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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 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 Joan Denoo on November 18, 2013 at 2:53pm

Carl! That carrot lov'n video tops them all. Yup! gardening has its funny moments. 

Comment by Joan Denoo on November 18, 2013 at 2:47pm

Mindy, what are your options?

Go to the party and speak your mind, even if it costs you your reputation of being a freethinker. (Hooray, you say it girl!) 

Go to the party and remain silent, even if it costs you having to wire your mouth shut with barbed wire. 

Do not go to the party, feel alone, lonely, miserable and hate your husband for having a good time without you, even if it costs you hurt feelings and you feel miserable. 

Do not go to the party, pick out something you very much want to do, even if it costs you from having a good time with those whom you can communicate.  Then go visit your favorite in-laws with your husband and have a jolly good time. 

Just a thought, there are now 7,125,158,800+ human beings on this planet and you have the right/responsibility to choose with whom you spend your time. Remember you only have ... maybe 100 years to live and then you become atoms. How do you want to spend your time? Then do it. 

Comment by booklover on November 18, 2013 at 2:33pm

That's good Joan!  I just found it stresses me too much, and I look like a psycho friending and unfriending people as my mood suits.  Better for me to just leave!

Comment by Joan Denoo on November 18, 2013 at 2:30pm

I do understand why anyone leaves Facebook. My regret is that all of your fine writings do not get to an audience that hears what you all have to say. Yes, I get hate mail and sometimes phone calls. I get cold shoulders from family, neighbors and friends, and they are not going to read why and who are atheists and what they have to say.

They subscribe to religious stuff and send gobs of religious sob stories that makes one crumble into tears. The sob stories are chain letters and I very highly doubt that 99% are true. If they can believe made up stories from the Bronze Age, they surely will not care if modern fabrications get sent on their huge networks.

Anyway, I just block them, I tell them I am blocking and why, and then don't read any of their propaganda that does get through. Larry fixed it so that my blocked mail gets sent back to the sender. 

The really odd thing is when someone has a thorny problem, or troubled relationship, they seek out my thoughts. The neighbors who shun me all year come to my neighborhood parties and seem to have a good time. Their kids spend a huge bit of time in my garden with me, and the parents don't seem to object.  

Comment by booklover on November 18, 2013 at 1:59pm

Thanks Patricia!  South of us though got tornadoes and lots of damage! :(

Carl, I friend people, get pissed when they are bigots, etc., argue, unfriend, refriend... I know people think I'm crazy! lol.  It just seems like since there are so many more right-wing and religious people, I don't fit-in, and I won't keep my mouth shut (or my hands from typing! ;)  It's gotten to a ridiculous point.  So I'm done.  Now I really don't want to go to my husband's extended-family's xmas party, because I argued about religion with one of his cousin's dumb-as-shit wives, and, of course, I'M going to be the odd woman out! Aaargghhh!  Can't I just be a cat and lay around all day, wake-up and eat, use the bathroom, play, then go back to sleep?!!! ha ha ha

Comment by The Flying Atheist on November 18, 2013 at 1:56pm

I stumbled across this video and just had to share it with all of you.  It's very cute!!

Carrot Hugs

Comment by The Flying Atheist on November 18, 2013 at 1:48pm

Good for you, Mindy.  I've never had a Facebook page so I don't know first hand what I've been missing, but from what I surmise, it seems like it's more trouble than it's worth.  Hearing stories throughout the years about cyber-bullying, privacy problems and the contemptuous environment has kept me away,  

Comment by booklover on November 18, 2013 at 1:38pm

Well I've finally permanently deleted my Facebook page.  I go back and forth about it, and have decided that something that causes me stress that is so easy to get rid of in my life should be GONE!  I feel better.  I don't argue with you guys! lol.  I can't keep my mouth shut on there, and here I don't have to!

Comment by The Flying Atheist on November 18, 2013 at 12:32pm

It was a rough ride for the first 20 minutes or so leaving Chicago but then it smoothed out with occasional bumps along the way.  Because the storms had moved east in the direction of our flight path, the captain had us remain seated the whole flight.  We weren't able to get up and do a service and I wasn't able to serve dinner to my first class passengers.  But they were happy just to get to their destination.  I've been in worse turbulence.  It doesn't frighten me, as long as I'm seated and buckled in.    

Comment by booklover on November 18, 2013 at 9:14am

We had the storms Joan- rain, wind, and hail.  Luckily no tornadoes!

 

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