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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 yesterday. 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 Tony Carroll on August 13, 2012 at 4:01pm

Hey Melinda, total non-sequitor (sp?) here, but when I saw this, I snorted and thought of you. Don't know why, except you like silly, funny things too. :) -Kinda Pythonesque.

Comment by booklover on August 13, 2012 at 8:29am

Hi Tara, not sure if we've ever 'met'!   I'm Melinda. :)

Comment by Steph S. on August 13, 2012 at 1:12am
Glad to have you back Tara! Thanks for joining my group! Glad to have you!
Comment by Ian Mason on August 12, 2012 at 10:34pm

Welcome back, Tara.

Comment by Tara on August 12, 2012 at 9:53pm

Hi all!  I've been gone on hiatus for almost a year it seems as I've been bogged down with school/work/kids.  

*insert rambling, near-whiny whimpering and general grumpy explanations here*

Anyway, glad to see that things are still pretty active around here... Lots of stuff to read up on!  :)

Comment by Steph S. on August 12, 2012 at 4:10pm
Great sign Patricia!
Have a great day everyone!
Comment by Idaho Spud on August 12, 2012 at 12:01pm

I agree with you all about kids and lack of courtesy, but not about arising time.

In the summer, I want to get out and get things done before the searing heat hits, so I get up at 4 AM.  I can tell I'm in the minority because most stores open at 8, or 9 or 10AM.  A pox upon them!

Comment by dr kellie on August 11, 2012 at 10:55pm

Thanks.  It is never graphic.  Just enough affection to disturb the parents, not the children.  I would never hurt a child.  Even though I don't like them:)

Comment by booklover on August 11, 2012 at 9:07pm

lol Dr. Kellie, I'm sure they move and don't want to have to answer their kids' questions about that!

Comment by Steph S. on August 11, 2012 at 7:52pm

sk8eycat you hit the nail on the head when you said that lack of manners and common courtesy is a sign of a dying culture. That's so true.

I could also mention college students and how they behave in class. They get out their phones and text away while you are trying to give them notes in lab. What I usually do is just stop everything and just stand there and that gets their attention and then they stop talking and stuff. Plus I tell them the longer it takes me to finish the longer they will be in class.

Unruly kids really make me mad too. In theaters they run up and down the aisles and in stores also.

Sounds like a cool idea Dr. Kellie. Make them leave. Cool.

I'm also not a kid person Patricia. I agree completely.

 

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