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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 sk8eycat on January 3, 2015 at 3:45pm

Ian, I can totally identify with what that article says.  I have spent most of the last 2 weeks in my room, reading.....and smoking.  Sometimes I come in here and check my e-mail, but I have not really been communicating with anyone.  Nor have I been cooking much of the food that Mike brought me.  (I did cook, and eat the chicken, wrapped in bacon, because I didn't want it to go bad.)  Anything more elaborate just seems like too much effort.

So I read a thick biography of Julius Caesar, and then I read a similarly-sized biography of the first 40 years of Robert A. Heinlein's life. (I need to search the net for for the 2nd volume...it's been published.)  And now I'm going through my paperback collection looking for things I can give away without regret.

But there's so much else I should be doing, and I just don't want to.

Comment by Ian Mason on January 3, 2015 at 12:16pm
Comment by k.h. ky on January 3, 2015 at 10:59am
Ian, the early part of winter has started to depress m . Short, dreary days. Long boring nights. No sunshine. It will be better in 60 days or less.
Comment by Ian Mason on January 3, 2015 at 9:49am

Thanks, dear friends. Dep and me are old adversaries and I know that I'll come up again. Your support and kind words help a lot.

Comment by Randall Smith on January 3, 2015 at 7:50am

Usually, there's not much good on the telly, but last night PBS spent an hour honoring Billy Joel with the prestigious Gershwin Award. I love Billy's music! In fact, coincidentally, I just finished a biography on him. Great tribute and quite entertaining (the show).

Comment by Plinius on January 3, 2015 at 1:46am

Take care of yourself, Ian!

I haven't taken care of my back, so I'm back into back excercises; it hurts and I have trouble moving. My own fault, I should have kept up the excercise. And I'm also very glad the holidays are over! 

Comment by Joan Denoo on January 3, 2015 at 12:38am

k.h. ky, I am feeling much better, thanks. I have a new appreciation for those who have depressions and the struggle to get back to living again. 

My thoughts go with Ian as he fights off the dark. 

Comment by Joan Denoo on January 3, 2015 at 12:34am

Mindy, I was able to see your cartoons and laughed, twice! 

Comment by Joan Denoo on January 3, 2015 at 12:33am

Ian, by all means, do what you feel is right for you. If taking time off from work helps reduce stress, then by all means, do it. Please keep us up-to-date on how you feel. Having a strong sense of belonging to a community, even if it is a virtual one, may help. 

Comment by Joan Denoo on January 3, 2015 at 12:14am

Tom, perhaps you and I learned the same or similar strategies, be tougher that those who would try to silence us. They eventually get tired and stop their nonsense. If they successfully intimidate us, they win. I have no intention of lettering them do such a thing. 

 

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