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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 Tony Carroll on August 23, 2012 at 5:43am

Good Morning! Getting ready to go to work, will see all tonight. Have a good one.

Comment by Grinning Cat on August 23, 2012 at 2:23am

Paula, I'm sorry to hear of your father's passing. His memories and influence, and that bond of love, will continue to be a part of your lives.

Comment by Ian Mason on August 23, 2012 at 1:54am

Noli me tangere

Comment by Plinius on August 23, 2012 at 1:36am

Patricia, such a break in your family is so painful, I'm happy that you found what you need somewhere else!

Thanks for sharing Paula! My condolences, and best wishes for your speech.

Comment by Ian Mason on August 23, 2012 at 1:01am

Paula, my condolences. I can't add anything to the words others have shared. I hope all goes well on Saturday.

Patricia, glad to hear that you had support from people who really care. They are the ones who matter and who will return the favour by asking for your support when they need it.

Just come home from a night's work and this is the first place I look. Fun pics and kind words that create a good feeling. Thanks, all. Won't wear ANY of the hats though.

Comment by Joan Denoo on August 23, 2012 at 12:48am

Patricia, The pain you experience with your mother runs deep; that is the bad news. The good news is I hear you have spunk, and loving family and friends around you and I celebrate that with you. We are on this Earth for such a small period of time; being with toxic people, even if they are family, is just not worth it. The sun comes up and sets and you can enjoy it with or without the poison of others. I do hope you have peace and comfort knowing that you are special, unique, and can be happy, even as you need to protect yourself from toxic relationships 

Comment by Tony Carroll on August 22, 2012 at 10:47pm

Paula, my sincere condolences to you and your family, and to all those who loved your father. May your speech give aid and comfort to all, particularily to you. To speak of the person that you so obviously loved dearly, and to share him with others is to renew that bond of love. A bond that you will continue to share during the rest of your life. Yes, he will be missed, but he will continue to be loved, and his love will continue to be active in your life, spreading joy (and yes, some pain), throughout your remaining years. As you have so rightfully said, his part in the cosmic dance will continue, his presence in the universe unfolding is as it should be. His energy, 'essence' if you will, cannot be destroyed, but will take part the continuing existence and evolution of the cosmos. I will be thinking of you. Peace to you and yours.

Comment by Steph S. on August 22, 2012 at 10:43pm

Condolences Paula.

Sorry to hear about your dad.

My thoughts are with you.

Comment by Steph S. on August 22, 2012 at 10:34pm
I love the dog with subwoofers Tony!
Thanks!
Comment by Paula T. on August 22, 2012 at 10:28pm
My dad passed away almost 6 weeks ago and his memorial is this Saturday. I've decided to speak, along with one of my sisters. I doubt my other sister and brother will do so and that's ok. I'm used to talking in front of crowds and feel I'd like to share a few memories and how important it is to say three simple words - I love you - with your loved ones. My most cherished memory is that during my dad's last months is that he started to say "I love you". Knowing that, hearing that, was incredibly rewarding. My dad wasn't one to share his feelings.

It is also incredibly comforting to think my dad is still part of the universe, rather than sitting on a cloud, waiting for us to join him.
 

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