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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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bending truth, or "We Can All Be Manipulated" (TheraminTrees)

Started by Loren Miller. Last reply by Loren Miller 13 hours ago. 39 Replies

The following is one of TheraminTrees' most thorough-going pieces, wherein he looks at the process and techniques whereby a "religious" organization (which will sound VERY familiar to most of us, once introductions are made!) takes a person who…Continue

Tags: indoctrination, truth, manipulation, TheraminTrees

punishing doubt (TheraminTrees)

Started by Loren Miller Sep 6. 0 Replies

If you are associated with religion and especially a fundamentalist religion, doubt is intolerable.  Certainty, however it may be achieved or imposed, becomes a necessary element, especially considering the utter dearth of any form of evidence or…Continue

Tags: religion, TheraminTrees, punish, doubt

We Don't Want Your (Atheist) Money! (The Thinking Atheist)

Started by Loren Miller. Last reply by Idaho Spud Sep 2. 17 Replies

I suppose I've heard stories like this before:Conscientious atheist donates money to worthy cause.Worthy cause initially accepts money.Worthy cause discovers source of donation.Worthy cause rejects donation.Swell, eh?  Well Matt Willbourne of…Continue

Tags: American Baptist Churches Association, Murrow Indian Children's Home, The Thinking Atheist, Seth Andrews

The Whole Bible in 30 Seconds (Betty Bowers)

Started by Loren Miller. Last reply by Randy Hatly Sep 2. 3 Replies

Ever decide that you wanted to read the whole bible, cover to cover, only to realize half-way through Deuteronomy that the darn thing is industrial-strength BORING?!?  Well, never fear!  America's Best Christian, Betty Bowers, has done the Cliff's…Continue

Tags: bible, America's Best Christian, Betty Bowers

Are You a Patriot? (Betty Bowers)

Started by Loren Miller. Last reply by Chris G Aug 29. 22 Replies

You might think that Betty Bowers, America's Best Christian, would be stepping outside of her comfort zone in tackling the concept of patriotism.  As it turns out, not only does she have a proper handle on the term and its implications, she also…Continue

Tags: patriot, America's Best Christian, Betty Bowers

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Comment by Randall Smith 37 minutes ago

Carl, being a life-long Cub fan, I'm envious. I've only been to Wrigley Field once. Congrats to you and your parents on their anniversary. What a wonderful occasion.

Gosh Ruth, what fun is life when you feel so "out of sorts"? I guess I could add several names to the "Hang with friends" list.

I've been out of sorts myself until yesterday morning. For 3 days I had a whopping tooth ache. My dentist squeezed me in (thanks to my daughter, his dental hygienist) to check out the situation. Xray showed a vertical crack in my lower right wisdom tooth. He (we) decided to extract it. After it was removed, I felt a little faint form the shock of it all, and had to lie down. 24 hours later, I'm good to go!  Two wisdom teeth out, two to go. I reckon I'm now less wise!

Comment by Plinius 7 hours ago

Congrats with your family anniversary, Carl, you sound like you have a great family! I'm so glad to hear that!

Success with your gym programme, Ruth, I do hope it will work for you! I tried the gym some years ago - doctor's advice - but without success, after six months' training I hadn't lost weight and the training exhausted and depressed me, in spite of the promises of more energy...   I hope your husband feels better with the shoulder replacement!

Carl and Ruth, my health issues date from early childhood, and have probably a lot to do with a quite horrible and dysfunctional family. I have a fine collection of stress related complaints and have lived on an allowance for the disabled from my mid-twenties. I tried to educate myself out of the problems but I couldn't quite manage it. I'm still on the allowance but the high point in my week is a few hours' teaching. People who complain of their jobs have little idea what it is to be excluded from working.

Comment by Ian Mason 7 hours ago

How pleasant for you, Carl. It looks like the family get-together was a real joy.

Sorry to hear about all the problems, Ruth. I hope you get some response and a clear, doable strategy from your doctor soon.

Comment by Joan Denoo 9 hours ago

Loren, thank you for all you do to keep us informed and intervene on our behalf. I like the way you sort out and describe the problem to us; speaking for myself, I am totally technology-dumb. 

Comment by Joan Denoo 9 hours ago

Carl, no wonder you didn't post for a few days! You have had a lot of things going on. What a celebration with people from so far away! Congratulations on your parent's 60th wedding anniversary! 

Your parents look young, vibrant and happy! You come from good stock. 

Comment by Joan Denoo 9 hours ago

Ruth, dreadful news, and so many things causing you a new normal; I know what you mean about tired, and you do remarkably well. I just am a slug, and I can enjoy it. 

I agree with you about the importance of unionization; more workers will understand the value as incomes decline and prices inflate. Not knowing what is happening cause some to work harder and not get organized with a union. 

Do you have a good support system to help and encourage you? 

It is brain-dead that is hard for me. A lot of things don't make any sense ... Oh! That isn't me; it's because a lot of things don't make any sense. 

I like the message from the grumpy, irritable cat. 

Comment by Ruth Anthony-Gardner 9 hours ago

Oh, Flying Atheist, thanks for sharing the pictures of your parents anniversary. Very nice.

Comment by Ruth Anthony-Gardner 9 hours ago

Plinius, I empathize with your needing two days of rest and recuperation after working two days. I'm soooo glad I have adequate retirement from teaching. That was due to unionization. Since I left the profession, most teachers get short shrift in private schools and academies.

To update everyone on my situation: During August my husband got a shoulder replacement, and I only got to the gym 12 times. My blood sugar and blood pressure both got out of control. I'm on three BP medications now. My endocrinologist wanted me to see if exercise and diet would be adequate, with my current medication. I had to change my whole lifestyle around to go to the gym for an hour, 6 days a week, before breakfast. I'm not used to it yet, even after a month. My blood sugar keeps getting worse, in any case, and she's not returning my calls or email. Mostly I'm so achy and tired and brain dead that I've fallen behind in everything. Haven't lost any weight either. I've been irritable, grumpy.

image source, captions mine

Comment by Loren Miller 10 hours ago

Best wishes to your folks, Carl!

Comment by Qiana-Maieev 11 hours ago

Congrats to your folks, Flying Atheist!

 

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