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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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The Most Hated Woman in America (The Thinking Atheist)

Started by Loren Miller. Last reply by Gary S Apr 19. 7 Replies

Before Aron Ra and Matt Dillahunty, before Dawkins or Dennett or Harris or even Hitchens, there was Madalyn Murray O'Hair.  In the midst of an America where Christianity was being flaunted as a defense against the godless communists of the Soviet…Continue

Tags: Frank Zindler, The Thinking Atheist, Seth Andrews, Madalyn Murray O'Hair

Proud Dad is REALLY Proud Now!

Started by Loren Miller. Last reply by Todd Williams Apr 12. 16 Replies

As some of you may or may not know, my daughter is a television news producer, currently working in Nashville, Tennessee.  Her assignment is the morning news, which means she blasts herself up at umpti-ump in the morning to organize and prepare a…Continue

Tags: Emmy, news, television, daughter, dad

attacking ideas (TheraminTrees)

Started by Loren Miller. Last reply by Grinning Cat Apr 4. 1 Reply

Attacking ideas is a considerable portion of what we as atheists do.  Why attack ideas?  Ideas earn attack when they don't serve people, not just us but those who adopt said ideas, mistakenly thinking that they have value when they don't.  Our…Continue

Tags: ideas, Islam, TheraminTrees

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

Started by Loren Miller. Last reply by Grinning Cat Apr 4. 40 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

The Playboy Interview: Richard Dawkins

Started by Loren Miller. Last reply by Loren Miller Mar 28. 16 Replies

I suppose it was the news that Playboy magazine was returning nudes to its pages after a year's hiatus that sufficiently perked my curiosity to check them out again.  I hadn't looked at Playboy since perhaps 2008, when I began to recognize that I…Continue

Tags: Richard Dawkins, Playboy

God's Annual Performance Review (Betty Bowers)

Started by Loren Miller. Last reply by Ruth Anthony-Gardner Mar 19. 6 Replies

I don't know about you guys, but there wasn't a performance review I had in 30 years of field service that I didn't LOATHE.  It seems as though Betty Bowers, America's Best Christian, is up for turning the tables on the person you would expect would…Continue

Tags: review, performance, god, American's Best Christian, Betty Bowers

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Comment by Bertold Brautigan on March 24, 2015 at 9:09am

Happy B-day Randall. Enjoy that Danube trip; it's beautiful.

Comment by Plinius on March 24, 2015 at 9:09am

Return flights. You should know FA!

Comment by The Flying Atheist on March 24, 2015 at 9:07am
Happy Birthday, Randy! All my best to you.

Many happy returns? Isn't that reincarnation? lol
Comment by Plinius on March 24, 2015 at 8:53am

Congrats Randall, and many happy returns!

Comment by Randall Smith on March 24, 2015 at 7:47am

72 revolutions around the sun (as Chris would say) today (3/24). It's been a great ride, and it ain't over quite yet.

I've led a fairly charmed life, godless and all. My parents were great. I thank them for clothing and feeding me, providing an education, giving me piano lessons and braces, and much more

My first (of two) wives gave me 4 wonderful children. Being twice divorced wasn't on the menu, but such is life. I'm happily single.

I enjoyed (mostly) teaching middle school students for 33 years. I don't know who was educated more. I learned a lot.

Over the years, I've traveled, hiked mountains and plains, seen the Mona Lisa, on and on. I'm headed to the Danube in two weeks. Mostly, I'm a homebody, however, gardening, golfing, reading, exercising, babysitting, just hangin' out.

It's a wonderful life--at least for me.

Comment by k.h. ky on March 23, 2015 at 11:19pm
I accidentally hit that I liked andold blog of mine and it popped up on the right. I feel like an idiot and hate this little pad!
Comment by Idaho Spud on March 23, 2015 at 10:31am

Trepidation indeed Randall.  Here's hoping things go well.

I don't quite understand the land value you're talking about.  Can you clarify that for me?

Comment by Idaho Spud on March 23, 2015 at 10:26am

I used to work with a guy that was probably the most enjoyable person to talk to that I ever met.  And, he had a great sense of humor.  We could be talking about something very serious, and he would all of a sudden say something funny about it, and make me laugh.

I ask him how he got such a sense of humor, and he said his home life was so miserable, he had to develop a sense of humor or die.

Comment by Randall Smith on March 23, 2015 at 7:38am

In a couple of hours, with fear and trepidation, I'm signing papers that will use my 100 acre farm land as collateral for my organic farm kids to secure a major loan for their operation. To make money, or be successful, you have to invest. They're running their operation on shoe laces. And they want to expand--fruit trees, modern equipment, cattle, etc. At $8000/acre, we're talking ten times that in land value. But, it's a risk I'm willing to take. No pain, no gain.

Comment by Plinius on March 23, 2015 at 1:51am

 I often wonder how people can come out of such an experience and be loving and kind.

Many people can't, but if you find one who can, listen and watch. I think such people have a special quality; they are hurt as often as anyone, but they remain unspoilt. Like this man http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/W%C5%82adys%C5%82aw_Szpilman  I read the book, and in an extra chapter one of his sons told how his father was a happy familyman and his children never even suspected that he had had such a bad past.

I love how your Ebony taught you!

 

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