoo on August 3, 2014 at 4:53pm

Randy, very good news about your new dog, a two yr old boxer-lab mix. How nice to get an older dog so you don't have to go through the puppy phase. Her mix must make a nice personality. She'll keep you energized for a few more years. Is Dot the dog that has the same name as your mother, Dorothy? 

Comment by Joan Denoo on August 3, 2014 at 4:49pm

Carl, I used to go to Arlie's Table Supply and get groceries and cigarettes for my mother, too. I pulled a little red wagon. Arlie and his wife are long gone, as is their butcher, Ed Froats. The store is now a service station. Jeez, that was about 60 years ago.

 

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