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

Started by Loren Miller. Last reply by Loren Miller 16 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 Randall Smith on January 21, 2016 at 7:28am
You're a Birthday Girl, Joan? Well, happy, happy! I know you appreciate your life better than most, and that every day is precious.
Here's wishing Ruth a speedy recovery.
Comment by Joan Denoo on January 21, 2016 at 3:07am

Thank you, Chris! Yes! 80 years old! It has a lovely sound as it passes over the tongue, through the lips and explodes like a firecracker declaring life is worth all the aches and pains. I love your cats!

Comment by Plinius on January 21, 2016 at 2:06am

80 today Joan? Congrats, and have a beautiful year!

Comment by Plinius on January 21, 2016 at 2:03am

Get better soon, Ruth!

Comment by Joan Denoo on January 21, 2016 at 1:27am

Ruth, here's a nice bowl of tomato soup with garlic toast. I'm thinking of you healing, resting, and restoring your energy.

Comment by Joan Denoo on January 21, 2016 at 1:23am

Thank you, Grinning Cat, on the update on Ruth. Good news she doesn't need a stent. 

Ruth, I hope you can relax even though restricted! Can you just lay back and enjoy the inactivity? I see you have a piece on Climate Concerns. Can't keep a good person down! 

Comment by Grinning Cat on January 21, 2016 at 1:07am

Just wanted to let everyone know that Ruth's heart catheterization went well yesterday (Tuesday). She did not need a stent; only meds.

To ensure that the puncture site near her right wrist heals properly, she's supposed to treat her wrist as if it's broken for three days, even though it doesn't hurt anymore. No bending it, no carrying anything heavier than 5 pounds, and it's taped to a splint. That makes typing inconvenient, so she won't be writing on here as much as she'd like.

Comment by Joan Denoo on January 21, 2016 at 12:00am

I goofed, big time; old news, old weather news report and I forgot to include the article that caught my attention. Worse, yet, I can't find the original piece. Sorry 

Comment by k.h. ky on January 20, 2016 at 9:24pm
Kelly, Nigeria and Iran are two countries that have the death penalty for gays. There are others. Prison time with hard labor are common punishment.

Google it. I think you will be shocked.
Comment by Loren Miller on January 20, 2016 at 2:29pm

Could you use a good laugh today?  Try the following on for size:

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