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

Started by Loren Miller. Last reply by Compelledunbeliever on Tuesday. 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 Randall Smith on March 21, 2014 at 7:29am

I love Vivaldi! And today is J.S. Bach's birthday. He was heavily influenced by Vivaldi. Baroque music swings. Better than anything out there (esp. Bieber types).

Comment by Joan Denoo on March 20, 2014 at 8:37pm

Carl, lovely music and images to start spring! We have definitely had a change in weather ... I hope it holds for a while.

I have never heard of Justin Bieber. I guess I live a sheltered life. 

Comment by Idaho Spud on March 20, 2014 at 2:40pm

Nice music Carl.

Comment by The Flying Atheist on March 20, 2014 at 2:00pm

Comment by The Flying Atheist on March 20, 2014 at 1:36pm

I'm sure glad Spring is officially here.  Even if it doesn't feel like it, I know that better days are on the way.  It's been an excruciatingly long and hard winter.  Yes, happy first day of Spring, indeed!

Comment by sk8eycat on March 20, 2014 at 2:34am

Well...JB wouldn't be so noticeable here.  Just another permanent adolescent among thousands of others. 

I wonder what would happen if he magically appeared in a fundamentalist Muslim country....naked.

Comment by The Flying Atheist on March 20, 2014 at 2:07am

Sk8eycat, perhaps you can make a deal with the Canadian government.  You move to Canada and Justin Bieber stays in Los Angeles (and can't be allowed to travel outside of L.A. county.) 

Comment by sk8eycat on March 20, 2014 at 1:42am

You mean, SHE moves out and I stay here?  NO WAY!  I couldn't do that; we moved here when she was an infant, and has never lived anywhere else.  I've had apartments (moved back in when I was out of work, broke, and our parents health was failing...and they needed a driver), PLUS I spent almost 5 years touring the US.  I've been around, Grace hasn't...she's never even had any kind of work outside the home...she's an Aspie.  No diagnosis but her behavior since infancy is typical of mild autism, or Asperger's syndrome.

Actually she has brought up the idea of moving into an assisted living-type building, although neither of us quite needs that much help. Yet.  And I don't know if such places accept pets.  We each have a cat...Freddie has become her personal buddy, and Pumpkin is mine, although he spends time with her, too.

The unused bedroom that I'd like to fill up is the master bedroom; I'd even accept a gay couple, if they're not too noisy about certain activities. 

Tee-hee!

Comment by sk8eycat on March 20, 2014 at 12:48am

Okay...the Sr.s apartment buildings I've checked out so far all have the same hairy-scary feature...3-level underground parking garages  So when a major quake happens what few "ground floor" apartments exist (most of the laundry and community rooms take up 75% of the ground floor space) are likely to fall into the parking garage, with 3 or 4  (or more) floors full of people on top of them.

NOT good.

The absodamnlutely safest type of building is a medium size one-story wood frame house...like mine.  We have an extra bedroom that I wish we could rent out, but it's against the local zoning laws to do that....the only other alternative is to find a rommie who will share the upkeep and utility expenses. 

How do a couple of elderly sisters find a compatible roommate? Advertize?  (I wouldn't trust something like CraigsList any farther than I could throw a roomful of Craigs.)  A younger gay man with a wicked sense of humor (atheist, of course...one JW in this house is all I can stand) would be ideal, and fun, and we could add him to our Living Trust so he could inherit the house when we're gone.  IF he'd want it.

Comment by Joan Denoo on March 19, 2014 at 10:29pm

Mindy, I can understand your desire to keep the house in the family. My family has been like that. We keep places for generations. It is sweet to go back walk through the rooms of one's childhood. To live in a home in which one grew up would have a certain sense of continuity to it. It is one option. 

 

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