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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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Degrees of Doubt: The Claims and Credentials of Ravi Zacharias (The Thinking Atheist)

Started by Loren Miller. Last reply by Chris May 17. 1 Reply

Anyone here ever run onto an apologist by the name of Ravi Zacharias?  I've seen his name dropped multiple times on YouTube as supposedly being THE ONE APOLOGIST that no atheist wants to cross swords with, because of his facility with christian…Continue

Tags: Ravi Zacharias, Steve Baughman, The Thinking Atheist, Seth Andrews

The Most Hated Woman in America (The Thinking Atheist)

Started by Loren Miller. Last reply by Gary S Apr 19. 7 Replies

Before Aron Ra and Matt Dillahunty, before Dawkins or Dennett or Harris or even Hitchens, there was Madalyn Murray O'Hair.  In the midst of an America where Christianity was being flaunted as a defense against the godless communists of the Soviet…Continue

Tags: Frank Zindler, The Thinking Atheist, Seth Andrews, Madalyn Murray O'Hair

Proud Dad is REALLY Proud Now!

Started by Loren Miller. Last reply by Todd Williams Apr 12. 16 Replies

As some of you may or may not know, my daughter is a television news producer, currently working in Nashville, Tennessee.  Her assignment is the morning news, which means she blasts herself up at umpti-ump in the morning to organize and prepare a…Continue

Tags: Emmy, news, television, daughter, dad

attacking ideas (TheraminTrees)

Started by Loren Miller. Last reply by Grinning Cat Apr 4. 1 Reply

Attacking ideas is a considerable portion of what we as atheists do.  Why attack ideas?  Ideas earn attack when they don't serve people, not just us but those who adopt said ideas, mistakenly thinking that they have value when they don't.  Our…Continue

Tags: ideas, Islam, TheraminTrees

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

Started by Loren Miller. Last reply by Grinning Cat Apr 4. 40 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

The Playboy Interview: Richard Dawkins

Started by Loren Miller. Last reply by Loren Miller Mar 28. 16 Replies

I suppose it was the news that Playboy magazine was returning nudes to its pages after a year's hiatus that sufficiently perked my curiosity to check them out again.  I hadn't looked at Playboy since perhaps 2008, when I began to recognize that I…Continue

Tags: Richard Dawkins, Playboy

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Comment by Ian Mason on November 8, 2014 at 11:47am

Haven't had the machine on for a couple of days so now catching up.

I really hope all goes well, Carl.

Lovely family get-together, Randall.

Ruth, solar panels are popular as far north as Denmark and for the last few years there's even been a tax allowance for installing them.

One for you, Carl:

http://https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-Ysg48Prxwg

Comment by Joan Denoo on November 8, 2014 at 2:25am

Special VI Morphing :-)

An excellent example of nice people morphing into wretched ones, right before our eyes. 

This treat was from my friend, Ed. 

Comment by sk8eycat on November 7, 2014 at 7:37pm

From one of my cousins:


 
Subject: Sometimes we all want to do this.....(like every day????)

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Comment by Idaho Spud on November 7, 2014 at 8:50am

Randy, it sounds like a good family visit.  I like the pictures.

Comment by Randall Smith on November 7, 2014 at 8:27am

P.S.: My cold hit me hard after supper and through the night. Thanks, grandson! Today's a day of rest (more or less).

Comment by Randall Smith on November 7, 2014 at 8:24am

Carl, you'll be on my mind all day. Fingers crossed.

Ruth, yes, I was hoping the earth hadn't swallowed you up! 

Yesterday went great with the whole family in attendence. I can't begin to tell you stories and events. My kids (3 girls, ages 41, 39, and 36; one boy, 31) all get along marvelously. I'm so proud of them. Their mother left us when the kids were between ages 5 and 15. I raised them by myself, but they were so good, I had few problems. Three teenage girls could have been a nightmare! Check out their pictures in the Food group. Plus here's another one or two with my father (age 96), oldest daughter holding niece and her son. The second photo shows my kids reading old letters they sent to my parents (saved!) when they were young. They had a hoot going through them.

Comment by Idaho Spud on November 7, 2014 at 7:44am

Waiting to hear your news Carl.  Preferably good news.

Joan, I love your post from Laurie.  "The trash took itself out" is great.

Personally, I would rather have 1 good friend, than a million casual lovers or acquaintances.

Comment by sk8eycat on November 7, 2014 at 2:18am

Carl, Ruth sent this to me, and I'm forwarding it to you....

http://api.ning.com/files/Rw5DXnG-22QleyQZXzUr0*lHHGGdS*sCgt-QkVsBTK7KsmWMwmCT7NSRbl1qeiBUqz857zE1jncYXeVjKjzlTS3VeYlKfeov/hugsforyoukitty.jpg

with a clue that you can probably buy USED copies of the "Tales of the City" books at Half.com...at a decent price.  They were originally written as newspaper columns, so the chapters are short, and are perfect for reading when you're recovering from surgery.

http://product.half.ebay.com/Tales-of-the-City-by-Armistead-Maupin-...

http://www.armisteadmaupin.com/

Comment by Plinius on November 7, 2014 at 1:37am

I hope you get good news, Carl!

Comment by Joan Denoo on November 7, 2014 at 12:26am

Grinning Cat, Petition signed and shared. 

 

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