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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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Bible Belt Atheist (New York Times)

Started by Loren Miller on Thursday. 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 Joan Denoo on January 18, 2016 at 1:22pm

Ian, your poem on depression moved me. The phrases offered a visual of unexplainable thoughts: 

Like a spider that has

spun in vain in an empty room

where only dust moves

I also am intrigued by the way your lines form an hour glass.  It gave me a shiver when I made the connection of being in the empty room to 

grit our teeth and move toward

the light, every step a modest victory.

Thank you for sharing. 

Comment by Joan Denoo on January 18, 2016 at 1:09pm

Although this is a commercial for a product, I send this because of its photos and commentary on climate change. Climate change is a fact, what is not so certain is the cause. A conspiracy? I can't imagine humans behaving in such a way. Perhaps the most popular and common theory is not correct, science often goes down a mistaken path. However, the beauty of science is its ability to self-monitor and make mid-course corrections. 

I liken science to a plane flight from Los Angeles to Bejing, it is off course 99% of the time and makes corrections along the way around the planet. 

Comment by Ian Mason on January 18, 2016 at 12:44pm

After a lot of prevarications and distractions, I've finally started to translate some of my poems from Danish to English. Here's one to start with, about getting through a depressive episode:

A Spark

 

Like a spider that has

spun in vain in an empty room

where only dust moves

we try to reach for the impossible.

All efforts seem wasted,

all labour worthless.

Nothing helps.

Nothing.

 

Again

a new attempt.

We stretch, breathe

blow on hope’s tiny spark,

catch sight of a single sunbeam,

grit our teeth and move toward

the light, every step a modest victory.

Comment by Randall Smith on January 18, 2016 at 8:28am
I had my eyes checked the other day. All good except for cataracts forming. To be expected at my age.
Spent a couple of hours with my 3 grandkids yesterday. Holding the 2 month old baby was a special treat. He was taking me all in, smiling and "talking". A real charmer.
C-c-c-cold this morning, -4 on my thermometer. The wood burning furnace is cranked up full throttle.
Last night's Democratic debate was the same ol' rhetoric. At least they stuck with the issues. Nothing "birther-like".
Happy Martin Luther King Day.
Comment by kathy: ky on January 16, 2016 at 10:36pm
I just watched the movie The Imitation Game. The story of Alan Turing the man who helped break the Enigma Code (helping to end WWII) and is later prosecuted for homosexuality.
An excellent movie.
Comment by kathy: ky on January 16, 2016 at 7:16pm
Good one Bertold.
Comment by Loren Miller on January 16, 2016 at 4:03pm

Great sign, Bertold!

Comment by Ian Mason on January 16, 2016 at 3:13pm

I feel for Michael and his family. Loosing someone so young is heartbreaking.

Comment by Bertold Brautigan on January 16, 2016 at 1:58pm
Comment by Randall Smith on January 16, 2016 at 8:01am

My sympathies go out for Michael and family. Sounds tragic.

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