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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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Issues Atheist, Feminist, GLBTQ, Climate Change

Started by Joan Denoo. Last reply by BenGee on Saturday. 3 Replies

This is a test Continue

The Whole Bible in 30 Seconds (Betty Bowers)

Started by Loren Miller. Last reply by Randy Hatly Oct 20. 15 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

punishing doubt (TheraminTrees)

Started by Loren Miller. Last reply by Joan Denoo Oct 17. 2 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

A moment to relax and see the Earth from space; some how this comforts me.

Started by Joan Denoo. Last reply by Qiana-Maieev Oct 16. 3 Replies

All the squabbles and struggles that I have do not compare with those of some others on this great planet. There are no boundary lines, no political arguments, no up or no down. What is, is. For right now, the scenes offer tranquility. Just the…Continue

Tags: and, wonder, awe, of, space

His Dark Materials and the Catholic Church

Started by Tonya R. Wheeler. Last reply by Plinius Oct 16. 27 Replies

I recently watched the movie, "The Golden Compass" and since I could not find the sequels, I read the books. I enjoyed them, and I will be reading the first one, Northern Lights, starting tomorrow, since it just arrived via inter-library…Continue

Tags: Fantasy, Catholic, Religion, Atheist, Pullman

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

Started by Loren Miller. Last reply by Loren Miller Sep 29. 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

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Comment by The Flying Atheist on January 10, 2015 at 2:57pm

Geez, Ruth.  What a bad spell you're having right now.  Sorry it has piled up on you all at once.  I hope you get some relief soon.

Are you also having below normal temps in PA? 

Comment by Plinius on January 10, 2015 at 1:31pm

I hope you feel better soon, Ruth!

Comment by Idaho Spud on January 10, 2015 at 12:26pm

Sorry you having such a hard time Ruth. 

Comment by Ruth Anthony-Gardner on January 10, 2015 at 12:21pm

Hi. Just yesterday on a nature program I learned that a pair of barn owls has to catch 8 voles a day to keep their babies alive, which adds up to 2,000 voles a year. No doubt they also catch lots of mice in that quota, Joan.

booklover, how about a picture of your daughter's winning snow sculpture. Woah! -7! Aagh.

Sorry I've been out of touch. During two weeks of bronchitis I was entirely sedentary. Also I couldn't face eating seafood. As soon as I'd mostly recovered from that, I got severe arthritis in my left hip. Hence I've not kept up with all of you. I'm eating wild salmon again, for my low inflammation diet, and back to exercising and stretching at the gym three days so far. Only marginal pain improvements so far. Hopefully after a few days it will ease up and I'll return to full functioning. The pain makes me brainless as well as making everyday stuff an order of magnitude harder. I'm not allowed to use NSAIDS or even drink alcohol, so no relief there. I've been using a lidoderm patch after the gym, and resting a lot on my side.

Comment by Idaho Spud on January 10, 2015 at 10:56am

Patricia, very cute owl.

Comment by The Flying Atheist on January 10, 2015 at 10:23am

Mindy, I heard this morning that Rockford is getting ready for a big snow and ice sculpture festival this week.  It sure is cold enough!

Stay warm everyone.   

Comment by Randall Smith on January 10, 2015 at 7:56am

Guess I have to agree with Bertold's "cuteness quotient" comment!

Comment by Joan Denoo on January 9, 2015 at 10:46pm

Thanks, Randy, for the lead to  Diane Ackerman, author of The Zookeeper's Wife and The Human Age. They go onto my To Read List 

Comment by Joan Denoo on January 9, 2015 at 10:36pm

Happy anniversary Mindy and hubby. May the coming years be full of interesting discussions, fun time, and building happy memories for those years that are Golden. 

Comment by Joan Denoo on January 9, 2015 at 10:25pm

Patricia, I am beginning to have a fondness for owls. They would help keep the mouse population down, wouldn't they! 

Athena with owl Louvre.


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