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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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Yasmine Mohammed - Confessions of an Ex-Muslim (The Thinking Atheist)

Started by Loren Miller. Last reply by Idaho Spud Jul 7. 6 Replies

Yasmine Mohammed is not your average ex-Muslim.  Not only did she get shut of Islam, she also managed to escape what was at one time the most notorious of radical Islamist organizations: Al Qaeda.  She has since documented the story of her apostasy…Continue

Tags: Islam, Al Qaeda, Yasmine Mohammed, The Thinking Atheist, Seth Andrews

Ignorance is Bliss: Why Religious People Seem Happier Than the 'Nones'”.

Started by Joan Denoo Jul 6. 0 Replies

“Highly Religious Volunteer More, Lie Less, and Claim to Be Happier”~ Houston Chronicle; “Strongly Religious People are Happier than Non-Religious”  ~ Christian Daily."The study determined that 40 percent of highly religious adults—defined as those…Continue

Tags: Nones, happiness, non-religiosity, religiosity, bliss

Afrodisiacs – African Aphrodisiacs

Started by Joan Denoo. Last reply by Joan Denoo Jun 26. 4 Replies

Am I so old and not know the definition of aphrodisiac, and its historical definition being based on Aphrodite, that her name came from the African drugs that Egyptians, Greeks, and Romans used for sexual enhancement? Dhu!  Aphrodite, ancient Greek…Continue

Tags: Africa, Lady, Victorian

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

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Comment by The Flying Atheist on October 22, 2012 at 12:21pm

Joan, what a wonderful post.  I don't have children myself, but I can readily imagine the great satisfaction of seeing your own children as adults and knowing how much of a positive influence you had on them.  The world needs more mother's like you.  The kind of happiness you speak of is absolutely priceless.  Please accept my internet virtual hug.  :)

Comment by Joan Denoo on October 22, 2012 at 11:46am

The Flying Atheist, I have a son born in Sept 1963, and twins, a son and daughter, born in Feb 1964. So I know your era very well. It was a wonderful age for me as a mother.
You may notice how closely their birthdays occur. We adopted our 1963 son when he was five days old and the twins were born when he was 5 months 13-days old. It was like an ant hill for 20 years and now I reap the reward of all those books read to them, and outings to parks and playgrounds and swimming and camping and following their interests as they grew. Sweet wonderful memories. 
I participated in the fourth birthday of my great-grandson last Saturday and watching all the kids around the table, I just felt an incredible sense of happiness, not so much that I had given birth to two children, but that I have participated in all their lives and loved every minute of it. I think I made a difference in their lives. 

Comment by sk8eycat on October 22, 2012 at 10:39am

Oh, Tony, THANK you!  What memories tthat brings back; both the beginning of "Sesame Street" and seeing "Hair" live at the Aquarius Theatre in Hollywood.

What a thrill!  Srsly.

Comment by The Flying Atheist on October 22, 2012 at 8:57am

Good morning everyone. 

Tony, thanks for posting that Sesame Street video.  I don't think anybody can watch that without having a smile on their face.  Being born in 1964, I was in kindergarten in 1969, so Sesame Street definitely was a part of my early childhood.  Of course, one year later, I remember running home from first grade to catch the end of Dark Shadows.  How's that for a well-rounded education?!  

Comment by Tony Carroll on October 22, 2012 at 8:01am

From the first season of Sesame Street. Bob singing 'Good Morning Starshine', with hippie muppets. From the musical 'Hair'.

http://youtu.be/gkav2kjB0qc

Comment by Steph S. on October 22, 2012 at 6:25am

Joan and skyeycat - those are some cute cats!

How's everyone today?

Comment by Steph S. on October 22, 2012 at 6:24am

Comment by Plinius on October 22, 2012 at 1:09am

why do so many protestant men look like they're constipated when they pray?

As far as I remember from fundie childhood they are ALWAYS CONSTIPATED; they feel uncomfortable taking care of their bodies. They often harass themselves with the thought: What if Jesus comes and I'm doing anything else than praying. They cannot stand the thought that he could come while they're having a poo.  

Comment by Ruth Anthony-Gardner on October 21, 2012 at 11:15pm

Joan's cat fish baby and  Patricia's science/faith timeline really gave me a chuckle. Thanks for all the cute pictures, everyone. This was just what I needed. Hugs to all.

Comment by Steph S. on October 21, 2012 at 10:51pm
Hey Joan - could you post that pic in my bird group too? Would love to have it there.
 

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