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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 yesterday. 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 Joan Denoo on October 14, 2015 at 10:36pm

Ruth, your new profile photo is lovely. You look beautiful. your white hair looks golden in this image and complements your facial structure. 

Comment by Ruth Anthony-Gardner on October 14, 2015 at 10:16pm

I missed the Democratic debate. Changed my voter registration from Green To Democratic just to vote for Bernie in the primary. For me there's no debate on which candidate to support. Good to hear they took climate change seriously.

Comment by Idaho Spud on October 14, 2015 at 8:43am

Happy rails to you Randy.  I'm just a little jealous.

Comment by The Flying Atheist on October 13, 2015 at 11:12pm

Ian, what a wonderful way to spend the day.  Snuggled up with a fun book.

Ruth, I just finished watching the Democratic presidential debate.  At least the reality of climate change is viewed as a serious matter.  How we will react and to what degree is another issue.  Such a far contrast to the Republicans.

I'm just getting ready to start a new book.  "Flapper: A Madcap Story of Sex, Style, Celebrity, and the Women Who Made America Modern" by Joshua Zeitz.

http://www.amazon.com/Flapper-Madcap-Celebrity-America-Modern/dp/14...

Comment by Ruth Anthony-Gardner on October 13, 2015 at 10:34pm

I've started reading Climate Change, Capitalism, and Corporations, not exactly a curl-up-with book. Enjoy your pun-filled mystery, Ian.

A three-day train ride. Hope it's nice weather and great scenery, Randall, and your family visit is great.

Comment by The Flying Atheist on October 13, 2015 at 11:15am

Randy, have a great trip and visit.  I've always wanted to take a cross-country train ride.  Perhaps one of these days.

Comment by Plinius on October 13, 2015 at 9:29am

Looks very nice, Ian! 

Comment by Ian Mason on October 13, 2015 at 6:12am

It's a grey, cold and windy day so I'm going to enjoy a good book. In this case, "The Big Over Easy" by Jasper Fforde. It's Easter in Reading and Humpty Dumpty has been murdered. A hard case to crack for DI Jack Spratt and DS Mary Mary. They'll need help from SOCOs Baker and Kandelstykmaeker. 
If you love puns and wordplay, this is one for you.

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The_Big_Over_Easy

Comment by Ian Mason on October 12, 2015 at 11:44am

Hello and welcome, Fredy.

Have a great trip, Randall. You'll enjoy it when you get there.

I've been making this year's chutney today. It's really a way of using up the tomatoes that haven't ripened. It takes a couple of months to mature so I don't know what it will taste like yet but I'm optimistic. Something spicy and tangy to keep out the winter cold when January and February come.

Comment by Loren Miller on October 12, 2015 at 7:28am

Greets, Fredy, and welcome.  Please have a great time here!

 

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