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

Started by Loren Miller. Last reply by Compelledunbeliever 7 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 sk8eycat on July 20, 2013 at 2:54pm

Many thanks to all of you who have offered virtual shoulders for me to cry on.  Especially Joan; You really undderstand.  Well, so does anyone in here who has ever had to deal with this kind of situation.

I wish we could have caught Jerry's tumor early  enough for it to be removed and treated, but I think it was already too late when I adopted him 2 years ago.

Comment by sk8eycat on July 20, 2013 at 2:47pm

Welcome, John Kennedy opiyo!  We need people like you in this group; I love exchanging thoughts and "coversation" with people from all over the world.  So, join the party, and don't be afraid to speak out.  You may have seen my latest rant...I have a cat who has untreatable cancer, and I'm already beginning the grieving process. And dumping my feelings on my friends.  (I have heard people elsewhere say, "But he's only a cat." But he is a sentient, feeling being as far as I'm concerned, and I don't know if it's time to let him go yet.)  That's what I'm struggling with now.

But I'm not always like this.

Comment by Joan Denoo on July 20, 2013 at 10:53am
john kennedy opiyo, I am very happy to see you joined this group. I know so little about your culture and hope to learn from you. We can share our experiences and lives in this group and I look forward to reading your comments.
My bald head is because I am half way through cancer therapy and I expect my hair will grow out as white and lush as ever.
Comment by john kennedy opiyo on July 20, 2013 at 9:53am

Kenyan atheist looking for atheist friends abroad to  exchange information, hi you are a lot important to my growth in free thinking , let us work hands in gloves,l need you more than any other time before

Comment by Joan Denoo on July 20, 2013 at 8:20am

sk8eycat, sad to learn you face difficult decisions concerning Hairy Jerry. 

Comment by Joan Denoo on July 20, 2013 at 8:16am

Changes in the weather, challenges in the political sphere, uncertainty in the economic domain, conflicts in the spiritual sphere, all these and more changes make life chaotic. The good news is that chaos generates the energy needed to make necessary changes. We certainly need to make many changes in life styles and expectations and processes of living. Flexibility and adaptability are key to survival.

Just think of scorpions and sharks; I found fossils of both in the Devonian strata in central Texas. There was a massive blooming of plants, animals and insects during that period and a massive extinction at the end,

Devonian period 419.2–358.9 million years ago.

Thankfully, we do not face the mass movement of tectonic plates. Our challenges are much more economic, political, religious and social. We can do something about these hurdles. 

Comment by Ian Mason on July 20, 2013 at 3:49am

Big HUG Sk8eycat.

Comment by Plinius on July 20, 2013 at 1:37am

Love to you and Hairy Jerry, Sk8eycat!

Comment by sk8eycat on July 20, 2013 at 12:06am

Hi.  Sorry I haven't been around lately.  I'm facing a difficult decision about what to do about Hairy Jerry, and I feel like I'm standing atop one of those tall, skinny stone needles out in the wilderness, with no way to get down.  I'm just in Brayne Freeze mode.  I've been here so often, but it never gets any easier.

I cherish all of you, and I WILL be back when I get over myself. I promise.

Comment by Ruth Anthony-Gardner on July 19, 2013 at 11:59pm

The story about a cat dying in a couch and being found a month later  isn't totally surprising. When Misty died we couldn't find her body for three days, no matter how closely we looked over the entire house. Grinning Cat ultimately found her corpse for us. This also makes me think about pets dying in vehicles during the current heat wave, or animals both domestic and wild being killed  by the Western Wildfires right now. Death is there, but we don't like to dwell on it when nothing can be done.

On a more cheerful note, here in eastern PA we're "enjoying" tropical climate lately. Over the past two weeks we often get short intense showers, quite unlike the rain events I remember over the past 68 years. Instead of starting slowly and tapering off slowly, it's a sudden 5 minute intense deluge that ends abruptly. And a few minutes later the roads are dry again. The showers have been a daily event, too. It's like Jamaica. This surreal pattern has been going on about two weeks. It feels as if Philadelphia has been relocated in the Caribbean.

Maybe I just need a rum punch.

 

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