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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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Degrees of Doubt: The Claims and Credentials of Ravi Zacharias (The Thinking Atheist)

Started by Loren Miller. Last reply by Chris May 17. 1 Reply

Anyone here ever run onto an apologist by the name of Ravi Zacharias?  I've seen his name dropped multiple times on YouTube as supposedly being THE ONE APOLOGIST that no atheist wants to cross swords with, because of his facility with christian…Continue

Tags: Ravi Zacharias, Steve Baughman, The Thinking Atheist, Seth Andrews

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

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Comment by Randall Smith on December 28, 2014 at 7:41am

WOW! Wonderful, Joan. Good food, good times (had by all, as they say).

Comment by Joan Denoo on December 27, 2014 at 11:49pm

We had our big Yule log fire tonight, even though it wasn't in the middle of the cleared ground. The ground was too wet and muddy, no snow and no promise of snow. So, Larry built it in a fire pit on the back concrete patio. As luck would have it, snow began to fall this morning, by dark, about 4:00 PM the snow was getting deeper and by 8:00 there was enough snow for snowmobiles. There was a stream of red-cheeked faces coming in for hot apple cider while the second group went out. They kept coming and going, withstanding the cold and going out again before their gloves were dry. Very cold fingers, very red cheeks, and large smiles on all the faces of young and old. I did not go out. I stayed in the warmth of the house and kitchen. 

We had about 25 for dinner; I lost count. Larry made Buffalo Hot Wings, and everything else was potluck. This group of people have highly skilled cooks ... perfect potato salad, remarkable rice casserole,  fabulous finger foods, Yummy Yule Log cake. And of course, the wieners and marshmallows over the outside fire. 

My six great-grandchildren from 16 years to 5 months all have healthy appetites and the older ones love winter sports. Family and friends filled out the attendees. Our family consists of two blended families and we all like each other. For those who are no longer part of the family, good riddance. 

Comment by Joan Denoo on December 27, 2014 at 11:31pm

Carl, I am grateful for the final frame, showing the cat's hind legs. I couldn't imagine how tortured it would be to have to walk two legged. After realizing that it was walking on all fours, I enjoyed the video.  I agree, Felaine, the cat looked as though it had enough of such monkey business. 

Grinning Cat, I just realized how much I enjoy a man made up to look like a cat. 

Loren, an air-conditioned hell sounds about right. 

Comment by Joan Denoo on December 27, 2014 at 11:24pm

Chris, I am happy to learn of your nice xmasparty. "instant family without the bickering" makes for a happy time for all. 

Comment by sk8eycat on December 27, 2014 at 9:56pm

If there are some refrigeration engineers, they probably have good skating rinks, too.

Comment by Loren Miller on December 27, 2014 at 8:08pm

Comment by sk8eycat on December 27, 2014 at 3:58pm

I wonder how scratched-up the human was after getting that outfit on the cat.  The very end of that gif looks like the kitteh is trying to say, "Get me OUTTA this, pweeze!"

Comment by The Flying Atheist on December 27, 2014 at 2:39pm

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.

 

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