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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 yesterday. 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 7, 2014 at 1:12pm

Carl, you probably are sick of these kinds of videos, but sit back, remember the days when you doing the talking, and enjoy. We sit in the seat next to you laughing our heads off as you grunt and groan. 

Comment by Plinius on October 7, 2014 at 10:24am

I waver too. I know all too well that I need people: they can be wonderful and also hurtful, egoistic and a lot of other things - and they make me run for the shelter of home. Natural state of the human beast; that sounds good.

Comment by Bertold Brautigan on October 7, 2014 at 10:12am

>I waver between being a misanthrope and "renewing faith" in mankind. It comes and goes.

I think this may be the natural state of the human beast, at least the thinking version. I've always loved Mark Twain's crack that the more he knew about people, the better he liked his dog.

Comment by Randall Smith on October 7, 2014 at 8:40am

Most welcome news, Carl. Hang in there (as the cliche goes).

I waver between being a misanthrope and "renewing faith" in mankind. It comes and goes.

I wrote a true blog (in the blog section) this morning, if anybody's interested. Comments unnecessary.

Comment by Idaho Spud on October 7, 2014 at 8:28am

I'm glad to read your good news Carl.

Comment by Plinius on October 7, 2014 at 6:33am

Great news Carl, I'm so glad! And fantastic that you've got siblings who would help you!

Comment by Ian Mason on October 6, 2014 at 10:43pm

I'm very glad to hear that, Carl. Hope you make a good match.

Comment by Joan Denoo on October 6, 2014 at 9:57pm

Carl, this is very good news and gives you time for what needs to be done. Do you feel as you normally do, or do you have symptoms? How are your spirits holding up? You know how concerned I am about preventing depression, or catching it early if you begin to feel down. This all happened so fast, you had no time to get adjusted. In some ways that is good, Go in for a routine exam and find something that needs attention, NOW. It doesn't give you time to chew on the cud of worry and stress. So, you know what needs to be done; thankfully you have siblings willing to be donors. I hope they match you. 

Comment by The Flying Atheist on October 6, 2014 at 9:19pm

Joan, thanks for asking about me.  I had two doctor appointments today and I have some positive news to report.  My kidneys are stable right now and I'm doing well.  I'm doing well enough that the doctor wants to hold off on a preparatory vein surgery that is required for dialysis.  In the meantime all the medical paperwork has finally been completed for myself and my brother and two sisters for a transplant operation.  Once blood work can be done, I will know if one of the them will be a blood match with me. Today's news widens the window of time for this, so hopefully a transplant operation can occur before dialysis is needed. 

And Joan, I have to agree with the others here........you truly are an inspiration to all of us!

Comment by Joan Denoo on October 6, 2014 at 1:27pm

Mindy, not Mind! 

 

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