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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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The Ark Encounter: A Less than Grand Opening (The Thinking Atheist)

Started by Loren Miller. Last reply by Joan Denoo 8 hours ago. 22 Replies

The day finally arrived.  Ken Ham's Ark Encounter opened on 7 July, 2016 ... to something a bit less than Disney-sized crowds, and more than a couple dissenting voices!  Seth Andrews has gathered a quartet of significant participants in the protest…Continue

Tags: Tracey Moody, Dan Broadbent, Seth Andrews, David Silverman, AronRa

Fan.tasia – A Disney Mashup by Lindsey McCutcheon

Started by Loren Miller. Last reply by Idaho Spud on Monday. 8 Replies

Any of you remember that Hollywood musical dance number mashup that Nerd Fest UK created put together some months back?  Well, someone by the name of Lindsey McCutcheon has…Continue

Tags: Lindsey McCutcheon, animation, Disney

The Gun Industry's Killing in Killing (Betty Bowers)

Started by Loren Miller. Last reply by Chris G Jul 20. 15 Replies

America's Best Christian has finally acknowledged that there may be one outfit which has her belief system beat for it's leverage on the government.  No great surprise, it's the NRA and the gun industries.  Betty's a good loser, though.  She's made…Continue

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

The God of Cancer (The Thinking Atheist)

Started by Loren Miller. Last reply by Joan Denoo Jul 18. 10 Replies

Seth Andrews has been through the mill as it comes to dealing with those who insist that their faith in a deity is not just valid but necessary to their lives and to all lives.  Having dealt with that gauntlet and come out the other side an atheist,…Continue

Tags: cancer, god, The Thinking Atheist, Seth Andrews

We Are America / Love Has No Labels (John Cena - Ad Council)

Started by Loren Miller. Last reply by Joan Denoo Jul 10. 3 Replies

It seems to be a repeating pattern: I wander around the internet and inevitably, I stumble onto all manner of stuff.  It happens all the time on YouTube, and as you doubtless have deduced, yours truly tripped over something a couple minutes ago,…Continue

Tags: patriotism, labels, love, Ad Council, John Cena

In God We Trust? (Betty Bowers)

Started by Loren Miller. Last reply by Qiana-Maieev Jul 4. 4 Replies

HEY, gang!  Your favorite America's Best Christian, Betty Bowers is BACK and just in time for the Fourth of July!!!  This time, she's hit it big, coming to us live and in color from the Capitol!  Seems as though she's as upset about this whole "In…Continue

Tags: congress, god, Jesus, America's Best Christian, Betty Bowers

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Comment by Grinning Cat on October 15, 2014 at 11:32am

The Duck Dynasty "cultural export" is all the more embarrassing for being a wealthy-yuppies-in-redneck-drag fake!

There are before-and-after pictures on various websites, including here: http://aattp.org/duck-dynasty-is-fake-and-thats-a-fact-jack-video/

Dusty Smith (of CultOfDusty videos) has strong words about it in his video (cued up to the relevant part; NSFW):

Comment by The Flying Atheist on October 15, 2014 at 10:45am

Ian, that Duck Dynasty photo embarrasses me when I think about so much of our country's "cultural" exports to other parts of the world. 

Comment by Joan Denoo on October 15, 2014 at 1:42am

Ian and Randy, there is that anxiety a parent has when an adult child quits a job or for whatever reason they are unemployed. I hope both your daughters fare well in their professional endeavors. 

Craig, my son with the nice job description, lost his job several years ago in a RIF and we all held our breath. As it stands now, Craig and Laura are both secure and I have no worries about their futures. They are both entrepreneurial in spirit, not liking to work for others. Being self-employed is a strong message from my family and from their dad's. There are risks, and benefits. Kind of like life. 

Patricia, The party sounds like great fun and excitement. Did you know before hand that an engagement was coming? Your granddaughter's face looked so excited and pretty. Her ring is lovely. 

Ian, I have never seen the American Ya'll Qaeda, but from what I hear, I have no interest in learning what he has to say. A good comparison of the Qaeda twins. 

Randy, we still have that neighborhood feeling of belonging to each other as family. We have front porches, and now there are several front yard vegetable gardens. The third generation of kids is growing up. This summer has been the most recent squealing of the young ones. Of the oldest group that grew up while I lived here, one is an astrophysicist another is a dentist. It is a sweet place to grow up. 

Comment by Ian Mason on October 15, 2014 at 1:06am

Has anyone posted this before?

Comment by Randall Smith on October 14, 2014 at 8:12am

Joan, your son's job description is a little more complicated  than what mine was: "teacher"! Impressive sounding, anyway.

Ian, my daughter (age 39) just went throught the same thing, and is now unemployed. Hope your daughter has better luck finding a job.

After reading a new book by Marc Dunkelman, The Vanishing Neighborhood, I realize my friends are not my real neighbors like they were for my parents. The definition of "neighborliness" has evolved dramatically over the the course of several decades. As a kid, I remember sharing meals, baby sitting, going places, etc., with our neighbors. Today, being "neighborly" means leaving those around you in peace. You're friendly, but detached.

Consequently, or perhaps a reason for that change, is the internet. Facebook, twitter, blogs have become the centerpiece for our relationships and friends. True, I share more information with you all than I do with any of my so-called true friends and neighbors. I'm okay with that, although I miss the "good ol' days". 

Comment by Plinius on October 14, 2014 at 6:40am

A really impressive list, Joan!

Must have been a nice family party, Patricia! No ring for him or is that not the custom with you?

Comment by Ian Mason on October 13, 2014 at 1:42pm

Sorry for the mistakes. Just woken up from my day's sleep. Yes. blAming and there.

Comment by Ian Mason on October 13, 2014 at 1:40pm

"Gift" in Danish means poison AND married. No comment from me.

Glad to hear that Dale is picking up.

Yes, Joan that's an impressive list.

My daughter has resigned from her job as she thought the dept. boss was an idiot, bleming her for things that weren't her fault After an interview with a senior boss, she's been offered something in another dept, so someone up their knows that there's something wrong at the local level. She's also decided definitely to move to Copenhagen in the new year when her bloke has finished his studies. There are greater opportunities in the capital for both of them.

Autumn has come to Denmark, with wind and rain but also occasional bouts of sunshine. It looks like I will have a small second crop of green cherry tomatoes, just right for pickles.

Comment by Joan Denoo on October 13, 2014 at 12:48pm

Hi everyone! It is a blue sky day, cold, I'm feeling splendid and ready to get out into the garden. Hope everyone is doing well, has loads of people you like and enjoy around you. 

I haven't read the morning news yet, so thought I should get my greeting in before I ty to start solving all the problems of the world. 

My previous post this morning is my son, Craig's work background summary. I hope you are as impressed as I. I discovered it while I was looking for an old college friend. 

Comment by Joan Denoo on October 13, 2014 at 12:44pm

This looks impressive to me, does it to anyone else? 

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