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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 Randall Smith on August 30, 2015 at 2:35pm

I rarely boast, or even talk, about my golfing expertise. But if I may, I'd like to say I had a hole-in-one last Friday (witnessed). Sadly, I never actually saw the ball go in the hole. We were facing the sun and "lost it". I thought it went over the green, looking there first. It was not a jump up and down moment. More of a "How about that!".  It's my fourth one, all coming during retirement. And, for the record, I have a 4 handicap, meaning I usually shoot between 70 and 75. My golf game has actually deteriated as I get older (I'm 72). And I have to use the senior tees (which shortens the yardage). I do not ride a cart. My pedometer averages 6 miles walking. Sorry if I'm boring you.

Comment by Hex5 on August 30, 2015 at 2:33pm
So i walked into a church today and and met a guy. I told him i used to be a fundamentalist but i left the church. The cool thing was he was interested in my points and recognized what i was saying. We had a very intelligent respectfull conversation. I was suprised the civility.
Comment by Joan Denoo on August 25, 2015 at 11:50pm

Loren, Thanks for this Enya moment!

Comment by Joan Denoo on August 25, 2015 at 11:47pm

Randy, you have every reason to be proud of your family. I am proud of them, too. 

Comment by The Flying Atheist on August 25, 2015 at 11:33pm

Loren, I've always loved that song.  Seems I've heard it many times and did, in fact, know it was performed by Enya, but I never really researched the details about that song or who Enya is until now.  Thanks for posting it.  It's such beautiful music.

Comment by Ian Mason on August 25, 2015 at 1:01pm

Enya is unique and that is a lovely song. Thanks.

Comment by Loren Miller on August 25, 2015 at 11:30am

I first heard this a LONG time ago, just how long, I don't remember.  It's a song which feels almost effortless in its character, one I doubt I could ever tire of.

Comment by Ian Mason on August 25, 2015 at 9:19am

Brag away, Randall. Family love and pride are very positive things.

Comment by Randall Smith on August 25, 2015 at 7:08am

Thanks, Joan, for the promo!  Yes, my farms "kids" have their ups and downs. Yesterday, Nate was digging for an irrigation pipe leak. It's always something--machinery, weather, findng a baby sitter (my job today), etc.  If you check out their web address (below from Joan), you'll find another link to a short video made by Slow Food Indy with an interview. Yes, you might say I'm proud of my kids and what they're doing. Hope you don't mind me bragging.

Comment by Ruth Anthony-Gardner on August 24, 2015 at 1:27pm

So too much rain in Indiana, and not enough out West, Joan? <sigh> Vegetable lovers sadden.

 

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