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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 22 minutes ago. 6 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 2 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 Plinius on November 29, 2014 at 11:43am

You're right, they are called Plinius here. The Elder loved science, the Younger loved books, and the Youngest could purr.

Comment by sk8eycat on November 29, 2014 at 10:19am

Found Plinius/Pliny (I think)

Pliny the Younger or Gaius Plinius Caecilius Secundus (62-c.115): Roman senator, nephew of Pliny the Elder, governor of Bithynia-Pontus (109-111), author of a famous collection of letters.

http://www.livius.org/pi-pm/pliny/pliny_y.htm

Comment by Idaho Spud on November 29, 2014 at 10:09am

I wouldn't have thought any cat would be noisy.  

That reminds me of something a man said years ago.  I was renting a room from him & his wife.  He had a young daughter that should have been named stomper.  He asked her why she made so much noise walking.  He said, when Francis (me) walks through the house, I can't even hear him!

Comment by sk8eycat on November 29, 2014 at 10:07am

WHO was Plinius?  (Most Lunar features are named for somebody....)

Comment by sk8eycat on November 29, 2014 at 10:01am

I didn't name Pumpkin....but he's used to it after all these years.  He should have been named Stomper...or Thud.  He's the noisiest cat, when walkiing, I've ever known.

Comment by Plinius on November 29, 2014 at 8:54am

My red tabby was called Plinius....

Comment by Randall Smith on November 29, 2014 at 7:59am

I wonder if we all had cats by the name "Pumpkin"? We did. My daughter's cat is named "Shimmey" because they thought she was a him (or v.v.).

Comment by Plinius on November 29, 2014 at 2:35am

Thanks for the story! I didn't know that one.

Comment by sk8eycat on November 28, 2014 at 6:55pm

Our Fur-eeda is 6 years old...her original name was "Fred" because the Trimbles adopted her when she was so tiny that they couldn't tell whether she was male or female.  We've only had her for a year.

My baby boy Pumpkin will be 16 on January 1st.  He was brought to the Cat Hotel, along with his totally feral mother, and 2 littermates, at the beginning of 1999...before his eyes were open.

  We found homes for his mates, but the only place that would take SisterGirl (his mother) was the Best Friends Sanctuary in Utah.  I don't know if she's still alive...she was not even a year old when she had that litter. 

Several people wanted to adopt Pumpkin, but he was so rowdy (still is) that they all returned him to us, and he lived in luxury at the Hotel till it was closed by the city (long story) 3 years ago.  I always wanted him, but we had other cats at the time, and they all hated each other.  When the Cat Hotel was shut down, I went through a month of hell trying to locate him...finally found him in a cattery in Northern CA, and a friend drove up there, and brought him to me.

And now he's MINE! 

BUT it broke my heart when the Hotel was closed....a new owner took over after I could no longer handle the physical work, and let the place go downhill to the point that they had to get a haz-mat team to clean it up after the city closed it.  GROSS! 

It WAS a classy place for more than 10 years...Jay Leno, Loretta Swit, and other folks from the studios boarded their cats with us.

Comment by sk8eycat on November 28, 2014 at 4:37pm

That "Black Hole Cat" reminds me of one of the funniest punnish short stories ever written - Arthur C. Clarke's "Neutron Tide."

http://shaggy-dogs.briancombs.net/4776/neutron-tide

We have an all-black cat who is so chubby that she can't curl up like that....WE did not make her fat; she was that way when her former humans gave her to us.  It's funny to watch her run through the house with her "flaps" wobbling....but we love her. 

 

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