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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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A Prayer for Our Nation (Betty Bowers)

Started by Loren Miller. Last reply by Patricia yesterday. 1 Reply

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

Eating Our Own: How You Can Save the Movement (David Smalley | The Thinking Atheist)

Started by Loren Miller. Last reply by Daniel W Aug 27. 11 Replies

While I've been peripherally aware of him for a while, David Smalley has not spent much time in the center of my focus when it came to scoping out atheist material on YouTube or elsewhere ... at least up until now.  His talk – Eating Our Own – came…Continue

Tags: Seth Andrews, The Thinking Atheist, Eating Our Own, David Smalley

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Comment by Grinning Cat on June 16, 2016 at 11:28am

Carl, that's good news; I hope things stay that way for many decades -- no signs of impairment, and carrying on with a full life! What Chris and Joan said!

Comment by Joan Denoo on June 16, 2016 at 11:14am

Carl, bummer! The good news, you "feel fine ...  and have no signs of physical impairment". 

Comment by Plinius on June 16, 2016 at 10:44am

That's quite something, Carl! I hope you can get the blood pressure down and keep a good mood!

Comment by The Flying Atheist on June 16, 2016 at 10:29am

Hi, all.  I came home from the hospital yesterday.  Went in Sunday by ambulance.  MRI shows I had a small stroke.  They kept me for a few days because my blood pressure was sky high.  Have a new drug now to hopefully keep it lower.  I'm actually doing well and feeling fine.  I'm lucky to have no signs of physical impairment.  The whole episode is quite disturbing to say the least, but I carry on!     

Comment by Joan Denoo on June 16, 2016 at 8:18am

Randy, very good news, indeed! Thankfully, the farmer was sensible and compassionate. He was kind. Laura's neighbor shoots dogs that come onto his place. Thankfully, Dominic does not roam. 

Comment by Randall Smith on June 16, 2016 at 6:11am

Joan, dog Dot was found by me safely caged up by some farmer. My phone number on her collar was undecipherable, so he went on Facebook and the Humane Society website to put out the word. I didn't think to look there. But all's well that ends well. Dot's doing fine, despite the heat. Thanks for asking.

Comment by Plinius on June 15, 2016 at 8:56am

Thanks Randall!

Comment by Joan Denoo on June 15, 2016 at 6:48am

Randy, I don't see any report from you that your dog returned. Can you give me an update?

Comment by Randall Smith on June 15, 2016 at 6:36am

oops: "so prominently..."

Comment by Randall Smith on June 15, 2016 at 6:34am

I had to look it up, Chris. Flag Day commemorates the adoption of our flag in 1777 on June 14th. It was officially recognized in 1916, so this year was the 100th anniverary. I never heard or read a thing about it being special or anything. Like I said, the day is ignored. We Americans seem to have a thing about flags. It might stem from the Civil War and the Confederate flag to prominently displayed in the southern states (and even in Indiana). People like me hang out the "stars and stripes" in a show of force--in a way, protesting those that display the hateful, racist (in my opinion) Confederate flag.

Unlike many people who keep their flags out all the time, I hang mine only on special days, like July 4th, Memorial Day, etc.

 

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