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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.

This group is not intended to compete with other groups on topics they cover but to "fill in the cracks." Whenever a discussion dwells at length on a topic for which there's an existing group, we urge you to provide members a link to that group to continue along their tangent.

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Discussion Forum

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

Started by Loren Miller. Last reply by Loren Miller 23 hours ago. 39 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 18, 2012 at 5:44pm
Steph! What a wonderful photo of an overwhelmed cat! My sympathies to him/her/it.
Comment by Steph S. on December 18, 2012 at 5:22pm

Comment by Steph S. on December 18, 2012 at 5:22pm

Ian and Tony thanks for the music.

Tony I love the snow picture - breathtaking. Also, the Poland library is a wonderful scene too.

Booklover what a super cute cat photo. How funny.

Comment by Joan Denoo on December 18, 2012 at 1:37pm

Ruth, and all members of this group, I owe you a sincere apology. I woke up very early this morning and couldn't sleep and watched some news reports. An article came up that moved me and I jumped out of bed knowing this group would appreciate the story. As I often do, I looked for a photo to include. My room was dark, the only light was from the computer, my eyes hurt from trying to look and I chose a photo that turned out to be an insult to the person I deeply admire. 

Awaking and reading my mail, I discovered my mistake and immediately removed the post. 

I insulted not only the subject of my post but all of you trusted friends who have stayed with me all these months. I am truly sorry. I learned my lesson. 

Comment by Tony Carroll on December 18, 2012 at 12:11pm

A snowpath in a Finnish forest. I love the snow (just not 3-4 mos. worth of it).

Comment by Tony Carroll on December 18, 2012 at 12:04pm

Outside wall of the public library in Ustron, Poland. Amazing 3D painting.

Comment by Tony Carroll on December 18, 2012 at 11:54am

Ian, wow! I vaguely remember The Keef Hartley band. Great track. Will definitely look up some more of thier stuff. Know it's kinda late, slept in today. So now to it. Morning wakeup today is Katrina and the Waves, 'Walking on Sunshine'.

Try sitting still to this one. As Groucho said, "Either you're dead, or my watch has stopped".

http://youtu.be/iPUmE-tne5U

 

Comment by Idaho Spud on December 18, 2012 at 10:37am

Sorry for your loss Grinning Cat.  How are you feeling?

I lost my dad 2.4 years ago, and although I miss him, I was happy to see him go because he was suffering a great deal for a year before he died.

Comment by Ian Mason on December 18, 2012 at 10:29am

A "rock 'n' brass" favourite from my "spots 'n' breaking-voice" years. Loved early Chicago and B,S & T too.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=QG3JV4lt5ww

Comment by Ian Mason on December 18, 2012 at 10:19am

Sorry to hear the bad news, Grinning Cat. I really feel for you. Lost my Dad some years ago.

 

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