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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

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The Whole Bible in 30 Seconds (Betty Bowers)

Started by Loren Miller. Last reply by Randy Hatly Oct 20. 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 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!)

Comment by dr kellie on August 18, 2012 at 3:54pm

I thought about that too, Idaho.  They would suffocate.  Hasn't everyone my age or older (especially in the south) heard about a kid who died after hiding in an old refrigerator?  The old kind with the latch handle.  That story made me give old refrigerators a wide circle when I was little.  What if there was a dead kid inside?  I was a strange child.

Comment by Idaho Spud on August 18, 2012 at 3:21pm

Patricia, you reminded me of the movie Matilda, about a genius girl that was born into an uncaring family, but found friends in books and one caring teacher.  One of my favorite Movies.

Comment by Idaho Spud on August 18, 2012 at 3:08pm

Booklover, I very much like the picture of all the cats in refrigerators.  It made me smile, but it led to a sad thought.  I wonder how many kitties end-up inadvertently frozen.

Comment by Ian Mason on August 18, 2012 at 2:41pm


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