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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.

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The Most Hated Woman in America (The Thinking Atheist)

Started by Loren Miller. Last reply by Gary S on Thursday. 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

Proud Dad is REALLY Proud Now!

Started by Loren Miller. Last reply by Todd Williams Apr 12. 16 Replies

As some of you may or may not know, my daughter is a television news producer, currently working in Nashville, Tennessee.  Her assignment is the morning news, which means she blasts herself up at umpti-ump in the morning to organize and prepare a…Continue

Tags: Emmy, news, television, daughter, dad

attacking ideas (TheraminTrees)

Started by Loren Miller. Last reply by Grinning Cat Apr 4. 1 Reply

Attacking ideas is a considerable portion of what we as atheists do.  Why attack ideas?  Ideas earn attack when they don't serve people, not just us but those who adopt said ideas, mistakenly thinking that they have value when they don't.  Our…Continue

Tags: ideas, Islam, TheraminTrees

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

Started by Loren Miller. Last reply by Grinning Cat Apr 4. 40 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

The Playboy Interview: Richard Dawkins

Started by Loren Miller. Last reply by Loren Miller Mar 28. 16 Replies

I suppose it was the news that Playboy magazine was returning nudes to its pages after a year's hiatus that sufficiently perked my curiosity to check them out again.  I hadn't looked at Playboy since perhaps 2008, when I began to recognize that I…Continue

Tags: Richard Dawkins, Playboy

God's Annual Performance Review (Betty Bowers)

Started by Loren Miller. Last reply by Ruth Anthony-Gardner Mar 19. 6 Replies

I don't know about you guys, but there wasn't a performance review I had in 30 years of field service that I didn't LOATHE.  It seems as though Betty Bowers, America's Best Christian, is up for turning the tables on the person you would expect would…Continue

Tags: review, performance, god, American's Best Christian, Betty Bowers

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Comment by Plinius on February 24, 2013 at 12:52am

Thanks for the videos Flying Atheist! Must be a fantastic feeling to play in an orchestra! I practised on the keyboard but I could never get over the right handed - left handed confusion in my head. So I gave it up and try to create beauty in other ways.

I also loved "His Dark Materials" very much, Ian! I was thinking of the book my parents gave me to read a hundred years ago; "The Pilgrim's Progress" with mysterious old steel engravings. Quite thrilling to an isolated ten year old, but even then it came to me that the author never explained WHY the baddies wanted to be bad, and it weakened the story very much. Pullman draws a world in which every person has his/her own intentions, and it's thoroughly believable. Lyra, the main character, doesn't realize that she is in a big story and has to do her part (unlike Frodo in the Lord of the Rings) - she just tries to fulfill a promise to a friend. I love that, it makes a wonderful difference!  

 

Comment by The Flying Atheist on February 24, 2013 at 12:37am

Comment by The Flying Atheist on February 24, 2013 at 12:26am

Joan, that's a really great story.  Music is always capable of bringing joy into people's lives.  Even if you "had no music talent," as you put it, it sounds like you certainly can appreciate all that music can offer.  Thanks for sharing a wonderful family story.  I'm sure you treasure your father's instruments. 

Comment by sk8eycat on February 24, 2013 at 12:25am

PS: to Grinning Cat, I love the Spy Cat.  Neither of mine are agile enough to climb that high anymore (one is 14 and the other is 15), but they still try.  They're both sacked out right now.  I think I'll follow their example.

G'NITE-ALL!  ;>)

 

Comment by sk8eycat on February 24, 2013 at 12:20am

Oh, wow!  I've been meaning to get those books, and I get sidetracked. (I just received a first edition of the original ELOISE by Kay Thompson; it's somewhat battered, but for $0.75 plus S&H, I can't complain.)

Comment by Ian Mason on February 23, 2013 at 11:31pm

Just finished Philip Pullman's "His Dark Materials" trilogy. Wow! I can thoroughly recommend it to all from age 13 and up.

Onward to the republic of heaven!

Comment by Grinning Cat on February 23, 2013 at 10:34pm

For booklover:

Comment by Joan Denoo on February 23, 2013 at 8:32pm
The Flying Atheist, I bet your niece is eager. The time will come when you and she can have a nice jam session together.
My Dad's name was Jules and when he was in the second grade his class read a book called "Jules the Drake", about a duck who ate everything he could find and the king's men captured him and jailed him. He coughed up a bee that stung the jailer, a ladder that he used to climb over the wall, and several other items I long ago forgot. In any event, his little class mates started calling him Drake, and the name stayed with him even to his tombstone. As a child, they had only radio and chores so the whole family took up music ... Dad played sax and clarinet, an uncle play banjo, an aunt sang, and one played the piano. When he was a young man he started a dance band called "Drake and his Ducklings" and they played all over the inland NW at granges and places like that. Whenever our families got together, there was always a jam session and we little kids joined in as we showed interest. My cousin became a classical pianist; sadly, I had no music talent. When I saw you with your sax I remembered the pre-and post-WWII music they played and it brought sweet memories. I still have Dad's instruments.
Comment by Steph S. on February 23, 2013 at 8:04pm
Of pictures - typing on my iPhone - sorry about the typo
Comment by Steph S. on February 23, 2013 at 8:03pm
Had a fun day viewing the Whooping Cranes - I have a lot if pictures. Driving back tomorrow and then hope to post some pics.
 

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