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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 12 minutes 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 Joan Denoo on November 30, 2014 at 2:23am

Amazing skill with that ball, Patricia. 

Comment by The Flying Atheist on November 30, 2014 at 12:08am

Patricia, that's a great video!  Incredible footwork. 

Comment by Deidre on November 29, 2014 at 1:07pm

haha I meant that post to go into the food group. lol!

Comment by Deidre on November 29, 2014 at 1:03pm

Greetings all. I made scones a few days ago, to take to friends as treats. (and keep some for me too) ^_^

First time I've ever made them, I followed a recipe from Food Network's Alton Brown. I learned what 'cut in butter' means. lol I never knew that. Make sure your butter is cold, and I used a mixer on low but probably would work even better with a pastry maker. But, I don't own one of those.

Here's the recipe:

http://www.foodnetwork.com/recipes/alton-brown/scones-recipe.html

Double the recipe if you want more than a dozen.

Comment by sk8eycat on November 29, 2014 at 12:22pm

We have had many red/orange cats over the years.  I wanted to name the one we had before Pumpkin "Lowell" after Percival Lowell.

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Percival_Lowell

Then I realized he would have to be neutered, and I named him Lyle instead, so that he could say his own name.  Turned out he DID say "lowell" when there was an intact tomcat prowling outside.

Comment by Plinius on November 29, 2014 at 11:43am

You're right, they are called Plinius here. The Elder loved science, the Younger loved books, and the Youngest could purr.

Comment by sk8eycat on November 29, 2014 at 10:19am

Found Plinius/Pliny (I think)

Pliny the Younger or Gaius Plinius Caecilius Secundus (62-c.115): Roman senator, nephew of Pliny the Elder, governor of Bithynia-Pontus (109-111), author of a famous collection of letters.

http://www.livius.org/pi-pm/pliny/pliny_y.htm

Comment by Idaho Spud on November 29, 2014 at 10:09am

I wouldn't have thought any cat would be noisy.  

That reminds me of something a man said years ago.  I was renting a room from him & his wife.  He had a young daughter that should have been named stomper.  He asked her why she made so much noise walking.  He said, when Francis (me) walks through the house, I can't even hear him!

Comment by sk8eycat on November 29, 2014 at 10:07am

WHO was Plinius?  (Most Lunar features are named for somebody....)

Comment by sk8eycat on November 29, 2014 at 10:01am

I didn't name Pumpkin....but he's used to it after all these years.  He should have been named Stomper...or Thud.  He's the noisiest cat, when walkiing, I've ever known.

 

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