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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.

Nobody here is into mind games. A discussion started with a loaded guilt-throwing question will be deleted.

This group is not intended to compete with other groups on topics they cover but to "fill in the cracks." Whenever a discussion dwells at length on a topic for which there's an existing group, we urge you to provide members a link to that group to continue along their tangent.

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Afrodisiacs – African Aphrodisiacs

Started by Joan Denoo. Last reply by Joan Denoo 16 hours ago. 4 Replies

Am I so old and not know the definition of aphrodisiac, and its historical definition being based on Aphrodite, that her name came from the African drugs that Egyptians, Greeks, and Romans used for sexual enhancement? Dhu!  Aphrodite, ancient Greek…Continue

Tags: Africa, Lady, Victorian

Degrees of Doubt: The Claims and Credentials of Ravi Zacharias (The Thinking Atheist)

Started by Loren Miller. Last reply by Chris May 17. 1 Reply

Anyone here ever run onto an apologist by the name of Ravi Zacharias?  I've seen his name dropped multiple times on YouTube as supposedly being THE ONE APOLOGIST that no atheist wants to cross swords with, because of his facility with christian…Continue

Tags: Ravi Zacharias, Steve Baughman, The Thinking Atheist, Seth Andrews

The Most Hated Woman in America (The Thinking Atheist)

Started by Loren Miller. Last reply by Gary S Apr 19. 7 Replies

Before Aron Ra and Matt Dillahunty, before Dawkins or Dennett or Harris or even Hitchens, there was Madalyn Murray O'Hair.  In the midst of an America where Christianity was being flaunted as a defense against the godless communists of the Soviet…Continue

Tags: Frank Zindler, The Thinking Atheist, Seth Andrews, Madalyn Murray O'Hair

Proud Dad is REALLY Proud Now!

Started by Loren Miller. Last reply by Todd Williams Apr 12. 16 Replies

As some of you may or may not know, my daughter is a television news producer, currently working in Nashville, Tennessee.  Her assignment is the morning news, which means she blasts herself up at umpti-ump in the morning to organize and prepare a…Continue

Tags: Emmy, news, television, daughter, dad

attacking ideas (TheraminTrees)

Started by Loren Miller. Last reply by Grinning Cat Apr 4. 1 Reply

Attacking ideas is a considerable portion of what we as atheists do.  Why attack ideas?  Ideas earn attack when they don't serve people, not just us but those who adopt said ideas, mistakenly thinking that they have value when they don't.  Our…Continue

Tags: ideas, Islam, TheraminTrees

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

Started by Loren Miller. Last reply by Grinning Cat Apr 4. 40 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

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Comment by The Flying Atheist on February 2, 2014 at 1:27am

Mindy, I'm glad your heart monitor results show that all is well.  

{{{ reassuring hug }}}

Joan, thank you for the kind words.  As always, you are an inspiration.  In fact, everyone here is an inspiration.  I marvel at the wide range of topics discussed here.  It's all these stories. our highs and our lows, that trigger the necessary support from others that we need from time to time.  What a great group of people!

And now on to the mundane.......I did my federal tax return earlier this evening.  

Oh, Sk8eycat.  I love the cat walk video!  I got quite a good laugh from it. 

Comment by sk8eycat on February 2, 2014 at 12:20am

Joan, I posted this in the Kitty Group:

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I think he's attacking his reflection in that shiny, tall kitchen waste basket thingie.

One of our (orange tiger) cats did that "walk" many years ago, when I was holding a tiny toy mouse...one made of rabbit fur....above his head.  I never have a camera handy when things like that happen.
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His name was Lyle;  I called him that so he could say his own name.

Comment by Joan Denoo on February 1, 2014 at 11:51pm

sk8eycat, a great kitty video! I've never seen a cat do THAT!

Comment by Joan Denoo on February 1, 2014 at 11:48pm

Chris, I do hope your b-i-l's convalescent home stay helps him and relieves you. What is the procedure when a person is no longer able to live alone or at his/her home? Are there facilities that he can go into? Does the government pay those bills? Not to ask about your personal situation, but as a societal issue when a person doesn't have money resources. 

When I visited a home in Hamburg, Germany, it was nationally owned and financed, I think. At least that is what I understood them to mean. It included a children's home as well. I enjoyed my visit there and found the aged and young fit well together with proper planning and policies and age-appropriate programs.  

Comment by sk8eycat on February 1, 2014 at 7:42pm

Thanks, Spud.  Now I'm twitching a bit, too.  Went online to find out how long this is going to go on..."7 - 21 Days"  is what they said.  GACK!  I have a cat-sitting job starting the 11th.....

Comment by Idaho Spud on February 1, 2014 at 1:51pm

Sorry Elaine.

Comment by sk8eycat on February 1, 2014 at 1:11pm

Oh, good, Mindy!  (About the heart monitor results)

Elaine is still having explosions.  :>(  I hate it when that happens.

So...this is the cutest kitty video I've seen in a while.  I posted it in Ailurophiles, but I thought I'd post it here too, and then go back to bed.
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This kiity is adorable, but the really FUNNY part is in the last quarter of the video:

http://www.wimp.com/catwalk/

Comment by Idaho Spud on February 1, 2014 at 11:03am

No, Mindy, I don't think you did mention the results from searing your heart monitor were normal, and didn't mention the results from wearing it either : )

In any case, it's good news, and I'm glad for you.

Comment by Plinius on February 1, 2014 at 12:51am

Good morning! Such strong people you are when experiencing embarrassing health problems!

Brother-in-law went to a convalescent home to learn a lot of things all over again, like walking. We are still working in his packed apartment, cleaning out the Augean stable to find the scaredy cat. When we find her, she will go to animal care, it is impossible to put her with our cats.

Comment by Joan Denoo on February 1, 2014 at 12:03am

Good to get your news Mindy! And a good weekend to you and all on A/N. 

sk8eycat , interesting groupings. I can recognize some; we are predictable are we not?! 

Patricia, clever creation story. It makes as much sense as the garden version. 

Carl, how you doing? You have been working hard, I suspect; and I miss you when you aren't chiming in. 

Napoleon, repeat after me, "theology is nonsense". 

 

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