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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 Compelledunbeliever 20 hours ago. 37 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 Joan Denoo on March 8, 2013 at 2:12am

Did you lose a cat?

Comment by Grinning Cat on March 7, 2013 at 9:39pm

'I seez a caption!' 'Me too!'

Comment by Ruth Anthony-Gardner on March 7, 2013 at 6:55pm

This one's for you booklover.

Comment by Grinning Cat on March 7, 2013 at 5:55pm

Patricia, sorry to hear of your dental and emotional ordeals!

Felaine, I'm glad things are going better... and Eloise would undoubtedly make a better pope than 99% of the cardinals!

BTW, there is a one-sentence bill in the U.S. House that would simply repeal the s*q**st*r: HR 900, the Cancel the Sequester Act of 2013. Signon.org has a petition.

Comment by sk8eycat on March 7, 2013 at 2:45pm

The major pain vanished around midnight last night, and I'M FINE! Thanks! I think I was a little goofy lasy night because I came up with the following (wishing Kay Thompson was still alive...and sane.)

ELOISE

IN

THE VATICAN

Eloise, Nanny, and Weenie are in Rome when Rat-Boy quits; they take the usual tour of the public parts of the Vatican, wander away from the group, and get lost. They end up sequestered (pardon that dirty word!) with the cardinals, etc. when the convocation starts.

Lots of snarky comments about the men's "costumes." And the inside power politicking. Maybe she opens a door and finds two priests in bed together...or an all-out Borgia-style orgy going on.

Eloise scribbles her name all over the place, including the ballots and is ”miraculously" elected pope...I dunno.

I just don't have the Thompson Touch.

I'm only ME,

FELAINE!

Comment by Idaho Spud on March 7, 2013 at 11:17am

OUCH, OH Felaine!  That sounds horrible!   And, Patricia, I don’t like the thought of you having all your teeth pulled either.  I’ve got a few sympathy pains for you guys.

Chris’ doctor sounds like he had the answer about injections not entering the swollen area.   I’m going to try to remember that.  

I'm a chicken about pain and won't put-up with it anymore, but I’m usually lucky to have little pain due to surgery.  Melinda, when I had my wisdom teeth extracted, I had almost no pain afterwards and none during because I had a surgeon that laid me down and put me out completely.   I wonder if experiencing a lot of pain during a procedure somehow makes the recovery pain worse.

Patricia, I’m glad to hear you’re done with toxic people.  

Interesting pie chart Steph.  I especially like the “helping the poor/sick/needy” slice approaching zero.  

As for humor, I don’t like slapstick either Joan, and Carol B. had too much of it for my taste, so, although I thought the elephant sketch and a few others were funny, most of her humor did nothing for me.

I enjoyed Cosby for a long time, but got tired of him calling his children and teenagers “brain dead” along with other names, even though it appears to be true.

I don’t like violent “humor” either.  The exception was the 3 stooges when I was young.  For some reason, I liked them as a child (and I do think males like them a lot more than females).  As I’ve aged, I’ve outgrown them.  They’re mostly dumb now and the violence is disturbing.

Comment by Steph S. on March 7, 2013 at 5:37am

Grinning cat that is so cute!

Good morning everyone - drinking coffee and getting ready to leave for work early today.

Comment by Ian Mason on March 7, 2013 at 3:41am

A good family is a great thing. A bad family can be a nightmare.

My Dad was married twice so I've got 2 "Mums", both very jealous and posessive, so there's been some conflicts. Peace seems now to have settled over the situation but that's probably because they both know that the end is in sight, which is a sobering thought for them.

Patricia, please remember that your own well-being comes first. Do whatever moderates your mood and blood-pressure and to Hell with anything/anyone else.

Comment by Joan Denoo on March 7, 2013 at 1:25am

Patricia, I am so very sorry that there isn't a warm relationship; life is too precious to have to put up with people who judge or don't accept one. So! Make each day extra special for yourself! Make your happiness and joy and enthusiasm depend on you, you are too precious to let another stand in the way of your standing proud, strong, happy, and full of vinegar.

Comment by Plinius on March 7, 2013 at 1:24am

Best to know where the border is, Patricia, and you know - but even so it's a rotten situation.

Felaine, my dentist told me once that injections in an inflamed area don't work, because the medicine cannot spread in swollen tissue. That might answer your question. 

 

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