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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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Goodwill to Few Men (Betty Bowers)

Started by Loren Miller. Last reply by Donald R Barbera Jul 23. 3 Replies

Think Goodwill Industries does well by the poor?  Fact is, they do WAY BETTER for themselves, to the point where America's Best Christian, Betty Bowers, thinks they're ripping off the christian playbook a bit too well!  Have a look for yourself:…Continue

Tags: ripoff, Goodwill Industries, America's Best Christian, Betty Bowers

Your favorite photobombs?

Started by Ruth Anthony-Gardner. Last reply by Plinius Jul 10. 12 Replies

Running of the bulls photobomb.Continue

losing faith (TheraminTrees)

Started by Loren Miller Jul 5. 0 Replies

TheraminTrees has recently begun producing a new series of YouTube videos, which added to a wonderful library of earlier observations regarding his experience of religion. Good as all those pieces are, I personally think they pale against this…Continue

Tags: story, history, faith, TheraminTrees

Betty Explains Religious Freedom (Betty Bowers)

Started by Loren Miller. Last reply by Ruth Anthony-Gardner Jul 3. 10 Replies

Well, considering all the RFRA bills popping up all over the United States, plus all the fun and games ISIS is bringing to the good folks in Syria and Iraq, Betty Bowers, the epitome of well-dressed christianity, has decided to clarify the true…Continue

Tags: persecution, ISIS, Religious Freedom, America's Best Christian, Betty Bowers

Surreal, I haz it

Started by Ruth Anthony-Gardner. Last reply by Ruth Anthony-Gardner May 6. 82 Replies

Surreal, not just found in art.Continue

Tags: surreal

Let's not define ourselves or others by our worst behaviors

Started by Ruth Anthony-Gardner. Last reply by Dominique Lutz Apr 16. 6 Replies

My take on the recent melt down at Hang With Friends, of which I missed part, is that some of us were tripped up by a habit of thought. It's something we learn growing up, and use without realizing how much pain it can generate -  failing to…Continue

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Comment by The Flying Atheist on April 15, 2014 at 10:52pm

Joan, I can't remember if I saw this recently on Atheist/Nexus or elsewhere, but someone posted a topic/blog with the question, "Is god doing a good job?"  I think that is an excellent question to ask the believer.  I'm sure that for every one, supposedly godly act they can think of that is good, we can respond with multiple examples of his uncaring incompetence.  At some point a rational person, even after honest worship and countless, heartfelt prayers, would have to concede that the bad and tragic events that god allows far outweigh the good.  This is the perfect opportunity to plant the seed that perhaps god is not there. 

Comment by sk8eycat on April 15, 2014 at 10:08pm

Joan, one of the favorite SF filksongs is "My God's Better than Your God," to the tune of the old Ken-L-Ration commercial, "My Dog's Better than Your dog." It has so many verses that it can be sung all night (the more bheers you've had, the more verses you can come up with.
Sample:
My god's better than your god,
My god's better than yours.
My god's better 'cause she has eighteen tits.
My god's better than yours.
and on and on.

Comment by sk8eycat on April 15, 2014 at 9:53pm

Joan, do you mean Miss Weinstock's love of Burns and shakespeare, or BHS's love of Miss Weinstock? 

She WAS a treasure; she made Shakespeare's characters come to life for us, taught us to write our own thoughts on myriad subjects, and she was tough.  She didn't baby us at all.

She graduate of Reed College in Portland, and started out in the 1920s as a gym teacher, but by the time I was in high school (Class of '57) she was THE senior English teacher, and everyone who was thinking about going to college wanted to be in her classes. 

The other Sr. English teacher had been a missionary in China before the revolution, and probably had a lot of interesting stories to tell, but she was also the adviser of the Campus Christians club, and even though I was still going to church at that time, I was beginning to have doubts, and didn't want to have anything to do with her or the club.

After a few months in Miss Weinstock's class, I had the feeling that she was not religious at all.  Comforting.

