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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.

Nobody here is into mind games. A discussion started with a loaded guilt-throwing question will be deleted.

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

Started by Loren Miller. Last reply by Donald R Barbera 3 hours ago. 35 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 3, 2014 at 2:14pm

Good one Cat Lover.  That's a keeper.

Comment by Ian Mason on November 3, 2014 at 11:15am

Joan, FB is where I took it from. And it's not Danish, as far as I know.

Mindy and Randall, how lovely.

Here's one for all of you in the U.S.

Comment by Plinius on November 3, 2014 at 8:57am

Lovely, Mindy and Randall, mixing with the family and organizing help - really wonderful!

Comment by Randall Smith on November 3, 2014 at 7:43am

I was able to meet my one year old granddaughter for the first time yesterday. She took to me immediately. It was wonderful seeing my son and second daughter who flew in from Calif.. It's been two and a half years. Going golfing with son Darin today (he's 31, Laura 39). My oldest daughter is arriving tomorrow.

I'll try to find time to vote Tues., not that there's anything worth voting for. Indiana has no senate or governor races. No TV ads which is good! I'm still tired of hearing about all the races in other states. It's not going to make a whit of difference as to which party controls the Senate. In my "old age", I've become quite cynical and less interested. I've learned politics is cyclical and will be the "same ol', same ol' continuence.

Comment by Randall Smith on November 2, 2014 at 7:44am

Noting the absence of Patricia, I'll say that I have a list sitting by the computer informing my "next of kin" to email them when I "go missing". A/N is on the list, but it doesn't include groups. I'll rectify that.

I'm still "fighting" my cell phone, Felaine. Like how do I change the time now that DST has ended? I thought it was automatic. Not.  I woke up at the regular time this morning, so I have an extra hour of "play time" (and fixed pancakes). 

Comment by Plinius on November 2, 2014 at 2:31am

A help sign that works better is a sign that you change every day as long as you need no help. Could be flags or cards in the window, e.g. card 2 on even days and card 1 on odd days. Now you only need a neighbour who'll check the sign every day....

I'd love to send you a cellphone, Felaine, but I have no idea if a European cellphone works over there. 

Comment by Joan Denoo on November 2, 2014 at 2:29am

I can't imagine being out on a surf board in that weather. Well, the fact is, I wouldn't be on the board in 75 degrees in Hawaii. I don't get a big thrill out of adrenaline charges. 

Thanks Carl. I hope I am not too pedantic. I love life, and I want to know what is going on. 

Good health, dear friend. Take care. 

Comment by The Flying Atheist on November 2, 2014 at 1:59am

Yes, Joan, on Halloween we had very strong winds and big waves that crashed ashore.  It's been all over the national news which is rather ridiculous because that kind of weather event is commonplace here.  I don't know why the media is making such a huge deal about it.  The lakefront bike and jogging path has been closed and parts of Lake Shore Drive is flooded with water but is still open to traffic.  This is nothing out of the ordinary, as it happens several times a year, be it with rain or snow.  We've always had days like this. 

P.S.  I don't see you as a negative person either, Joan.  Quite the opposite.  In fact you are an inspiration to me. 

Comment by Joan Denoo on November 2, 2014 at 12:46am

Wow, those are monstrous waves. You folks must be getting smashed! How are you holding up? 

Comment by Joan Denoo on November 2, 2014 at 12:44am
 

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