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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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Afrodisiacs – African Aphrodisiacs

Started by Joan Denoo. Last reply by Joan Denoo 11 hours ago. 4 Replies

Am I so old and not know the definition of aphrodisiac, and its historical definition being based on Aphrodite, that her name came from the African drugs that Egyptians, Greeks, and Romans used for sexual enhancement? Dhu!  Aphrodite, ancient Greek…Continue

Tags: Africa, Lady, Victorian

Degrees of Doubt: The Claims and Credentials of Ravi Zacharias (The Thinking Atheist)

Started by Loren Miller. Last reply by Chris May 17. 1 Reply

Anyone here ever run onto an apologist by the name of Ravi Zacharias?  I've seen his name dropped multiple times on YouTube as supposedly being THE ONE APOLOGIST that no atheist wants to cross swords with, because of his facility with christian…Continue

Tags: Ravi Zacharias, Steve Baughman, The Thinking Atheist, Seth Andrews

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

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Comment by Joan Denoo on January 3, 2016 at 2:54am

And the west coast of US

Comment by Joan Denoo on January 3, 2016 at 2:50am

EarthWindMap

Observe what is happening off the western coast of Europe, Ireland and England. 

Is there anyone living in that area that can report the weather to us?

Comment by Joan Denoo on January 3, 2016 at 1:37am

Ten above zero degrees F when we closed up for the night, First light this morning

Early light this morning. A stunningly beautiful day with the sound of cold temperatures as we walked on the snow. The clear air had crystals that floated down as breezes wafted through the trees.

Comment by Plinius on January 2, 2016 at 11:58pm

We went to a NYE party at the neighbours', and, as you say Carl,  the relationships were wonderfully enriched when our neighbour came out as a transgender, in a wig, a beautiful dress and a new name. Tears of joy when everyone saw that he/she is on the road to a better life, and great fun. It's the first time I saw a gay marriage turn into a hetero marriage.  

Comment by Joan Denoo on January 2, 2016 at 10:30pm

Ian, isn't it fun to have little ones in our lives, and memories? I surely am happy living so close to my great-grandchildren. Just now, Brooklyn wants to type you a note.

ip=oppp, Love, Brooklyn

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Comment by Joan Denoo on January 2, 2016 at 10:03pm

Randy, I have a Google Alert for silverthorn.farm.com and enjoy reading their Facebook page. Your remarkable family offers an option for young, ambitious, environmentally sensitive people. You must be very proud!

silverthorn.farm.com

Comment by Ian Mason on January 2, 2016 at 9:17pm

Comment by Joan Denoo on January 2, 2016 at 3:03pm

Carl, your report of settling into a new normal is good to read. I am happy your sister is recovering so quickly as well. 

A quiet evening at home is my favorite NYE activity. At Laura's the whole family comes here each year and they have a wonderful time in the snow, gathering around the burn pit outside and the fire inside with hot cups of beverage. I am happy because I get to take a nap before the midnight toasts begin. I return to bed after, and others party on into the morning. I have no problem sleeping with all the partying. There are a few alcoholic spirits, but not much. Laura and Larry are light drinkers, and their two daughters are in that stage of life of wanting to get pass-out-drunk-and-be-sick-for three-days-after. At least, they aren't out on the highway with other deadly-drunk-drivers.

Our New Years Day offered lots of left-overs; we have a day off cooking. 

Settling into your home, doing what you want to do when you want to do it brings many pleasures. I think of you as you settle in. 

Comment by The Flying Atheist on January 2, 2016 at 12:06pm

Happy New Year to all of you here!  I hope 2016 treats you well and provides good health and enriching relationships.

I spent a quiet NYE by myself relaxing in front of the boob tube watching a movie on Netflix.  I also treated myself to Kung Pao Chicken with egg roll from my favorite Chinese take-out.  Quite enjoyable. 

When by myself on NYE, I usually opt to watch something "zany" along the lines of the Marx Brothers or W.C Fields, but this year I chose a dark, disturbing film that had excellent reviews.  It did not disappoint!  Nightcrawlers (2014) [trailer] about the seedy underside of the independent cameramen who film, sell and provide film footage to local television news shows.  Great performances, cinematography and suspense.  Jake Gyllenhaal wonderfully plays a cunning psychopath. 

I moved back to my apartment back on December 21 after spending five weeks recuperating at my parent's house.  It's nice to be home.  I haven't been here since the morning of November 12, the day of my surgery except to pick up mail periodically.  Both my sister and I are feeling good and continue to get our energy back.  I have several months of physical therapy ahead of me to strengthen my legs.  Now that there's snow and ice on the ground, walking is very hazardous, so I've had to take taxis frequently.      

Comment by Randall Smith on January 2, 2016 at 7:51am

I suppose watching football games at my daughter's house was a good excuse to spend quality time with my grandchildren. The baby is 7 weeks old and now very alert, staring and smiling at his funny looking grandaddy (as I'm called).

I also found time to discuss farm plans with Nate, my SIL. I could write at length about what's happening on our 120 acres, but, in short, all is going well. We're excited about the future of organic farming. No current newsletter has been published, but for a background, check out >silverthorn.farm.com<.

 

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