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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.

Nobody here is into mind games. A discussion started with a loaded guilt-throwing question will be deleted.

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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 Plinius on July 13, 2015 at 10:03am

I'm glad I'm not alone, Loren!

Comment by Loren Miller on July 13, 2015 at 9:17am

[big grin!] Chris, you couldn't be any odder than I am!

Comment by The Flying Atheist on July 13, 2015 at 9:14am

Loren, the link to your blog works fine for me, but it doesn't show up on the A|N main page under "Blog Posts."  That's strange. 

Comment by Plinius on July 13, 2015 at 9:11am

Perhaps I'm odd, Loren.

Comment by Loren Miller on July 13, 2015 at 9:07am

@ Plinius Hmmm, that's odd.  When I click on it, I get my latest blog post, Athletes (and Atheists!) in Action.  Why it wouldn't work for you, I have no idea.  [grumble - stinking software...!]

Comment by The Flying Atheist on July 13, 2015 at 9:06am

BTW, I was wondering what an antique ovary looked like until my sleepy morning eyes re-read your post.  

Comment by The Flying Atheist on July 13, 2015 at 9:03am

Wow, sk8eycat, what a star line-up!

Comment by sk8eycat on July 13, 2015 at 3:37am

orreries,

I've always wanted to see one of these (an antique)..."up close and personal."

And this song always makes me think of an orrery for some reason

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=yGKPHFrHVVY

Comment by Plinius on July 13, 2015 at 12:51am

Loren, the link goes to 11.000 blog posts, and I'm not sure which one you mean...

Joan, my husband works in the national Museum of Education. http://onderwijsmuseum.nl/  It was economised out of Rotterdam some years ago, but they were offered a renovated building in another town, where the museum was reopened last week. Displays are about history of education, starting in the Enlightenment, different sorts of teaching, all the varieties of education, etc. Husband made a big display of unica - artwork made for education, orreries, and other things - there was even a model guillotine for history lessons... 

Comment by Joan Denoo on July 12, 2015 at 3:20pm

Chris, seems like a good way to spend a day, mounting pictures and brushing the museum cat. What type of museum does your husband work in, and what are the displays. Some interesting new creators in your midst?

 

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