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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.

Nobody here is into mind games. A discussion started with a loaded guilt-throwing question will be deleted.

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

Started by Loren Miller. Last reply by Compelledunbeliever 1 hour ago. 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 Joan Denoo on December 27, 2012 at 11:09am
Congratulations Ruth! 800 and growing. Of course, people like excellent writing and reporting.
Comment by Ian Mason on December 27, 2012 at 12:49am

Well done all, for getting through the ups and downs. Onward to the new year!

Comment by Plinius on December 27, 2012 at 12:45am

Survived! We did our two chores: demented aunt, who keeps on repeating the same remarks and questions every minute, and the second is Asperger brother-in-law, who keeps on giggling about nothing and never hears what I say. They don't like each other so we invite them on different days. I'm glad they enjoyed themselves - and I take the rest of the year off!

Comment by Ruth Anthony-Gardner on December 26, 2012 at 11:52pm

Thanks for the cute cat pics, Steph and booklover. Three books in four days. Get well soon, Ian. You take any sublingual B-12?

Enjoy the days off, everyone. Hugs!

Comment by Ian Mason on December 26, 2012 at 2:25pm

Hope everyone has enjoyed the seasonal celebrations. I haven't been out much but on the other hand, I have recommendations for what to use those book-tokens auntie gave you on:

"The Etymologicon" by Mark Forsyth. An eccentric but logical whirlwind ride through the origins or English words and phrases. Will create an addiction and the overwhelming urge to tell people exactly what they're saying really means.

"Jingo" by Terry Pratchett. A fable for out times, set in (on?) the Discworld. Greedy, merchantile Ankh Morpork goes to war with the unstable desert realm of Klatch over a meaningless little island.

"Cider with Rosie" by Laurie Lee. An oldie but a goodie. I don't know why I've never read it before, just coincidence I think. Early 20th century childhood in a Cotswold valley. It lives up to the decription H.E.Bates gave it of being "one long prose poem".

There's something to be said for being a bit "under the weather" on days off. 3 books in 4 days :-) Have now started "No country for old men" by Cormac McArthy but work starts again this evening, so back to the old routine.

Love to you all.

Comment by Tony Carroll on December 26, 2012 at 1:57pm

Survived. Food was great, and only one prayer to suffer through. Though my son kept making faces at me during it, to try to get me to laugh. I'm an easy one to get to make laugh. But I made it.

Comment by Steph S. on December 26, 2012 at 11:20am

Hope you feel better soon Ian.

Did everyone survive Xmas with the relatives?

Comment by Ian Mason on December 25, 2012 at 1:46pm

This part of everyone if fine apart from some bothersome virus in the throat - but that just means I have to drink more tea :-)

How are you? Are you enjoying the holidays?

Comment by Steph S. on December 25, 2012 at 11:06am

Tony - that Aztec picture is really cool.

I'm pulling pics you all have posted here. So - I am adding to my graphics collection. Thanks for all the wonderful posts.

Comment by Steph S. on December 25, 2012 at 11:04am

Checking out your post Loren - thanks for linking it.

Love the cats Booklover.

Ian I love the coffee pic and xmas Ninja - cool.

Thanks for the pigs picture Chris.

So how is everyone today?

 

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