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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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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 Joan Denoo on October 6, 2014 at 11:05am

Mindy, your comment didn't come through that you sent an hour ago. It is probably some photo that will make me laugh. Or some information I don't want to miss. 

I want to read everything you write and for some reason you and Ruth have comments that don't to my Wall. I see your name, but no comment 

Comment by Plinius on October 6, 2014 at 11:01am

I'm glad it's so easy, Joan!

Comment by Joan Denoo on October 6, 2014 at 11:01am

Today is another beautiful day. I made great progress yesterday getting my garden ready to go to sleep. The vines seemed almost grateful to be cut off and put in the trash. I repaired some trellises that they grew on and they, too, are all ready for a new season. The growth that will be next spring's lilac blossom form nicely. The rhododendrons have huge buds forming as well. 

The lilac bushes have a new assault on their leaves so I gave them diatomaceous earth on the soil and leaves. It doesn't really matter about these leaves because they will be falling soon, but I want to start my defenses before next season.

Comment by Joan Denoo on October 6, 2014 at 10:53am

Chris, the replacement is no big deal, it requires anaesthesia and a procedure that is not at all painful. I don't even feel the electrode when it keeps my heart in rhythm. My primary physician asked last Friday if I can hear or feel it. I don't hear or feel anything, except grateful that I have had these extra years. 

January 2008

Comment by Randall Smith on October 6, 2014 at 8:21am

So much to comment on!                                                               Joan, You are such an inspiration to all of us. I consider you the matriarch of A.N. Let's hope you can continue gardening for a long time, pacemaker and all!

Mindy, happy your daughter is enjoying waitressing.                    Great "selfie", Chris! I love photos of all my friends here.

Wouldn't it be great if we really could get together for a grand "potluck"?! When I was a member on an previous blog site, I met six fellow bloggers while traveling east, south, and west. Even stayed overnight at 3 of them. The blog site sort of crumbled, so I moved on--to here! It's been a blast.

Comment by Plinius on October 6, 2014 at 1:03am

I'm celebrating with you Joan. It's so good to be alive and to have access to kind people, cats and books! I hope your heart problem is treatable!

Comment by Joan Denoo on October 6, 2014 at 12:08am

Mindy, it is a routine thing with a pacemaker. It does its job beautifully and I never have a bit of trouble. When I go in for checks, the technician always turns it down until my heart stops beating and then he turns it back on. Last time I was there I asked if he could give me more energy, so he turned the up. It did give me more energy. If the pump ever stops, I will be dead in four minutes. So we keep a close eye on that little beater. 

Comment by Ruth Anthony-Gardner on October 5, 2014 at 10:43pm

Sorry to hear about your pacemaker getting old, Joan. I hear you about getting old.

Comment by Joan Denoo on October 5, 2014 at 7:16pm

Mindy, I don't bake, at all. I like making the main dish, side dish and salad. Everybody knows that so they bring the desert.

We would make a good team!

Carl, how you doing? Hope you report when there is news. I think about you as well, so there is energy coming to from different laces. Yes, my garden is paradise. I am sitting out here right now, the sun just about to set and the air getting chilly.

Deidre, it is so great to have you back! I think you are right, baking is precise. I like to throw a little of this, a little of that in a pot and let 'er rip.

I had a doctor's appointment on Friday and I am having a little heart problem, which is expected because of my pace maker getting old. Everything is getting old; my house is over 100 year old, my car is 22 years old, all three of my children are over 50, and I have 6 great-grandchildren. Oh! my goodness, how did that happen? 

And, I am happier than I have ever been in my life. It is just great to be alive, have wonderful friends virtual, and touchable, outstanding neighbors who all have dogs that I enjoy and don't have to pay th vet bills. 

Comment by The Flying Atheist on October 5, 2014 at 5:02pm

Waving back to you, Chris.  Great photo!

Mindy, what an uplifting family report.  Too bad you can't bottle up and market your good vibes!  lol  

Joan, I love reading about your garden-related activities.  It sounds like you are living in a little patch of paradise.   

 

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