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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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The Most Hated Woman in America (The Thinking Atheist)

Started by Loren Miller. Last reply by Gary S Apr 19. 7 Replies

Before Aron Ra and Matt Dillahunty, before Dawkins or Dennett or Harris or even Hitchens, there was Madalyn Murray O'Hair.  In the midst of an America where Christianity was being flaunted as a defense against the godless communists of the Soviet…Continue

Tags: Frank Zindler, The Thinking Atheist, Seth Andrews, Madalyn Murray O'Hair

Proud Dad is REALLY Proud Now!

Started by Loren Miller. Last reply by Todd Williams Apr 12. 16 Replies

As some of you may or may not know, my daughter is a television news producer, currently working in Nashville, Tennessee.  Her assignment is the morning news, which means she blasts herself up at umpti-ump in the morning to organize and prepare a…Continue

Tags: Emmy, news, television, daughter, dad

attacking ideas (TheraminTrees)

Started by Loren Miller. Last reply by Grinning Cat Apr 4. 1 Reply

Attacking ideas is a considerable portion of what we as atheists do.  Why attack ideas?  Ideas earn attack when they don't serve people, not just us but those who adopt said ideas, mistakenly thinking that they have value when they don't.  Our…Continue

Tags: ideas, Islam, TheraminTrees

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

Started by Loren Miller. Last reply by Grinning Cat Apr 4. 40 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

The Playboy Interview: Richard Dawkins

Started by Loren Miller. Last reply by Loren Miller Mar 28. 16 Replies

I suppose it was the news that Playboy magazine was returning nudes to its pages after a year's hiatus that sufficiently perked my curiosity to check them out again.  I hadn't looked at Playboy since perhaps 2008, when I began to recognize that I…Continue

Tags: Richard Dawkins, Playboy

God's Annual Performance Review (Betty Bowers)

Started by Loren Miller. Last reply by Ruth Anthony-Gardner Mar 19. 6 Replies

I don't know about you guys, but there wasn't a performance review I had in 30 years of field service that I didn't LOATHE.  It seems as though Betty Bowers, America's Best Christian, is up for turning the tables on the person you would expect would…Continue

Tags: review, performance, god, American's Best Christian, Betty Bowers

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Comment by k.h. ky on January 10, 2015 at 6:55pm
Ruth, just more joys of aging. Not. I've been staying in a lot. Our temps are like what Mindy just described. I keep repeating to myself 'it's only 60 short days'. It__being the worst part of winter.
Sometimes I actually believe it!
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. 

 

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