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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.

Nobody here is into mind games. A discussion started with a loaded guilt-throwing question will be deleted.

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

Started by Loren Miller. Last reply by Compelledunbeliever yesterday. 37 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 k.h. ky on January 3, 2015 at 10:59am
Ian, the early part of winter has started to depress m . Short, dreary days. Long boring nights. No sunshine. It will be better in 60 days or less.
Comment by Ian Mason on January 3, 2015 at 9:49am

Thanks, dear friends. Dep and me are old adversaries and I know that I'll come up again. Your support and kind words help a lot.

Comment by Randall Smith on January 3, 2015 at 7:50am

Usually, there's not much good on the telly, but last night PBS spent an hour honoring Billy Joel with the prestigious Gershwin Award. I love Billy's music! In fact, coincidentally, I just finished a biography on him. Great tribute and quite entertaining (the show).

Comment by Plinius on January 3, 2015 at 1:46am

Take care of yourself, Ian!

I haven't taken care of my back, so I'm back into back excercises; it hurts and I have trouble moving. My own fault, I should have kept up the excercise. And I'm also very glad the holidays are over! 

Comment by Joan Denoo on January 3, 2015 at 12:38am

k.h. ky, I am feeling much better, thanks. I have a new appreciation for those who have depressions and the struggle to get back to living again. 

My thoughts go with Ian as he fights off the dark. 

Comment by Joan Denoo on January 3, 2015 at 12:34am

Mindy, I was able to see your cartoons and laughed, twice! 

Comment by Joan Denoo on January 3, 2015 at 12:33am

Ian, by all means, do what you feel is right for you. If taking time off from work helps reduce stress, then by all means, do it. Please keep us up-to-date on how you feel. Having a strong sense of belonging to a community, even if it is a virtual one, may help. 

Comment by Joan Denoo on January 3, 2015 at 12:14am

Tom, perhaps you and I learned the same or similar strategies, be tougher that those who would try to silence us. They eventually get tired and stop their nonsense. If they successfully intimidate us, they win. I have no intention of lettering them do such a thing. 

Comment by Ian Mason on January 2, 2015 at 11:15pm

Holiday reading: by coincidence, two books with similar themes but also very different. "Rumpole and the reign of terror" by John Mortimer and "Arthur and George" by Julian Barnes.

Both written about 8 years ago, the "Rumpole" is a protest against British anti-terror laws which make it legal to imprison people without telling them or their legal counsel what they're charged with. Rumpole defends a Pakistani doctor who's been accused by anonymous letter.

The Barne's book is true account of Conan Doyle's efforts to clear the name of an Indian solicitor convicted of maiming animals on the basis of anonymous letters. The real case, in 1904, led to the founding of the Appeal Court.

Both can really be called Kafkaesque as the atmosphere of both does resemble "The Trial".

Comment by Ian Mason on January 2, 2015 at 11:02pm

Well done, Tom.

It does sound like people are feeling on top of things now. That's good to hear.

The weather in Denmark has switched from many minus degrees back to wind and rain. Personally, I don't mind at all after some of the recent winters with frost from November to March.

I've decided to take some time off work sick. I've been close to a depressive episode for some time now and all the usual strategies for warding it off haven't worked so I need to remove the most stressing element from my life. It usually goes against my moral sense to stay home from work but this time it seems like the right thing to do.

 

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