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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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bending truth, or "We Can All Be Manipulated" (TheraminTrees)

Started by Loren Miller. Last reply by Donald R Barbera 4 hours ago. 35 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

punishing doubt (TheraminTrees)

Started by Loren Miller Sep 6. 0 Replies

If you are associated with religion and especially a fundamentalist religion, doubt is intolerable.  Certainty, however it may be achieved or imposed, becomes a necessary element, especially considering the utter dearth of any form of evidence or…Continue

Tags: religion, TheraminTrees, punish, doubt

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

Started by Loren Miller. Last reply by Idaho Spud Sep 2. 17 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 Whole Bible in 30 Seconds (Betty Bowers)

Started by Loren Miller. Last reply by Randy Hatly Sep 2. 3 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 Aug 29. 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

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Comment by Joan Denoo on November 17, 2015 at 10:56am

Carl, I'm happy to learn of your fast recovery and sorry your sister experiences difficulty. 

Comment by The Flying Atheist on November 17, 2015 at 10:47am
Thanks again, everyone, for all your support and kindness. You really are a great bunch of friends.

My sister is healing well but she's not feeling as good as me. For her personally, she has a hard time tolerating pain medication and it really knocks her out and robs her of energy. She's been like a zombie. Everyone is different. I tolerate the meds just fine. She's switching to Tylenol during the day and the narcotic only before bed.
Comment by Plinius on November 17, 2015 at 8:50am

Great, Carl! Is your sister doing as wel as you?

Comment by Randall Smith on November 17, 2015 at 7:30am
Yippee yahoo, Carl!! Won't be long before you're back to your old self. You're invited to drive down I-65 to Lafayette, take a left, and visit rural Indiana at its finest. You need a getaway.
The invitation extends to one and all!
Comment by Ian Mason on November 17, 2015 at 1:57am

That was quick, Carl and now you're in no danger of catching a nasty 'hospital' infection.

Comment by Ruth Anthony-Gardner on November 16, 2015 at 10:37pm

Welcome home from the hospital, Flying Atheist!

I think these roses manage fine over Winter. Some varieties are quite hardy, and take freezing of their late Fall flowers in stride. It was another mild day.

Comment by Joan Denoo on November 16, 2015 at 9:54pm

Carl! You are a wonder! Home, and ready for a second chance at life! The phenomenon of successful organ transplants seems like a miracle ... a miracle of science and scientists at their best. As Larry says, "You got 'er did!"

Comment by Bertold Brautigan on November 16, 2015 at 9:44pm

Glad to hear it, Carl! There's no place like home!

Comment by The Flying Atheist on November 16, 2015 at 9:18pm
Wow! Beautiful, Ruth, but just not right Pennsylvania in November. Will this situation affect them negatively next year?

BTW, everyone, I was released from the hospital this evening. Feeling really good and getting better each passing day.
Comment by Ruth Anthony-Gardner on November 16, 2015 at 2:50pm

See the roses by my gym yesterday. :)

 

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