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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.

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

Started by Loren Miller. Last reply by Compelledunbeliever 47 minutes ago. 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 22, 2014 at 12:33pm

Spud, whatever you decide to do is fine with me.  I have to admit, I always thought the picture of you on the phone with the cat by your side was very, very cute. 

I changed my photo because the last one was seven years old and I've put on weight since then and grown older looking.  Such is life!

If you wish to have your privacy respected, that's totally understandable. 

For whatever it's worth, I'd bet the farm that displaying a current photo of you with some added weight would not matter one bit to any of us here.  You're a great guy and that is what really matters.  Just do whatever is comfortable for you.   

Comment by Idaho Spud on August 22, 2014 at 10:16am

Think I need to update my avatar Randy?  I appreciate faces in avatars also.  I also don't like avatars changing too often.

I've been thinking of putting my 73 year-old face in place of my 4 year-old one.  Haven't done it yet for 2 reasons.  One, I'm embarrassed by how fat I am still.  Two, I'm not sure I want to make it easier for my mormon family to find me, although it might make them think to read some of the posts here.

What do the rest of you think?  Should I put my present face on my avatar?

Comment by The Flying Atheist on August 22, 2014 at 8:40am

Randy, that's wonderful that you play the piano.  Is that a talent you learned as a kid and held onto all these years?  Music is a wonderful outlet and pastime.  I had six years of piano lessons as a kid, and of course my saxophone. 

When I was working in the 1990's for Lyon & Healy, they decided to get out of the piano selling business.  They had all their pianos brought back to Chicago from music stores all over the country and had an unbeatable employee sale before selling the remaining to a barter company.  I purchased a very nice brand new walnut-finished upright piano at manufacturing cost.  At this time in the company's history, the pianos were good solid instruments built for us in Holland. 

Now that my niece and her husband just purchased a home, I'm donating the piano to them because I just don't play it any more.  I still have my saxophone to play.  I now need to find a way to get the piano to Pittsburgh.         

Comment by Randall Smith on August 22, 2014 at 8:18am

I assume ol' Doc is still alive. I know Johnny and Ed are dead. He could sure play.

Carl and others, I appreciate avatars with members' faces. Somehow, I feel closer to those I'm communicating with. Time to update, Spud? Me, too.

My piano tuner cancelled out today because of the storms we're having. The piano, a Chickering, is 100 years old this year. It was a wedding gift my grandfather gave to my grandmother (on my mother's side). Eventually, I inherited it. And yes, I can play it.

Comment by Plinius on August 22, 2014 at 1:17am

Thanks FA! I hope you all have a great day! Breakfast is over here. My pc had a rattling cooler that made me crazy - now it works without a sound, and I enjoy the silence very much!  

Comment by The Flying Atheist on August 22, 2014 at 12:20am

It's Friday.  I hope all of you have a great day.

Comment by Idaho Spud on August 21, 2014 at 12:05pm

Joan, thanks for that list of expressions of surprise.  I remember geewillikers from the distant past as well, but not how long ago it was, or where I heard it.

Comment by Joan Denoo on August 21, 2014 at 11:16am

Randy, enjoyed your term, Geewillikers, as well. It is a keeper. 

I looked up a synonym for it and found 

Interjection, Sense: an indication of excitement, surprise, astonishment, or shock and I found a long list of expressions. (sorry, I can't get the Bold off)

http://en.wiktionary.org/wiki/Wikisaurus:wow

Comment by Joan Denoo on August 21, 2014 at 11:05am

Ian, love your report of your trip to England. Great fun, interesting, and varied. You do squeeze a lot into your time England. 

Comment by Joan Denoo on August 21, 2014 at 11:03am

Carl, I am so happy to learn the panic attacks have subsided. Knowing why you have been feeling the symptoms you had helps. It is not good news that there is no cure. A new normal sounds in order. You are so positive, and have so many mental resources, you will get through whatever lies ahead. 

Oh yes! the big 5 0 ! Half a century! Now you are an official elder ... at least in the tribal terms of life. Next milestone at 75 will call for a big celebration. 

For me, it was hitting 60. I had a huge party with all my friends and family. We had such a good time I really enjoyed the day. One of my birthday parties, I can't remember which, my granddaughter, Michelle, looked at me with amazement at whatever the number was. I felt so gleeful, she was impressed! It isn't often a grandchild makes one feel exceptional. They bring me joy, and excitement, but usually I don't feel exceptional. That boosted my emotions to a new high. 

I know the feeling, don't leave my comfort zone for anything but the necessities. It does feel good to just relax, take it easy, let others do their thing, be content just enjoying each new sunrise and sunset, happy to be alive and very happy to lie down to rest. 

Do take good care of yourself, dear friend. One day at a time, sometimes just getting through the hour, and getting over each challenge, is a victory.

I like your new avatar! Very handsome! And I like thinking of you as a mature man with a few miles on your odometer. 

 

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