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

Started by Loren Miller. Last reply by k.h. ky 6 hours ago. 9 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

Are You a Patriot? (Betty Bowers)

Started by Loren Miller. Last reply by Bertold Brautigan 10 hours ago. 1 Reply

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

The Ark Encounter: A Less than Grand Opening (The Thinking Atheist)

Started by Loren Miller. Last reply by Grinning Cat on Monday. 24 Replies

The day finally arrived.  Ken Ham's Ark Encounter opened on 7 July, 2016 ... to something a bit less than Disney-sized crowds, and more than a couple dissenting voices!  Seth Andrews has gathered a quartet of significant participants in the protest…Continue

Tags: Tracey Moody, Dan Broadbent, Seth Andrews, David Silverman, AronRa

Surreal, I haz it

Started by Ruth Anthony-Gardner. Last reply by Idaho Spud Aug 14. 91 Replies

Surreal, not just found in art.Continue

Tags: surreal

Wedding Haka - Subtitled & translated

Started by Joan Denoo Aug 13. 0 Replies

I ran across a video of a wedding in which a group of wedding guests celebrated with a performance of a traditional Māori ancestral war dance, called a Haka. It was intended for sons, however, the women have joined in a participation of…Continue

Tags: new, traditions., women, men, Haka

Onward (Unpaid) Christian Soldiers (Betty Bowers)

Started by Loren Miller. Last reply by Chris G Aug 13. 1 Reply

Proselytizing in the military is a dirty little secret most radical christians would rather didn't get out.  Well, never let it be said that America's Best Christian, Betty Bowers, was ever a wallflower where a pit bull was needed!  In the following…Continue

Tags: Military Religious Freedom Foundation, MRFF, America's Best Christian, Betty Bowers

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Comment by sk8eycat on March 30, 2013 at 7:01pm

Ian, my favorite breakfast is either leftover pizza, or a BLT with avocado on a croissant.  (Don't really have either of those very often.) I'm lazy, and the last thing I want to do in the morning, after feeding the cats and policing the litter box, is cook!

 

Comment by Joan Denoo on March 30, 2013 at 4:22pm
Spud! Great message!
Comment by Idaho Spud on March 30, 2013 at 3:07pm

Comment by Joan Denoo on March 30, 2013 at 2:50pm
OH! Melinda, "a handful of nuts" means walnuts, cashews, almonds, Brazil nuts, peanuts, ... I can't stop laughing!
Comment by Joan Denoo on March 30, 2013 at 2:46pm
Of course we share concern about dumbing down of USA and loss of vital research. Some people believe the Earth is 6,000 years old, that dinosaurs and Homo sapiens co-existed, that a super-human energy created all that is in six days, and some external being answers prayers, etc.
I am faced now with people saying they will pray for me. I don't need prayers, I need well trained scientists to facilitate management of my cancer. I need assurance that all have licenses and have credentials testifying to their knowledge, that they are held accountable when/if mistakes occur, that test equipment is sterile and does not infect me, that people know, based on evidence, what to do.
Yes, there is an emotional aspect of cancer, however emotional needs can be met by family and friends who express care for my wellbeing. I live abundantly in well educated, thoughtful, kind, compassionate members of my support team. All is well.
"Scientific Savvy? In U.S., Not Much"
"Dr. Miller, who was raised in Portsmouth, Ohio, when it was a dying steel town, attributes much of the nation's collective scientific ignorance to poor education, particularly in high schools. Many colleges require every student to take some science, but most Americans do not graduate from college. And science education in high school can be spotty."

http://www.nytimes.com/2005/08/30/science/30profile.html?pagewanted...
Comment by Joan Denoo on March 30, 2013 at 12:54pm

Thanks to Krozan Darshandhari, from Lalitpur, Nepal.

Secular Holidays by Season

Comment by Ian Mason on March 30, 2013 at 11:55am

Breakfast? Having lived in Denmark for 27 years I've become a convert to good, dark rye bread and probably eat more than most Danes now. If I've been to the gym on the way home from work in the morning, then porrige, boiled with skimmed milk and as a little treat pineapple chunks. A good breakfast should keep your mouth shut and your bowels open.

Comment by Steph S. on March 30, 2013 at 10:42am

Oh I love that Melinda! I need to do that with the real life ones too.

I am glad you are feeling better Joan. I am thinking of you and wish the best for you.

Comment by Steph S. on March 30, 2013 at 10:40am

Comment by Idaho Spud on March 30, 2013 at 9:00am

Have faith.  Good one Melinda.

 

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