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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 Compelledunbeliever yesterday. 37 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 Idaho Spud on August 20, 2012 at 9:23am

Why was she convinced you were a witch, Chris?

Comment by Plinius on August 20, 2012 at 8:54am

That selfcentred concentration of her on your concerns is horrible - I can imagine you feeling like a fish in a bowl. Reminds me of my ex-neighbour who was convinced that I was a witch.

Comment by Idaho Spud on August 20, 2012 at 8:34am

Yes, booklover, I was careful what I did after that.  I felt like a fish in a fishbowl.  I probably would have been better off not listening in on her. 

I'm reminded of movies that explore what it would be like to be able to read peoples minds ("What Women Want" is one I like because it's so funny), but most of them show more negatives to the ability than positives, and I think that may be true.  At least true if the ability can't be turned off & on.

Back to my busy-body neighbor, I remember her telling one person how I was reading the scriptures in church that day instead of listening to the speaker (as if her watching and reporting what others were doing wasn't just as bad or worse).  Not that I thought reading the scriptures instead of listening to a boring speaker was wrong.

But the things that bothered me the most were things she saw me do that she couldn't quite make-out, so she made-up a story about what I was doing.  Usually a story that put me in a bad light.  Oh well, perhaps I got what I deserved by using my electronic ability to spy on her. :)

Comment by Idaho Spud on August 20, 2012 at 7:28am

Patricia, your pic reminds me of me & a neighbor 30 years ago.  We were on a party line, so if one of us were on the phone & the other picked-up, we could hear them.  I suspected she was a busy-body, so I created an electronic device & hooked it to my phone so I could listen to her without making a tell-tale click.  

What I did was probably immoral and against the law, but I did find-out she was what I suspected.  There were things she talked about me doing that she couldn't have seen without using good binoculars. LOL.

Comment by Idaho Spud on August 20, 2012 at 7:16am

Thanks Tony.  It's inspiring to me also.

Comment by Ian Mason on August 20, 2012 at 4:25am

Sleep and laughter. They're real natural remedies.

Comment by Ian Mason on August 20, 2012 at 4:24am

Comment by Tony Carroll on August 20, 2012 at 3:47am

I found this quite inspiring.

Comment by Ian Mason on August 20, 2012 at 12:54am

Right, Joan. Will have to take a trip to Dublin one day. Bloom Day perhaps

Comment by Steph S. on August 20, 2012 at 12:28am
Oh hey Patricia! I just love that cute cat picture you posted! It's very funny! : )
 

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