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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 14 hours ago. 21 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 Ruth Anthony-Gardner on August 4, 2013 at 12:27am

My condolences on Hairy Jerry, sk8eycat.

I always loved Simon and Garfunkel too, Loren.

I spent the day drinking Pedialyte and reading about how our heated up ocean is eroding Ice shelves and glaciers faster. They're talking about a foot of sea level rise by 2050. All that climate change heat "disappearing" into the ocean apparently means the ice shelves melt from the bottom. Then as sea level rises, the shelves float higher, so the warmer water can erode the bottom even more. And so on. They're just beginning to figure out how gigantic shelves break off, which accounts for half the total melt.

Enjoy your Sunday, folks.

Comment by Joan Denoo on August 3, 2013 at 11:02pm

I wonder how they look now? They will always sound special. 

"The pair last reunited at the 25th anniversary of the Rock And Roll Hall Of Fame concerts in New York in 2009."
Read more at http://www.nme.com/news/paul-simon/63928#ij8bWVxqdpUwJcVd.99 

Comment by Joan Denoo on August 3, 2013 at 10:52pm

Elaine, I am sorry to learn about Hairy Jerry and your loss of his companionship. The lovely bouquet of flowers Carl sent you reflects the sentiment of our little group, caring for you and your sadness. 

May I add just a little scene? 

Comment by Loren Miller on August 3, 2013 at 10:11pm

I just spent a bit of this evening listening to an old friend ... actually TWO "Old Friends," being Paul Simon and Art Garfunkel, and their amazing concert some 30+ years ago in Central Park.  As I listened, I was astonished to hear what was, for my ears, classic after classic after classic piece of musical legerdemain, mostly written by Simon and voiced by those two remarkable artists.

May I leave you this evening with this wonderful, understated anthem to America ... "An American Tune:"



Have a good night.

Comment by The Flying Atheist on August 3, 2013 at 9:44pm

For the weekend. Just a fun little ditty from a time long ago that I love. I hope everyone enjoys.

Comment by sk8eycat on August 3, 2013 at 8:23pm

I forgot to say that I still have Pumpkin, aka Prancer, aka The Brat. He and Jerry weren't exactly friends, but  he KNOWS something happened today.  You can't tell ME that cats (and dogs) aren't sentient creatures.

Thank you for the flowers, Carl.  They're lovely.

Dirty Elaine.

Comment by The Flying Atheist on August 3, 2013 at 7:47pm

Elaine, so sorry to hear that news.  Thanks for checking in an letting us know.  We've all been thinking about you two.  Although the finally outcome was not a  surprise, getting there is never easy.  If it's any consolation, you can be sure that Jerry had the best of care and shared a wonderful companion for many years. -- Carl

  

Comment by sk8eycat on August 3, 2013 at 7:28pm

Hello.  I haven't been around for a while because I was fussing over Hairy Jerry, and when I wasn't fussing, I was in my room re-reading my favorite books to take my mind off everything.

SO...it finally got to the point that Jerry couldn't even swallow water, and we took him to the vet today....and you know the rest. It was actually very peaceful for him, but my eyes are still wet from time to time.

I'm blaming myself as usual...for hanging on to him as long as I did. I always do this.  I'll get over it, and be back sometime soon

 

Bye-bye, Jerry. You were the most affectionate cat I've had in ages. 

 

Comment by Joan Denoo on August 3, 2013 at 1:39pm

Melinda, that is exactly why we have to fight against health insurance linked to jobs, and for universal health coverage. It is a tough fight, and one well worth the effort. Our nation cannot be strong as long as the system doesn't work for all its citizens.

It seems to me, the major issue besides health care for all, is education for all, even life-long learning. Investments in education always pay back to the system more than it takes out.

Take a simple example, when I lived in Alaska, the native kids didn't know about hygiene. With just a few very short, quick instructions, we were able to teach them how to blow their noses into tissues, toss them into a fire, and how to wash their hands. The colds and flu went down, school attendance improved, and the general health of the kids improved. Prevention is so easy, doesn't require a degree in science, is easy to learn and everyone benefits.

Does your husband have good stress management techniques? In reality, one can't cure stupid, and when management is not as smart as they think they are, the workers pay a price. So, workers can learn procedures that reduce stress, even as they take on management. Part of the strategy is building coalitions, which is exactly what unions do.

With you and your kids having health problems, and living in a culture such as ours, we need strong leadership to take on systemic problems. You can't do it alone, but you can and do take necessary action when it is called for. This is no time for prayer ... it is time for praxis, thought + action.

Praxis is usually considered a liberation theology word meaning to express how the Gospel of Jesus Christ is to be lived in the world.
In secular terms, it means the process by which a theory, lesson, or skill is enacted, practiced. embodied, or realised.

Thought without action is a daydream. Action without thought is a chaotic nightmare.

Comment by booklover on August 3, 2013 at 9:01am

Thanks Joan!  The management heard him alright.  He's in a Union, so he can say a little more than if he wasn't, and 'get away with it.'  Meaning, he wouldn't lose his job over it.  They 'fixed' it, but they'll do something dumb again, and soon. There is no doubt about that!  His job is very stressful physically, and then management causes the workers mental stress by being idiots.  I feel really bad, but he has to stay there.  We have REALLY good health ins., and the kids and I need it.  Luckily the kids can stay on it until they're 26.  It sucks having your health ins. tied to your job, but then, that's a whole other can-of-worms!

I hope you get a break in the heat Chris!  It really sucked when  we had ours a few weeks ago!

 

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