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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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Bible Belt Atheist (New York Times)

Started by Loren Miller Apr 19. 0 Replies

The following showed up in my YouTube feed this morning, and I decided to have a look.  Turns out, the New York Times has given us a reasonably even-handed look at a good friend of ours, being one Jerry DeWitt, former bible-thumper and now a pretty…Continue

Tags: Bible Belt, atheist, Jerry DeWitt

How would you respond?

Started by Christina Scribner. Last reply by Christina Scribner Apr 10. 5 Replies

So, this morning, I was at my local coffee shop as I am most weekdays between bus runs. I do the editing on my husband's books so I had my laptop with me. My wallpaper is a picture I found online sometime back of a double helix with the word atheist…Continue

The Fake Christian Busybody Show (Andrew Bradley)

Started by Loren Miller. Last reply by Plinius Apr 9. 1 Reply

It seems as though there was a Gay Pride parade in some town somewhere and a Christian commentator, herein known as The Activist Mommy, apparently got her panties so in a bunch about it that she had to fire up her video camera and record a…Continue

Tags: gay, pride, The Activist Mommy, Andrew Bradley, America's Best Christian

America Held Hostage: Day 436 (MisterDeity)

Started by Loren Miller. Last reply by Ruth Anthony-Gardner Apr 9. 1 Reply

Now that Sinclair Broadcasting has stated their position regarding fake news and its threat to our democracy, Mister Deity's Brian Dalton has decided to throw his $0.02 worth in as well ... though I don't quite think his presentation was really what…Continue

Tags: fake news, Deity, Mister, Broadcasting, Sinclair

Guns: Both Sides Now (Betty Bowers)

Started by Loren Miller. Last reply by Christina Scribner Apr 3. 3 Replies

Oh, NO!  The gun debate has gotten so heated that it has Betty Bowers, America's Best Christian, TALKING TO HERSELF!  Apparently, one of her has had a stroke or a serious breakdown in cognitive skills, as she does little more than parrot the NRA's…Continue

Tags: NRA, guns, America's Best Christian, Betty Bowers

how dogma pollutes discourse (qualiasoup & theramintrees)

Started by Loren Miller Apr 3. 0 Replies

"The Lord is our God; the Lord is One." "I am the Way, the Truth, and the Life; no one comes to the Father, but by Me." "There is no god but Allah, and Mohamed is his prophet." Assertions, taught as fact, but without any form of corroborative…Continue

Tags: dogma, QualiaSoup, TheraminTrees

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Comment by Joan Denoo on November 16, 2013 at 4:02pm

Ian, great answer. So full of compassion and care. 

Comment by Ian Mason on November 16, 2013 at 2:47pm

Sorry to hear of your loss, Felaine. It's good that your aunt knew that she was loved.

Mindy, if I haven't said this before: for people with depression family and friends are like a lighthouse that can give guidance and hope in the stormy night. I'm sure you are doing a grand job in getting your daughter home to a safe harbour again. Shine on!

Comment by Joan Denoo on November 16, 2013 at 12:19pm

Even in the driest valleys life bursts forth. 

Comment by Steph S. on November 15, 2013 at 9:40pm

Comment by Steph S. on November 15, 2013 at 8:22pm

Mindy - yes virtual hugs to you and your daughter - I hope everything works out OK.

Comment by Joan Denoo on November 15, 2013 at 8:12pm
Thanks Loren, Mark Twain does have a way with ideas!

Mindy, I wish your daughter had a therapist such as I at Cancer Care Northwest. She has some kind of insight that gets to the underlying issues of distress. Everyone I talk to at CCNW, staff and patients, marvels at her great skills. Thinking about you.
Comment by Loren Miller on November 15, 2013 at 8:02pm

Just saw the following on my wife's FaceBook page ... thought it was VERY apropos to what we are about:

Comment by Joan Denoo on November 15, 2013 at 12:58am
Mindy, so very sorry to learn of your daughter's challenges. You are a great mom and provide the safety she needs, and we are here to provide you emotional support, even if we can only give virtual hugs and lots of encouragement. Be sure to take good care of yourself. You are the strong dock she needs as she figures out life' storms. The depression worries me, as I know it does you. With clinical depression, she may need Rx. And of course you already know that.
Comment by Plinius on November 15, 2013 at 12:33am

Poor Mindy's daughter! I'm glad she has got a good family to back her. Wish her well!

Comment by The Flying Atheist on November 14, 2013 at 11:00pm

Oh, man, Mindy.  Talk about being shat upon all at once.  I feel horrible just thinking about your daughter and what she's going through.  Like Sk8eycat said, I'm sorry I can't do more, but please let her know that this total stranger from an internet site wishes her well.  I know she's in good hands with you around. 

 

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