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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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Discussion Forum

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

Started by Loren Miller. Last reply by Bertold Brautigan 1 hour ago. 34 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 13, 2014 at 1:19pm

Dido, Luna! Bring me the Red Dot!

Comment by The Flying Atheist on September 13, 2014 at 1:17pm

It's seems some of may need a red dot to chase after on a regular basis......myself included.  lol 

Comment by Idaho Spud on September 13, 2014 at 1:14pm

I need someone to play with.  Yeah, that's the ticket!

Comment by Idaho Spud on September 13, 2014 at 1:13pm

Regrettably, I'm like Lucy also.

Comment by Idaho Spud on September 13, 2014 at 12:46pm

Mindy, sorry your daughter's depressed, but good to hear the support she has.

Comment by Joan Denoo on September 13, 2014 at 12:37pm

Mindy, I am so very glad that our daughter has you and your family as back-up. She needs that and you provide just the right amount of support and letting go. A tough balancing problem. Her cat, her art classes, her expanding friends, all are positive things. 

Now, that means you need to take good care of yourself. The caregivers often don't realize how important their emotional health is to assist another. 

Depression is a real challenge. You seem on top of all the clues and remedies. Good job! 

Comment by sk8eycat on September 13, 2014 at 11:51am

Mindy, I have had what's called "clinical depression" off and on since I was 13.  I am now creeping up on 75, not exactly happy about my life, but I'm still here. With TWO cats.

I'm thinking encouraging thoughts for your daughter...things do get better, especially when you have interests in things outside your own self, and people to go to when the world gets to be too much. And it often does...but she has YOU.  That is fabulous.

Comment by Ian Mason on September 13, 2014 at 11:37am

Ah, good old faithful depression. You can rely on it turning up, often at the most inconvenient times. After decades of experience I know that it recedes again too, even though each bout often seems like the worst ever. It's good that your daughter has you to turn to (and a cat) while working it through and recharging for a new try at life. If it's all right with you, give her a hug from me.

Comment by Idaho Spud on September 13, 2014 at 10:11am

Randy, the comment box is still the same as always for me.

Comment by The Flying Atheist on September 13, 2014 at 9:34am

Randy, I'm not having any problems with A|N and the comment box.  I'm not seeing any weird colors, man. 

MIndy, I'm glad you'll be able to see your daughter.  I think it's a good thing that she turns to you when she's feeling depressed.  Kind of like having a safe spot with people who understand.  That's important.  BTW, is she enjoying being back in college?   

 

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