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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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Bible Belt Atheist (New York Times)

Started by Loren Miller Apr 19. 0 Replies

The following showed up in my YouTube feed this morning, and I decided to have a look.  Turns out, the New York Times has given us a reasonably even-handed look at a good friend of ours, being one Jerry DeWitt, former bible-thumper and now a pretty…Continue

Tags: Bible Belt, atheist, Jerry DeWitt

How would you respond?

Started by Christina Scribner. Last reply by Christina Scribner Apr 10. 5 Replies

So, this morning, I was at my local coffee shop as I am most weekdays between bus runs. I do the editing on my husband's books so I had my laptop with me. My wallpaper is a picture I found online sometime back of a double helix with the word atheist…Continue

The Fake Christian Busybody Show (Andrew Bradley)

Started by Loren Miller. Last reply by Plinius Apr 9. 1 Reply

It seems as though there was a Gay Pride parade in some town somewhere and a Christian commentator, herein known as The Activist Mommy, apparently got her panties so in a bunch about it that she had to fire up her video camera and record a…Continue

Tags: gay, pride, The Activist Mommy, Andrew Bradley, America's Best Christian

America Held Hostage: Day 436 (MisterDeity)

Started by Loren Miller. Last reply by Ruth Anthony-Gardner Apr 9. 1 Reply

Now that Sinclair Broadcasting has stated their position regarding fake news and its threat to our democracy, Mister Deity's Brian Dalton has decided to throw his $0.02 worth in as well ... though I don't quite think his presentation was really what…Continue

Tags: fake news, Deity, Mister, Broadcasting, Sinclair

Guns: Both Sides Now (Betty Bowers)

Started by Loren Miller. Last reply by Christina Scribner Apr 3. 3 Replies

Oh, NO!  The gun debate has gotten so heated that it has Betty Bowers, America's Best Christian, TALKING TO HERSELF!  Apparently, one of her has had a stroke or a serious breakdown in cognitive skills, as she does little more than parrot the NRA's…Continue

Tags: NRA, guns, America's Best Christian, Betty Bowers

how dogma pollutes discourse (qualiasoup & theramintrees)

Started by Loren Miller Apr 3. 0 Replies

"The Lord is our God; the Lord is One." "I am the Way, the Truth, and the Life; no one comes to the Father, but by Me." "There is no god but Allah, and Mohamed is his prophet." Assertions, taught as fact, but without any form of corroborative…Continue

Tags: dogma, QualiaSoup, TheraminTrees

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Comment by Randall Smith on August 30, 2016 at 8:40am

Gene Wilder wasn't very old, either. Probably died from heart ache, missing his ex, Gilda Radner.

I'm guessing that's a banana slug, mascot of  UC Santa Cruz. You have my permission to be one, Joan.

Comment by Joan Denoo on August 30, 2016 at 1:16am

Ruth, very good news about your husband's recovery from shoulder replacement. 

Kathy, I didn't read your comment as funny and am glad that you were joking. I guess I spent too many years with people in emotional pain.

I'm glad now I worked as hard as I did because I am just a lazy slug enjoying my retirement. 

Comment by Joan Denoo on August 30, 2016 at 1:02am

R.I.P. Gene Wilder 

Comment by Grinning Cat on August 29, 2016 at 3:00pm

Joan, glad to hear that you (and others here) are doing OK!

I too tend to march to a different accordion...

(photo from Wikipedia)

Comment by Idaho Spud on August 28, 2016 at 5:53am

Carl, I probably mentioned this before, but a few years ago, I decided to not be a coward and watch when I was given a shot or blood was drawn.  I noticed that the prick registered in my brain as a little stronger when I watched, but I still watch because it's still only a slight prick.

I had one nurse that amazed me because her shot didn't even register as a prick.  She said it's because she took her time to find the exact location of the vein so she could push the needle in rapidly.  That made the pain lower or nonexistent.

On both my colonoscopies, I wanted to watch the monitor.  They let me on the first one, although I didn't see much because I was out most of the time.  The monitor was pointed away from me the second time.  I asked if I could get a video of the procedure, and they said no.  I think they said they didn't make videos.  Perhaps they didn't want complainers or hypochondriacs bugging them about some things they saw.

Comment by Idaho Spud on August 28, 2016 at 5:39am

Is that why I'm so forgetful?  Could be part of it, but in my case, the inability to concentrate is the main problem.  Too many things distract me.

Comment by Ian Mason on August 28, 2016 at 3:06am

Glad to hear that you're all well. I haven't been around this week because I've been on courses and come home with a head full.

I've been the odd one in my family too. I read books instead of watching TV.

Forgetful?

Comment by Plinius on August 28, 2016 at 1:55am

I know that strategy, Carl, it's a good one!

Comment by Plinius on August 28, 2016 at 1:49am

Glad your surgery went so well, Joan! And great that it helps!

Good for you, Randall, with your running success! I'm a bit jealous, now that I can't even run to catch a bus.

Comment by The Flying Atheist on August 28, 2016 at 12:08am

Kathy, you can be any part of the family here that feels right for you.  We embrace you with open arms. 

I was always the "odd" one in my family.  I still am. Not for being an atheist, but for my particular sense of humor and my likes and dislikes.  I've always marched proudly to the beat of a different drummer and pursued my interests all the while exhibiting a seemingly conventional appearance.  Still waters run deep, as they say.

 

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