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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.

Nobody here is into mind games. A discussion started with a loaded guilt-throwing question will be deleted.

This group is not intended to compete with other groups on topics they cover but to "fill in the cracks." Whenever a discussion dwells at length on a topic for which there's an existing group, we urge you to provide members a link to that group to continue along their tangent.

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

Started by Loren Miller. Last reply by Compelledunbeliever yesterday. 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 Plinius on June 17, 2014 at 12:31pm

Thanks, Ruth and Mindy, you make me blush! But I'll post that picture.

Comment by Ruth Anthony-Gardner on June 17, 2014 at 11:56am

Plinus, please share a photo of your new roof garden plant support when you've put it in place with plants. I agree, "You're so nice!"

Comment by Plinius on June 17, 2014 at 9:17am

I never see what's coming, I'm so stupid. Some weeks ago one of the people in my course phoned me and asked about my experience with a roof garden, so I told him about it, sent a picture and forgot all about it.

Today the group surprised me with a ladder-like structure to put flowerpots on, some pots with herbs and a big bunch of flowers. And very big grins! Lovely!

Comment by Randall Smith on June 17, 2014 at 7:57am

Check out this tag on a "Wet and Forget" container I recently bought.Shoot--it came out sideways. Anyway it says: You're wasting your time! This product is only effective if you read the instructions thoroughly. But I know you probably won't. So go ahead, do the job twice. You probably have a PHD in time wasting. Who am I to give you advice.

I think this is hilarious! Well, I DID follow directions. Now to wait to see if the product eliminates the moss and lichen from my porch roof as advertized.

Comment by Ian Mason on June 16, 2014 at 11:11pm
Comment by Randall Smith on June 16, 2014 at 8:35am

Yes, neat old L.A. photos. Thanks. My mother was a big "collector" of green stamps. I still have a knife and hatchet set she gave me 60 years ago! 

Speaking of my parents, I went to my father's house yest (Sun) to wish him a happy fathers day. He's 96 and sort of down and out with the "dizzies" from Meniere's disease, a life-long problem for him. No fun. Still sharp as a tack, however.

Comment by sk8eycat on June 16, 2014 at 2:28am

More old L.A.  Without photos...so far.

http://freepages.genealogy.rootsweb.ancestry.com/~npmelton/lablan.htm

His second wife was my paternal grandfather's sister, and my Dad's favorite aunt. She lived to be 97...seems to be a curse of our family.

Comment by The Flying Atheist on June 15, 2014 at 11:35pm

A little late, but Happy Father's Day to all the fathers here.  I spent an enjoyable afternoon with my parents.  And great weather to boot!

Comment by Ruth Anthony-Gardner on June 15, 2014 at 2:26pm

Shorpy has some interesting historical photos. Cute monorail cat gif, sk8eycat.

My family used drinking glasses that were free from gas stations too, booklover.

Comment by sk8eycat on June 15, 2014 at 12:53pm

I have a complete set of DescoWare that I got from Blue Chip Stamps (a west Coast version of Green Stamps) back in the 1960s.

They were so ubiquitous that NO gas station or retail store could stay in business for very long without "giving" them out.  Of course the cost of the things was included in the price of the mdse they were selling, so the customer was really paying for the "freebies."

S'funny the way they all vanished with the first oil embargo in the 1970s...tee-hee!

They were a PITA to me because every bookkeeping outfit I worked for specialized in gas stations...and I got the job of costing them out. Gah!

Also...remember when there were gas stations on every damn corner?  You could choose your brand, knew the owners, etc?  Long gone.

 

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