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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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punishing doubt (TheraminTrees)

Started by Loren Miller Sep 6. 0 Replies

If you are associated with religion and especially a fundamentalist religion, doubt is intolerable.  Certainty, however it may be achieved or imposed, becomes a necessary element, especially considering the utter dearth of any form of evidence or…Continue

Tags: religion, TheraminTrees, punish, doubt

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

Started by Loren Miller. Last reply by Joan Denoo Sep 2. 28 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

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

Started by Loren Miller. Last reply by Idaho Spud Sep 2. 17 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

The Whole Bible in 30 Seconds (Betty Bowers)

Started by Loren Miller. Last reply by Randy Hatly Sep 2. 3 Replies

Ever decide that you wanted to read the whole bible, cover to cover, only to realize half-way through Deuteronomy that the darn thing is industrial-strength BORING?!?  Well, never fear!  America's Best Christian, Betty Bowers, has done the Cliff's…Continue

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

Are You a Patriot? (Betty Bowers)

Started by Loren Miller. Last reply by Chris G Aug 29. 22 Replies

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

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Comment by k.h. ky on May 25, 2014 at 6:22pm
Does anyone know how to tell if something is silver or silver plated without taking it to the shop? I seem to remember that a magnet isn't supposed to stick to silver but will to silver plate. Am I wrong again?
It's a nice old fruit bowl that dates from 1929. Apparently it's a presentation bowl because it's engraved with the dates April 10th 1907-April 10th 1932. Thanks all.
Comment by Ian Mason on May 25, 2014 at 4:46am

A pun to add a little fun to your day:

Comment by Ian Mason on May 25, 2014 at 3:56am

Hmm, That should have been a link to the mosaic museum. I think it leads to all the state museums in Istanbul so keep on searching. I did go round the Topkapi palace. Yes, a lot is beautiful but I also went round the harem which still has the atmosphere of the prison it was, a kind of human battery-chicken shed.

Comment by Joan Denoo on May 24, 2014 at 4:43pm

Ian, the photos of the museum reveal such skills in color and imagery. The Islamic culture, so rich in art, has the capacity for great hate. I think religion teaches hate instead of community, division instead of cooperation, hubris instead of respect for diversity. 

Comment by The Flying Atheist on May 24, 2014 at 3:02pm
Yes, Mindy, my eyes are blue. As Jack Benny used to say, "as blue as the thumb on a cross-eyed carpenter."
Comment by Plinius on May 24, 2014 at 1:21pm

Sounds good Ian! And my skin is slowly calming down too.

Comment by k.h. ky on May 24, 2014 at 12:28pm
I looked for meteors and didn't see the first one.
Comment by sk8eycat on May 24, 2014 at 12:24pm

Randall, 1) I love Indianapolis!  It's been more than 50 years since my last visit, but I always enjoyed the city and the people.

2) No meteor-viewing here last night; we've had a heavy overcast for 2+ days (it's overcast and chilly this morning, too).  *sigh* It is a relief from the triple-digit temperatures we had last week! 

We have quite a bit of light pollution even on clear nights, but there are places in our back yard that are sheltered enough to see the night sky in all its glory.

Comment by Ian Mason on May 24, 2014 at 8:45am

It's nice at this time of year, Chris. A comfortable 20-24 degrees with occasional clouds. Could sit outside until about 9 in the evening drinking tea and eating cake.

Comment by Plinius on May 24, 2014 at 7:56am

I'd love to see the meteor shower, but the light pollution is horrible here! On a good night you can see the Big Dipper or Orion, but that's about it.

 

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