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

Started by Loren Miller. Last reply by Compelledunbeliever 20 hours ago. 37 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 Joan Denoo on October 12, 2014 at 12:19pm

Chris, your selfie of you and your aunt is so sweet. I like the look and feel of caring for others. It just makes me feel good. 

It is cold this morning, so I will stay inside until it warms up a bit and then take my lunch outside and do some more winterizing. Cary gathered pine needles for me this morning that I use around the roses. 
Did I tell you, I am spreading last year's composts and making room for this year's abundant supply. My back and legs and arms hurt. I take the tasks slowly, stopping often for a coffee or water break and even sneak in a nap or two or three. 

We had rain yesterday, however, I was able to fill the wheelbarrow three times and scatter that lovely black gold into the boxes. 

Randy, I have been writing a lot. Having the cold mornings, I stay inside longer. My computer keeps dropping the signal when outside, so I think up topics on which I want to write and then come inside with a head full of words to capture. I even call myself a writer, even though I have not published anything. Yet. 

Comment by sk8eycat on October 12, 2014 at 11:07am

PS: I think it was Anne Nicol Gaylor (Annie Laurie's mother, and co-founder of FFRF) who came up with "Nothing fails like prayer."  (I sometimes run it all together, and use it as a password...on very few web sites!)

Comment by sk8eycat on October 12, 2014 at 10:57am

Oh! It worked!  My Dell crashed BIG time 2 weeks ago, and Bill still can't get the hard drive to boot up.  So I've been struggling with the Mac Book' can't remember any of my passwords, plus no e-mail....just internet.

I've been so lonely, frustrated, and totally freaked out.

Mostly, I've missed you all.  Terribly!

I'm waiting to hear from Bill ("my" tech)...he has the Dell hard drive at his place, but he's going through worse sh*t than I am; his mother had heart surgery this past week, and HE has dialysis every Mon-Wed-Fri....

I just wanted to let you know I'm still here,, and I've missed you all so very much!

Love, Felaine

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

Regarding cruising the Danube. I called the cruise people (YMT) for details and found out single passengers like myself have to pay an additional $1500! They don't do "bunkmates", saying 2 weeks spent with someone you don't know and eventually will learn to despise is too risky to chance.

However(!), when I told my sister that, she said "I'll go"! We get along great, so here's crossing my fingers she'll follow up. She's notorious for changing her mind on things. I may have to send out an "all call" for one of you nice people to join me!

Comment by Randall Smith on October 11, 2014 at 8:09am

Hope you all noticed Daniel (Sentient) is back! Read his blog. Now it's confirmed--I plan on cruising the Danube next year!

Comment by Plinius on October 10, 2014 at 11:25am

Get better soon Deidre! I feel all right but I look like a dalmatian dog - the spots are red. Allergy, they say at the medical centre, but nobody knows what sort. I'm still lucky, it doesn't itch.

Comment by Bertold Brautigan on October 9, 2014 at 12:46pm

I've done a Danube cruise as well, 30 some years back, and it was fantastic. Austria is one of the most beautiful places I've seen. I've spent a few summers there walking in the Alps, and it's some of my fondest memories. You can't go wrong, Randall. Enjoy!

Comment by Loren Miller on October 9, 2014 at 12:34pm

I've been down the Wachau valley by boat  in Austria (some 45 years ago!!!) and it was LOVELY.  Highly recommended.

Comment by Randall Smith on October 9, 2014 at 12:32pm

Loren, I'm glad I'm so familiar with Moldau, since my sound card is out. It's always been one of my faves. Speaking of rivers, I'm considering doing a cruise on the Danube next April. It's through the Nature Conservancy. Has anybody done it?

Comment by The Flying Atheist on October 9, 2014 at 11:17am

Lovely music, Loren!  Thanks for posting.  I really enjoyed listening to it. 

 

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