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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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Yasmine Mohammed - Confessions of an Ex-Muslim (The Thinking Atheist)

Started by Loren Miller. Last reply by Idaho Spud Jul 7. 6 Replies

Yasmine Mohammed is not your average ex-Muslim.  Not only did she get shut of Islam, she also managed to escape what was at one time the most notorious of radical Islamist organizations: Al Qaeda.  She has since documented the story of her apostasy…Continue

Tags: Islam, Al Qaeda, Yasmine Mohammed, The Thinking Atheist, Seth Andrews

Ignorance is Bliss: Why Religious People Seem Happier Than the 'Nones'”.

Started by Joan Denoo Jul 6. 0 Replies

“Highly Religious Volunteer More, Lie Less, and Claim to Be Happier”~ Houston Chronicle; “Strongly Religious People are Happier than Non-Religious”  ~ Christian Daily."The study determined that 40 percent of highly religious adults—defined as those…Continue

Tags: Nones, happiness, non-religiosity, religiosity, bliss

Afrodisiacs – African Aphrodisiacs

Started by Joan Denoo. Last reply by Joan Denoo Jun 26. 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

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Comment by Lillie on September 21, 2013 at 8:25am

Good for you Mindy, a modern mother unafraid and accepting of reality.

Comment by Ian Mason on September 20, 2013 at 11:30pm

Mindy, it sounds as if you've got the balance between caring and letting go right. That's hard to do, so well done.

My daughter has told me that she and her boyfriend are now looking for a flat to move into together. I will have to practice the words "son-in-law" now.

Have a great Saturday all you lovely people.

Comment by Ruth Anthony-Gardner on September 20, 2013 at 1:56pm

Ian, what a horrible curse. LOL

I've never seen Jeffs Cats Book Club at cheezburer, sk8eycat.

Flying Atheist, Jerry Bishop is from a more innocent, simpler era.

booklover, I always enjoy your family stories. Thanks.

Tony, that's a groaner. Loren, that's the best Talk like a Pirate's day toon. Grinning Cat, that's a sweet way to enjoy the day.

Hugs, all!

Comment by sk8eycat on September 20, 2013 at 12:32pm

I've been a fan of Spider's since  read the first "Callahan's" story in Analog back in the 1970s...it's a MUCH better bar than the one in "Cheers":

CALLAHAN'S CROSSTIME SALOON Spider Robinson

Comment by sk8eycat on September 20, 2013 at 12:26pm

Uh...greetings.  I've been hanging out at Jeffs Cats Book Club on the Cheezburger site.  I haven't been to Cheezburger much lately, but Jeff decided to expand his SF "collection," and I couldn't resist:

DARKOVER LANDFALL

So many books, so little time...

Comment by The Flying Atheist on September 20, 2013 at 12:03pm

You're a good mom, Mindy.  Sometimes that means embarrassing your kids.  lol

Comment by Ian Mason on September 20, 2013 at 4:55am

I know that calling down curses is not usually our thing but couldn't resist this.

Comment by The Flying Atheist on September 19, 2013 at 11:44pm

Chicago lost a television icon earlier this week. 

Jerry Bishop, the original Svengoolie, dead at 77

Chicago Tribune

Jerry G. Bishop, as the original Svengoolie on Chicago's horror-movie showcase SCREAMING YELLOW THEATER (1970-73), sings a parody version of "Button Up Your Overcoat," accompanied by a talking skull named Zelda.

This is from a time when television was completely different and had many locally produced shows.  It doesn't get any cornier than this.....which is why I love it.

Comment by The Flying Atheist on September 19, 2013 at 11:25pm

And Hello back to you Steph.  Hope you are keeping things rational in Texas.  I read that Wendy Davis is being courted to run for governor.  That would be sweet!!  I hope she does.  It's way past time for some sanity from the executive office of TX.  

Mindy, how are your mother's cats?  Will we get to see some pictures?  :)    Also, I'm just a little curious.....what dinner did your mother make for you and your daughter that the boys won't have any part of?  When I was a kid, my father never liked tacos, so when he had his monthly union meeting and missed dinner.......union night was taco night!! 

Comment by Tony Carroll on September 19, 2013 at 8:17pm

 

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