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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.

Nobody here is into mind games. A discussion started with a loaded guilt-throwing question will be deleted.

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

Started by Loren Miller. Last reply by Compelledunbeliever 20 hours ago. 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 September 22, 2014 at 11:11pm

Felaine, do you still have the lyrics you wrote, ""You're the Pitz"? Would love to read them.  

Patricia, excellent scenes of Aurora Borealis. We get very dim ones over Spokane on occasion. I lived near Kenai, Alaska, and they were very much brighter than in Spokane and not as bright as these. 

Comment by Ruth Anthony-Gardner on September 22, 2014 at 10:54pm

Wow! That's serious Aurora Borealis, Patricia. Intense!

Comment by Joan Denoo on September 22, 2014 at 10:53pm

Thank goodness, I didn't make the cut! 

By the way, Ian, I love the recommendation you made of Time Team. They are exactly the kinds of things I love to read about or watch. With my weary eyes, it is a real pleasure to watch and listen to the history they cover. I have watched several and was especially intrigued by "1066 The Lost Battlefield". 

Comment by The Flying Atheist on September 22, 2014 at 9:57pm

Amazing photos, Patricia.  It must be very moving to see that in person.  

Comment by sk8eycat on September 22, 2014 at 9:33pm

Patricia, LOVELY photos!  The only thing I really want to do before I die is take a train (trains) to Churchill to see the Aurora, and whatever polar bears are still around.

Mostly I just want to stand outside with the lights overhead....i've been obsessing about them since I was 4 or 5 years old...I had a children's book, mostly watercolor illos, about Lapland....and there was that brilliant sky in almost every picture....

*sigh*

Comment by Bertold Brautigan on September 22, 2014 at 7:59pm

Wow! Great pix, Patricia. I've seen them from up in Fairbanks a couple of times, but nothing like this.

Comment by sk8eycat on September 22, 2014 at 1:45pm

What'd I DO?  (I've always loved Ella...and about 25 years ago I wrote a take-off on this song about my boss at the time.  Called it "You're the Pitz."  The guy was a brainless a##hat.)

Comment by The Flying Atheist on September 22, 2014 at 12:14pm

Sk8eycat, you're tops in my book. 

Comment by The Flying Atheist on September 22, 2014 at 10:04am

Chris, what a sad little poem.  Yes, the awkwardness of not being wanted by your peers. 

Comment by Plinius on September 22, 2014 at 3:12am

Thanks for your story, Felaine! My hat is off to you!

Getting picked for school sports reminds me of a wonderful poem, Carl. I wonder how many people remember the feeling.

 

 

Tich Miller wore glasses
with elastoplast-pink frames
and had one foot three sizes larger than the other.

When they picked teams for outdoor games
she and I were always the last two
left standing by the wire-mesh fence.

We avoided one another’s eyes,
stooping, perhaps, to re-tie a shoelace,
or affecting interest in the flight

of some fortunate bird, and pretended
not to hear the urgent conference:
‘Have Tubby!’ ‘No, no, have Tich!’

Usually they chose me, the lesser dud,
and she lolloped, unselected,
to the back of the other team.

At eleven we went to different schools.
In time I learned to get my own back,
sneering at hockey-players who couldn’t spell.

Tich died when she was twelve.



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