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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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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

God's Annual Performance Review (Betty Bowers)

Started by Loren Miller. Last reply by Ruth Anthony-Gardner Mar 19. 6 Replies

I don't know about you guys, but there wasn't a performance review I had in 30 years of field service that I didn't LOATHE.  It seems as though Betty Bowers, America's Best Christian, is up for turning the tables on the person you would expect would…Continue

Tags: review, performance, god, American's Best Christian, Betty Bowers

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Comment by Randall Smith on October 7, 2014 at 8:40am

Most welcome news, Carl. Hang in there (as the cliche goes).

I waver between being a misanthrope and "renewing faith" in mankind. It comes and goes.

I wrote a true blog (in the blog section) this morning, if anybody's interested. Comments unnecessary.

Comment by Idaho Spud on October 7, 2014 at 8:28am

I'm glad to read your good news Carl.

Comment by Plinius on October 7, 2014 at 6:33am

Great news Carl, I'm so glad! And fantastic that you've got siblings who would help you!

Comment by Ian Mason on October 6, 2014 at 10:43pm

I'm very glad to hear that, Carl. Hope you make a good match.

Comment by Joan Denoo on October 6, 2014 at 9:57pm

Carl, this is very good news and gives you time for what needs to be done. Do you feel as you normally do, or do you have symptoms? How are your spirits holding up? You know how concerned I am about preventing depression, or catching it early if you begin to feel down. This all happened so fast, you had no time to get adjusted. In some ways that is good, Go in for a routine exam and find something that needs attention, NOW. It doesn't give you time to chew on the cud of worry and stress. So, you know what needs to be done; thankfully you have siblings willing to be donors. I hope they match you. 

Comment by The Flying Atheist on October 6, 2014 at 9:19pm

Joan, thanks for asking about me.  I had two doctor appointments today and I have some positive news to report.  My kidneys are stable right now and I'm doing well.  I'm doing well enough that the doctor wants to hold off on a preparatory vein surgery that is required for dialysis.  In the meantime all the medical paperwork has finally been completed for myself and my brother and two sisters for a transplant operation.  Once blood work can be done, I will know if one of the them will be a blood match with me. Today's news widens the window of time for this, so hopefully a transplant operation can occur before dialysis is needed. 

And Joan, I have to agree with the others here........you truly are an inspiration to all of us!

Comment by Joan Denoo on October 6, 2014 at 1:27pm

Mindy, not Mind! 

Comment by Joan Denoo on October 6, 2014 at 1:26pm

Thanks Spud! It is odd. For some reason you and Ruth's computer aren't totally compatible with mine. I am surely glad we have friends to third party our problem!

I guess I will just call for an interpreter the next time it happens. 

I did get a nice chuckle. Thanks Mind. 

Comment by Idaho Spud on October 6, 2014 at 1:01pm

Here's Mindy's picture Joan:

Comment by Ian Mason on October 6, 2014 at 12:03pm

Hello everyone. It seems that you are all having positive experiences. That's good to hear.

I've returned from a weekend in England. Spent a couple of hours at a niece's wedding party, which was nice. Got to see a lot of the family but had trouble talking to them as the music was too loud. Otherwise all eating, relaxing and tea. Very pleasant. My trouser button broke on the journey home, which says a lot.

 

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