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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.

This group is not intended to compete with other groups on topics they cover but to "fill in the cracks." Whenever a discussion dwells at length on a topic for which there's an existing group, we urge you to provide members a link to that group to continue along their tangent.

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

Started by Loren Miller. Last reply by Compelledunbeliever 5 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 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?   

Comment by Idaho Spud on September 13, 2014 at 9:16am

I don't remember seeing that Gervais quote before.  I like it.

Comment by Randall Smith on September 13, 2014 at 7:34am
Speaking of trains, my avatar here was taken on Amtrak's Zephyr going from Chicago to Oakland two years ago. I enjoyed the ride, despite my seat mate and her two kids.

If you haven't read Joan's recent blogs, you should. The one on our "South problem" is good--a sad commentary on our current societal climate.

Is it just me or is anybody else finding the comment box yellow and without font information?
Comment by Joan Denoo on September 13, 2014 at 1:45am

Felaine, I know what you mean. I look at my image and see an old woman, I look through my eyes and see the world as fresh and new. I feel younger and better than I ever have ... in spite of a pace maker, a bout with cancer, and creaking bones and sagging skin. I can easily say 78 years old is just about the best year. 

Your comment about unions distresses me, even as I know what you say is true. If it were not for unions, working people would be far worse off than they are now, even though we are going backwards very fast. Spokane was a union town during the mining and lumbering days, and there were all kinds of awful fights between owners and workers. There is a rich history here of union efforts on behalf of workers, and unions as corrupt exploiters of workers. 

When I returned to college after many years and as I was preparing myself to leave my husband, I had a terrible time with math and statistics. One fine young man with dreadlocks came to my aid and helped get me through the tests. I failed one course and he helped me with my second attempt. I am so fond of dreadlocks! They mean overcoming a dreadful hurdle. A case of stereotyping, pure and simple. 

Comment by sk8eycat on September 13, 2014 at 1:19am

Joan, it was kinda strange seeing all those wrinkled faces and bald-headed men, and remembering how they looked 50+ years ago...almost 60 years, actually. And then I walk by a mirror, and look at myself, and cringe....I lost about 40 lbs in the last couple of years, so I have the "turkey neck," and my "chipmunk cheeks" have become jowls.  Shocking.  (I have never been extremely vain, but still....I'll hear certain music, or remember a particular routine, or partying on the trains, and can't believe I'm not 18 anymore.)

Comment by sk8eycat on September 13, 2014 at 1:08am

I got a kick out of seeing Atoy Wilson again (he did most of the narration on that short video about Mabel.)  Glad to see he got rid of those extended dreadlocks.  I haven't even seen him since shortly after Mabel's memorial in 2001....when we were cleaning out her apartment here in Burbank.

About the film....I wish someone would dig up more film, and make  "Fabulous Ice Age #2"  There were so MANY outstanding principal skaters who weren't even mentioned, and who are no longer with us, but someone must have some film.  And NBC video-taped several numbers in 1959 when we were rehearsing in Sioux City....the tape was 2" wide, and the recording equipment was the size of an executive's desk.  The tape has probably been erased. 

(We were paid extra for that, but almost all the money...about 85% went to AFTRA for special one-performance union dues.  Most theatrical & broadcast unions really sucked....I think they still do.)

Comment by Joan Denoo on September 13, 2014 at 12:59am

Felaine, I can just feel your joy coming through your words as you describe seeing old friends and skating routines. It must make you feel really proud.  

Comment by The Flying Atheist on September 12, 2014 at 11:23pm

Sk8eycat, that's fantastic you got to see so many people you know in that documentary.  It must have brought back many fond memories.  I'm going to watch it one of these days very soon as well.  The ice shows were always an exciting yearly excursion when I was growing up.  Enjoy Netflix while you have it.   

Comment by sk8eycat on September 12, 2014 at 10:57pm

Well, I did something I can't really afford, but I just HAD to...I signed up with Netflix (first month is free), and spent this afternoon watching "The Fabulous Ice Age."  Waaaaa-hooooo!  I'm glad I did it!  Saw more old friends than I expected.....

Gonna get the tears out of my eyes, and watch it again, but not tonight.

Comment by The Flying Atheist on September 12, 2014 at 4:06pm

Chris, that singer was very enjoyable to listen to.  I love a good earthy soul singer. 

 

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