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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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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

The Playboy Interview: Richard Dawkins

Started by Loren Miller. Last reply by Loren Miller Mar 28. 16 Replies

I suppose it was the news that Playboy magazine was returning nudes to its pages after a year's hiatus that sufficiently perked my curiosity to check them out again.  I hadn't looked at Playboy since perhaps 2008, when I began to recognize that I…Continue

Tags: Richard Dawkins, Playboy

God's Annual Performance Review (Betty Bowers)

Started by Loren Miller. Last reply by Ruth Anthony-Gardner Mar 19. 6 Replies

I don't know about you guys, but there wasn't a performance review I had in 30 years of field service that I didn't LOATHE.  It seems as though Betty Bowers, America's Best Christian, is up for turning the tables on the person you would expect would…Continue

Tags: review, performance, god, American's Best Christian, Betty Bowers

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Comment by Loren Miller on February 24, 2016 at 7:51am

Carl, that pic is HILARIOUS!  Inner peace for the "Me" generation!  HAR!

Comment by Randall Smith on February 24, 2016 at 7:39am

I'm currently in the midst of a snow storm with blizzard warnings in counties immediately to the west of me. Might get a foot of snow by tomorrow. Then, the day after that, I'm planning to drive south to Florida--or should I say "was planning". I might not be able to get out of my driveway! Great timing. Bummer.

Comment by Plinius on February 24, 2016 at 5:31am

Thanks for the kind wishes, and I love that picture, Carl, it´s just right! Tomorrow I get some help for the pc, so perhaps I,ll be able to mail again. I lost the teaching material I wrote in the last half year, that´s what you get if you forget about backups..

Yes Joan, our household consists of Rien, Chris, Dido and Luna.

One thing that also happened this week, was a very pleasant experience. The VCR broke down and we found one on internet offered for free. When the owner found out that we travel by public transport he wouldn´t hear of us going there to pick the thing up, but he brought it by car, came in for coffee and enjoyed himself enormously telling long stories. So kind!

Comment by Ian Mason on February 23, 2016 at 12:42pm

Good luck, Chris. I don't know if it's a subjective feeling with no rational basis (probably) but problems do seen to come in swarms.

Glad to hear that the rest of you are being taken care of by your support teams. Love the pic, Carl.

Comment by Joan Denoo on February 23, 2016 at 12:11pm

Carl, what a perfect photo for Chris!

Comment by Joan Denoo on February 23, 2016 at 12:10pm

Chris, what stress you must be feeling. So many things, so fast. Dido's liver infection was the cause of his weight loss? He survived! I hope your new computer works well for you and is easy to learn. 

Rien, is that your partner's name? I have not heard it before. It has a strong and stable sound to it. 

Peace!

Comment by The Flying Atheist on February 23, 2016 at 12:05pm

Oh, boy, Chris!  That is a terrible week!  Glad to hear that Dido is OK and that you're back online.  Next up:  taking care of that broken molar.  I wish ALL of you well.

Comment by Plinius on February 23, 2016 at 11:51am

What a week! Dido just survived an infection in the liver, while I was running to and from the vet the pc crashed so badly that we scraped some money together to buy a new one. So we´re running around getting the thing working and trying to find the programs we need, etc. Rien breaks a molar... This will be the end of my piggy bank! 

Comment by Joan Denoo on February 22, 2016 at 11:33pm

Now, we need to work to get universal health coverage. Preventive care cuts down on too-late-diagnoses. A simple test of blood can catch so many things before symptoms appear. My being anemic was a total surprise to me because I take my daily iron pills, as directed. The doctors now look for the cause of my anemia. 

I feel fine, just overwhelming fatigue. But then, I am entitled! I worked very hard all my life. I  enjoy my lethargy.  

Carl, I am happy you have such excellent care. What an experience for you, your sister and family! I hope you can do what you know how to do, or can retrain into something interesting. 

Comment by The Flying Atheist on February 22, 2016 at 10:19pm

Joan, I have had excellent care throughout all my recent medical episodes.  In addition to my kidney surgery there is a tremendous amount of post-surgery after care and treatment, so it continues.  When I left the hospital in November I had a two-page list of all my future scheduled appointments going all the way into 2017.  I just had my 3-month follow-up kidney biopsy last week.  Constant monitoring of my condition is critical.

 

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