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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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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

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

Started by Loren Miller. Last reply by Joan Denoo Sep 2. 28 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

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 Steph S. on February 23, 2013 at 8:04pm
Of pictures - typing on my iPhone - sorry about the typo
Comment by Steph S. on February 23, 2013 at 8:03pm
Had a fun day viewing the Whooping Cranes - I have a lot if pictures. Driving back tomorrow and then hope to post some pics.
Comment by Lillie on February 23, 2013 at 7:16pm

Coffee first thing in the morning is definitely magic.

Comment by The Flying Atheist on February 23, 2013 at 6:56pm

Glad you enjoyed my videos Joan and Patricia.  Joan, to answer your questions, I started playing the sax when I was 13.  When I was a kid I grew up listening to a lot of jazz and 'big band' music, so I've always liked the saxophone.  I played in band all through high school and I was a music major in college.  I joined this community band about five years ago after a 15-year absence of not playing at all.  These days, it's a enjoyable and fun hobby.  We have two major concerts each year....one in the Fall and one in the Spring.  I also took piano lessons as a kid but I'm not very good.  I actually have a piano but it more or less has become a large, unused piece of furniture that collects dust in my living room.  This past December I decided that I want to give it away to my (very happy) niece.  She'll get more use out of it than I do.  One of these days it's going to make the journey from Chicago to Pennsylvania.     

Comment by Ruth Anthony-Gardner on February 23, 2013 at 3:53pm

Love the happy cow, Ian!  And sausage cat, Flying Atheist!

Cow water beds. Interesting. So much friendlier than hay if they aren’t cold.

Enjoy your visit, booklover. Tell us how it went. That spy cam pic took me a bit to “get”.

I didn’t know people could get theobromine poisoing. Thanks for the link..

Comment by Joan Denoo on February 23, 2013 at 12:31pm
Grinning Cat, thanks for the computer instructions. I like your clue on making passwords.
Comment by Joan Denoo on February 23, 2013 at 12:20pm

The Flying Atheist, I am impressed! I see you easily, thanks for clueing us to where you are in the orchestra. Did you play when you were in school? How did you pick the sax? Do you play other instruments?

Comment by Idaho Spud on February 23, 2013 at 10:17am

Thanks G Cat.  I thought I knew all about passwords, but didn't know about the memorable phrase idea.  Sounds like a good way to generate a password that I can remember.

Comment by The Flying Atheist on February 23, 2013 at 9:18am

You never know what you'll stumble upon when surfing the internet.  I just found two videos of the community band in which I play saxophone.  These were recorded two years ago.  I thought I'd share a little bit of what I do in my free time.  I'm third row on the right, fourth person in.  I hope you enjoy. 

Comment by The Flying Atheist on February 23, 2013 at 8:10am

Good morning! 

 

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