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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 Whole Bible in 30 Seconds (Betty Bowers)

Started by Loren Miller. Last reply by Qiana-Maieev 16 hours ago. 2 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 yesterday. 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

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

Started by Loren Miller. Last reply by Grinning Cat Aug 25. 11 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 Ark Encounter: A Less than Grand Opening (The Thinking Atheist)

Started by Loren Miller. Last reply by Grinning Cat Aug 21. 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

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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

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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

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Comment by Tony Carroll on October 9, 2013 at 9:47pm

Comment by Joan Denoo on October 9, 2013 at 7:01pm

My first year in high school and all four years, I belonged to Teen Twirlers, a folk dance group. We had costumes for each of the countries and had some pretty intricate steps to learn. I just tried to find the names of some of them, i.e. Tarantella, Schuhplattler, Virginia Reel, polkas, Tinikling, Irish jigs, Tango, Rumba, and stuff like that. You probably learned these as well.
I didn't like ballroom dancing.  I preferred learning about the cultures, experimenting with their foods, regalia and traditions. Didn't do any dancing after high school. Got interested in science, especially horticulture, and spent my first year and a half in college at the greenhouses or barns.  I am too clumsy for dancing. 

Comment by Idaho Spud on October 9, 2013 at 4:58pm

I like dancing in a group also Patricia, but I'm not good, so it has to be with someone I've danced with a few times before.

Comment by Idaho Spud on October 9, 2013 at 4:51pm

Love the laughing cat Steph.

Comment by The Flying Atheist on October 9, 2013 at 2:24pm

Just in time for Halloween.

It's been used so many times it's become a scary movie cliché: an ominous, rustling sound in the next room. The person on the screen reluctantly opens the door and, suddenly, lets out a bloodcurdling scream at the sight of ... a cat.

Using scenes from such horror classics as "Friday the 13th," "Halloween" and "Pet Sematary" (as well as some non-horror hits like "Horrible Bosses" and "Romancing the Stone"), Alex Moschina created a fantastic supercut — "It's just a cat" — that includes no less than 25 cats.

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Comment by Steph S. on October 9, 2013 at 11:35am

loves scary Atheist Napoleon

thanks for all the music posts - very nice

sounds fun booklover

so it is Wed and the weekend is coming up

How is everyone ?

Comment by The Flying Atheist on October 9, 2013 at 2:40am

Tony, that "Chammak Challo" video is fun to watch and very colorful.  I found two things to be very interesting.  Everyone was very light-skinned and the lead male had searing blue eyes.  I wasn't expecting that from India.  I hope Bollywood isn't purposefully making such drastic changes to their performers in order to make their films more marketable.  I admit, I know absolutely nothing about Bollywood movies, so perhaps this clip is an anomaly.  I've watched independent films from India but not from mainstream Bollywood.  

Comment by Tony Carroll on October 9, 2013 at 12:08am

Mushrooms sound good in chili. Will have to try it.

I like the old song and dance movies from the 30's and 40's. Grew up watching them with my mom. Song and dance is still alive in India. This is from the movie RA.One. Chammak Challo.

Comment by The Flying Atheist on October 8, 2013 at 11:57pm

Patricia, I so wanted to be a tap dancer when I was a kid.  I grew up watching all those Fred Astaire and Shirley Temple type of movies and I've always loved the music from that era.

Sauteing the mushrooms first is a good idea.  I suspect that brings out more of the flavor. 

Comment by The Flying Atheist on October 8, 2013 at 11:42pm

Here's a little gem I discovered.

 

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