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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 k.h. ky on December 27, 2014 at 10:44am
It was an excuse. But using one from a xmas tree would have been better. Glad you're well.
Comment by Idaho Spud on December 27, 2014 at 10:00am

Mindy, I'm pleased to hear of your enjoyable company also.

Comment by Idaho Spud on December 27, 2014 at 9:58am

Chris, I'm pleased to hear you had a good time with a non-bickering group.

Comment by Randall Smith on December 27, 2014 at 7:47am

Very soothing music, Loren. Nice blend of voices..

Sounds like a wonderful party, Chris.

Joan, how's your health nowadays?

K.H., I'm wondering how you used a dog for a xmas tree? Or was it just an excuse for not having one? 

Comment by Plinius on December 27, 2014 at 2:49am

That was a nice xmasparty, and totally different from what we expected! Brother-in-law didn't come, for he had ordered his taxi for next Sunday - that's what you get with CVA brains. We'll see him tomorrow. Instead we went to neighbours who had invited some people they hardly knew and us. No one had family that could or would come, no religion involved, just six people feeling good together, drinking wine and playing games. Instant family without the bickering. I've never felt so good at one of the standard feasts!  

Comment by Joan Denoo on December 27, 2014 at 12:25am

Ruth, I am sorry to learn of you and your husband's illness and hope you feel well soon. 

Ian, hope you fully recovered from your "cold and stomach problems" and ready to take on the last celebrating of 2014.  Winter cold and reading books go together. 

Randy, I am impressed with your exercises. Each muscle group seems to be covered by your routines. 

Loren, a very nice performance of blended voices. I couldn't understand the words and found this helpful.

Eric Whitacre - A Boy And A Girl Lyrics Read more at http://www.son... 

Mindy, what fun ... a sleepover at the college age. Great sounds of laughter and wailing, if I remember those years of mine. Your son must be in paradise. 

Comment by k.h. ky on December 26, 2014 at 10:06pm
And another xmas behind me. I didn't even have to doa tree . I used my gsons dog, which I'm fostering for a few months, a smart an excuse. My young gdaughters bought it. I wonder how I'll get out of it next year.
Comment by Loren Miller on December 26, 2014 at 7:44pm

A little post-Yule/Solstice/whatever something for you ... from the pen of Eric Whitacre and a lovely performance by Musica Intima:

Comment by Randall Smith on December 26, 2014 at 7:52am

Dec. 26: Happy Boxing and Kwanzaa Day! 

Every day is "boxing day" for me--hitting my punching bag for exercise.

Comment by Ian Mason on December 26, 2014 at 1:09am

Sorry to hear that, Ruth. I hope you feel better soon.

I've spent a couple of days with a cold and stomach problems - blocked nose and bum the opposite - but the worst seems to be over so I was back at work last night. Just one for night to get through and then I'm off until New Year's Eve. The winter has arrived in Denmark with temperatures down to minus 12 c at night and 0 c during the day so I'll be doing a lot of reading. In fact I've just finished "Sapiens" by Yuval Noah Harari. I don't agree with all of it but it's well worth reading.http://www.theguardian.com/books/2014/sep/11/sapiens-brief-history-...

 

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