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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 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 Steph S. on March 2, 2013 at 9:28am

HAHA - so funny

Comment by Steph S. on March 2, 2013 at 9:27am

Oh booklover the Facebook cat and the liquid cat are just so good. Love them. So many great pics for my collection. I love that weekend cat Ruth and Napoleon Iggy pope is funny. Maybe the new pope will look something like that. hehe

Yes, it is best just to change the subject when religion is brought up - if you want to remain friends. I can see the conversation getting heated when discussing religion with a theist.

Comment by booklover on March 2, 2013 at 7:33am

Chris, doesn't it feel so good to get something accomplished that you weren't looking forward to doing? Now you get to do something that sounds great!

Ruth, I thought that sign about lowering abortion rates put it aptly! I hope you have a good weekend too!

It was fun out with my friend last night, but she did say a few religious things.  I just changed the subject.  I can't take much of that!  There was a terrible accident a few blocks from my house about a week ago.  3 teens that were breaking into cars in the catholic church parking-lot were running from police.  They crashed head-first into a neo-natal nurses SUV and her car wrapped around a light-pole.  She died.  They lived.  My friend said she told her daughter to say a prayer.  So I said why would a loving 'god' let her die, and them live.  Of course she said she didn't know, but  'god' would forgive them if they were really sorry. AAaaarrrrggggghhhhh!

Comment by Napoleon Bonaparte on March 2, 2013 at 1:32am

Comment by Plinius on March 2, 2013 at 1:17am

Yes, time flies and for me it's a good time now! I worked through a nasty packet of administration and it even looks quite acceptable! I haven't got a good way with numbers and get a horrible headache on top but I finished it! Yeahh! And now I can go and plant the first seedlings in my roof vegetable garden! I was looking forward to that!

Comment by Ruth Anthony-Gardner on March 2, 2013 at 12:06am

Yeah, march 2013 already. Time whizzes by.

Grumpycat really is a viral meme. He's getting outside of the grumpy ghetto I see.

Thanks for the “Things that lower abortion rates” sign, booklover. That’s so on target.

Proof reading being outsourced to Asia now?

 Good hypothesis, Ian. That’s plausible and would explain so much.

Happy weekend, all.

Comment by Joan Denoo on March 1, 2013 at 11:01pm
In 1969 we lived at Ft. Hood, TX; a news report said a farmer was plowing his field, dropped a tool and he didn't see where it landed but heard a "thunk". He looked into what looked like a hole and began the discovery of a sink hole. I piled the kids, 3 5-year olds, and headed to the farm. He opened up an entry way and offered people looks inside. We arrived at his farm and there were no other tourists, but he took us into the cavern and into a crystal room. I looked for it on Google and find dozens of sink hole/caverns in that area between Fr. Hood and San Marcos. Sadly, my children don't remember that adventure. There were walls of crystals, some the size of pencils and some 4-6" thick and 2-3 feet long. Sorry, I don't remember the name of the farm, but it was near San Marcos off I-35.
Here is a great site for karst topography of that area:
http://www.esi.utexas.edu/outreach/caves/texascaves.php
Comment by Steph S. on March 1, 2013 at 5:35pm

Oh thanks so much booklover -you are so sweet. I hope you enjoy your time tonight with your friend and have a great time on your trip with your family. I hope you get some great pictures.

Comment by booklover on March 1, 2013 at 5:15pm

A funny LOL Cat for my great friend Steph!

Comment by booklover on March 1, 2013 at 5:14pm

Felaine, I would LOVE to have that tattoo also!

Steph, I know, right?  Time goes WAY too fast.  This week I don't mind though because in a week I'll be on vacation with my whole family!

Going out tonight with a friend.  She's catholic, but I like her anyway. lol.  She's knows I'm an Atheist, so at least I can be myself around her.  We mostly 'gossip' about our lives anyway, so it's just a a nice dinner probably 3x a year that we do.

 

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