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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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Christmas: Behind the Curtain (The Thinking Atheist)

Started by Loren Miller. Last reply by booklover 3 hours ago. 23 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

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Comment by Idaho Spud on April 4, 2014 at 4:35pm

Yes, Joan, I am becoming less serious as time goes on, but I still see the serious side of things a great deal, and I very seldom see humor in most things until they are pointed-out to me.

Once something humorous is pointed-out, I do appreciate a fair amount of it, and smile at it, but not as much as a lot of people it seems.

Stupidity is almost never humorous to me, although I do quite often appreciate jokes about it here on A/N.

People hurting or embarrassing other people are almost never humorous to me, even if the butt of the joke is an ass.

Crudeness and vulgarity are usually not humorous either, although there are exceptions.

Comment by sk8eycat on April 4, 2014 at 4:27pm

Back in the 1980s, Harlan Ellison referred to the family Joan mentioned below as "Shitfly in his column in the Los Angeles Free Press. 

Gross, bit it fits.  (and it's another reason I refer to a certain collection of myths and fables as the buybull.  Lotsa flies around that stuff.)

Comment by Joan Denoo on April 4, 2014 at 1:44pm

If you need a reason to take atheism to the general public, just glance through Andrew Schlafly. It raises all kinds of concerns in me and there are those who believe him. He worked as a device physicist for Intel, an electrical engineer at the applied physics laboratory of Johns Hopkins University, and Bell Labs.

Schlafly also became a member of the New York State Bar, served as an adjunct professor of administrative law at Seton Hall Law School and worked as an attorney at a New York City law firm. Currently, he is General Counsel for the Association of American Physicians and Surgeons

He spreads his virus all through the educated community, even among engineers, lawyers, physicians and surgeons. 

His famous mother, Phyllis Schlafly, raised an interesting fellow, indeed.  

A Young Earth Creationist, his beliefs spew out of him like a fog of delusions infecting others near and far. 

His beliefs include distain of books, disrespect for academic qualifications, politicization of curriculum, unusual beliefs about hygiene, conflicting view about the bible, he a began Bible Retranslation Project and The Conservative Bible Project to correct errors in the bible that were not conservative enough, and he created an online encyclopedia, Conservapedia spouting conservative values.  

Andrew Schlafly is only one reason he and those who teach, preach, and legislate with these values perform like a virus, infecting those who see, hear, and read his beliefs. 

A virus spreads much faster and infects more exposed people than ancestry. A virus infects here and now, even as coughing and sneezing spread virus faster than infection through the skin. 

His ideas do not lead to flourishing ... for individuals, families, communities, nations and the Earth. 

"Tim Brooks of Public Health England told The Guardian that the Black Death was a pneumonic version of the disease—an airborne infection of the lungs, spread via coughing and sneezing—instead of bubonic—an infection that enters through the skin, infects the lymph system and is spread by rat fleas."

Bones Tell Black Death Story

 

Comment by The Flying Atheist on April 4, 2014 at 1:08pm

Joan, you've mentioned several times in the past that you are humorless.  If you don't mind me asking, have you always felt this way about yourself?  Were you that way as a child?  I'm just very curious if your past episodes with abuse somehow may have stolen any possibility from you to fully enjoy everyday humor. 

For myself, I've grown up and lived my entire life laughing.  Laughing at myself, sharing good laughs with family and friends, laughing at the absurdities that life presents to us.  At the same time, even as a child I enjoyed sitting with adults to listen to their conversations, so my life wasn't just one big laugh fest.  You're situation is very foreign to me. 

Comment by Joan Denoo on April 4, 2014 at 11:35am

Spud, I am afflicted with lack of the same humor gene as you, it appears. Well, we are loosening up a little bit. 

Comment by Joan Denoo on April 4, 2014 at 11:32am

If you want a real treat take a peek at Charles Cusumano page. He is serious, intelligent, and angry ... in a funny sort of way. 

Comment by Joan Denoo on April 4, 2014 at 11:25am

XTC LYRICS

"Dear God"

, hope you got the letter, and...
I pray you can make it better down here.
I don't mean a big reduction in the price of beer
but all the people that you made in your image, see
them starving on their feet 'cause they don't get
enough to eat from God, I can't believe in you

Dear God, sorry to disturb you, but... I feel that I should be heard
loud and clear. We all need a big reduction in amount of tears
and all the people that you made in your image, see them fighting
in the street 'cause they can't make opinions meet about God,
I can't believe in you

Did you make disease, and the diamond blue? Did you make
mankind after we made you? And the devil too!

, don't know if you noticed, but... your name is on
a lot of quotes in this book, and us crazy humans wrote it, you
should take a look, and all the people that you made in your
image still believing that junk is true. Well I know it ain't, and
so do you, dear God, I can't believe in I don't believe in

I won't believe in heaven and hell. No saints, no sinners, no
devil as well. No pearly gates, no thorny crown. You're always
letting us humans down. The wars you bring, the babes you
drown. Those lost at sea and never found, and it's the same the
whole world 'round. The hurt I see helps to compound that
Father, Son and Holy Ghost is just somebody's unholy hoax,
and if you're up there you'd perceive that my heart's here upon
my sleeve. If there's one thing I don't believe in

it's you....  
Comment by Idaho Spud on April 4, 2014 at 10:29am

Oscar Wilde's advice sounds great.  Just wish I knew how to make people laugh more than once a decade.

Comment by Joan Denoo on April 4, 2014 at 10:11am

If you want to tell people the truth, make them laugh, otherwise they'll kill you. ~Oscar Wilde

Comment by booklover on April 4, 2014 at 8:24am

Me too Chris and Patricia!

LOVE the comic Carl!

Arp, you are right!

My daughter went on a nice date with a guy she likes.  I even watched him open the door for her when she got into his Jeep.

She is still "down," and not thrilled about being sociable.  That is part of her diagnosis, and depression/anxiety will always be there in some form.  It just make me sad that she'd rather just stay home and be a hermit.  She does like going out occasionally with a group of good friends, even more than occasionally.  But the idea of having a special someone who is in her personal space too much stresses her out extremely.  I just want her to be happy.

Have a good Friday everyone!

 

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