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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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We Don't Want Your (Atheist) Money! (The Thinking Atheist)

Started by Loren Miller. Last reply by Grinning Cat 5 hours ago. 10 Replies

I suppose I've heard stories like this before:Conscientious atheist donates money to worthy cause.Worthy cause initially accepts money.Worthy cause discovers source of donation.Worthy cause rejects donation.Swell, eh?  Well Matt Willbourne of…Continue

Tags: American Baptist Churches Association, Murrow Indian Children's Home, The Thinking Atheist, Seth Andrews

Are You a Patriot? (Betty Bowers)

Started by Loren Miller. Last reply by Bertold Brautigan 17 hours ago. 1 Reply

You might think that Betty Bowers, America's Best Christian, would be stepping outside of her comfort zone in tackling the concept of patriotism.  As it turns out, not only does she have a proper handle on the term and its implications, she also…Continue

Tags: patriot, America's Best Christian, Betty Bowers

The Ark Encounter: A Less than Grand Opening (The Thinking Atheist)

Started by Loren Miller. Last reply by Grinning Cat on Monday. 24 Replies

The day finally arrived.  Ken Ham's Ark Encounter opened on 7 July, 2016 ... to something a bit less than Disney-sized crowds, and more than a couple dissenting voices!  Seth Andrews has gathered a quartet of significant participants in the protest…Continue

Tags: Tracey Moody, Dan Broadbent, Seth Andrews, David Silverman, AronRa

Surreal, I haz it

Started by Ruth Anthony-Gardner. Last reply by Idaho Spud Aug 14. 91 Replies

Surreal, not just found in art.Continue

Tags: surreal

Wedding Haka - Subtitled & translated

Started by Joan Denoo Aug 13. 0 Replies

I ran across a video of a wedding in which a group of wedding guests celebrated with a performance of a traditional Māori ancestral war dance, called a Haka. It was intended for sons, however, the women have joined in a participation of…Continue

Tags: new, traditions., women, men, Haka

Onward (Unpaid) Christian Soldiers (Betty Bowers)

Started by Loren Miller. Last reply by Chris G Aug 13. 1 Reply

Proselytizing in the military is a dirty little secret most radical christians would rather didn't get out.  Well, never let it be said that America's Best Christian, Betty Bowers, was ever a wallflower where a pit bull was needed!  In the following…Continue

Tags: Military Religious Freedom Foundation, MRFF, America's Best Christian, Betty Bowers

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Comment by k.h. ky on April 30, 2014 at 10:59pm
You're welcome Joan. I'm really enjoying it. Patricia, hang in there and chill. I deal with the b/p too so just remember to take your meds . Maybe your mom just wants to see you. I hate it that your daughter is a fundie. All my family, except my daughter, are so l know what that's like.
Comment by Joan Denoo on April 30, 2014 at 10:34pm

k.h. ky, I hunted for "My Inner Fish" on computer and so far have only found the trailers for it. So I Googled for the author and found a video from Finding Your Inner Fish 2009 and it is terrific! Dr. Neil Shubin is to evolutionary paleontology that Neil deGrasse Tyson is to astrophysics. Thanks for the lead! 

Comment by Joan Denoo on April 30, 2014 at 10:07pm

Oh Patricia, I hear pain in your words! The beautiful person you are, the enthusiasms, the color purple, the motorized vehicle and all the many ways you express joy and contentment offers rich treasures for those who can see them. 

Well, I know your cheesecake will be yummy and they will go away having been well fed, with good hosting taking place. The days turn warmer, the skies clearer, the friends truer and all is well with you. Celebrate your life with full gusto ... remember the best revenge is to be happy! Each day is an opportunity to experience the good in life.  You go for it. 

And if you need to rant when the visit ends, this is a good, safe place to do it. 

Comment by Idaho Spud on April 30, 2014 at 1:56pm

Joan, I agree about forgiveness.  Mormonism teaches that to forgive, you have to forget.  No way I'm forgetting.  That is not a safe thing to do.

Comment by Joan Denoo on April 30, 2014 at 1:33pm

Patricia, I am not a great fan of forgiveness. I am safer if I don't forget. I hope it turns out to be a rich and meaningful visit even as I would be prepared to just waste time with someone for whom you have no affection. 

I am really sorry your daughter is caught up in the cult of mormonism. That is about as a dead end a life journey as I can imagine. Well, at least you have the ability to think for yourself and don't have to put up with the twaddle.  

Comment by Idaho Spud on April 30, 2014 at 8:58am

PS: Patricia, after the visit, I'd be curious to know why she wants to visit you, if you can figure it out.

Comment by Idaho Spud on April 30, 2014 at 8:56am

Hoping you get through the biological "mother" visit OK Patricia.

Comment by Joan Denoo on April 30, 2014 at 1:23am

Felaine, a lovely video of flying low and slow. Thanks for sharing. 

Comment by Plinius on April 29, 2014 at 11:57pm

Good luck, Patricia!

Comment by Ian Mason on April 29, 2014 at 10:59pm

Good luck, Patricia. Stay cool, stay neutral, stay in control - you'll feel so much better for it afterwards.

K.H. Things like that can really brighten a day up.

 

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