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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 Joan Denoo on August 18, 2012 at 9:38pm

The Flying Atheist, what a wonderful grandfather you had. His kindness and positive attitude made a real difference in your life; your affection for him shines through. I like him telling of the kindness of dockworkers and office people; so often, people tell of only the crabby and arrogant ones. What was his name? A good solid Danish name, I suspect.  We need his compassionate nature now, more than ever. Raising a family during the Great Depression and WWII presented quite a challenge; he must have seen incredible changes in his lifetime.

Thanks for sharing.  

Comment by The Flying Atheist on August 18, 2012 at 9:10pm

That's a beautiful photo, Joan. 

Comment by Joan Denoo on August 18, 2012 at 9:06pm

Patricia, I just read your post about you not having a "caring" person in your life. While working at boys' ranches with delinquent boys placed by juvenile courts, I always saw to it that each boy had at least one "cookie" person. It could be a relative, friend, mail-person, ... anyone who showed an interest in an individual boy. Those boys that didn't have an interested adult had a harder time finding a healthy path through apositive role model.  

I hope you give yourself lots of positive parenting (for yourself). Now that you are all grown up, you need to fill in those "holes" that came from disinterest. 

Last year, my closest friend was 85 when she died. She spent many of her adult years nurturing herself because she felt unwelcome and unwanted by her parents, a real emptiness. The way she nurtured herself was to go to all the plays in town, and concerts, and art shows. She even volunteered in order to pay her way. Those experiences just made her glow. Here is a photo of her at her 80th birthday party. She loved hats!

Comment by Joan Denoo on August 18, 2012 at 8:50pm

Patricia, I am so glad you found a husband and family generous with hugs and I assume affirmations. 

What a dreadful thing to hear from teachers! I hope your parents confronted them! 

"teachers who wondered what was 'wrong' with me"

sk8eycat, What a life Jerry lives, a cat drinking fountain, no less! Love the photo. 

Dreadful news about children not surviving locked in hot cars. I agree, 

"Is there a Stupid Epidemic going around? (Rhetorical question...ofcourse there is!)"

Comment by sk8eycat on August 18, 2012 at 8:49pm

I'm so happy that the man who invented  this particular fountain lives in California (not too far from Sacramento...Sierra foothills), and is so conscietious about mailing orders out so quickly. Well, he's conscientious about lead or other toxic materials in any part of the fountain...that's why I blew more than $150 on it last year, after searching the net for almost a week.

Every other fountain on the market is either made in China, and/or contains plastc that gets scratches where mold can build up.  Even the stainless steel ones aren't safe.  This thing has a few plastic tubes, but you can buy any replacement parts at reasonable prices, and the big basin is ceramic, and made in the USA...with NO LEAD in the glaze.

Why did I buy such a complex fountain in the first place? Hairy Jerry will only drink running water, unless he's terribly desperate.  He kept asking me to turn on the bathroom faucet for him, and then got angry because he had to stand in the sink to drink, and got his little feeties wet.

He's about 14 years old, and the last thing I need right now is a cat with kidney problems.  Been there, done that more than once, and hated it.

Anyway, I kind of like the sound of trickling water in the kitchen.  Very soothing. (The little pump is absolutely silent.)


Comment by The Flying Atheist on August 18, 2012 at 8:42pm

sk8eycat, I've said it before and I'll say it crack me up.  I laughed out loud reading about Jerry and his attitude. 

Comment by sk8eycat on August 18, 2012 at 7:27pm

Eww.  Typos!  Sorry.

Comment by sk8eycat on August 18, 2012 at 7:26pm

GOOD news!  (This is not my Hairy Jerry, but the attitude is the same)

funny cat pictures - I climb alla way up here an therez nothing that I want.

The Cat Drinking fountain died Thursday morning, I panicked, and sent an order for a replacement pump at an e-mail that it had been shipped Priority Mail at 8AM.  Jerry was insulted that he had to drink out of a common glass bowl for 2 whole days, but the new pump arrived this morning, and I installed it immediately.

Did Jerry thank me? Of course not. He just gave me A Look, and then slurped down water as if he'e been stranded out in the Mojave Desert for a week.

At least he's contented now.

It's been one hell of a week.  I hope it's all finally over.

Thank you all for letting me come in here and rant.


Comment by Idaho Spud on August 18, 2012 at 5:00pm

Dr. Kellie, I didn't worry about it as a child, but as an adult, I take precautions to make it impossible for a kid to get locked-in.  I sure would hate to see a dead child in one of mine. 

Comment by sk8eycat on August 18, 2012 at 4:47pm

@dr kellie: I saw a news report the other day that at least eight children died in the US during the first week of August ... because they had been left in parked cars in the heat. Children!  The report didin't give their ages, but I think most of them had been strapped securely in those gawdawful "safety" seats.

WTF is the MATTER with people?  We've been passing this poster

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around for years, and you'd think that people would be able to figure out that if leaving a pet in a car is deadly, leaving a baby in a locked car would be so much worse. 

Is there a Stupid Epidemic going around? (Rhetorical question...of course there is!)


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