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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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The Ark Encounter: A Less than Grand Opening (The Thinking Atheist)

Started by Loren Miller. Last reply by Daniel W 14 hours ago. 10 Replies

The day finally arrived.  Ken Ham's Ark Encounter opened on 7 July, 2016 ... to something a bit less than Disney-sized crowds, and more than a couple dissenting voices!  Seth Andrews has gathered a quartet of significant participants in the protest…Continue

Tags: Tracey Moody, Dan Broadbent, Seth Andrews, David Silverman, AronRa

Fan.tasia – A Disney Mashup by Lindsey McCutcheon

Started by Loren Miller. Last reply by Idaho Spud 18 hours ago. 8 Replies

Any of you remember that Hollywood musical dance number mashup that Nerd Fest UK created put together some months back?  Well, someone by the name of Lindsey McCutcheon has…Continue

Tags: Lindsey McCutcheon, animation, Disney

The Gun Industry's Killing in Killing (Betty Bowers)

Started by Loren Miller. Last reply by Chris G on Wednesday. 15 Replies

America's Best Christian has finally acknowledged that there may be one outfit which has her belief system beat for it's leverage on the government.  No great surprise, it's the NRA and the gun industries.  Betty's a good loser, though.  She's made…Continue

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

The God of Cancer (The Thinking Atheist)

Started by Loren Miller. Last reply by Joan Denoo Jul 18. 10 Replies

Seth Andrews has been through the mill as it comes to dealing with those who insist that their faith in a deity is not just valid but necessary to their lives and to all lives.  Having dealt with that gauntlet and come out the other side an atheist,…Continue

Tags: cancer, god, The Thinking Atheist, Seth Andrews

We Are America / Love Has No Labels (John Cena - Ad Council)

Started by Loren Miller. Last reply by Joan Denoo Jul 10. 3 Replies

It seems to be a repeating pattern: I wander around the internet and inevitably, I stumble onto all manner of stuff.  It happens all the time on YouTube, and as you doubtless have deduced, yours truly tripped over something a couple minutes ago,…Continue

Tags: patriotism, labels, love, Ad Council, John Cena

In God We Trust? (Betty Bowers)

Started by Loren Miller. Last reply by Qiana-Maieev Jul 4. 4 Replies

HEY, gang!  Your favorite America's Best Christian, Betty Bowers is BACK and just in time for the Fourth of July!!!  This time, she's hit it big, coming to us live and in color from the Capitol!  Seems as though she's as upset about this whole "In…Continue

Tags: congress, god, Jesus, America's Best Christian, Betty Bowers

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Comment by Joan Denoo on October 22, 2012 at 12:40pm

The Flying Atheist, I hope I made the point that it wasn't that I had given birth to children, but that I participated with them that brings me so much joy. Community and family comes in so many sizes and descriptions, I honor those who choose not to have children, or those who cannot. My message to you is the importance of community for mental health. You create that by surrounding yourself with people who love you and who you love. 

Comment by The Flying Atheist on October 22, 2012 at 12:21pm

Joan, what a wonderful post.  I don't have children myself, but I can readily imagine the great satisfaction of seeing your own children as adults and knowing how much of a positive influence you had on them.  The world needs more mother's like you.  The kind of happiness you speak of is absolutely priceless.  Please accept my internet virtual hug.  :)

Comment by Joan Denoo on October 22, 2012 at 11:46am

The Flying Atheist, I have a son born in Sept 1963, and twins, a son and daughter, born in Feb 1964. So I know your era very well. It was a wonderful age for me as a mother.
You may notice how closely their birthdays occur. We adopted our 1963 son when he was five days old and the twins were born when he was 5 months 13-days old. It was like an ant hill for 20 years and now I reap the reward of all those books read to them, and outings to parks and playgrounds and swimming and camping and following their interests as they grew. Sweet wonderful memories. 
I participated in the fourth birthday of my great-grandson last Saturday and watching all the kids around the table, I just felt an incredible sense of happiness, not so much that I had given birth to two children, but that I have participated in all their lives and loved every minute of it. I think I made a difference in their lives. 

Comment by sk8eycat on October 22, 2012 at 10:39am

Oh, Tony, THANK you!  What memories tthat brings back; both the beginning of "Sesame Street" and seeing "Hair" live at the Aquarius Theatre in Hollywood.

What a thrill!  Srsly.

Comment by The Flying Atheist on October 22, 2012 at 8:57am

Good morning everyone. 

Tony, thanks for posting that Sesame Street video.  I don't think anybody can watch that without having a smile on their face.  Being born in 1964, I was in kindergarten in 1969, so Sesame Street definitely was a part of my early childhood.  Of course, one year later, I remember running home from first grade to catch the end of Dark Shadows.  How's that for a well-rounded education?!  

Comment by Tony Carroll on October 22, 2012 at 8:01am

From the first season of Sesame Street. Bob singing 'Good Morning Starshine', with hippie muppets. From the musical 'Hair'.

http://youtu.be/gkav2kjB0qc

Comment by Steph S. on October 22, 2012 at 6:25am

Joan and skyeycat - those are some cute cats!

How's everyone today?

Comment by Steph S. on October 22, 2012 at 6:24am

Comment by Plinius on October 22, 2012 at 1:09am

why do so many protestant men look like they're constipated when they pray?

As far as I remember from fundie childhood they are ALWAYS CONSTIPATED; they feel uncomfortable taking care of their bodies. They often harass themselves with the thought: What if Jesus comes and I'm doing anything else than praying. They cannot stand the thought that he could come while they're having a poo.  

Comment by Ruth Anthony-Gardner on October 21, 2012 at 11:15pm

Joan's cat fish baby and  Patricia's science/faith timeline really gave me a chuckle. Thanks for all the cute pictures, everyone. This was just what I needed. Hugs to all.

 

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