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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 August 25, 2015 at 11:47pm

Randy, you have every reason to be proud of your family. I am proud of them, too. 

Comment by The Flying Atheist on August 25, 2015 at 11:33pm

Loren, I've always loved that song.  Seems I've heard it many times and did, in fact, know it was performed by Enya, but I never really researched the details about that song or who Enya is until now.  Thanks for posting it.  It's such beautiful music.

Comment by Ian Mason on August 25, 2015 at 1:01pm

Enya is unique and that is a lovely song. Thanks.

Comment by Loren Miller on August 25, 2015 at 11:30am

I first heard this a LONG time ago, just how long, I don't remember.  It's a song which feels almost effortless in its character, one I doubt I could ever tire of.

Comment by Ian Mason on August 25, 2015 at 9:19am

Brag away, Randall. Family love and pride are very positive things.

Comment by Randall Smith on August 25, 2015 at 7:08am

Thanks, Joan, for the promo!  Yes, my farms "kids" have their ups and downs. Yesterday, Nate was digging for an irrigation pipe leak. It's always something--machinery, weather, findng a baby sitter (my job today), etc.  If you check out their web address (below from Joan), you'll find another link to a short video made by Slow Food Indy with an interview. Yes, you might say I'm proud of my kids and what they're doing. Hope you don't mind me bragging.

Comment by Ruth Anthony-Gardner on August 24, 2015 at 1:27pm

So too much rain in Indiana, and not enough out West, Joan? <sigh> Vegetable lovers sadden.

Comment by Joan Denoo on August 24, 2015 at 11:20am
Comment by The Flying Atheist on August 24, 2015 at 9:18am

By the way, to avoid confusion, there is a Turkish documentary from 2008 with the same title name. 

I hope everyone had a good weekend.

Comment by The Flying Atheist on August 24, 2015 at 9:15am

I watched a wonderful documentary yesterday and wanted to pass along my recommendation so you could enjoy it as well.  It's "On the Way To School," a French film from 2013.  It's the story of four children from four different countries, and the struggles and obstacles they endure just to get to school.  It's very inspirational, and at times quite moving.  I streamed it on Netflix, but I know it's available from other sources, too.  Here's the trailer.

 

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