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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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The Most Hated Woman in America (The Thinking Atheist)

Started by Loren Miller. Last reply by Gary S on Thursday. 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 The Flying Atheist on August 24, 2015 at 9:15am

I watched a wonderful documentary yesterday and wanted to pass along my recommendation so you could enjoy it as well.  It's "On the Way To School," a French film from 2013.  It's the story of four children from four different countries, and the struggles and obstacles they endure just to get to school.  It's very inspirational, and at times quite moving.  I streamed it on Netflix, but I know it's available from other sources, too.  Here's the trailer.

Comment by The Flying Atheist on August 23, 2015 at 1:35pm

I'm not a huge Dean Martin fan either, but I really liked the video.  Some really great movies represented. 

However, I always liked the "Dean Martin Roasts."  They always had a great line-up of stars.  You couldn't go wrong with Phyllis Diller, Flip Wilson or Foster Brooks.     

Comment by Randall Smith on August 23, 2015 at 7:42am

Sorry, Carl, but two seconds of Dean Martin is my limit. I did watch the video, however. Fun.

Comment by The Flying Atheist on August 21, 2015 at 9:13am

Excellent, Loren! 

And here's one to enjoy after the caffeine has kicked in.

Comment by Loren Miller on August 21, 2015 at 7:52am

Randall, most of the time when pianists appear as soloists, at least to my experience with The Cleveland Orchestra (I have a six-concert subscription), they play from memory as well.  Worth note: most works for piano and orchestra run a LOT longer, too!

Comment by Randall Smith on August 21, 2015 at 7:35am

Great! And they're playing by memory--no music! 

Comment by Loren Miller on August 21, 2015 at 7:04am

So ... it's Friday morning and the coffee hasn't kicked in yet?  Give THIS a try!

Comment by Idaho Spud on August 20, 2015 at 8:45am

Nice looking house Randy.  Is that a lightning rod on top, and one further down?

I've never been afraid of heights unless there was clear and present danger.  Even then, I usually keep my head and get down safely. 

Related to heights, the stupidest thing I did was decide to shovel snow off the church roof when I was church custodian.  It was higher than your house and my ladder just barely reached the start of the roof using a steep angle.  Getting on and off the roof was quite frightening, but I didn't fall, and at least I had a rope that I tied to me and the chimney once I was on top, so that I wouldn't slip on the snow.  Never did anything nearly that stupid again.

I've never had a huge panic attack, but I've had one or two mild ones related to social situations.

Comment by Randall Smith on August 20, 2015 at 8:06am

Leonard, on Big Bang Theory, did a great job of acting out a panic attack on an early episode (preparing for a date with Penny). Remember that one?

News on the home front: Got my chimney cleaned out yest. They said it was nearly clogged shut with creosote (I burn wood).

I used climb up on the steep roof and clean it out myself. But when I "froze" and couldn't step off onto the ladder, I said "that's the last time"! Took me 10 minutes to get down. Talk about a panic attack!

Comment by The Flying Atheist on August 19, 2015 at 12:37pm
I don't have panic attacks anymore since my heart surgery. Looking back I'm tending to think now that they never were actual panic attacks, but my body responding to my faulty heart valve and my chronically high blood pressure. My heart would start pumping fast, which alarmed me, only to cause more psychological unease and tention.
 

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