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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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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

The Playboy Interview: Richard Dawkins

Started by Loren Miller. Last reply by Loren Miller Mar 28. 16 Replies

I suppose it was the news that Playboy magazine was returning nudes to its pages after a year's hiatus that sufficiently perked my curiosity to check them out again.  I hadn't looked at Playboy since perhaps 2008, when I began to recognize that I…Continue

Tags: Richard Dawkins, Playboy

God's Annual Performance Review (Betty Bowers)

Started by Loren Miller. Last reply by Ruth Anthony-Gardner Mar 19. 6 Replies

I don't know about you guys, but there wasn't a performance review I had in 30 years of field service that I didn't LOATHE.  It seems as though Betty Bowers, America's Best Christian, is up for turning the tables on the person you would expect would…Continue

Tags: review, performance, god, American's Best Christian, Betty Bowers

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Comment by Idaho Spud on September 14, 2015 at 11:28am

Randy, I'm sorry for your loss of your father.  It sounds like you loved your father as much as I did mine.  Mine died at age 95, but it wasn't a sudden shock like your experience was.  Mine was in slow decline and was in so much pain, with such little mobility, and with a mind that was going, that we all felt relived that he was finally out of his pain.

Comment by Joan Denoo on September 14, 2015 at 11:07am

Randy, I am sorry to learn of your father's death. You spoke fondly of him and I enjoyed when you told of visiting him. Just think of all the changes he saw in his lifetime! What a remarkable time to live. 

Born during that period after WW I, the Great Depression, WW II, conquered diseases, space flight, transplanted organs, and family planning, to name just a few. 

Comment by The Flying Atheist on September 14, 2015 at 9:46am

Randy, I'm so sorry to hear about your family's loss.

Comment by Pat on September 14, 2015 at 8:45am

Randall, I'm sorry to hear about your loss. However, I am envious. I never had a good relationship with my father. And, when he died, it was no great loss to me. I've always envied the relationships of people like you and your dad. You are fortunate in that you have something I will never enjoy. Wonderful memories of him. 

Comment by Plinius on September 14, 2015 at 8:05am

Randall, I'm so sorry for your loss! I'm glad you were with him, but it's really a bad experience for you. 

Comment by Loren Miller on September 14, 2015 at 8:04am

Condolences, Randall.  It's bad enough to know it's coming, but to have it come on that fast has to be hard as hell.  Take care, bro.

Comment by Bertold Brautigan on September 14, 2015 at 7:56am

Randall, I'm so sorry to hear of your loss.

Comment by Randall Smith on September 14, 2015 at 7:47am

Speaking of falling: I'm sad to report that my very own father took a spill on steps, broke his hip, hit his head, and died 10 hours later. This was just 2 days ago. He was 97. It was all so sudden and shocking. I was at his bedside when his blood pressure dropped off the chart. There was no hope trying to revive him.

So I lost my one and only father, a great man, someone I admired and loved very much. I knew his passing would come sooner or later, but it's still not easy, especially coming so unexpectedly. 

Comment by Plinius on September 13, 2015 at 5:41am

Are you all right, Ian? Have you got help? I hope you don't feel very bad.

Falling ----- yesterday I took Auntie for a short walk, I knew she fell over twice last month, but she was much more unbalanced and fragile than before. When I helped her step from the last kerb in front of the care home she fell again and I could do nothing to stop her. Luckily help was at hand and the damage wasn't serious, but she was sore and black and blue. I daren't risk another walk outside with her...  

Comment by Ian Mason on September 13, 2015 at 5:00am
 

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