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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 Ian Mason on June 16, 2013 at 6:01am

Comment by Ian Mason on June 16, 2013 at 5:45am

Thanks for the good wishes and I hope everyone's aches and pains improve.

Mindy, I know from experience that the right kind of company at the right time can help with depression. I hope things go well for your daughter.

Just had the news that a former "drink-and-depression period" woman friend commited suicide last year. The last few times I spoke with her, about 4 years ago, I tried to tell her how much sobriety had helped me but it didn't sink in. Very sad.

Comment by Plinius on June 16, 2013 at 1:55am

I'm glad they had an operation that worked for you! I only have very narrow channels in the bone for the nerves to pass through - too much salt or too much stress and the nerve begins to scream for lack of space.

Comment by Plinius on June 16, 2013 at 1:31am

Thanks Patricia! I wasn't on the floor much, but I used a lot of painkillers and I forced myself to move as much as possible, but I kept my mouth shut - certain that I'd say something nasty at a slight provocation.

Comment by Plinius on June 16, 2013 at 1:00am

Thanks for asking, Steph! I had a grumpy week because of sciatica, but the pain and the grump are lessening now.

Comment by Ruth Anthony-Gardner on June 15, 2013 at 11:23pm

Thanks for checking in folks. Get better Ian. It's nice to hear about your family time, Mindy.

Joan, I had no idea that an amino acid could upset the stomach like that. Web MD says it's supposed to protect the digestive system. I have a delicate stomach, so I relate. Stay strong, Dear.

Comment by Joan Denoo on June 15, 2013 at 11:05pm

Napoleon, Love your Cat Diaries!

Comment by Joan Denoo on June 15, 2013 at 11:03pm

Steph, am I correct, the photo of book reader with cat is Ruth? 

Comment by Joan Denoo on June 15, 2013 at 11:02pm

Ian, Hope your tooth repair gets strong, quickly, and you can get back to normal eating and activity soon. 

Comment by Joan Denoo on June 15, 2013 at 11:00pm

I've been doing a little experimenting with my Rx's and find the culprit on my "bad days" appears to be glutamine. I have tried it with water, juice, yogurt, and my stomach just goes crazy right after I take it, and it lasts for 24 hours. Anyone else had that problem? I will talk to the dietitian on Monday.   

 

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