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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.

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

Started by Loren Miller. Last reply by Bertold Brautigan 8 hours 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 Idaho Spud on November 7, 2014 at 8:50am

Randy, it sounds like a good family visit.  I like the pictures.

Comment by Randall Smith on November 7, 2014 at 8:27am

P.S.: My cold hit me hard after supper and through the night. Thanks, grandson! Today's a day of rest (more or less).

Comment by Randall Smith on November 7, 2014 at 8:24am

Carl, you'll be on my mind all day. Fingers crossed.

Ruth, yes, I was hoping the earth hadn't swallowed you up! 

Yesterday went great with the whole family in attendence. I can't begin to tell you stories and events. My kids (3 girls, ages 41, 39, and 36; one boy, 31) all get along marvelously. I'm so proud of them. Their mother left us when the kids were between ages 5 and 15. I raised them by myself, but they were so good, I had few problems. Three teenage girls could have been a nightmare! Check out their pictures in the Food group. Plus here's another one or two with my father (age 96), oldest daughter holding niece and her son. The second photo shows my kids reading old letters they sent to my parents (saved!) when they were young. They had a hoot going through them.

Comment by Idaho Spud on November 7, 2014 at 7:44am

Waiting to hear your news Carl.  Preferably good news.

Joan, I love your post from Laurie.  "The trash took itself out" is great.

Personally, I would rather have 1 good friend, than a million casual lovers or acquaintances.

Comment by sk8eycat on November 7, 2014 at 2:18am

Carl, Ruth sent this to me, and I'm forwarding it to you....

http://api.ning.com/files/Rw5DXnG-22QleyQZXzUr0*lHHGGdS*sCgt-QkVsBTK7KsmWMwmCT7NSRbl1qeiBUqz857zE1jncYXeVjKjzlTS3VeYlKfeov/hugsforyoukitty.jpg

with a clue that you can probably buy USED copies of the "Tales of the City" books at Half.com...at a decent price.  They were originally written as newspaper columns, so the chapters are short, and are perfect for reading when you're recovering from surgery.

http://product.half.ebay.com/Tales-of-the-City-by-Armistead-Maupin-...

http://www.armisteadmaupin.com/

Comment by Plinius on November 7, 2014 at 1:37am

I hope you get good news, Carl!

Comment by Joan Denoo on November 7, 2014 at 12:26am

Grinning Cat, Petition signed and shared. 

Comment by sk8eycat on November 6, 2014 at 11:11pm

Dearest Carl, I (and everyone else at JCPenney Advertising) read ALL those books, and went to local signings, and had wonderful times.  The mini-series was better than most (I got a laugh out of seeing Mr. Maupin through a window in a few scenes), but the books are outstanding...IMNSHO.

I wish I still had them, but I loaned them to a friend who was dying of AIDS, and he donated everything in his apartment to APLA....that was in 1994.  It affected his brain, and he didn't even know who HE was toward the end. 

Comment by Joan Denoo on November 6, 2014 at 11:05pm

I like Facebook to keep track of what the family is doing. Twitter has excellent leads to article that interest me. With both, one has to sort through a lot of nonsense to get to the meat. 

I much prefer and enjoy Atheist Nexus and my friends I met here. 

Comment by The Flying Atheist on November 6, 2014 at 10:53pm

Tales of the City.  I should read those books!  I loved the television mini-series. 

 

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