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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 Bertold Brautigan 2 hours ago. 34 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 Loren Miller on January 4, 2016 at 6:58pm

I'll second Carl's sentiments.  The Mississippi River flooding has gone WAY over the top, and I shudder to think who all that event has hammered.  I just hope it hasn't hurt YOU, Pat.

Comment by The Flying Atheist on January 4, 2016 at 6:20pm

***Pat, I'm been thinking about you because of all the flooding taking place in southern Illinois.  I hope you are out of harm's way and not affected.*** 

Comment by The Flying Atheist on January 4, 2016 at 6:15pm

Joan, a friend of mine loved and raved about his Foreman grill.  And, if you recall, earlier last year there was a conversation in the Nexus "Food" group where several people lauded praise upon the grill.  I guess that's what ultimately sold me.  I mentioned the grill casually to my parents and they ended up purchasing one for me as a gift.  

Because of my kidney transplant, I have some food recommendations to follow for safety purposes.  I'm a big fan of deli meats and sandwiches, but now deli-sliced meats are not recommended unless steamed or warmed/cooked.  The same applies to certain cheeses.  The Foreman grill will allow me to make many different "warm/cooked" sandwiches.  Can't wait to get started!

Comment by Joan Denoo on January 4, 2016 at 5:42pm
Comment by Joan Denoo on January 4, 2016 at 12:03pm

Carl, I love my George Foreman grill. it is easy to use and clean and quick! My favorite is grilled cheese sandwiches. 

Home! a special place, indeed. 

Comment by Joan Denoo on January 4, 2016 at 11:59am

Randy, I hope your trip is safe, comfortable, and just full of joy. Your grandkids are old enough now to remember their time with you and the interesting things you can do together. Oh! Those personal conversations and terrible riddles that come with that age! 

I anxiously await your report when you return!

Comment by Joan Denoo on January 4, 2016 at 11:26am

Ian, that Rain Map I sent was scary enough, but seeing these photos and reading the narrative foretells the beginning of tremendous changes that will be taking place all over the world. People will be forced to move from flood areas creating a refugee problem beyond our imagination.

I am not fear mongering; I am reality checking. Individuals and nations will have to address problems as teams. 

Will that happen? I don't think so. I think there will be scapegoating such as we have never seen.

My hope is that people can join to define precisely the problems, set common goals that all can share, explore options for possible solutions, analyze the pros and cons of the most likely to be successful, develop plans and take action.

Here is a quote from the article:

 "People will be returning to work in the coming days and all services are working together to make sure the unusually high levels of rain that we are seeing cause as little disruption as possible."

Deputy First Minister John Swinney

Thank you, Ian, for the very informative news article.

How are you affected by the storms?

Comment by The Flying Atheist on January 4, 2016 at 9:21am

Yes, Randy, it's very nice to be home again.  It was nice to have mom prepare meals for me, but I'm looking forward to using the George Foreman grill that I received for Xmas.  I'm also looking forward to firing up my slow-cooker.  I was so sick and exhausted this past year that my love of cooking really suffered. 

I hope you have a good time in Tegucigalpa with your family. 

Comment by Randall Smith on January 4, 2016 at 7:56am

Carl, it's so good to know you're on the road to a healthier and happy life. Isn't it nice to be home again?

I'm going to Honduras this Friday, the 8th. My oldest child, Valerie lives in Tegucigalpa. I'm eager to see her two kids, ages 13 and 11. I hope they're equally eager to see their grandfather! I'll stay 'til the 12th. Hopefully the weather will be nice.

Comment by k.h. ky on January 3, 2016 at 8:20pm
Ian, love the dog photo. That's me on NYE. Like xmas, the first thirty years or so were fun, the upcoming ones will be much more quiet and comfortable.
 

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