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

Started by Loren Miller. Last reply by Bertold Brautigan 2 hours ago. 34 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

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

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 sk8eycat on January 4, 2015 at 3:55am

Tom, sometimes I get so far into my shell that I can actually tell people, "I WON'T!"  It works.

Comment by tom sarbeck on January 4, 2015 at 1:19am

Ian, responding to your post about fours hours ago.

Several years in the "hot kitchen" of politics persuaded me to kick "I should" and "I ought" from my lexicon.

They are idealists' words and the world treats idealists badly. I say "I want to" or "I will".

I also stopped using second and third person pronouns with "should" and "ought".

Comment by The Flying Atheist on January 4, 2015 at 12:00am

Love the comics, Patricia.  Thanks for cheering all of us up. 

Comment by Joan Denoo on January 4, 2015 at 12:00am

Patricia, these cartoons make me laugh! Especially "Buy-polar-disorder". 

Ian, an unusual perception of depression. Mindy's report of her daughter's struggles with it reveals how difficult it can be.

Felaine, your coping strategies seem to give you some comfort. At least, I hope so. Your horse story hit my funny bone. 

The author wrote, "Depression is an asshole, and it can become your master, but you can slip out from under it occasionally."

I feel for each of you as you report a terrible stretch and I hope each of you feel supported by me and us.  

Ian, I like your shoulda, oughtta, gotta reference. And the frog. 

Steph, that sign has such a pretty luster and greeting. 

I used to have terrible depressions and now I have very short ones very rarely that pop up when I do not expect them. It is like crawling out of hell. Thankfully, I have you friends for support

Comment by sk8eycat on January 3, 2015 at 10:20pm

Thanks, Patricia...I giggled, LOL'd, and snorted.

The horse on the sofa reminded me of the one time Mom and I went to visit her sister and two brothers who were sort of starting over in Winslow, AZ.  (I think I was 7 or 8 at the time,)

One night Uncle Dennis knocked on the door and hollered that he had a friend with him, and could he bring him in.  Aunt Phyllis said, "Sure!"  So Uncle D. walked his big black stallion into the living room. 

I wish someone had had a camera....  Shock, dismay, and hilarity.  I don't remember how they got Blackjack turned around and back outside, but it was a hoot!

Comment by Steph S. on January 3, 2015 at 9:05pm

Comment by sk8eycat on January 3, 2015 at 8:54pm

Ian, thanks for the pep talk.  I know that "should" and "ought" but don' wanna are symptoms of my own mind...I've inherited clinical depression and procrastination from both parents, and I should talk to my doctor about it.  IF she ever has the time. 

Love the frog...he looks kinda like little Kermit. (Or have you ever seen "Sesame Street," or "The Muppet Show"?)

Comment by Ian Mason on January 3, 2015 at 8:44pm

Comment by Ian Mason on January 3, 2015 at 8:43pm

Felaine, that "should" and its friend "ought" are two nasty pieces of work. Kick them in the balls every time they turn up. The only thing I force myself to do is phyisical exercise because I know it helps, at least for a while. You obviously have your way of soothing your darker moods. I presume you also care for your cats and enjoy their company, so things do get done. Good luck with the book-hunting and book-sorting projects.

Comment by sk8eycat on January 3, 2015 at 3:45pm

Ian, I can totally identify with what that article says.  I have spent most of the last 2 weeks in my room, reading.....and smoking.  Sometimes I come in here and check my e-mail, but I have not really been communicating with anyone.  Nor have I been cooking much of the food that Mike brought me.  (I did cook, and eat the chicken, wrapped in bacon, because I didn't want it to go bad.)  Anything more elaborate just seems like too much effort.

So I read a thick biography of Julius Caesar, and then I read a similarly-sized biography of the first 40 years of Robert A. Heinlein's life. (I need to search the net for for the 2nd volume...it's been published.)  And now I'm going through my paperback collection looking for things I can give away without regret.

But there's so much else I should be doing, and I just don't want to.

 

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