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

Started by Loren Miller. Last reply by Joan Denoo 1 hour ago. 13 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

Fan.tasia – A Disney Mashup by Lindsey McCutcheon

Started by Loren Miller. Last reply by Idaho Spud yesterday. 8 Replies

Any of you remember that Hollywood musical dance number mashup that Nerd Fest UK created put together some months back?  Well, someone by the name of Lindsey McCutcheon has…Continue

Tags: Lindsey McCutcheon, animation, Disney

The Gun Industry's Killing in Killing (Betty Bowers)

Started by Loren Miller. Last reply by Chris G Jul 20. 15 Replies

America's Best Christian has finally acknowledged that there may be one outfit which has her belief system beat for it's leverage on the government.  No great surprise, it's the NRA and the gun industries.  Betty's a good loser, though.  She's made…Continue

Tags: NRA, guns, America's Best Christian, Betty Bowers

The God of Cancer (The Thinking Atheist)

Started by Loren Miller. Last reply by Joan Denoo Jul 18. 10 Replies

Seth Andrews has been through the mill as it comes to dealing with those who insist that their faith in a deity is not just valid but necessary to their lives and to all lives.  Having dealt with that gauntlet and come out the other side an atheist,…Continue

Tags: cancer, god, The Thinking Atheist, Seth Andrews

We Are America / Love Has No Labels (John Cena - Ad Council)

Started by Loren Miller. Last reply by Joan Denoo Jul 10. 3 Replies

It seems to be a repeating pattern: I wander around the internet and inevitably, I stumble onto all manner of stuff.  It happens all the time on YouTube, and as you doubtless have deduced, yours truly tripped over something a couple minutes ago,…Continue

Tags: patriotism, labels, love, Ad Council, John Cena

In God We Trust? (Betty Bowers)

Started by Loren Miller. Last reply by Qiana-Maieev Jul 4. 4 Replies

HEY, gang!  Your favorite America's Best Christian, Betty Bowers is BACK and just in time for the Fourth of July!!!  This time, she's hit it big, coming to us live and in color from the Capitol!  Seems as though she's as upset about this whole "In…Continue

Tags: congress, god, Jesus, America's Best Christian, Betty Bowers

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Comment by Joan Denoo on April 18, 2014 at 9:24pm

Carl, I share your love/hate relationships with salad bars and for the same reasons. Not knowing what goes on behind the swinging doors of restaurants, I like to put my trust in the small, family owned cafes that are particular about their places. I often go into the kitchens for a chat, just to see how they are managed. 

Comment by Loren Miller on April 18, 2014 at 8:25pm

Cleveland just got its first Piada restaurant, maybe 10 minutes from where I live.  So what is Piada?  Have a look here ... and try NOT to drool on your keyboard!

Comment by The Flying Atheist on April 18, 2014 at 7:33pm

I have a love/hate relationship with buffets and salad bars.  On the positive, I love the vast array of foods and being able to sample things in small or large portions.  Same thing with salad bars.  I love a good "garbage" salad and being able to add lots of different vegetables. 

On the negative side, I cringe at the unsanitary conditions of some of them and at some of the people using them.  I'm finicky as to where I'll partake in a buffet or salad bar.  

Of course, when you order food off the menu, who knows what's going on behind the scenes in the kitchen!  Everything in life, I guess, is a gamble to a certain degree.  Since I travel for a living, I've eaten more than my share of restaurant food.  I haven't had any major complications so far. 

Comment by sk8eycat on April 18, 2014 at 6:19pm
Comment by Loren Miller on April 18, 2014 at 1:52pm

Any Grey's Anatomy fans out there?  If so or if not, something happened in yesterday's episode which bears on us more than a little.

You might want to have a look

Comment by Joan Denoo on April 18, 2014 at 12:53pm

I invite you to take a look at a new version of my life written in response to: 

Joan Denoo commented on Mike Mitchell's blog post Why You Shouldn’t Announce Your Atheism

Comment by Ian Mason on April 18, 2014 at 12:11pm

Great pic, Carl. Being shoved into "smart" clothes at that age should count as abuse :-D.

Very witty, Felaine. Those jokes definintely brought forth some smiles here.

Comment by Ruth Anthony-Gardner on April 18, 2014 at 10:13am

What a cute picture of you, Flying Atheist. Thanks.

Good luck with the finger, Mindy. Soaking in as hot water as is comfortable has always helped me a lot for such ouchies.

Comment by The Flying Atheist on April 18, 2014 at 9:12am

Mindy, I hope your digit heals quickly.  How lucky you are to have your birthday on Easter this year.  Will you be baking a cake?  May your batter rise up as well. 

Comment by Randall Smith on April 18, 2014 at 7:39am

Sk8, true (unsubscribe), but then I might miss something!  Same with the monthly newsletter. We'll see.

Great photo, Carl! Ah, memories. 

 

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