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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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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

God's Annual Performance Review (Betty Bowers)

Started by Loren Miller. Last reply by Ruth Anthony-Gardner Mar 19. 6 Replies

I don't know about you guys, but there wasn't a performance review I had in 30 years of field service that I didn't LOATHE.  It seems as though Betty Bowers, America's Best Christian, is up for turning the tables on the person you would expect would…Continue

Tags: review, performance, god, American's Best Christian, Betty Bowers

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Comment by Ruth Anthony-Gardner on August 25, 2012 at 1:46pm

Thanks for a sample of your teapots, Ian. As a teacup collector, this stimulates fantasies of drinking tea every morning from a different unique pot. I had Blue Willow dinnerware once, now everything's broken but the big platter. The whimsical boat pot would be perfect for a sick day.

Comment by Grinning Cat on August 25, 2012 at 12:05pm

Ian, those are tea-riffic! Thanks for the glimpse at your collection.

And Steph, Patricia, and sk8eycat, you're so right about emotional vampires! (This should stay on the front page of the comments for a few more minutes. :-)

... right on about true friendships and moving on from toxic "friends". If they make you feel bad and mentally exhausted all the time ... it's time to let them go (dump them).

Comment by The Flying Atheist on August 25, 2012 at 12:00pm

Thanks Grinning Cat.  I have to admit, that puts his comment into perspective.  Damn the media and their out-of-context soundbites!  But there's still a problem with his statement and the implication that our current president is somehow not a U.S. citizen.  Romney is just fueling the fire of "birthers" and being reckless in his statements.  He may be a very rich man but he's not a very smart person.  

Comment by Grinning Cat on August 25, 2012 at 11:39am

Ruth, I found a bit of context in a video clip at TPM. It turns out that Mitt Romney was talking about himself and his wife:

"How I love being home, in this place where Ann and I were raised, where both of us were born. Ann was born at Henry Ford Hospital; I was born at Harper Hospital. No one's ever asked to see my birth certificate; they know that this is the place that we were born and raised."

 

To which Cher tweeted that he was enjoying white privilege:

lip bitting over! Mitt Romney "NO ONES EVER ASKED 2 SEE MY BIRTH CERTIFICATE" Ya No Why FOOL? U make "WONDER BREAD LOOK DARK & MYSTERIOUS"

Comment by Ian Mason on August 25, 2012 at 11:08am

Great pic, Steph. Thanks for the friendly remarks, all.

Comment by Steph S. on August 25, 2012 at 10:35am

Funny computer cat!

Have a wonderful weekend everyone!

I always enjoy reading your posts here.

Comment by Lillie on August 25, 2012 at 10:34am

Love the teapots especially the one with the roses and gold rim.  Thanks for sharing.  Would love to see collections of others.

Comment by Steph S. on August 25, 2012 at 10:24am

Those are some really cool teapots Ian! Really interesting hobby. 

I bet you could buy some really good ones from Ebay. Maybe they have the ones you are looking for.

Comment by The Flying Atheist on August 25, 2012 at 10:13am

Ian, thanks for sharing some of your collection.  They are beautiful and stylish and all so different.  Maybe if you sift through your entire collection it will spark renewed interest and enthusiasm.  Items like those should be on display for others to see.  I'd certainly be proud of that collection.  And...you just reminded me of my great Aunt.  She collected tea cups.  When she died we all got to pick one of her tea cups for ourselves.  I picked a beautiful cup and saucer with a red and white Asian motif.      

Comment by Ian Mason on August 25, 2012 at 9:50am

After more than 8 years and 80 pots the enthusiasm has died. Should I find a Clarice Cliff or Wedgewood going cheap somewhere, I would jump at the chance but I don't go out hunting any more. It was great fun while it lasted though, even though several women, including my daughter, have thought it "girly".

 

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