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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 Whole Bible in 30 Seconds (Betty Bowers)

Started by Loren Miller. Last reply by Qiana-Maieev 17 hours ago. 2 Replies

Ever decide that you wanted to read the whole bible, cover to cover, only to realize half-way through Deuteronomy that the darn thing is industrial-strength BORING?!?  Well, never fear!  America's Best Christian, Betty Bowers, has done the Cliff's…Continue

Tags: bible, America's Best Christian, Betty Bowers

Are You a Patriot? (Betty Bowers)

Started by Loren Miller. Last reply by Chris G yesterday. 22 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 Aug 25. 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 Aug 21. 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

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Comment by Randall Smith on September 25, 2015 at 7:37am

Since you asked, Carl: "my" song in March of '43 was "I've Heard That Song Before", by Harry James and his orchestra. Lotta big band stuff back then. War songs, too, of course.

And yes, Emma, the only good thing about the Pope is, he trumps Trump. I did appreciate his comment about asking non-believers (non-prayers) to wish him well. That was thoughtful.

Comment by The Flying Atheist on September 24, 2015 at 8:17pm

Summer officially ended yesterday in Chicago with last night's final water and light display of the season at Buckingham Fountain. The water is off now until springtime.

 

Comment by The Flying Atheist on September 24, 2015 at 2:59pm

Thanks for your musical post, Spud.  I'm enjoying the array of different songs. 

Anyone else have a contribution?  Number one song on the day they were born.

Comment by The Flying Atheist on September 24, 2015 at 2:55pm

Ha!  Emma, imagine the audacity of the pope to out-stage Donald Trump!

Comment by Emma Lennon on September 24, 2015 at 1:11pm

Based on the past few days, I'm assuming once again, Ellen will be interrupted by the Poop today. Luckily I have a book about a book about a modern teenage demigod son of Poseidon retelling Greek myths to keep me company. I can only hope that when the Poop goes to NYC, the late-night shows won't be interrupted. On the other hand, this whole thing, as you can imagine, has brought on a whole lot of jokes about the Poop. And the way see it, those are are brief, but welcome, reprieve from All Trump, All the Time.

Comment by Idaho Spud on September 24, 2015 at 12:04pm

I'm late commenting on the Poop because I haven't been to the library for 3 days. 

I was scanning the TV channels when I saw this guy with a flat hat, and thought "probably a religious nut", but before I could switch channels, I heard them say the poop was going to visit the USA.  I didn't recognize him because I switch channels as fast as I can when any religious idiot comes on.

Comment by Idaho Spud on September 24, 2015 at 11:54am

Comment by The Flying Atheist on September 24, 2015 at 1:27am

Chris, perhaps if you ever become "born again" you can pick a different birth date with a better song.  :)

Comment by Ian Mason on September 24, 2015 at 12:54am

As far as I  remember, "Goodnight Irene" was an old Leadbelly song. Is that a young Pete Seeger I see among the Weavers?

Just looked up the British no. 1 for the weekof my birth: Johnny Ray "Just Walking in the Rain". My Mum was keen on him until Engelbert Humperdink came on the scene in the 60s.

My life changed in '69. I was listening to Radio Luxemburg when they featured the Woodstock album. I heard Hendrix playing "The Star Spangled Banner" and realised that music, and the world could be different. One of those memorable moments.

Comment by Plinius on September 24, 2015 at 12:37am

Thanks for the comments! Perhaps I was never swoony-minded. My first ´real´ music was from Pink Floyd, Stones, etc. quite a far cry.

 

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