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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 7, 2015 at 2:15pm

Magic occurs in a child's mind when left to their own devices. I feel concern when the children coming along have every minute of their lives filled with some planned activity. I know parents feel that keeping a child busy will keep them from mischief; however, that special way of being when interacting  with events such as flowing water or web spinning of a spider activates the brain in ways that nothing else can. 

"Children who learn about nature solely from television and computers are not developing fully, They need to experience wildlife firsthand, like this child holding a snail."
~ E. O. Wilson 
Photo credit: © Renee Lee/istockphoto.com

Children who learn about nature solely from television and computers are not developing fully, Wilson argues. They need to experience wildlife firsthand, like this child holding a snail. Photo credit: © Renee Lee/istockphoto.com

Comment by Plinius on August 7, 2015 at 12:43pm

You're another dreamer, Spud! I could watch a spider weaving a web for so long that I felt like the spider.

Comment by Idaho Spud on August 7, 2015 at 7:53am

Randall, I think some peoples idea of sizes is way off as well.  I think I have large hands, but not excessively large compared to the average person, but I've tried on gloves labeled "large", that were very tight.  I would have labeled them "small".

Comment by Idaho Spud on August 7, 2015 at 7:49am

Joan, I liked your story of you girls engaged in the scientific study of the pendulum, and your mad uncle not buying it.  It reminded me of  similar things I did.  I remember walking home from school, and often taking the path that led to a little bridge across a fast flowing canal.  I would stand on the bridge, gaze into the water until my mind told me that I was moving up the canal.  It always amazed me.

Comment by Randall Smith on August 6, 2015 at 7:39am

Received my second "Bernie" t-shirt yesterday. The first one was a "small" (because I am), but it was way too tight. So I ordered a "medium", which fits better, but is still snug. If I was a big guy, would "large" be large enough?

Rachel Maddow says Sanders will be speaking at Liberty Univ., Sept 14. It's a conservative school and attendance will be required. Should be interesting.

Comment by Joan Denoo on August 5, 2015 at 4:50pm

Carl, those thunder storms sound like the kind that can dent cars, break windows, and destroy crops. 

Our temperature now, at 2:38 is 81 degrees and it feels like a real cold spell after our over 100 degree days. We have dry lightning that sets things on fire. From the Eastern part of the state to the Western part, we have uncontrolled fires and some that have been tamed. 

The experiments we conduct at Newport will either supply our families with vegetables, or the whole place may burn down. Whatever happens, we have done all the prep-work to make our homes and out-buildings protected from fire. Pend Oreille County District Fire Dept has educated the public on how to plant for fire prevention; my adult family members volunteer. 

At my great-granddaughter's first birthday party, the family was called out on a fire. It turned out to be brush and a lone pine tree; It was quickly extinguished. 

Comment by Plinius on August 5, 2015 at 9:56am

Thanks for all the kind words! 

Comment by The Flying Atheist on August 5, 2015 at 9:22am

Chris, knowing how to relax is one of my greatest achievements.  I really excel in that endeavor.

Randy, I couldn't agree with you more about the last two days of weather.  Absolutely perfect here as well.  This past Sunday we had two fierce storms move through this area.  Both very different in character.  Sunday afternoon was a downpour of rain with extremely damaging winds and hail.  Later that night, an incredible lightening storm came through.  But Monday and today are indeed Goldilocks days.

The Best Videos from Yesterday's Lightning and Hail Storm   

Comment by Randall Smith on August 5, 2015 at 7:24am

With all the reports of fires, floods, tornados, etc., we're having the most delightful stretch of weather I've seen in many moons. "Goldilocks" weather, I'd say. Like my good health, I'm trying to appreciate it as much as I can.  Hope your weather is as good.

I'm reminded of my old church days when the preacher would gives thanks to god for "this nice day" -- or even "this nice rain". Oh, how I would cringe and yell back, in my mind.

Comment by Loren Miller on August 5, 2015 at 6:52am

Chris, sometimes the best vacation is a NOTHING vacation: no plans, no grand schemes, no place to go and nothing to do; just hang out wherever you are and RELAX!!!

You can't beat that with a stick, most times!

 

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