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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 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 Idaho Spud on January 1, 2015 at 10:20am

Thanks for another excellent statement Mindy.

Comment by Randall Smith on January 1, 2015 at 7:22am

Joan, sorry about your bout with the blues. My mother and ex-wife had them. No explanation and no fun.

Coincidently, Carl, when listening to Diane Reeves last night on PBS, I couldn't help but compare her to Ella--and there IS no comparison! I've always been a huge Ella admirer.

Comment by Joan Denoo on January 1, 2015 at 3:32am

Thank you Patricia for your kind words. I am feeling much better. It helped to write about my depression. I feel for Mindy and her daughter with their struggle with that madness. It is pure hell. 

2015 promises to be a good year.

Comment by Joan Denoo on January 1, 2015 at 3:26am

Carl, your words comfort me and reassure me that I am OK! The black cloud lifted and I feel much better. 

A very Happy New Year to you. I hope 2015 brings you excellent health and a fast recovery. 

Comment by Joan Denoo on January 1, 2015 at 3:16am

Ian, It is hard for me to imagine you as "a terrible father"; you sound so gentle. I appreciate your sharing that guilt is just plain useless. I went into the deep hole and didn't come out of it until I wrote my piece here. The depression lifted and I am fine. I wasted that whole damned week weeping quietly so no one would see or hear. 

I feel just fine now and can get on with laughing and appreciating what I have. 

A very happy New Year to you. I hope 2015 is a smashingly good year.

Comment by sk8eycat on January 1, 2015 at 3:10am

(Pumpkin is bowing to his admirers...and I am thanking you all.)

Comment by Plinius on January 1, 2015 at 2:41am

May all your wishes come true! Happy birthday, Pumpkin!

Comment by Ian Mason on January 1, 2015 at 1:00am

Comment by sk8eycat on January 1, 2015 at 12:13am

Pumpkin thanks you all...he doesn't know he's getting old, and I'm not going to tell him.

I am having a cup of HOT cinnamon tea, and thinking about adding a slice of pumpkin (the vegetable kind!) to celebrate....but there's a bottle of Korbel that my sister bought (quel suprise!!!) cooling in the fridge, and some Brie and crackers, too.

The cold wind has blown itself out after a day and a half, so the gun worshipers will probably be out blasting away at the sky in a couple of hours. 

Oh, and out old CRT TV is dying, slowly, so my sister is going to try to find the Rose Parade online in the morning.  My monitor is a very bright flat screen, so it should look more 3-D-ish.  I hope.  I've already seen a color sketch of the Burbank float, and am embarrassed.  It looks so cartoonish.  Bleah.

I think I'll just cuddle with Mr. Pumpkin and listen to him purr.....

Comment by sk8eycat on December 31, 2014 at 10:54pm

HAPPY NUDE DEER, EBRYWON!!!

 

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