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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.

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Christmas: Behind the Curtain (The Thinking Atheist)

Started by Loren Miller. Last reply by Joan Denoo 4 hours ago. 20 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

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

Started by Loren Miller. Last reply by Loren Miller on Wednesday. 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

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 August 7, 2012 at 9:47pm

I just love the Attack Cats sign Grinning Cat.

Thanks.

Comment by Steph S. on August 7, 2012 at 9:46pm

I got behind here. I blame the Olympics!

I enjoy reading all the posts.

I hope your husband gets better soon Patricia.

I'm so glad you guys are here.

It's wonderful being in this group and having this site to go to.

My friends are all here!

Comment by Grinning Cat on August 7, 2012 at 9:40pm

Patricia, right on with Bill Gates compared to the Bishop of Rome (whose church can well afford to pay for his security etc.)!

(I didn't know about the Catholic church's position on vaccines, either... something about the rubella vaccine originating from cell lines from aborted fetuses.)

Comment by booklover on August 7, 2012 at 9:35pm

Patricia, so sorry about your husbands health problems.  Yes, you are right, I used to be SO sociable, but the older I get, the less I like people, LOL, except I really like the people here on AN!  And I don't care what most people think about me anymore either. 

I really like your pic of Bill Gates and The Poop~ sounds about right. lol

Comment by Grinning Cat on August 7, 2012 at 9:27pm

Turns out that that "No Soliciting" sign is for sale at etsy.com. The artist, Matthew Flansburg, has several variations including one with "attack cats".

"No Religion!" is better and more general than similar signs' "We found Jesus" or "We are happy with our religion."

Other Etsy sellers have signs like "No Soliciting - unless you're a kid" and "No Soliciting - unless you have Thin Mints".

Comment by dr kellie on August 7, 2012 at 9:18pm

Don't give up on having social circles, if you want them.  I found good company in my local progressives group.  Not everyone is atheist, but most are.  I find them all quite delightful.  And well educated. 

 

And note that I live in the middle of Texas!

Comment by Paula T. on August 7, 2012 at 8:58pm
Patricia, my boyfriend's two younger daughters (16 & 13) are both immature, narcissistic, and want what they want and they want it now. They think daddy is made of money. He's been trying to make up for their mom passing away over 10 years ago and I'm finally helping him see that he hasn't done them any favors.

I'd love that No Soliciting sign, too! I never think to get the small bumper sticker type one for my front door. Although...the last time we had Mormons come to the house my atheist son spent over 30 minutes discussing religion, beliefs, and asking them why they believe. I was very proud of him :)
Comment by booklover on August 7, 2012 at 8:02pm

I like the No Soliciting sign Patricia.  I agree with it, except for a couple of neighbors I don't really want to welcome over here... lol

I've been really 'out there' with Atheist stuff on FB and one of my closest friends isn't anymore.  Oh well.  I am hardly friends with anyone on there anyway, and our friendship hasn't been the greatest in a few years.  Maybe this was an excuse to let it go...

I feel the older I get, the less I can stand the religious crap, and that makes my social-circle smaller and smaller.  Maybe I need a few more pets! :)

Comment by Paula T. on August 7, 2012 at 6:55pm
I love the "Words for teenagers", Patricia! I know more than a few teens that I could give that to and make them memorize it! Too many feel entitled and it drives me crazy.
Comment by booklover on August 7, 2012 at 5:20pm

Doesn't this make you happy just to look @ it? :)

 

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