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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 Loren Miller yesterday. 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

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 December 4, 2012 at 11:56am

Felaine - I hope you get better soon. I am glad you came here to keep up posted.

Comment by Plinius on December 4, 2012 at 6:40am

Get well soon, Felaine!

Comment by booklover on December 4, 2012 at 6:28am

Comment by booklover on December 4, 2012 at 6:26am

Felaine, so glad to hear from you! We all miss you here!

Ian, glad you're going to England tomorrow (I want to go someday!) I hope your Mom is doing better.

Joan, I'm happy for you that you got to spend time with your family.  Time really does fly.

I have an appt. with a new Dr. today.  Just a reg. family doctor, so my specialists; gynocologist, gastroenterologist,etc. have someone to send their reports to each year.  I chose a woman Dr. this time.  It's weird when your doctors start being younger than you are.  My mom is taking my kids and I out for lunch. :)  Have a good day friends!~ Melinda

Comment by Ian Mason on December 4, 2012 at 12:59am

Joan, how lovely for you. You must have started young to have a great-grandson :-)

Comment by Ian Mason on December 4, 2012 at 12:57am

Off to England tomorrow, a visit planned some time ago that just happens to fit that my Mum's in hospital.

As regards the virus: for me the knowledge of religion and its texts acts as a vaccine. No matter how much believers try to window-dress their faith as nice and sweet, I can remember what cruel things the founders have commanded.

Comment by Joan Denoo on December 4, 2012 at 12:40am

I spent the weekend with my daughter and her families in the north woods of eastern Washington celebrating my great-grandson's tenth birthday. He is such a man. Time flies by and a decade passes without my even noticing it. It is so much fun for me to see the world through his eyes as he has grown, a fine young man in the making. 

Comment by Joan Denoo on December 4, 2012 at 12:34am

Ian, I am sorry to learn of your Mom's illness. How are you doing? Seeing what is happening and trying to do the right thing for her is not an easy thing. 

Comment by Joan Denoo on December 4, 2012 at 12:28am

‘We Need A Radical Plan’

Not good news, I am sorry to report. "the journal Nature Climate Change: carbon dioxide emissions will rise by 2.6 percent this year, fueled by major increases in China and India. This follows a record year in 2011, when countries pumped 3.1 percent more global warming pollution into the atmosphere — making it very likely that the world will blow past the 2 degree C warming threshold that scientists and international negotiators agree is needed to avoid catastrophic consequences.

"Some even call global warming of 2 degrees C, which is on the lowest end of projections, a “prescription for disaster.”

Comment by Joan Denoo on December 4, 2012 at 12:19am

It has been almost a year since Ruth posted this piece: 

"RELIGION MEMEPLEXES ARE A PARASITIC INFECTION!

"Quoting scripture to criticize it, satirizing Jesus, they're alternative ways to pass the poo. It's still infected poo. The only defense is "Call it infected poo and don't pick it up." Don't give it a place in your brain. Don't make it come out of your mouth, or type it out with your keyboard. It's a mind virus. VIRUS!

I've been trying to use this image since then, but continue to fall into the "poo" pile! So, as a refresher, the image of infected poo gets reinstalled. I like the image as a "kick the habit stimulus".

 

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