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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 Donald R Barbera 3 minutes ago. 35 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 June 22, 2015 at 7:28am

Upon reflection, I thought my "days will be getter shorter" statement of the solstice was a "glass half empty" view. I should be more upbeat. Or is it the other way around (half full)? I never did figure that one out!

Joan, yes, that's the color of my new truck! Nice work. Wish I could learn to do that.

Comment by Joan Denoo on June 21, 2015 at 7:32pm

Felaine, that is a beautiful picture for Summer Solstice. Thanks!

Comment by sk8eycat on June 21, 2015 at 7:15pm

Comment by Ian Mason on June 21, 2015 at 1:15pm

Happy Father's Day and Solstice one and all.

Had a senior moment today that's becoming a habit. Go to supermarket, take goods to check-out, pay and then leave one or two items behind. To be fair, my mind was on other things and I had been at work all night but this never used to happen.

I'm packed and ready (I hope) to leave for Dublin very early tomorrow. Nice :-) Return late on Saturday/early Sunday having enjoyed the cultural highspots. Be good and stay safe.

Comment by Joan Denoo on June 21, 2015 at 12:33pm

Randy, if this is the color of your new truck, I like it very much. Will it be easier to keep looking clean than the red? 

Comment by Joan Denoo on June 21, 2015 at 12:24pm

No Surprise here. "I side with.com" I am "strongly left wing", more liberal than other Spokane voters. 

I side with Democrats, then Green Party, then Socialist. 

I side with Green Party on Social and Domestic issues, with Democrats on all others. 

I vote more in line with Washington State Congressional District 7, which is part of Seattle, Vashon Island, Edmonds area. 

Oh Oh! I live in a conservative city in a conservative state, with a conservative family and moving to a more conservative town. Not only am I more liberal, I am more anti-religion than the place where I am moving. I will have my work cut out for me. Actually, No! I have been able to ask questions of my family and their friends and not get blown away, literally. It is the young hot heads that give me a pause. 

Comment by Joan Denoo on June 21, 2015 at 11:08am

Happy Fathers' Day to all the Dads on this site. May your day be full to overflowing of people you love and who love you, of delicious food, beautiful sights, pleasant sounds and delightful aromas. 

Today, in 31 minutes the Summer Solstice occurs. I'm harvesting garlic and soaking up the longest day of the year. Randy, I too feel a twinge of sadness that the days will now begin to shorten. 

Comment by Randall Smith on June 21, 2015 at 7:02am

Thank you, Chris, although it saddens me to know the day light hours will be decreasing.

And Happy Fathers Day to all the men out there, fathers or not. I'm treating my 97 yr old father to pizza.

Comment by Plinius on June 21, 2015 at 3:14am

Have a happy solstice!

Comment by Joan Denoo on June 20, 2015 at 10:28am

Fire Science, a class at Newport, WA high school, teaches students the principles of firefighting, and emergency medical services. My great-grandson loves his class and he appears at about 6:21 on this video. The students love the class and learn far more than fire science. They develop life skills that serve them well at their young age and for years to come. I am so very proud of Jacob. 

 

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