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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.

This group is not intended to compete with other groups on topics they cover but to "fill in the cracks." Whenever a discussion dwells at length on a topic for which there's an existing group, we urge you to provide members a link to that group to continue along their tangent.

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A Powerful Message from an old wise teacher :

Started by Joan Denoo. Last reply by Thomas Murray on Saturday. 5 Replies

I received a gift this morning from a virtual friend, Pamela Smith:A Powerful Message from an old wise teacher :" One day an old wise teacher was walking through a village. A very angry and rude young man came up and began insulting him. "You have…Continue

Speak English? YOU FIRST! (Betty Bowers)

Started by Loren Miller. Last reply by Thomas Murray on Friday. 4 Replies

Honestly, the title to this piece is badly under-representative of the content.  To be far more accurate, what we have here is Mrs. Betty Bowers, America's Best Christian, going on a rant.  Before you say it ... Say WHAAAA?  Betty Bowers ranting? …Continue

Tags: America's Best Christian, Betty Bowers

A Prayer for Our Nation (Betty Bowers)

Started by Loren Miller. Last reply by Ruth Anthony-Gardner on Friday. 2 Replies

I'm going to keep this one short and sweet.  Mrs. Betty Bowers, America's Best Christian, has seen what is going on with the current occupant of the Oval Office, and my impression is that she is not at all happy with it.  True to her citizenship,…Continue

Tags: prayer, Donald Trump, Oval Office, America's Best Christian, Betty Bowers

Any Babymetal Fans Here?

Started by Bruce Carroll. Last reply by Idaho Spud Sep 12. 5 Replies

Any Babymetal fans here besides me? I have to ask because 1) I really like Babymetal and 2) Babymetal unknowingly played a role in my journey out of religion.For those who are unfamiliar with Babymetal, here is a link to one of their most popular…Continue

Tags: Japanese Idol, Babymetal

If you could rid the world of one thing, what would it be?

Started by Idaho Spud. Last reply by Ruth Anthony-Gardner Sep 11. 30 Replies

Today, I heard Seth Andrews talk about the question, "If you could rid the world of one thing, what would it be?"  My first thought was religion, but after a few seconds I decided it would be irrational or anti-scientific thinking.  That would take…Continue

Tags: anti-scientific, irrational

Ignorance is Bliss: Why Religious People Seem Happier Than the 'Nones'”.

Started by Joan Denoo. Last reply by Idaho Spud Sep 11. 16 Replies

“Highly Religious Volunteer More, Lie Less, and Claim to Be Happier”~ Houston Chronicle; “Strongly Religious People are Happier than Non-Religious”  ~ Christian Daily."The study determined that 40 percent of highly religious adults—defined as those…Continue

Tags: Nones, happiness, non-religiosity, religiosity, bliss

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Comment by Joan Denoo on August 21, 2016 at 3:01pm

Carl, given that this is the best it is going to get for you, and because you have no control over the natural processes of your body, the only thing that can improve or get healthy is what you already have, a positive outlook on life and a celebration of what you do have. I support you in that, even as I acknowledge down times do occur, emotionally. We offer a place to unwind, to feel weak and strong, out of control and in control, discouraged and encouraged, alone and in a community. Whatever you feel, we stand with you. 

As for myself, I can say with full honesty I love you as I love my children. You are the age of my three children and my heartstrings reach to you. I know you have a strong family who supports you and you have the friends we share here. You are never alone.

Comment by Idaho Spud on August 21, 2016 at 8:31am

A lot more demand for godless weddings is good news.

Comment by Randall Smith on August 21, 2016 at 7:21am

Unitarian (Universalists) weddings are usually non-religious. At least my second one was. I wonder if that sect is declining in attendance like most of the rest. Look it up, Joan! (Our researcher)

Comment by Loren Miller on August 21, 2016 at 7:13am

One of my wife's sons got married yesterday in an outdoor ceremony.  As I listened to the celebrant, I couldn't escape the feeling that something was very different here, and I was in no ways mistaken.  He was a secular celebrant ... And an Atheist!!!

Talking with him afterward, he told me that he's seeing a LOT more demand for godless weddings of late.  He's done around 10 himself and expects to do many more.  I'd call that a cause for celebration!

Comment by Idaho Spud on August 21, 2016 at 6:39am

Kathy, that's the way it is here:  "It's really hard for me to have find anything to discuss with them."  That applies to my family as well.

Sad.

Comment by kathy: ky on August 20, 2016 at 3:50pm
Daniel, I feel more at home in this group than around the people I live around. Most are not curious about any aspect of life that doesn't involve them outside this tiny community.
Ninety-nine % are white. Almost all believe in god and the whole spiel. It's really hard for me to have find anything to discuss with them.
Comment by Plinius on August 20, 2016 at 3:36pm

As if they can't handle the fact that you accept your condition!

Comment by The Flying Atheist on August 20, 2016 at 2:59pm

Grinning Cat, your 'tumor' meme reminds me of the following conversation  I had about two weeks ago when I ran into my upstairs neighbor.

Him:  How are you doing Carl?

Me:  I'm doing OK.  Hanging in there.

Him:  Getting better?

Me:  Well, actually the way I am now is the best I'm going to be.

Him:  No.  You'll get better.

Me:  No.  In fact my muscle condition will deteriorate very slowly over time.  The way I am now is the best I'm going to be.

Him:  Well, that's what doctor's say.  There's always God.

Absolutely maddening!  I'm left speechless by such ignorant statements.  It makes me angry and laugh in contempt at the same time. 

Comment by Daniel W on August 20, 2016 at 2:27pm
Pat has a history of heart disease and has had a heart attack in the past. I dont know why he's absent now.

One of the major flaws of this website is we so often lose people, and we never know why. Not long ago I discussed with someone, Hugh Kramer, who used to be very active, then vanished. So had Dr. Kelly. In the groups, so people drop off the face of the earth and we are left thinking, did they just lose interest? Greener pastures? Found Jesus? In Jail? Dead?

To be honest, I genuinely care for folks here. It's difficult when some just disappear.
Comment by kathy: ky on August 20, 2016 at 12:42pm
Loren, this has been going on at least ten years. But I've never had an attack that I've gone to the er for. Rate it's going it can't be long. Drank a cup of tea two nights ago and it started with the pain and vomiting.
But I had an ectopic pregnancy twenty years ago and the doctor said I wasn't in enough pain for that. The test proved otherwise. Straight into surgery.
 

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