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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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Are You a Patriot? (Betty Bowers)

Started by Loren Miller. Last reply by Compelledunbeliever 5 hours ago. 12 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

We Don't Want Your (Atheist) Money! (The Thinking Atheist)

Started by Loren Miller. Last reply by Grinning Cat 16 hours ago. 11 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 Ark Encounter: A Less than Grand Opening (The Thinking Atheist)

Started by Loren Miller. Last reply by Grinning Cat on Monday. 24 Replies

The day finally arrived.  Ken Ham's Ark Encounter opened on 7 July, 2016 ... to something a bit less than Disney-sized crowds, and more than a couple dissenting voices!  Seth Andrews has gathered a quartet of significant participants in the protest…Continue

Tags: Tracey Moody, Dan Broadbent, Seth Andrews, David Silverman, AronRa

Surreal, I haz it

Started by Ruth Anthony-Gardner. Last reply by Idaho Spud Aug 14. 91 Replies

Surreal, not just found in art.Continue

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Wedding Haka - Subtitled & translated

Started by Joan Denoo Aug 13. 0 Replies

I ran across a video of a wedding in which a group of wedding guests celebrated with a performance of a traditional Māori ancestral war dance, called a Haka. It was intended for sons, however, the women have joined in a participation of…Continue

Tags: new, traditions., women, men, Haka

Onward (Unpaid) Christian Soldiers (Betty Bowers)

Started by Loren Miller. Last reply by Chris G Aug 13. 1 Reply

Proselytizing in the military is a dirty little secret most radical christians would rather didn't get out.  Well, never let it be said that America's Best Christian, Betty Bowers, was ever a wallflower where a pit bull was needed!  In the following…Continue

Tags: Military Religious Freedom Foundation, MRFF, America's Best Christian, Betty Bowers

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Comment by The Flying Atheist on September 20, 2015 at 8:39pm

Glad the day went well for you, Randy, despite the circumstances. 

Comment by Randall Smith on September 20, 2015 at 7:50am

The "celebration of life" gathering went well. We had lots of photos and music. Many people came. Exhausting. Some people just don't know when to quit talking. No major issues, although one "guest" was my ex-wife, who desparately wants to be a part of my genetic family. I guess my kids are her's, too. And I think I only got one "we've been praying for you", e.g. Time to turn the page and move forward.

Comment by The Flying Atheist on September 18, 2015 at 9:47am

Randy, there's no better tribute than a "Celebration of Life."  

Comment by Ian Mason on September 18, 2015 at 8:30am

I hope the celebration goes well, Randy. Shed a tear, share a laugh and raise a cheer as a tribute.

Comment by Randall Smith on September 18, 2015 at 8:00am

Thanks, all. We're having a "Celebration of Life" Saturday. Gratefully, my two religious sisters didn't push for a somber funeral. It's been a tough week, but with each passing day..... I was lucky to have my father for as long as I did. He was not only my dad, but my friend. I'll miss him.

Comment by k.h. ky on September 14, 2015 at 7:14pm
Randall, my thoughts are with you during this difficult time.

Carl, that is wonderful news about your health.

Joan, l miss Felaine also. As Chris said at the time she died from poverty. That's a brutal truth about the US. I've heard people say we have the greatest healthcare system in the world. Sadly that's only true if a person can afford to spend without question.
Comment by Ian Mason on September 14, 2015 at 3:13pm

Very sorry to hear of your father's death, Randy. I hope it helped a little being with him at the end.

Comment by Joan Denoo on September 14, 2015 at 12:04pm

Felaine's death is a symbol of all that is wrong with USA health delivery. We can make a difference for others, even if it is too late for our dear friend. I'm in the fight for universal health care in my country; the funny, sarcastic, irreverent, relevant, cynical nature of her comments ring in my ears. 

Comment by Idaho Spud on September 14, 2015 at 11:49am

Thanks Carl.   I hope I can get an in-home internet service also.  Several times a day now, I would like to access the net, but have to write down a reminder of what I want to know or do, for the times I'm at the library.

Glad to hear your good news.  Waiting to hear more good news after the transplant.

I've always thought Spike Jones was a hoot.  There's a movie called I.Q. that I enjoy watching every year, that has a very funny scene where a Spike Jones Tune is played.  Meg Ryan's a teacher and hears Spike for the first time when the head of the university plays her the tune on his new "stereo" system.  She looks startled when the craziness starts.  The university head says.  "Isn't the sound great?  It feels like you can just reach out and touch him."  Meg replies, "Or slap him!"

Comment by Idaho Spud on September 14, 2015 at 11:28am

Randy, I'm sorry for your loss of your father.  It sounds like you loved your father as much as I did mine.  Mine died at age 95, but it wasn't a sudden shock like your experience was.  Mine was in slow decline and was in so much pain, with such little mobility, and with a mind that was going, that we all felt relived that he was finally out of his pain.

 

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