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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 on Tuesday. 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 September 30, 2014 at 1:50pm

So Dale has a chance to go on! I'll keep my fingers crossed for him - although I don't think that could help.

That is a beautiful painting, Joan! Thanks!  At times I feel helpless but I won't let it get to me. First I try to think what I can do, after that I amuse myself with fantasies about power shutdowns, Molotov cocktails or other things I would never do.

Today I'm singing falsely:"Rejoice, rejoice, we have no choice but to carry on.."

Comment by Ian Mason on September 30, 2014 at 12:00pm

Don't you believe it, Joan. I do what I really have to do and no more.

Comment by Joan Denoo on September 30, 2014 at 11:32am

WOW Carl, you have me hooked. Between you, Mindy, Loren, and all music lovers on this string, we can dance to the music of Charlie Darwin!

Comment by Idaho Spud on September 30, 2014 at 11:31am

Carl, thanks for that Peanuts Darwin!

Comment by Joan Denoo on September 30, 2014 at 11:07am

Oh Chris! I hear you! Surely feelings of helplessness and hopelessness will occur and that is the formula for depression. Do not let that happen to you and your husband. Do whatever you can to find joy and peace. Just plain have fun! Be sure your husband understands how important it is that this dreadful behavior can pull you down. 

Think of things that when you do them you feel happy, calm, relaxed, at peace ... and then do them if you can. 

I feel helpless for you, so I will ease my feeling by sending you a photo of a painting. Since I am buried in grapes; one of my favorite activities is processing grapes. Mine are Concords, but these are so bright, I feel lifted and hope you do too. 

Jan van Huysum, Still Life 

Comment by The Flying Atheist on September 30, 2014 at 9:54am

Comment by The Flying Atheist on September 30, 2014 at 9:48am

I'm frugal too, Mindy, but I love music so much that I don't want it interrupted with commercials.  But that's me.  What kind of music do you listen to?

Comment by The Flying Atheist on September 30, 2014 at 9:17am

I also like my music so that I can hear it without straining.  I like having music on when cleaning as well, usually some upbeat jazz.  I couldn't live without my music.  Jazz and classical make up the majority of my listening, but I have many other varied and quirky musical avenues too. 

I subscribe to commercial-free Pandora Radio and have found a lot of new music that I like listening to.  Lately I've been listening to a lot of South American and Spanish contemporary ballads.  Even though I don't speak or understand Spanish, they are very beautiful and romantic. 

Comment by Plinius on September 30, 2014 at 8:12am

Earplugs don't help, Joan, when you want to sleep and the basses interfere with your heart rhythm. But luckily it's only some five days a year. Normally I love music, and also silence. When I'm home alone I very often concentrate on things I've heard and enjoy them again in silence - music, sounds, poems.

I like the Da Vince text very much, Ian!

Comment by Randall Smith on September 30, 2014 at 7:44am

I'm lucky not to have any nearby neighbors. I have the radio on all the time, both indoors and out (mostly classical).

Speaking of dusting, I've had to triple my cleaning duties due to having a dog inside much of the time. She (Dot) shakes, rolls, and scratches (fleas?) a lot. I think it's a cause of my throat tickle and cough. Ugh.

 

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