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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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Are You a Patriot? (Betty Bowers)

Started by Loren Miller. Last reply by k.h. ky on Saturday. 20 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

We Don't Want Your (Atheist) Money! (The Thinking Atheist)

Started by Loren Miller. Last reply by Grinning Cat on Thursday. 11 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 Ark Encounter: A Less than Grand Opening (The Thinking Atheist)

Started by Loren Miller. Last reply by Grinning Cat Aug 21. 24 Replies

The day finally arrived.  Ken Ham's Ark Encounter opened on 7 July, 2016 ... to something a bit less than Disney-sized crowds, and more than a couple dissenting voices!  Seth Andrews has gathered a quartet of significant participants in the protest…Continue

Tags: Tracey Moody, Dan Broadbent, Seth Andrews, David Silverman, AronRa

Surreal, I haz it

Started by Ruth Anthony-Gardner. Last reply by Idaho Spud Aug 14. 91 Replies

Surreal, not just found in art.Continue

Tags: surreal

Wedding Haka - Subtitled & translated

Started by Joan Denoo Aug 13. 0 Replies

I ran across a video of a wedding in which a group of wedding guests celebrated with a performance of a traditional Māori ancestral war dance, called a Haka. It was intended for sons, however, the women have joined in a participation of…Continue

Tags: new, traditions., women, men, Haka

Onward (Unpaid) Christian Soldiers (Betty Bowers)

Started by Loren Miller. Last reply by Chris G Aug 13. 1 Reply

Proselytizing in the military is a dirty little secret most radical christians would rather didn't get out.  Well, never let it be said that America's Best Christian, Betty Bowers, was ever a wallflower where a pit bull was needed!  In the following…Continue

Tags: Military Religious Freedom Foundation, MRFF, America's Best Christian, Betty Bowers

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Comment by Plinius on December 23, 2014 at 1:05am

Yes, the Keane paintings - what a depressing sort of art is that! I may barf too! It's the barfing season anyway, with all the sugared xmas stories and all the other seasonal nonsense. Let's be kind to homeless people so we feel good and then we can neglect and ignore them for another year.

Comment by sk8eycat on December 23, 2014 at 12:04am

Does anyone else remember the so-called Keane paintings of big-eyed children that were so popular in the hippie days of the 1950s?  Someone has made a movie about the "artist." 

I may barf.

Comment by sk8eycat on December 22, 2014 at 9:44am

I've loved this recording ever since it was first released:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=u7iLc7XhU8E

Comment by Plinius on December 22, 2014 at 1:50am

They talk all day, Carl, but I'm still no expert in understanding Cat. Couldn't find a language guide.

Comment by The Flying Atheist on December 22, 2014 at 1:38am

Patricia, you're very lucky to have talking cats.  Most are too smug to speak to humans.  :)

Comment by Plinius on December 22, 2014 at 1:36am

I like the movie very much, Patricia, and your husband has got a very steady hand.

Comment by Joan Denoo on December 22, 2014 at 1:31am
  1. Ring Out Solstice Bells
    Song by Jethro Tull
  2. Now is the solstice of the year,
    winter is the glad song that you hear.
    Seven maids move in seven time.
    Have the lads up ready in a line.
    Ring out these bells.
    Ring out, ring solstice bells.
    Ring solstice bells.
    Join together beneath the mistletoe.
    by the holy oak whereon it grows.
    Seven druids dance in seven time.
    Sing the song the bells call, loudly chiming.
    Ring out these bells.
    Ring out, ring solstice bells.
    Ring solstice bells.
    Praise be to the distant sister sun,
    joyful as the silver planets run.
    Seven maids move in seven time.
    Sing the song the bells call, loudly chiming.
    Ring out those bells.
    Ring out, ring solstice bells.
    Ring solstice bells.
    Ring on, ring out.
    Ring on, ring out.
Comment by Ian Mason on December 22, 2014 at 1:24am

Comment by Ian Mason on December 22, 2014 at 12:57am

Lovely pictures, music and hugs. Thank you, all of you.

I've probably posted thid before but it's my seasonal favourite:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=K2mh5zPj7Lc

Comment by The Flying Atheist on December 21, 2014 at 9:35pm

Time to use the "Wayback Machine."

Me in the Spring of 1983, finishing up first year of college, with a fellow jazz band trumpet player. 

 

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