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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.

Nobody here is into mind games. A discussion started with a loaded guilt-throwing question will be deleted.

This group is not intended to compete with other groups on topics they cover but to "fill in the cracks." Whenever a discussion dwells at length on a topic for which there's an existing group, we urge you to provide members a link to that group to continue along their tangent.

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Degrees of Doubt: The Claims and Credentials of Ravi Zacharias (The Thinking Atheist)

Started by Loren Miller. Last reply by Chris May 17. 1 Reply

Anyone here ever run onto an apologist by the name of Ravi Zacharias?  I've seen his name dropped multiple times on YouTube as supposedly being THE ONE APOLOGIST that no atheist wants to cross swords with, because of his facility with christian…Continue

Tags: Ravi Zacharias, Steve Baughman, The Thinking Atheist, Seth Andrews

The Most Hated Woman in America (The Thinking Atheist)

Started by Loren Miller. Last reply by Gary S Apr 19. 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

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Comment by Joan Denoo on November 27, 2012 at 3:12pm

Melinda, thanks for your kind words and assurances that I hadn't intruded. There are so many tools one can use that we should have learned in our families and education, but I didn't learn many of them until I responded the best way I could to pain and disappointment. I agree, this is a lovely group of people, wise and funny and bold. 
Love you and each one. 

Comment by Ruth Anthony-Gardner on November 27, 2012 at 12:41pm

Thanks for all of your wonderful sharing and support of one another. Yes, why do cats love boxes? Perhaps because there are so few things in their human environments that they can control. Boxes tend to be light and cat sized, as well as resembling a nest.

No fair, GrinningCat. Now I have that Grand Old Cat tune as an earworm.

I was missing yesterday because I'm working on another pullquote/slideshow. But this time I'm more ambitious and will buy Vegas Video to add sound and allow people to control it. It's a learning curve to figure out how to properly credit the pictures. I collected a bunch without getting all of the information I need, and now have to hunt for their sources or replace them.

Comment by Plinius on November 27, 2012 at 11:43am

From The Meaning of Life, an oldie, but I still enjoy it.

Comment by Joan Denoo on November 27, 2012 at 11:29am

Chris, that film is a KEEPER! Just a great lively tune, and lyrics worthy of memorizing. Let's have a sing-along. You are brilliant!

Comment by Plinius on November 27, 2012 at 8:58am

Wonderful pictures, esp. the kingfisher and the minnow - you can almost see what the minnow thought...

I have a way to cure myself of depressing ideas, perhaps some of you can use it: first think of the worst time in your life, then say to yourself: ´If I survived thát, today must be easy enough.´

And if that doesn't help, you can sing

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=44DlSj6bnn4

Comment by Idaho Spud on November 27, 2012 at 8:33am

Booklover, the cat in the tree is so very interesting and made me smile as well.  It took me a while to figure-out how it was positioned.  I guess he's got his front legs resting on the branches.

I'm constantly amazed and amused at the strange places and positions cats get into.

Comment by Ian Mason on November 27, 2012 at 1:55am

One more with the "puss in box" theme.

Comment by Steph S. on November 27, 2012 at 12:12am
Those are beautiful songs Tony and Joan.
And Melinda - you are a good mom with a wonderful family.
I enjoy your company - such a great place to be.
Comment by Joan Denoo on November 26, 2012 at 11:13pm

Tony, what a wonderful tune to get caught in my head. Thanks. 

Melinda, you do all the right things to stay healthy and feel comfortable. I didn't mean to imply you are not. I'm rather enjoying the old lady I am becoming and even liking my anger as a good thing. There is a lot to be angry about. And, the really good news is there are some things I am doing, can do, will do but not right now. I love hibernating. I feel like an old bear mother, past her child rearing time and just lolling all about. My kids even poke their noses in every once in a while to see if I am OK and then they go about their business as need be. I've got these wonderful flabs that hang down between my elbow and shoulder and if they get any bigger, I shall be able to fly!

You are a great Mom, and you have wonderful kids. Great things to celebrate! And it seems your husband is a kind and gentle man ... what more can we desire?

I love this group so much and feel very comfortable with everyone. I come here to relax and enjoy and even to quiet down after a busy day of writing and doing whatever needs doing. How you find all these fun and funny cat photos is beyond me!. Please do keep sending them. I have grown accustomed to their frolics. 
Muppets "I've Grown Accustomed to Your Face" skit performed live at...

Comment by Tony Carroll on November 26, 2012 at 10:48pm

You know, sometimes you get a song stuck in your head. Been singing this one off and on all day, so I decided to share it. Don't know why it just popped into my head, but it did.

'The Hills Are Alive' from The Sound of Music. Hope you guys enjoy.

http://youtu.be/p_-lKpxLK3g

 

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