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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 Compelledunbeliever 22 hours ago. 37 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 k.h. ky on November 7, 2015 at 10:50am
Grinning Cat, that is WONDERFUL :)
And so approp. Thank you.
Comment by Grinning Cat on November 7, 2015 at 10:34am

Randy, I missed that "forum", but while I'd like to see a Bernie Sanders presidency, I wholeheartedly agree that any of the Democratic candidates would be far better than any of the Republicans (Republicons; Rethuglicans; official party motto: "I've got mine; screw you").

Bertold, sorry to hear of your furry family member's passing. It sounds like she had the least worst way to go, enjoying life until the end.

Ian, I too look forward to reading your poems in translation, hopefully one that transmits a lot of their spirit and quirks as well as their basic sense.

And for Kathy:

Comment by Randall Smith on November 7, 2015 at 7:42am

Except for Bertold's loss of his beloved pet, there seems to be a lot of good news going on. I like to hear that.

Did anyody watch the MSNBC "forum" with Rachel Maddow, last night? She interviewed the 3 Democratic pres. candidates. Enlightening and informative. I could live with any of the three. Just no Republicans.

Comment by Joan Denoo on November 7, 2015 at 12:19am

Kathy, I like your suggestions for Carl to be especially careful during this waiting time. Those little sniffles, sneezes and coughs can sidetrack procedures too easily. Yes, we join in as your team of encouraging support. 

I had dogs throughout my childhood and made sure the kids had their pets and learned to care for them. When our last cats and dogs dies of old age, and after my kids flew the nest to build their own, I retired from animal care. What a splendid gift to have such fine animals in my new home during this stage of my life. I receive so very much pleasure from them.

Dominic has a personality that suits me very comfortably with his quiet attention and joining me in my activities. He seems to enjoy each day as much as i. He belongs to my daughter, Laura. 

Spaz offers all bounce and vigor that I no longer have. 

Zeek, or Zeak, or Zeke, I don't know how they spell his name, is a reckless, undisciplined, wild animal that has no concern for manners or impositions. He and Spaz belong to Michelle, my granddaughter who lives down the gravel road from my new home. 

Each one is a treasure that I love. Dominic offers me companionship with quiet affections that I treasure. 

Comment by k.h. ky on November 6, 2015 at 11:06pm
Thanks to everyone for the kind words.

Carl, be a germ freak while you wait. Carry an extra bottle of hand sanitizer with you and use it! Wash your hands often. You know the drill!! We all want you healthy and well prepared for surgery and you know we will all be thinking of you.


Joan, you seem to have been adopted by a lovely dog. Is he your first?
Comment by The Flying Atheist on November 6, 2015 at 10:56pm

Ian, I'm all for an English translation of your poems as well.  Either that or a pop-up picture book.

Comment by Joan Denoo on November 6, 2015 at 4:20pm

Kathy, glad your cataract surgery went well and you can see clearly.

Bertold, very sorry to learn of the loss of your #1 dog. Happily, your description of playfulness on her last day and quiet passing occurred. 

Ian, how wonderful to be published! I hope we can read English translations, even if anything is lost in the process of translation.

Comment by Joan Denoo on November 6, 2015 at 4:08pm

Laura told me it was about time I stopped complaining about not having a bird book and order one. She says, "Get 'er done", Larry says "Get 'er did". They believe in taking action, not whining.  

Dang! I love it when I hear my kids say back to me what I taught them when they were little!

Comment by Bertold Brautigan on November 6, 2015 at 3:48pm

I'm with you on that, Kathy.Woody Allen had it right when he said I don't mind dying, I just don't want to be there. Thanks for your condolences, everyone. And Ian, congrats on publishing your poetry. are we going to be treated to English translations??

Comment by k.h. ky on November 6, 2015 at 1:42pm
Congrats Ian.

Bertold, I'm so sorry for your loss. I've lost many and have never been fortunate enough to have one pass quietly at home.
It's always like losing a family member. The loss of my last Boston, at twelves years old, happened two weeks before the loss of my mom. And hit me much harder. I knew my mom was going for several years. My dog went into seizures out of the blue, had a stroke, went blind and had to be put to sleep all within three hours.
Going in our sleep is the best any of us can hope for.
 

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