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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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What Annoys God Most? (Betty Bowers)

Started by Loren Miller. Last reply by Chris on Thursday. 9 Replies

Long story short, it's those near misses, the almost-but-not-quite, close but no cheroot moments, or, would you believe ... Near Death Experiences!  So what's the big deal?  Betty Bowers, America's BEST Christian and self-proclaimed expert on such…Continue

Tags: Near Death Experiences, America's Best Christian, Betty Bowers

degrading love — part one (TheraminTrees)

Started by Loren Miller. Last reply by Grinning Cat Nov 22. 11 Replies

Love is by many considered among the highest of positive emotions.  Yet when love of the type offered by deities is examined, something seems to go seriously wrong.  The love of Yahweh seems less a gift than a demand, not so much beneficence as a…Continue

Tags: TheraminTrees, god, love

Ning, Error 500s, and Whether to Migrate

Started by Loren Miller. Last reply by Joan Denoo Nov 13. 47 Replies

I just got the following notice from Ning yesterday, (31 October, 2016), in the wake of this latest website outage:As some of you may be aware, we experienced a system outage earlier this morning. The cause was due to a specific network…Continue

Tags: downtime, Atheist Nexus, Ning

Introducing Douglas Murray

Started by Loren Miller. Last reply by Loren Miller Nov 7. 4 Replies

Most of us who have been around atheism for a while know the heavyweights of our ilk.  Names like Hitchens, Dawkins, Dennett, Harris, Dillahunty and AronRa get nearly daily mention in posts and discussions on Atheist Nexus.  One name I was…Continue

Tags: Agatan Foundation, Douglas Murray

If There's a God - She's a Woman - The Author T

Started by Joe. Last reply by Chris Nov 3. 4 Replies

I came across this story and thought some here might find it interesting and humorous.It’s titled:If There’s a GodShe’s a WomanFrom the Series:Things You Can Learn from a VaginaIts on the website TheAuthorT.com under the tab, “Free to Read…Continue

His Dark Materials and the Catholic Church

Started by Tonya R. Wheeler. Last reply by k.h. ky Oct 30. 35 Replies

I recently watched the movie, "The Golden Compass" and since I could not find the sequels, I read the books. I enjoyed them, and I will be reading the first one, Northern Lights, starting tomorrow, since it just arrived via inter-library…Continue

Tags: Fantasy, Catholic, Religion, Atheist, Pullman

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Comment by Lillie on January 18, 2013 at 3:20pm

John, I say that the real me was born the day my mother died.  It was such a relief.  I am so glad she is no longer in this world and since there is no Heaven or Hell, I won't ever have to see her again.  This is really sad.  I hope my children won't say that about me when I am gone.  Whatever my mother did, I tried to do the opposite.  Sometimes a strange negative thought comes into my mind and I wonder where in the world it came from.  Then I laugh and say, "Margaret lives."

Comment by Future on January 18, 2013 at 1:21pm

There are thousands of small churches across the US that could not survive if they were taxed.  I don't really wish to see them shuttered because of something outside of their control.  However, practicing politics is completely inside of their control, and I am all for removing the tax exemption from any church who is stupid enough to use their captive audience to influence political issues and elections.  In my vision of a perfect world, all churches would be shuttered not because they had no choice, but because their members started thinking critically and left.

Comment by sk8eycat on January 18, 2013 at 11:36am

James and Steph, and anybody, is there any country in the world today that has the courage to tax everyonee, and every business, equally....  including churches?

I keep hoping I'll live to see the day when the US (and each state)will wake up and calculate the income that could be amassed by taxing church property at the same rate that houses are taxed, but I doubt it's gonna happen.  Ever.

Comment by Steph S. on January 18, 2013 at 10:14am

I want all those cats booklover. I pick them all.

That was great James. Thanks. I enjoyed reading your comment.

So it's Friday!! Yay!

I hope everyone is having a good day today.

Comment by Idaho Spud on January 18, 2013 at 10:09am

Cat's ready for harvest is very funny!

Comment by Idaho Spud on January 18, 2013 at 9:08am

Patricia, I love your examples of what the US could learn from other countries.

Comment by Future on January 18, 2013 at 8:20am

I detect a hint of sarcasm in your tone, James.

Comment by James Kz on January 18, 2013 at 6:02am

Steph: Those other countries only think they are succeeding. They are really failing, and they just don't know it yet.

Consider: Health care for all? Why would any God-fearing gun-loving Christian want that?

Spanking illegal (like in Finland)? How do you work off your stress if you can't whale on your kid now and again?

Jail the bankers? Aren't they the job creators for short-selling market speculators?

Gun restrictions? How can they possibly keep their small arms manufactures afloat, and parliamentarians rolling in graft? They might actually have to tax the people to pay legislators!

They don't know the first thing about running the world's largest prison system or managing one of the worst health care systems in the First World.

Comment by Plinius on January 18, 2013 at 3:53am

It's a comfort to hear you talk, Sk8eycat! Here it's 11 AM, so I'm doing chores and reading the forum in between. Have a good weekend, all of you!

Comment by sk8eycat on January 18, 2013 at 2:28am

Ruth, re:Simple things: YES! 

Ever since I had that 4-night insomnia attack last week, I've been craving "comfort food."  So a few days ago I made some baked custard (with Splenda)...it' so easy that I don't know why I don't make it more often.  I bake it in the same (stainless) bowl that I mix it in,,,in a water bath, of course.  Next time I think I'm going to bake it longer at 300 deg, without the Bain Marie, and see how it comes out.

A couple of days later I made chicken vegetable soup with a lot of leftover Schwan's chicken and veg that I had in the freezer. I cheated by using Homestyle Broth concentrate....but it was GOOD! 

Today I made cranberry sauce (with Splenda again)...I bought about 6 bags of berries when they were on sale during the holidays, and they keep forever when you freeze them.  So I used one bag. When it's done, and cooled, I put a heaping tbsp of cran sauce on plain or vanilla yogurt...SO good!  I don't understand why nobody makes cranberry sorbet or yogurt.

All of those things are so simple to make, and they are comforting....both to make and to eat. I love playing in the kitchen, but so many recipes seem complicated, and use half the equipment in the cupboards.

I'm feeling satisfied and relaxed, so I wish you all a good night, and an easy 3-day weekend.

Felaine

PS Patricia, I'm e-mailing that group of  pictures to about 20 people...including a few old f*rts who have developed Tea Party leanings. I hope a few of them will start thinking again.

I've been signing "We the People" petitionsto get the gov't to convict the Wall St. criminals who got us into this mess for years...it's not working. I don''t understand why Congress, et al can't see what's wrong in this country.  I guess they believe that if they "god bless America"  and pray often enough that their imaginary friend will make everything all right.  Hah! 

Nobody can run a country on wishful thinking and bullsh*t.

 

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