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

Started by Loren Miller. Last reply by Grinning Cat 2 hours ago. 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

Are You a Patriot? (Betty Bowers)

Started by Loren Miller. Last reply by Bertold Brautigan 21 hours ago. 1 Reply

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

The Ark Encounter: A Less than Grand Opening (The Thinking Atheist)

Started by Loren Miller. Last reply by Grinning Cat on Monday. 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

Tags: surreal

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

Onward (Unpaid) Christian Soldiers (Betty Bowers)

Started by Loren Miller. Last reply by Chris G Aug 13. 1 Reply

Proselytizing in the military is a dirty little secret most radical christians would rather didn't get out.  Well, never let it be said that America's Best Christian, Betty Bowers, was ever a wallflower where a pit bull was needed!  In the following…Continue

Tags: Military Religious Freedom Foundation, MRFF, America's Best Christian, Betty Bowers

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Comment by Randall Smith on July 25, 2015 at 7:54am

Having lunch today with one of my best friends from high school days. Haven't seen him in 54 years! We have lots of catching up to do!

Comment by Plinius on July 25, 2015 at 2:17am

Thanks Carl, good music! 

Comment by The Flying Atheist on July 24, 2015 at 9:18am

Some summer songs to get your weekend started right......

And one bonus song that is not summer related....but just too good to pass up......

Comment by Joan Denoo on July 23, 2015 at 3:30pm

Chris, your time of great stress took a lot more out of you than your iPod, forgetfulness is bad enough, and your family needs that stretched you so thin can knock even the most organized person. Good news that you can slow down and enjoy life, sort out old stuff and find such golden treasures. I think you had a good stress management process you used. 

Ian, I am such a book fanatic, all my walls have bookcases from floor to ceiling, wall to wall. Cary met the realtor who will manage the sale and reported back to me that the realtor remarked I have more books than some libraries. In 1975, when I started back to college and worked on family violence, not one library, public or private had any resources on that topic. I had to send to others libraries for inter-library loans. My reference material is now out of date and I doubt they will have any resale value. We plan to box up the lot that have barcodes and send them to a place that contacts book-sellers.  

Randy, I am a hoarder, but I am an orderly hoarder. My family will be meeting at the house August 1 to pack up the things I want to keep, plan a garage sale for things I don't want, box up the older books to give to American Association of University Women, and give my old business suits and dresses to The Hearth that gives them to women in transition and looking for work. All my garden equipment will come with me. 

I haven't heard from Felaine, for the last couple of weeks. Here is the most recent message she sent: 

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Comment by The Flying Atheist on July 23, 2015 at 11:28am

I haven't seen or heard from Sk8eycat lately.  Has anyone else?  I hope she's OK.

Comment by The Flying Atheist on July 23, 2015 at 11:25am

Wow, Joan, what an exciting and stressful time for you.  You're going through a lot right now.  Supposedly, moving tops the list of the most stressful situations to be in.  I know you'll have lots of support from your family.  All my best to you.

Chris, I laughed at your comment about reading in the shower.  I've gotten so used to wearing my glasses that I have actually stepped into the shower several times wearing them.  I've also gotten into bed with them also.  

What a great find, Chris, to rediscover your Ipod.  A little pot of gold.  Enjoy!

Comment by Randall Smith on July 23, 2015 at 7:18am

Yes, Ian, like newspapers, I'm afeared libraries and bookstores are doomed. Call me a "technophobe", too.

Joan, I hope you don't have to "clean house" like the one I saw on American Pickers last night. The late owner was a hoarder--the worst I've ever seen. Eager to see the greenhouse when completed.

Comment by Plinius on July 23, 2015 at 3:32am

Haha, I like that one, Ian! I just read everything, even shampoo bottles, but I'm not yet so far that I use my reading glasses in the shower...

Comment by Ian Mason on July 23, 2015 at 3:26am

A new start, Joan. Have a lot of fun with it. Also you with your re-start, Chris.

Here's one for all us bibliophiles:

Comment by Plinius on July 23, 2015 at 1:36am

Exciting times Joan! 

Here we're enjoying our holiday; nothing planned at all! The discovery of the week: my Ipod. I saw from the contents that I had put it aside back in 2009, when we got a lot of extra work and stress and forgot all about it. I've been in survival mode a bit too often in all that time - that makes me forget things. Today I'm learning all over again how to use it. 

 

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