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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 on Tuesday. 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 Ruth Anthony-Gardner on July 8, 2015 at 9:58pm

Oh dear, Sk8eycat/Felaine!

Thanks for the wonderful wildlife description of your bedroom in Laura's home, Joan.

I know what you mean about blood tests, Flying Atheist. I'm gald you're handling the statins OK. I had an idiot specialist prescribe prescription strength NSAIDs when I was on Lipitor, and got liver problems after 3 months. I was too trusting, and never had the energy to read all of the details about my new med.

Comment by The Flying Atheist on July 8, 2015 at 8:20pm

Hi, Kathy.  I hope you are doing well.  Thanks for thinking about me. 

I don't have high cholesterol but I was prescribed a statin after my heart surgery in March.  I take the lowest daily dose.  Both my heart and kidney conditions are genetic, and were not worsened by any pharmaceutical medications. 

I know the negative side-effects of statins have been in the news this year, but I haven't had any apparent problems.  And at this time my health is constantly and closely watched.  Between dialysis, blood thinner and heart monitoring, not one week goes by without at least one sample of my blood being tested. 

Comment by k.h. ky on July 8, 2015 at 7:43pm
Carl, did you ever take satins for high cholesterol? I was reading an article about them causing kidney disease and thought of you.
Hi all:)
Comment by Pat on July 8, 2015 at 5:14pm

Best wishes for you Felaine. And, I know you won't  take shit from any of the medical personnel. They'd be crazy to try it with you. Really, get well soon.

Comment by The Flying Atheist on July 8, 2015 at 5:11pm

I'm thinking about you, Sk8eycat, fondly.  I hope all goes well for you.

Comment by Idaho Spud on July 8, 2015 at 5:03pm

Hoping the best for you Felaine.

Comment by Bertold Brautigan on July 8, 2015 at 3:55pm

Sk8ey - I hope this turns out ok!

Comment by Loren Miller on July 8, 2015 at 3:50pm

EEEEK.  Take care, sk8ey, and Get Well SOON!!!!!

Comment by sk8eycat on July 8, 2015 at 3:44pm

Have I been kicked out of AN?  I haven't been able to post anything today, and I'm getting ready to call for an ambulance to take me to the horsepissed-all.  I can't walk (even with a walker), and the pain has become unbearable.  If this post works, I'll let you know what happens whenever I can (I don't have anything like a smartPhone, so I'll be  out of touch for a while.

Comment by Randall Smith on July 6, 2015 at 7:05am

Joan, your mentioning of Diamond Lake reminds me of all the 4ths spent watching fireworks at my grandparents cottage on DIAMOND LAKE(!) in southern Michigan. Wonderful memories--swimming, fishing, boating, sunning, eating, etc.  It just occured to me that my own adult children have never heard about those glorious days, at least not from me. They know little about my childhood--never asked.

 

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