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

Started by Loren Miller. Last reply by Compelledunbeliever yesterday. 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 August 23, 2014 at 9:58am

I like Patricia's purple cat also!  lol

Comment by Idaho Spud on August 23, 2014 at 8:28am

Sorry I misspelled your name Chris.  I may have been doing it for a long time.  Giving myself 20 lashes with a wet noodle.

Comment by Idaho Spud on August 23, 2014 at 8:15am

Patricia, when I said I don't like avatars changing too often, I hope you didn't take offense.  I just had the thought that you might because you've been changing yours lately.

I just get temporarily confused when I see a new avatar.  It is my problem, not yours.

You are one of my best friends, and whatever you do is fine by me.

By the way, I've been wanting to tell you:  That purple cat is attractive.

Comment by Idaho Spud on August 23, 2014 at 8:04am

Mindy, I'm also glad that real friends don't care about weight here.

Comment by Idaho Spud on August 23, 2014 at 8:00am

Relatively speaking, I'm not vain either, but I do get embarrassed by my overweight when I have to take my clothing off in front of a doctor &/or nurse.

I also like to dress nicely when I go to town.  It's not all vanity because I've read that you get much better service when you're well-dressed.

Comment by Idaho Spud on August 23, 2014 at 7:54am

Cris, thank you much for your input and compliment.

Carl, I thank you much for your compliment as well.

Comment by Idaho Spud on August 23, 2014 at 7:51am

Oh, yes Randall.  I don't like those big capital A's either.  I also don't like some avatars where it looks like the person has went out of their way to make the ugliest thing they could think of.  I'm not talking about any of you regulars, of course.

I've had the thought that my family could track me down through my childhood picture.  They all have copies of it and I let my brother know that I was going to use it online, and he ask me to point to it when I used it.

I think he just wanted to see how I made it look because he's a photographer.  I didn't let him know where I put it, I just sent him the picture in an e-mail, and that may have satisfied him.

However, it might be they have found me years ago, and just haven't mentioned it.  However, if that were the case, I think one of my sisters that is very vocal, would have commented about some of my posts where she strongly disagreed or thought I said something wrong about her or other members of the family.

I agree that at our age, we have no good reason to be worried about what other people think.  I'm working on it, and I'm almost there.

Comment by Randall Smith on August 23, 2014 at 7:14am

Spud, I meant no offense. With or without a current photo, I can see you in my mind's eye. I just don't like to see one of those big capital A's. I can understand your reluctance to go "current". Don't you think your family could "track you down" through your childhood picture? Besides, at your (our) age, why should we be worried about what other people think? Bottom line, it's no big deal, either way.

Comment by Plinius on August 23, 2014 at 3:00am

Never mind, Spud, the image of you created by your words is stronger and more beautiful. I can't even use a baby picture; I've been overweight from birth. Age is really freeing, to me at least. I always hated the awkwardness you get when you try to talk to people but they are checking your sexual usefulness in the meantime - it breaks down any sensible conversation. Now that I'm in category ´useless´ I can talk to any person. I'm not vain but I like to look well cared for.

Comment by Idaho Spud on August 22, 2014 at 12:43pm

Thanks Carl.

 

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