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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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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

bending truth, or "We Can All Be Manipulated" (TheraminTrees)

Started by Loren Miller. Last reply by Joan Denoo Sep 2. 28 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

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 Idaho Spud on February 14, 2015 at 1:30pm

Chris, that's a funny group of why the chicken crossed the road answers.

Comment by Joan Denoo on February 14, 2015 at 12:55pm

Chris, I like your class exercise! Your students must have gotten a good laugh and probably had the joy of contributing. 

Comment by Joan Denoo on February 14, 2015 at 12:54pm

Elaine, IMHO, you should have sounded an alarm. I don't know what the boy was doing, I do know the dog acted in a very unnatural way. Was the critter in pain or enjoying himself? I don't know. I suspect not. After learning of the involvement of spinal cords, then I say it definitely was brutal. If it were, we would need to know about it and take appropriate action by not laughing, and expressing concern. Either way, we learn something.  

Comment by Ian Mason on February 14, 2015 at 11:46am

Chris, that is very, very funny.

Felaine, it wouldn't be the same without you. Please stay with us.

Comment by Plinius on February 14, 2015 at 11:15am

I gathered the answers on internet and worked them into an English lesson. Had to leave out the more difficult idiom and the American that are not so well known here. Was a good lesson!

Comment by Ruth Anthony-Gardner on February 14, 2015 at 10:59am

Welcome back sk8eycat!

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Comment by Ruth Anthony-Gardner on February 14, 2015 at 10:55am

LOL, Plinus. Thanks for a humorous start to my day! I especially liked the John Lennon and Bill Gates versions.

The Miles Davis should be relaxing, but my brain's irritable and the high notes sound shrill to me rather than mellow. Turned down the volume three times. Happy Valentine's Day, all.

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Comment by Randall Smith on February 14, 2015 at 8:42am

Loved all those chicken answers, Chris! I needed a good laugh.

Love jazz, but not "smooth", i.e., Kenny G type.

HAPPY VALENTINES DAY, ladies!

Randy

Comment by sk8eycat on February 14, 2015 at 1:07am

I just re-joined to let you all know that I deleted my comments that seem to have started the howling.

I'm sorry I said anything at all, but cruelty to animals is a VERY hot-button issue with me, and I just had to stick my oar in.

Good bye, all.  I'll miss you, but I don't feel as though I belong in this group anymore.

Elaine

Comment by Joan Denoo on February 14, 2015 at 12:27am

Chris! You have all the right answers!  Tehehehe

 

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