Hang With Friends

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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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Bible Belt Atheist (New York Times)

Started by Loren Miller on Thursday. 0 Replies

The following showed up in my YouTube feed this morning, and I decided to have a look.  Turns out, the New York Times has given us a reasonably even-handed look at a good friend of ours, being one Jerry DeWitt, former bible-thumper and now a pretty…Continue

Tags: Bible Belt, atheist, Jerry DeWitt

How would you respond?

Started by Christina Scribner. Last reply by Christina Scribner Apr 10. 5 Replies

So, this morning, I was at my local coffee shop as I am most weekdays between bus runs. I do the editing on my husband's books so I had my laptop with me. My wallpaper is a picture I found online sometime back of a double helix with the word atheist…Continue

The Fake Christian Busybody Show (Andrew Bradley)

Started by Loren Miller. Last reply by Plinius Apr 9. 1 Reply

It seems as though there was a Gay Pride parade in some town somewhere and a Christian commentator, herein known as The Activist Mommy, apparently got her panties so in a bunch about it that she had to fire up her video camera and record a…Continue

Tags: gay, pride, The Activist Mommy, Andrew Bradley, America's Best Christian

America Held Hostage: Day 436 (MisterDeity)

Started by Loren Miller. Last reply by Ruth Anthony-Gardner Apr 9. 1 Reply

Now that Sinclair Broadcasting has stated their position regarding fake news and its threat to our democracy, Mister Deity's Brian Dalton has decided to throw his $0.02 worth in as well ... though I don't quite think his presentation was really what…Continue

Tags: fake news, Deity, Mister, Broadcasting, Sinclair

Guns: Both Sides Now (Betty Bowers)

Started by Loren Miller. Last reply by Christina Scribner Apr 3. 3 Replies

Oh, NO!  The gun debate has gotten so heated that it has Betty Bowers, America's Best Christian, TALKING TO HERSELF!  Apparently, one of her has had a stroke or a serious breakdown in cognitive skills, as she does little more than parrot the NRA's…Continue

Tags: NRA, guns, America's Best Christian, Betty Bowers

how dogma pollutes discourse (qualiasoup & theramintrees)

Started by Loren Miller Apr 3. 0 Replies

"The Lord is our God; the Lord is One." "I am the Way, the Truth, and the Life; no one comes to the Father, but by Me." "There is no god but Allah, and Mohamed is his prophet." Assertions, taught as fact, but without any form of corroborative…Continue

Tags: dogma, QualiaSoup, TheraminTrees

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Comment by Ian Mason on April 27, 2017 at 1:47am

Thank you, Joan. And I benefit from your analyses, comments and wisdom. I agree with you about anger. It can be turned into something constructive. Bob Geldof is is a very good example. Bono has said that he saw Geldof grab the leader of the World Bank by the suit lapels and pin him against the wall of his own office while calling him every filthy name under the sun. Oh, to have been a fly on the wall!

Comment by Loren Miller on April 26, 2017 at 9:55pm

For us on the southeast side of Cleveland, it's Mr. T's Wonder Freeze, an old-fashioned ice cream place which does soft serve and most excellent chocolate malts!  They typically open in April, and my wife and I have been there once so far this year.

Comment by The Flying Atheist on April 26, 2017 at 9:52pm

The Memorial Day holiday in the U.S. this year is Monday, May 29.  It is often referred to as the unofficial start to summer.  But for me it started today as I saw the first sighting of an ice cream truck on my street like the one pictured here.

In other happy news, I thought I'd share the beautiful gardens of Keukenhof in the Netherlands.

Take a Tour of an Enchanting Bulb Garden in the Netherlands

Comment by Bertold Brautigan on April 26, 2017 at 9:42pm

Wisdom from Malcolm in the Middle--

Mom and daughter-in-law [formerly bitter enemies who just made friends] drunk and talking about their husbands:

DIL -You mean, no matter how low I set the bar, he'll still find a way to crawl under it??

Mom: You still think there's a bar. That's so cute.

Comment by Loren Miller on April 26, 2017 at 5:36pm

Boil it down, what god judges people for are things Pat Robertson doesn't like!

Comment by Joan Denoo on April 26, 2017 at 5:27pm

@Bertold Brautigan, I wrote a response to your excellent "God will judge..." poster, and it evaporated into the ether, gone forever. Let me think and respond again. 

God judges America over abortion and Gay Marriage

God does not judge America over: 

Native Americans who experience being  raped, murdered, their lands stolen, their children taken from their families, their spirituality disrespected, without protection of laws or Constitution; 

Africans who lived enslaved and had boulders tied to their legs. They experienced being raped, murdered, disrespected, and exploited for centuries without recourse in law or Constitution; 

The homeless, although hungry, sick, dying, and poor do not receive care or protection of law or Constitution. ; 

God does judge America over abortion and gay marriage.

It is time for Americans to judge god/s and those who pretend they have some higher power and protections from superstitions. 

Comment by Joan Denoo on April 26, 2017 at 5:17pm

@Plinius, your feelings of pessimism have value and need to be expressed; your realism carries weight and power. I especially appreciate when you confront me with skepticism. You truly think critically, a valuable quality, in my opinion.  

Comment by Joan Denoo on April 26, 2017 at 5:14pm

@Ian, your wonderful spirit gives me great pleasure; I especially like the ways you describe the events and people in your life. Your writings feel like mini-vacations for me. 

Comment by Joan Denoo on April 26, 2017 at 5:06pm

@Ruth, your anger expresses itself in the most constructive way that I can imagine with your Letters to the Legislature guidance. I learn so much from the way you construct your comments and the boldness with which you write. 

I recognize the low spots. We come to the end of life as we know it on Earth and there may never be another epic such as the one into which we were born. 

There are a few things I find helpful to dodge the depression bullets: * Celebrate my anger!

* Focus my anger on the authors of my anger! 

* "Delete" toxic people from my life! Laura hates it when I talk about doing this. 

* Be intolerant of intolerable words and deeds. 

* Rejoice with my family and friends, creating the best memories possible for each one. 

* Talk to or read what others say and write about their "end of an era" experiences, i.e. Native American, African-Americans, other ethnic groups who experienced radical change beyond their control. 

* Soak up a spirit of wonder, not of superstitions, but of whatever gives you pause for joy. 


Comment by Joan Denoo on April 26, 2017 at 4:52pm

@The Flying Atheist on Monday "OK, my last post about "him."  (I don't want to soil this fine forum. It's hard to be continually pissed off and not vent.)"

Oh! Carl, don't throw away your "pissed off" feelings. They are needed now more than ever in my lifetime. Grab hold of your aner, identify it, think about it, explore options of how you can use it, develop a plan, and vent to your heart's content, then find a way to celebrate and let your anger flow away from you! There will be many more times when your/ our anger needs to express itself 

In the meantime, peace! 


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