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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.

This group is not intended to compete with other groups on topics they cover but to "fill in the cracks." Whenever a discussion dwells at length on a topic for which there's an existing group, we urge you to provide members a link to that group to continue along their tangent.

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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 on Tuesday. 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

Tags: surreal

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Comment by Joan Denoo on January 24, 2014 at 2:35pm

Spud, I genuinely mean it when you or anyone has a constructive criticism. I'm trying to be a better writer and each one here offers insightful expressions that I value. Just as you all were my support team during Cruddy Cancer, I feel you are on my team to do a better job of writing.  

Comment by Plinius on January 24, 2014 at 2:12pm

I think I'll serve you a potatocake with the tea, Spud. I must find and translate the recipe - will post in FOOD.

Comment by Idaho Spud on January 24, 2014 at 2:02pm

Chris, thanks for the tea and potato wish.  I do also.

Carl, thanks for the compliment and potato meal wish.  

Joan, thanks for the friendship.  Just in case you missed it, I only said some of your thoughts are too Buddhist for my taste.  Smile:)

Mindy, my first thought is also the worst case scenario in a lot of situations.  I think my meditation is watching my 300 favorite movies (mostly comedies) every year.  I like reading your posts. You have some good thoughts and often make me smile.

I can say much the same for Chris, Carl, Loren, Felaine, Joan, Patricia, Daniel, and a bunch more (sorry if I forgot you).  When an unknown rich relative leaves me a cool $million (yeah, right!), I'll come for a visit.

Comment by Loren Miller on January 24, 2014 at 1:56pm

Feh ... I'm doing.  Cold outside, but not INSIDE, which is a good thing!

Comment by Loren Miller on January 24, 2014 at 1:17pm

I thought this was just CLASSIC:


Comment by booklover on January 24, 2014 at 12:41pm

I agree about potatoes Carl!  That cookbook sounds fun!  Sometimes I make a bunch of baked potatoes, put out a bunch of toppings, and everyone makes them into what they want for dinner!  A delicious meatless meal!  Meat is SO expensive right now!  I could not believe the prices at the grocery store today.

Comment by The Flying Atheist on January 24, 2014 at 12:00pm

Spud, it's always a pleasure to read your comments and to hear your views.  I second what Chris said......it would be fun to sit down and share a baked potato meal with you. 

When my sister lived in northern California, years ago she gave me the cookbook "Small Potatoes" from the Luther Burbank Home and Gardens in Santa Rosa.  The whole book is everything potatoes.  From appetizers, soups, salads, breads, entrees, and desserts.  I've had a lot of good eating from that book.   

Comment by booklover on January 24, 2014 at 11:53am

Spud, I agree that coming here helps.  I'm sorry there is no one to talk to in person, but we are real friends here.  I always say I like you guys better than most friends I have in person, because I don't have to try and not talk about religion with most of them. 

As soon as one thing is over and I don't have to worry about it, up pops another one!  Life sucks sometimes! lol.  And I'm on meds for it!  I know I drive my husband crazy when I immediately go to the worst case scenario upon hearing something having to do with my kids' health.  I don't even care about myself except in the context of what it would do to my kids if something happened to me.  At 19 and 21, they still need me. 

I need to learn to meditate or something! :)

Comment by Napoleon Bonaparte on January 24, 2014 at 11:41am

Comment by Joan Denoo on January 24, 2014 at 11:15am

Spud, I know what you mean when you wrote, "her thoughts are too Buddhist for my taste." They get on my nerves sometimes as well. I love the feedback. You are a true friend, honest, to the point, and clear. I have to say this site encourages such attributes. 

 

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