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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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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 September 21, 2015 at 12:37am

I like reading about your Celebration of your fathr's life. You sound as though you met the grieving process with healthy expression of your gratitude for him in your life. Sorry the ""we've been praying for you" raised its ugly head and that you can move on with your life. 

The mother of your children is part of their heritage and it is a tribute to your family that your former wife wants to participate in your family heritage. 

Nate and Emily carry on a fine tradition of family farming. This month's newsletter tells their story beautifully. 

Silverthorn Farms, Bringing in the harvest,

http://us10.campaign-archive1.com/?u=272febf3e272cbc9d4196ad2c&... 

"we've been praying for you"

Comment by The Flying Atheist on September 20, 2015 at 8:39pm

Glad the day went well for you, Randy, despite the circumstances. 

Comment by Randall Smith on September 20, 2015 at 7:50am

The "celebration of life" gathering went well. We had lots of photos and music. Many people came. Exhausting. Some people just don't know when to quit talking. No major issues, although one "guest" was my ex-wife, who desparately wants to be a part of my genetic family. I guess my kids are her's, too. And I think I only got one "we've been praying for you", e.g. Time to turn the page and move forward.

Comment by The Flying Atheist on September 18, 2015 at 9:47am

Randy, there's no better tribute than a "Celebration of Life."  

Comment by Ian Mason on September 18, 2015 at 8:30am

I hope the celebration goes well, Randy. Shed a tear, share a laugh and raise a cheer as a tribute.

Comment by Randall Smith on September 18, 2015 at 8:00am

Thanks, all. We're having a "Celebration of Life" Saturday. Gratefully, my two religious sisters didn't push for a somber funeral. It's been a tough week, but with each passing day..... I was lucky to have my father for as long as I did. He was not only my dad, but my friend. I'll miss him.

Comment by kathy: ky on September 14, 2015 at 7:14pm
Randall, my thoughts are with you during this difficult time.

Carl, that is wonderful news about your health.

Joan, l miss Felaine also. As Chris said at the time she died from poverty. That's a brutal truth about the US. I've heard people say we have the greatest healthcare system in the world. Sadly that's only true if a person can afford to spend without question.
Comment by Ian Mason on September 14, 2015 at 3:13pm

Very sorry to hear of your father's death, Randy. I hope it helped a little being with him at the end.

Comment by Joan Denoo on September 14, 2015 at 12:04pm

Felaine's death is a symbol of all that is wrong with USA health delivery. We can make a difference for others, even if it is too late for our dear friend. I'm in the fight for universal health care in my country; the funny, sarcastic, irreverent, relevant, cynical nature of her comments ring in my ears. 

Comment by Idaho Spud on September 14, 2015 at 11:49am

Thanks Carl.   I hope I can get an in-home internet service also.  Several times a day now, I would like to access the net, but have to write down a reminder of what I want to know or do, for the times I'm at the library.

Glad to hear your good news.  Waiting to hear more good news after the transplant.

I've always thought Spike Jones was a hoot.  There's a movie called I.Q. that I enjoy watching every year, that has a very funny scene where a Spike Jones Tune is played.  Meg Ryan's a teacher and hears Spike for the first time when the head of the university plays her the tune on his new "stereo" system.  She looks startled when the craziness starts.  The university head says.  "Isn't the sound great?  It feels like you can just reach out and touch him."  Meg replies, "Or slap him!"

 

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