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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 The Flying Atheist 14 hours ago

I know what you're saying, Thomas.  I wouldn't mind hanging out with my high school art teacher.  She was a great person.  

Comment by Thomas Murray 14 hours ago

  My high school daze in southern California were the middle '70s. Over 40 years and I have not been to a reunion nor seen any of my class mates since then. I  didn't even bother to go through with the graduation ceremony. I made sure I shook the dust off my shoes on the last day of high school.The only things that kept me alive in high school were the two classes ceramics and photography, and wrestling. The ceramics and photography classes I was allowed to repeat over and over again and still build up credits. If there was anybody I wish to see again is my English teacher and my wrestling coach.

Comment by The Flying Atheist 14 hours ago

I'm proud to be a resident of the Island of Misfit Toys.

Comment by Thomas Murray 14 hours ago

Bertold,

Thanks for that cool story about Ewiges Leben.

...and that to everybody who chipped in on suggestions for wines.

Comment by Bertold Brautigan 14 hours ago

That is a very haunting song, even to this day. It's always been one of my faves. Never been to a class reunion either. Great bunch of curmudgeons we are!

Comment by Idaho Spud 16 hours ago

I watched video of Ian's reunion and the music in the background was an instrumental of the saddest song I've ever heard.

Comment by Ruth Anthony-Gardner 16 hours ago

Just yesterday I got an invite to my high school reunion, and tossed it. Haven't been to one for either high school or college that I can recall. Fellow students weren't all that important to me in high school. Had a few friends, mostly boyfriends, in undergrad at Albright, that didn't survive graduation. It was a religious college, but not pushy about it. At least I was lucky to go to a public high school. Thanks for sharing your experiences.

Comment by The Flying Atheist 17 hours ago

Coincidentally, my high school just had it's last graduation class this past June.  It is now closed for good after years of shrinking enrollment and lack of funds.  Another religious school (Lutheran) bites the dust, as so many churches have.  

Comment by The Flying Atheist 17 hours ago

I went to my 10-year reunion (with some trepidation) and it wasn't enjoyable at all.  I haven't been to another reunion activity since.  

My best, and closest friend that I met my first year is still my best, and closest friend to this day.  I didn't keep in touch with anyone else, and that's fine with me.  I got one, awesome, lifetime friendship out of high school and that's good enough for me.   

Comment by Plinius 17 hours ago

I went to one school reunion, and it felt like going to a Disneyfilm, fake and empty. Perhaps no one recognized me, or no one wanted to talk to the one they had bullied and isolated. I watched them for a while, showing off their new husbands and chattering about nothing. Went home to my books and my cats. There's nothing like a home with books and cats.

 

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