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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 Loren Miller yesterday. 39 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 Bertold Brautigan on March 24, 2015 at 9:09am

Happy B-day Randall. Enjoy that Danube trip; it's beautiful.

Comment by Plinius on March 24, 2015 at 9:09am

Return flights. You should know FA!

Comment by The Flying Atheist on March 24, 2015 at 9:07am
Happy Birthday, Randy! All my best to you.

Many happy returns? Isn't that reincarnation? lol
Comment by Plinius on March 24, 2015 at 8:53am

Congrats Randall, and many happy returns!

Comment by Randall Smith on March 24, 2015 at 7:47am

72 revolutions around the sun (as Chris would say) today (3/24). It's been a great ride, and it ain't over quite yet.

I've led a fairly charmed life, godless and all. My parents were great. I thank them for clothing and feeding me, providing an education, giving me piano lessons and braces, and much more

My first (of two) wives gave me 4 wonderful children. Being twice divorced wasn't on the menu, but such is life. I'm happily single.

I enjoyed (mostly) teaching middle school students for 33 years. I don't know who was educated more. I learned a lot.

Over the years, I've traveled, hiked mountains and plains, seen the Mona Lisa, on and on. I'm headed to the Danube in two weeks. Mostly, I'm a homebody, however, gardening, golfing, reading, exercising, babysitting, just hangin' out.

It's a wonderful life--at least for me.

Comment by k.h. ky on March 23, 2015 at 11:19pm
I accidentally hit that I liked andold blog of mine and it popped up on the right. I feel like an idiot and hate this little pad!
Comment by Idaho Spud on March 23, 2015 at 10:31am

Trepidation indeed Randall.  Here's hoping things go well.

I don't quite understand the land value you're talking about.  Can you clarify that for me?

Comment by Idaho Spud on March 23, 2015 at 10:26am

I used to work with a guy that was probably the most enjoyable person to talk to that I ever met.  And, he had a great sense of humor.  We could be talking about something very serious, and he would all of a sudden say something funny about it, and make me laugh.

I ask him how he got such a sense of humor, and he said his home life was so miserable, he had to develop a sense of humor or die.

Comment by Randall Smith on March 23, 2015 at 7:38am

In a couple of hours, with fear and trepidation, I'm signing papers that will use my 100 acre farm land as collateral for my organic farm kids to secure a major loan for their operation. To make money, or be successful, you have to invest. They're running their operation on shoe laces. And they want to expand--fruit trees, modern equipment, cattle, etc. At $8000/acre, we're talking ten times that in land value. But, it's a risk I'm willing to take. No pain, no gain.

Comment by Plinius on March 23, 2015 at 1:51am

 I often wonder how people can come out of such an experience and be loving and kind.

Many people can't, but if you find one who can, listen and watch. I think such people have a special quality; they are hurt as often as anyone, but they remain unspoilt. Like this man http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/W%C5%82adys%C5%82aw_Szpilman  I read the book, and in an extra chapter one of his sons told how his father was a happy familyman and his children never even suspected that he had had such a bad past.

I love how your Ebony taught you!

 

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