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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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Are You a Patriot? (Betty Bowers)

Started by Loren Miller. Last reply by k.h. ky 8 hours ago. 18 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

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

Started by Loren Miller. Last reply by Grinning Cat yesterday. 11 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 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 The Flying Atheist on July 23, 2014 at 3:42pm

Ursula sounds like such a good-hearted person!  We could use more humans like her.  Is she thinking about adopting another cat?

Comment by Plinius on July 23, 2014 at 3:14pm

Ai - my friend just phoned me that she had her last surviving cat put to sleep, so she has to get used to the life without cats. She always adopted the ugliest longhairs from the local shelter - she was allergic to shorthairs. They were really ugly, her longhairs with their crumpled faces, nose problems, eye problems and whatever a cat can get, but they became happy and healthy with Ursula. But you can also become allegic to longhairs...   

Comment by Randall Smith on July 23, 2014 at 7:18am

Picked up a much needed half inch of rain overnight. Except for yesterday, it's been a very cool summer. No 90's yet, and we average 18 a year. I haven't had to use my AC one time!

Comment by Plinius on July 22, 2014 at 11:23pm

Is there no public transport for short distances, Mindy? I do know about Greyhound buses for long distance. Here we have a network of buses, trams and metro, so I can get almost everywhere and it's never very far to the next stop.

Comment by Ian Mason on July 22, 2014 at 1:58pm

There may be many things wrong with the world but sometimes there are positive things. The Proms season has begun. 8 weeks of world-class performances. Lovely.

Comment by The Flying Atheist on July 22, 2014 at 11:20am

I like that religion post, Mindy.

Today is a good day to stay inside and relax with the A/C.  Hot and humid outside.  I will be going out to get my hair cut, stop at Walgreens, the dry cleaners and then the grocery store.  All are within 1 block of my house.  Nice and handy!

Comment by Joan Denoo on July 20, 2014 at 4:47pm

When the fire fighting crews return from a blaze, many of them have lost so much water that their eyes look sunken. They wear very heavy protective garments and in high heat with extreme physical exertion, they are exhausted, literally. 

Firefighters on the front lines of Carlton Complex

This is the Okanogan Forest fire in central WA state. 

Comment by Joan Denoo on July 20, 2014 at 4:39pm

Felaine, re: Rare Florida forest set to be leveled for a Walmart and Chik-fil-A, I wonder if Walmart and Chik-fil-A are aware of the rising ocean? Wouldn't that be a great joke on them if they got flooded out. I hope no one sells them sea level rise insurance. They should accept all the risk, not the people who pay the bills when things go wrong. But a tragedy to squander such a forest on stuff and junk. 

Comment by Joan Denoo on July 20, 2014 at 4:32pm

However, the smoke is dreadful!. The Okanogan Forest is in the middle of the state. Spokane is very near the Idaho border in eastern Washington state. The prevailing winds come from the west. However, with these variable winds, Williwaw". This is the correct spelling. Our situation doesn't fit the definition of 

"In meteorology, a williwaw is a sudden blast of wind descending from a mountainous coast to the sea. The word is of unknown origin, but was earliest used by British seamen in the 19th century. The usage appears for winds found in the Strait of Magellan, the Aleutian Islands and the coastal fjords of the Alaskan Panhandle, where the terms outflow wind and squamish wind are also used for the same phenomenon."

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Williwaw

Comment by Joan Denoo on July 20, 2014 at 3:43pm

Ruth, no, the Spokane area isn't close to the Okanogan Valley where all those fires are burning. We do have close fire allegedly started by three men in a yellow pick-up shooting off explosives. The wind is like what my grandmother called a "Willowa", winds that shift and come from all directions. I can't find it by Googling, and I may have misspelled it. However, that is exactly what is happening. 

 

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