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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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Afrodisiacs – African Aphrodisiacs

Started by Joan Denoo. Last reply by Joan Denoo 8 hours ago. 4 Replies

Am I so old and not know the definition of aphrodisiac, and its historical definition being based on Aphrodite, that her name came from the African drugs that Egyptians, Greeks, and Romans used for sexual enhancement? Dhu!  Aphrodite, ancient Greek…Continue

Tags: Africa, Lady, Victorian

Degrees of Doubt: The Claims and Credentials of Ravi Zacharias (The Thinking Atheist)

Started by Loren Miller. Last reply by Chris May 17. 1 Reply

Anyone here ever run onto an apologist by the name of Ravi Zacharias?  I've seen his name dropped multiple times on YouTube as supposedly being THE ONE APOLOGIST that no atheist wants to cross swords with, because of his facility with christian…Continue

Tags: Ravi Zacharias, Steve Baughman, The Thinking Atheist, Seth Andrews

The Most Hated Woman in America (The Thinking Atheist)

Started by Loren Miller. Last reply by Gary S Apr 19. 7 Replies

Before Aron Ra and Matt Dillahunty, before Dawkins or Dennett or Harris or even Hitchens, there was Madalyn Murray O'Hair.  In the midst of an America where Christianity was being flaunted as a defense against the godless communists of the Soviet…Continue

Tags: Frank Zindler, The Thinking Atheist, Seth Andrews, Madalyn Murray O'Hair

Proud Dad is REALLY Proud Now!

Started by Loren Miller. Last reply by Todd Williams Apr 12. 16 Replies

As some of you may or may not know, my daughter is a television news producer, currently working in Nashville, Tennessee.  Her assignment is the morning news, which means she blasts herself up at umpti-ump in the morning to organize and prepare a…Continue

Tags: Emmy, news, television, daughter, dad

attacking ideas (TheraminTrees)

Started by Loren Miller. Last reply by Grinning Cat Apr 4. 1 Reply

Attacking ideas is a considerable portion of what we as atheists do.  Why attack ideas?  Ideas earn attack when they don't serve people, not just us but those who adopt said ideas, mistakenly thinking that they have value when they don't.  Our…Continue

Tags: ideas, Islam, TheraminTrees

bending truth, or "We Can All Be Manipulated" (TheraminTrees)

Started by Loren Miller. Last reply by Grinning Cat Apr 4. 40 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

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Comment by Ian Mason on June 2, 2016 at 10:53am

Glad to hear that everyone is doing well under their own special circumstances. You're such good people.

I've just sorted out my future for the next 6 weeks. First, a course to learn to drive a fork-lift truck and second, 4 weeks practical experience at a builders merchant/DIY centre. That should keep me busy for part of the summer.

Comment by Randall Smith on June 2, 2016 at 7:33am

And.... "If I can't take it with me (at death), I'm not going."

President Obama was in my home state at Elkhart, IN yesterday. I watched him on PBS last night answering questions from the audience. A couple of things struck me.

The first was, when he was introduced and came on stage, nobody stood up in respect. My goodness, he's the president of the United States, agree with him or not!

Questions asked of him were good. His answers were better. He was specific and non-evasive. I tried to imagine Trump answering similar questions.

I'm still wondering why nearly half the American public disprove of Obama. In my opinion, he's been an outstanding president. His accomplishments are many and beneficial. He's likeable. I'm proud to proclaim I'm one of his biggest admirers.

Comment by Grinning Cat on June 2, 2016 at 6:46am

"I wouldn't mind dying — it's that business of having to stay dead that scares the shit out of me." — R. Geis

Comment by Bertold Brautigan on June 2, 2016 at 3:34am

Talking to my oldest best friend, and he tells me a story I'd never heard. An optimist and a pessimist are simultaneously pushed off the roof of the Empire State Building. As they plummet past the 50th floor, the optimist says So far, so good.

Comment by Bertold Brautigan on June 1, 2016 at 9:52pm

Hmmm - the link works fine for me on Windows 10 and Chrome. You could go to YouTube and search for Steve Wynn - God Doesn't Like It.

Comment by Bertold Brautigan on June 1, 2016 at 8:24pm

Great theme song for Christians:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bHs7Vq_JpFY

Comment by Grinning Cat on June 1, 2016 at 7:02pm

Joan, I also missed the news -- glad to read that you're happy, back in your own home!

Qiana, that picture looks very much like a melding of the FSM, a longhaired Ceiling Cat, and Yoda! Maybe they're all aspects of the same being. :)

Comment by Joan Denoo on June 1, 2016 at 6:35pm

Carl, I am very excited to read your update and the things you can do now. If you like to write, or if research brings you pleasure, being retired opens up golden opportunities, or if you like tying fishing flies, or making bamboo furniture or talking with friends, you are now free!

Comment by Joan Denoo on June 1, 2016 at 5:58pm

Randy, I agree, stay in my home as long as I am able. I was happy at Laura's and being with all the children, grandchildren and great-grandchildren on Laura's branch of my offsprings. They were very kind and loving to me and watched over because of all the animals on the acrage and the wild things that come and remind us they were there first. 
I was very sick when I went there and weak. I felt vulnerable and helpless. As I tended to the chores of family life in the country, I regained my strength, health, and stamina, I lost my sense of helplessness. Coming home is what I need to do. I miss each family member and Fire District 8 members who drop in, and the lovely neighbors who also enjoy country life. The animals were a special treat for me and I miss the dogs, cats, and chickens. I even miss the ceyotes that howl through the night. Of course I miss the greenhouse and I am happy to say that we harvested all the vegetables that survived the Newport area freezes and I planted every growing big with spring vegetables. The ediple pod peas were so good, as was the lettuce and spinach. The onions hadn't matured when I left and the tomatoes and peppers looked healthy. 

The family assured me I was welcome back and they seemed happy when I told them I wouldn't bring back all those bookcases and books. They are not interested in the books, but they jumped at the chance to get extra shelves for arts and crafts. Craig will get my library, which is about as fine an applied social and psychological reference source one can find in Spokane. 

Comment by The Flying Atheist on June 1, 2016 at 4:45pm

Randy, thanks for inquiring about me.  You didn't miss any updates while you were in Greece.  During that time A|N was experiencing many outages, so there wasn't much to miss.  Glad you had good travels with your daughter.

Not much has changed with me.  I'm attending physical therapy twice per week and it definitely is helping to strengthen my legs.  Of course with my condition the goal is only to maintain strength, not to bulk up my muscles, as over exercising is counter productive and could excel any muscle deterioration. 

At this point, I'm basically retired and adjusting to a new lifestyle.  Overall, life is good.  Perhaps I could work in some capacity in the future, but for now my life as been in so much transition and adjustment that I wouldn't be able to commit to steady employment - at least not at this time.

My parents are in the process of getting ready to move from their home into a two bedroom apartment in a retirement community.  My three siblings and I recently got together for one week to help them sort through all their (many!) possessions.  This gave my parents the opportunity to give away certain items to each of us that they personally wanted us to have.  Additionally, we got to choose and acquire family items had special meaning to us.  The six of us had a rather fun time with lots of laughing. 

 

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