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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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Discussion Forum

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

Started by Loren Miller. Last reply by Compelledunbeliever 12 hours ago. 37 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

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

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 Idaho Spud on May 24, 2014 at 6:41am

Carl, I like Patricia and That Happy Feeling.

I don't care for blue but I used to wear almost nothing but blue shirts because blue makes my skin tone look better.

Joan, when you mentioned gold, it reminded me that I also very much like copper color.  While I'm at it, I'll say that I like turquoise also.

Comment by Plinius on May 24, 2014 at 2:24am

I love the virtual tour of the Topkapi, Ian! Those wonderful blue and green tiles! Istanbul has been on my wishlist for a long time, but I'll never go there in summer,

Comment by sk8eycat on May 24, 2014 at 1:49am

Too true...and NOT funny

Matt Wuerker

Comment by sk8eycat on May 24, 2014 at 1:38am

Here's some more Night Music; Stephane Grappelli solo piano...3 tracks.  the last  is one of my all-time favorites:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ak4tOZzu0_g

Comment by Ian Mason on May 24, 2014 at 1:27am

Carl, the mosaic is from the Byzantine period and a lot is still in situ, where the Palace once stood. Here's a link:http://www.muze.gov.tr/mosaic

Bill Evans is really cool, in the original jazz sense of the word. Very relaxing to listen to.

Hope you heal quickly, Chris.

Comment by Plinius on May 24, 2014 at 1:18am

I like the lilac paint very much Patricia, it must be very restful to have a bedroom like that. My favourite colour is a soft shade of green with not too much yellow in it.

Yesterday I took some hours off and walked in the park with a friend. Today I'm covered in after sun cream, burned even under my t-shirt and bra. And there was even light clouding!

Comment by sk8eycat on May 24, 2014 at 1:14am

I love that version of "Round Midnight"!  It's what I call "Late Night Jazz," the kind of thing I used to listen to back in the 50s  and 60s....when the DJs had sexy voices, and all that. 

Whatever happened to jazz radio stations?  I live close enough to Los Angeles to pick up practically everything, and no jazz, no classical, just a polyglot of Armenian wailing, Spanish, and Come-to-Jesus stations in all languages...both AM & FM.

Comment by The Flying Atheist on May 24, 2014 at 12:35am

Hello, Friends.  I hope all of you have a groovy weekend.  For those of you here in the U.S., most of you will probably have Monday off work.  Enjoy!  Here's a little mood music.

Comment by The Flying Atheist on May 23, 2014 at 11:39pm

I'm a blue person.  I love all the different shades of blue.  It's a very calming color.  I also like the very light and muted shades of green. 

Comment by The Flying Atheist on May 23, 2014 at 11:06pm

Loren, Bill Evans is a fine pianist, indeed.  Yes, you should explore his music.  I have his "Conversations With Myself" album.  It's very wandering and dreamlike.  Here's the Wikipedia article about it.  

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Conversations_with_Myself

It's a very interesting album.  It's just solo piano but with three overdubbed tracks that were recorded by Evans on three different days.  Yeah, it may not be everyone's cup of tea, but I like it.  Here's a sample. 

 

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