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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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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 Steph S. on October 27, 2012 at 8:42pm

The dog is terrified of that cat!!

Comment by Steph S. on October 27, 2012 at 8:42pm

Awww .. thanks so much ..Hugs back to you Melinda. Glad you are my friend too.

Comment by Steph S. on October 27, 2012 at 8:21pm

reading back through everything.

Booklover that is fantastic - I really needed that one today too.

Haters are gonna hate - you just got to keep doing what you do.

Keep going strong.

Thanks for that.

I will post that to my webpage now. : )

Comment by Steph S. on October 27, 2012 at 8:17pm

Comment by Joan Denoo on October 27, 2012 at 4:12pm
Comment by Joan Denoo on October 27, 2012 at 4:04pm

Patricia, this is a wonderful video; yes, it looks like a lazy fetch!. A real treasure. 

Comment by sk8eycat on October 27, 2012 at 4:03pm

Just for fun (I wish I could find an audio version of this):

Dark And Stormy Night

Lyrics: Mercedes Lackey
Music: Leslie fish
It was a dark and stormy night - or so the Heralds say -
The lightning striking constantly transformed the night to day,
The thunder roared the castle round - or thusly runs the tale -
And, rising from the northeast tower there came a fearful wail.

It was no beast nor banshee, that, the castle folk knew well,
Nor prisoner in agony, nor demon trapped by spell,
No ghost that moaned in penance, nor a soul in mortal fright,
´Twas just the Countess "singing" - for she practiced every night.

The Countess was convinced that she should have been born a Bard,
And thus she made the lives of those within her power hard.
For they must listen to her sing, and smile at what they heared,
And swear she had a golden voice that rivaled any bird.

The Countess was convinced that she had wedded ´neath her state.
And so the worst lot fell upon her meek and mild mate.
Not only must the Count each night endure her every song,
But suffer silent her abuse, be blamed for every wrong.

It was a dark and stormy night - or so the Bards aver -
And so perhaps that was the reason why there was no stir,
When suddenly the "music" ceased; so when dawn raised his head,
Within the tower the servants found the Countess stiff and dead.

The Heralds came at once to judge if there had been foul play,
And questioned all most carefully to hear what they would say.
And one fact most astounding to them quickly came to light -
That every movement of the Count was vouched for on that night.

The castle folk by ones and twos came forward on their own,
To swear the Count had never once that night been all alone.
So though the Tower had been locked tight, with two keys to the door,
One his, one hers, the Count was plain absolved of guilt for sure.

At length the Heralds then pronounced her death as suicide.
And all within the district voiced themselves quite satisfied.
It was a verdict, after all, that none wished to refute -
Though no one could imagine why she tried to eat her lute
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Comment by Joan Denoo on October 27, 2012 at 2:47pm

Patricia, you and your husband have a long, hard road with health problems.

When doctors put in my pace maker, I had lots more energy and wanted to do things. Each and every morning is a rich gift, and each day offers opportunity to play. I have few responsibilities and can just enjoy life. The garden's incredible beauty keeps my spirits up and I do virtually nothing out there. Fortunately I have a son who lives with me and he even does most of the evening meals now. I just could not have it any better.  

I hope your days fill up with happy memories, pleasant experiences each day, delicious foods, delightful aromas, beautiful sights, and you are with people you love and who love you. 

Comment by Ian Mason on October 27, 2012 at 2:19pm

Patricia, a quiet life is also a good life.It sounds like you have a lot of love for each other and that's the main thing. Enjoy your quiet pleasures and one another.

My step-Mum thinks that I'm "poofy"  for prefering cats to dogs but I usually reply by saying there's nothing gay about liking a nice, warm pussy. I do like dogs as well though.

Comment by Steph S. on October 27, 2012 at 1:36pm

hey Melinda (booklover) I am a cat person too. Dogs are good and all - love them too - but cats - gotta have my cats.

Patricia - well I am glad that you are doing better now. I live quietly as well and I am also a loner. I enjoyed your train video you posted a while back. It was very cool.

Hope everyone is having a great weekend.

 

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