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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 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 Joan Denoo on February 7, 2015 at 2:51pm

I think I saw that movie. As I remember, it was a tear jerker.

Comment by Ian Mason on February 7, 2015 at 2:42pm

Joan, Charing Cross Road is the home of bookshops, new and used. It's the place I almost always visit when in London. The National Gallery in Trafalgar Square is at one end if I also want to feed my appetite for art. This is where you might have heard the name:http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/84_Charing_Cross_Road_%28film%29

Comment by Joan Denoo on February 7, 2015 at 12:30pm

Randy, I agree, genealogy is a labor of love. 

Ian, I like the punometer. The Charing Cross Road rings a bell for me; was it in one of the BBC TV series perhaps? I like the name.  

Comment by Ian Mason on February 7, 2015 at 11:16am

That's good rock. Thanks.

What was the discovery, Randall? If you don't mind me asking.

Comment by Idaho Spud on February 7, 2015 at 10:20am

I like "The Black Sea".  It has some life.  And I'm glad to hear "The Tea Party" say "No politics... Just Rock and Roll".

Comment by Randall Smith on February 7, 2015 at 7:40am

I made a genealogical discovery (finally!) that I shared with my near-97 year old father, which made him happy and reflective. He pulled out a photo album I'd never seen before (or don't remember seeing). Wow! All these people I've been researching came alive--names with faces. All this genealogy stuff is a labor of love.

Comment by Ian Mason on February 6, 2015 at 3:07pm

They sound like fun stories, Felaine. I'll keep my eye out on my next trip down the Charing Cross Road.

Comment by sk8eycat on February 6, 2015 at 11:57am

Hee-hee-hee! 

In Spider Robinson's "Callahan's Place" series of tales, the ultimate tribute to the worst pun was/is for  everyone in the bar to run out into the night, screaming, and holding their noses.

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Callahan%27s_Crosstime_Saloon

Comment by Ian Mason on February 6, 2015 at 11:51am

A punometer. Very useful in present company.

Comment by Bertold Brautigan on February 6, 2015 at 8:15am

@ Ian - I think it was scag mixed with acid. I was motivated to read it back in the 70's because of a line in a Firesign Theatre album, "Out of sight, buried under ten thousand hard-bound copies of Naked Lunch." Joyce reads like a hymnal in comparison. Not necessarily my cup of tea on a literary front, but definitely another perspective heard from!

 

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