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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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Issues Atheist, Feminist, GLBTQ, Climate Change

Started by Joan Denoo. Last reply by BenGee on Saturday. 3 Replies

This is a test Continue

The Whole Bible in 30 Seconds (Betty Bowers)

Started by Loren Miller. Last reply by Randy Hatly on Thursday. 15 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

punishing doubt (TheraminTrees)

Started by Loren Miller. Last reply by Joan Denoo Oct 17. 2 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

A moment to relax and see the Earth from space; some how this comforts me.

Started by Joan Denoo. Last reply by Qiana-Maieev Oct 16. 3 Replies

All the squabbles and struggles that I have do not compare with those of some others on this great planet. There are no boundary lines, no political arguments, no up or no down. What is, is. For right now, the scenes offer tranquility. Just the…Continue

Tags: and, wonder, awe, of, space

His Dark Materials and the Catholic Church

Started by Tonya R. Wheeler. Last reply by Plinius Oct 16. 27 Replies

I recently watched the movie, "The Golden Compass" and since I could not find the sequels, I read the books. I enjoyed them, and I will be reading the first one, Northern Lights, starting tomorrow, since it just arrived via inter-library…Continue

Tags: Fantasy, Catholic, Religion, Atheist, Pullman

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

Started by Loren Miller. Last reply by Loren Miller Sep 29. 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

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Comment by Joan Denoo on August 27, 2012 at 4:18pm

Tony, when I see Heavenly Blue morning glories I think of my grandmother Denoo and her chicken pen, kept so beautifully fertilized by all the chickens that wandered in and out of the patch. Thanks for the memories. 

Comment by Ian Mason on August 27, 2012 at 4:08pm

That's a great pot!

I  don't know who Ann Coulter is but she must be a dimwit. Trouble is dimwits can be dangerous.

Comment by Grinning Cat on August 27, 2012 at 3:47pm

I was more shocked by a public figure repeating (and tacitly approving) that blatant misogyny in 2012.

Pat's comment in that thread points out that the right-wing extremists want a one-party state, a "permanent Republican majority".

Comment by The Flying Atheist on August 27, 2012 at 3:38pm

I guess after all this time I shouldn't be surprised at what Ann Coulter and her ilk say, but I really am surprised time after time at how low they can go.  It really is quite unbelievable. 

Comment by sk8eycat on August 27, 2012 at 3:31pm

@Grinning Cat: Is Ann Coulter still alive?  (Was she ever?) The last time I saw a photo of her she looked like a cadaver.

Comment by Grinning Cat on August 27, 2012 at 2:54pm

Ugh! A new low in political discourse: "If we took away women's right to vote..." (Bryan Fischer on Twitter yesterday, quoting Ann Coulter) I've posted on it in Feminist Atheists.

Comment by sk8eycat on August 27, 2012 at 9:29am

Ruth, I love that "giggle-kitten"!

Monday, Monday, don't mean Jack of the best things about being retired!

And now , I'm gonna whine.  My JW sister is teasing me about my name again:

Message from RedRobin:


I never asked my parents why they named me after the worst wuss in the King Arthur stories.

I just made a cuppa tea, and I think I'll crawl back in be with a good book for a while.

PS: I'm delighted that I don't live anywhere near Brawley, CA; just wondering when one of the faults in this area is gonna cut loose. It's been almost 20 years since the Northridge quake...we're over due.


Comment by Ian Mason on August 27, 2012 at 7:39am

Ah, flowers! As one of the Big Bad Goths in an Asterix comic once said "Just because I'm a barbarian ,that doesn't mean I can't like flowers!" That's exactly how I feel. I will not conform to stereotypes.

I had a very pleasant evening yesterday. Went to the opera with my daughter Astrid. Her first time, my third. Mozart's "Cosi Fan Tutte". A modern setting in a military field hospital. The plot is rather silly but the music is great. Splendid performance even though it was by a small, regional company. Will do that on a regular basis in the future. For those planning travel, Aarhus will be European Cultural Capital in 2017. 5 years to save up for the trip!

Comment by Tony Carroll on August 27, 2012 at 6:03am

Good morning all. I'm off to work (again). Last of a 7 day straight 12+ hours days. Getting there, slowly. Heavenly blue morning glories. Ya'll have a great one.

Comment by Steph S. on August 27, 2012 at 5:50am

Joan I am defining myself to the world.

What cool teapots Patricia. Thanks for posting your "collection".

I love the chicken picture Joan!

Good morning group!

It's back to school day.

I'm drinking my coffee and spending the morning here with you guys.


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