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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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Bible Belt Atheist (New York Times)

Started by Loren Miller 8 hours ago. 0 Replies

The following showed up in my YouTube feed this morning, and I decided to have a look.  Turns out, the New York Times has given us a reasonably even-handed look at a good friend of ours, being one Jerry DeWitt, former bible-thumper and now a pretty…Continue

Tags: Bible Belt, atheist, Jerry DeWitt

How would you respond?

Started by Christina Scribner. Last reply by Christina Scribner Apr 10. 5 Replies

So, this morning, I was at my local coffee shop as I am most weekdays between bus runs. I do the editing on my husband's books so I had my laptop with me. My wallpaper is a picture I found online sometime back of a double helix with the word atheist…Continue

The Fake Christian Busybody Show (Andrew Bradley)

Started by Loren Miller. Last reply by Plinius Apr 9. 1 Reply

It seems as though there was a Gay Pride parade in some town somewhere and a Christian commentator, herein known as The Activist Mommy, apparently got her panties so in a bunch about it that she had to fire up her video camera and record a…Continue

Tags: gay, pride, The Activist Mommy, Andrew Bradley, America's Best Christian

America Held Hostage: Day 436 (MisterDeity)

Started by Loren Miller. Last reply by Ruth Anthony-Gardner Apr 9. 1 Reply

Now that Sinclair Broadcasting has stated their position regarding fake news and its threat to our democracy, Mister Deity's Brian Dalton has decided to throw his $0.02 worth in as well ... though I don't quite think his presentation was really what…Continue

Tags: fake news, Deity, Mister, Broadcasting, Sinclair

Guns: Both Sides Now (Betty Bowers)

Started by Loren Miller. Last reply by Christina Scribner Apr 3. 3 Replies

Oh, NO!  The gun debate has gotten so heated that it has Betty Bowers, America's Best Christian, TALKING TO HERSELF!  Apparently, one of her has had a stroke or a serious breakdown in cognitive skills, as she does little more than parrot the NRA's…Continue

Tags: NRA, guns, America's Best Christian, Betty Bowers

how dogma pollutes discourse (qualiasoup & theramintrees)

Started by Loren Miller Apr 3. 0 Replies

"The Lord is our God; the Lord is One." "I am the Way, the Truth, and the Life; no one comes to the Father, but by Me." "There is no god but Allah, and Mohamed is his prophet." Assertions, taught as fact, but without any form of corroborative…Continue

Tags: dogma, QualiaSoup, TheraminTrees

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Comment by Randall Smith on January 26, 2016 at 7:21am

Actually, Carl (and Bertold), I like the decor! Perhaps it's because it's so different from my antique white walls and old furniture.

Sorry about your maladies, Ruth. I guess I'm pretty lucky at 2 months shy of age 73. My worst health issue is osteo-arthritis, mostly in the thumb joints. Fingernail fungus is disappearing with generic Lamosil. 

Of course, Joan is ever the eternal and inspirational optimist!

Comment by Plinius on January 26, 2016 at 7:15am

All these free extras hurt, Ruth, but we cannot refuse them! Take more time for yourself, to care and heal. I hope you feel better soon!

I should try to be more careful myself too - yesterday I took Dido to the vet and today my feet, knees and even my hips hurt like hell. That should teach me how much I can do!

Dido was always a heavy cat, about 6 1/2 kilos, but a month ago he lost weight very fast, for no reason I could see. Today he is just over 4 kilos, but the vet found nothing so far. More results of the examination in a few days....

Comment by Bertold Brautigan on January 26, 2016 at 1:04am

OMG Carl - the real estate offering reminds me of the Captain Cook Hotel in Anchorage. It's another disturbingly 70s blast from the past.

Comment by Joan Denoo on January 25, 2016 at 11:35pm

Carl, you say the nicest things and give such beautiful inspiration. I like your style! The photo fits my image of Ruth; a cozy room with a fire and hot tea. 

I hope, Ruth, that you get totally well, soon. 

Comment by The Flying Atheist on January 25, 2016 at 11:01pm

Ruth.  One thing after another!!  Sorry these many issues keep piling up on you.  Very unfair.  Seems you can't get a break to fully recover without something else popping up.  I'm thinking about you and I hope you can be satisfactorily treated.

Relax and get better soon.

Comment by Joan Denoo on January 25, 2016 at 10:59pm

Ruth, it is not at all easy to get older. Each year something new springs up and it takes concentration and determination to be a participant observer to each new episode. 

Your toe infection is an example of what I mean. Who would have thought you would lose a toenail, get a fungal skin infection, in addition to the heart and G.I. track problems, and I think some other maladies you have endured since turning 71 added to old ailments? One would think the old problems would get solved before new ones crop up. No way!  They accumulate!

Exponentially!

Pause a moment, take inventory, Say, "So, this is what 71 (or 72, 73, 74) feels like?" Then look for those one or two things for which you are grateful and claim them as your focus. 

I figure we have a choice, we can feel mad, sad, afraid, ashamed, guilty, jealous, exploited, anxious, depressed, manipulated, pessimistic, or optimistic. 

Of these choices, I like the last one the best. 

It doesn't matter to anyone else or the people of the Earth; it surely does matter to me. Therefore, I choose to be optimistic 

Comment by Ruth Anthony-Gardner on January 25, 2016 at 9:38pm

That condo is busy and dark, <chuckle>. Novel real estate.

Joan, I won't know about alternative medications till my appointment on Feb 2nd. The cardiologist is away till then.

I'm glad your weather has reverted to March-like. Could be worse.

A few days ago I lightly bumped my right big toe against a chair leg, while it was still sore from podiatrist attention two days before. It got infected and today the nail had to be removed. She said it would regrow in 6 months. Hurts.

Ever since I turned 71 it's simultaneous multiple health challenges. Meanwhile I've been fighting a fungal skin infection for 3 months. Finally improving after the dermatologist reversed the GP's misdiagnosis of a bacterial infection. Still, things could be worse. Many AN members have weathered far worse.

Comment by The Flying Atheist on January 25, 2016 at 7:53pm

This has nothing to do with anything, but the link below is to an article about a condo for sale here in Chicago.  The place is so outlandishly jaw-dropping that I just had to share it. 

(The selling price is very cheap, but the costs to redecorate will certainly pile up if you don't like the current theme.)

Curbed Chicago: 70s Time Capsule

Comment by Joan Denoo on January 23, 2016 at 7:43pm

Ruth, this is dreadful news about your reaction to Rx. Do you have alternative drugs that you can use? Your photo of the cross-eyed cat makes me laugh even as I feel for your condition. 

Thanks for this lovely birthday wish. It perfectly reflects how I feel about reaching this august age. 

This week offers us a cold, wet, windy week, just like a typical March day. 

Comment by Ruth Anthony-Gardner on January 23, 2016 at 6:24pm

Happy Birthday, Joan!                        image source

I despise religiously-motivated persecution of LGBT too, k.h.ky.

It looks as if the Ranexa prescribed three days ago won't work for me. I developed a side effect of being unable to merge the images from my two eyes, plus killer nausea. <sigh>

Haven't had links in messages lately, so I don't know about that.

Hugs to all.

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