Comment by Joan Denoo on April 15, 2014 at 9:52pm

Patricia, I realize you know where I live, and others in the string may not. It will be interesting to learn if others in the US can get the site. Thanks for the opportunity to try your link. 

One other thought about worship, I realize that worship means putting one's hands together, bowing one's head, and letting-go-letting-god. These all exist as devices to stop thinking, taking action, and making a difference. 

I once belonged to Fourth Presbyterian Church in Bethesda, MD. with Richard CHalverson, senior pastor, the chaplain of the United States Senate and leader in the International Prayer Breakfast Movement. A fellow member spent the two years I was there hearing her pray that her husband would find the lord's plan for his life and would bring a job for her out-of-work husband. She took great care in fulfilling her evangelical calling to bring sheep to the shepherd.  

That was one the situations that added to my doubts about god and religion having any answers at all in matters of problems and conflicts. I realize that religion and god exist as a delusion that stops thinking and acting. 

The great thing about atheism is I see no evidence that god intervenes in lives confronted with serious problems and conflicts. Just look at the many problems going on around the world that involve arguments of over whose god is the real, true god, how one is to act in order to meet moral codes set by dogma, and how religion is used to make claims that have no relevance to today's world, i.e. Israel and Palestine. One had better start thinking, exploring, experimenting, doubting and questioning if he or she does not want to be and remain a victim.

Think > Identify a preferred goal > Explore options > Take action > Evaluate outcomes > Repeat until the goal is reached or changed.

 

Comment by The Flying Atheist on April 15, 2014 at 9:49pm

Hello, friends.  There's been so much great content posted here.  I've been busy traveling, so I've had limited time to reply.  Plus it's very awkward and time consuming to reply "texting-style" from a small smart-phone.  My typing skills are better utilized at a full keyboard.  I've always said that the most valuable and useful class I took in high school was my typing class.  Who would have thought that decades later we'd all be sitting in front of a keyboard and corresponding via the internet. 

Mindy, I love the "My right to believe as I see fit" poster.  That's a keeper!

Loren, Spooky is priceless!  I love the photos. 

Chris, Poeka was beautiful.  A very pretty color.  Everyone's cat photos always make me smile. 

Here's a fun video about two women and the first time they flew in an airplane.  These two are ladies are absolutely charming and priceless.  I think this will put a smile on your faces. 

Comment by Joan Denoo on April 15, 2014 at 8:34pm

Felain, just as everyone has a right to his/her opinion; not all opinions are equal. 

Comment by sk8eycat on April 15, 2014 at 8:27pm

One of my high school English teachers loved Don Marquis as much as she loved Shakespeare and "Bobby" Burns. (She spoke of Burns as though she'd known him personally.)

Miss Esther Weinstock was a treasure.

Comment by Joan Denoo on April 15, 2014 at 8:15pm

Patricia, I Googled globaltv.ca and received a "We're sorry, this content is not available from your location."

I'm in Spokane, WA state. 

Comment by Joan Denoo on April 15, 2014 at 8:06pm

Felaine, love the Egyptian cat! Kind of like mehitabel in 

mehitabel was once cleopatra 

by Don Marquis, in “archy and mehitabel,” 1927

".... she and
i have been talking it over in a
friendly way who were you
mehitabel i asked her i was
cleopatra once she said well i said i
suppose you lived in a palace you bet
she said and what lovely fish dinners
we used to have and licked her chops"

Comment by Joan Denoo on April 15, 2014 at 7:13pm

Felaine, I don't understand "worship" either. I do have a sense of wonder, of gratitude for being alive with all my sense, and strong feelings of care, compassion, and empathy toward others, as well as I have a powerful sense of well being when those attributes come to me from others. I especially feel a sense of awe when I realize I am not a victim, or helpless, or hopeless. I have all that I need to face any challenge, even when I fail to accomplish a goal. When that sense of being resilient occurs and when I understand that what is, is (Thanks Daniel, for that bit of  wisdom). 

 

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