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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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Surreal, I haz it

Started by Ruth Anthony-Gardner. Last reply by Ruth Anthony-Gardner 3 hours ago. 84 Replies

Surreal, not just found in art.Continue

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The Ark Encounter: A Less than Grand Opening (The Thinking Atheist)

Started by Loren Miller. Last reply by Joan Denoo on Wednesday. 22 Replies

The day finally arrived.  Ken Ham's Ark Encounter opened on 7 July, 2016 ... to something a bit less than Disney-sized crowds, and more than a couple dissenting voices!  Seth Andrews has gathered a quartet of significant participants in the protest…Continue

Tags: Tracey Moody, Dan Broadbent, Seth Andrews, David Silverman, AronRa

Fan.tasia – A Disney Mashup by Lindsey McCutcheon

Started by Loren Miller. Last reply by Idaho Spud on Monday. 8 Replies

Any of you remember that Hollywood musical dance number mashup that Nerd Fest UK created put together some months back?  Well, someone by the name of Lindsey McCutcheon has…Continue

Tags: Lindsey McCutcheon, animation, Disney

The Gun Industry's Killing in Killing (Betty Bowers)

Started by Loren Miller. Last reply by Chris G Jul 20. 15 Replies

America's Best Christian has finally acknowledged that there may be one outfit which has her belief system beat for it's leverage on the government.  No great surprise, it's the NRA and the gun industries.  Betty's a good loser, though.  She's made…Continue

Tags: NRA, guns, America's Best Christian, Betty Bowers

The God of Cancer (The Thinking Atheist)

Started by Loren Miller. Last reply by Joan Denoo Jul 18. 10 Replies

Seth Andrews has been through the mill as it comes to dealing with those who insist that their faith in a deity is not just valid but necessary to their lives and to all lives.  Having dealt with that gauntlet and come out the other side an atheist,…Continue

Tags: cancer, god, The Thinking Atheist, Seth Andrews

We Are America / Love Has No Labels (John Cena - Ad Council)

Started by Loren Miller. Last reply by Joan Denoo Jul 10. 3 Replies

It seems to be a repeating pattern: I wander around the internet and inevitably, I stumble onto all manner of stuff.  It happens all the time on YouTube, and as you doubtless have deduced, yours truly tripped over something a couple minutes ago,…Continue

Tags: patriotism, labels, love, Ad Council, John Cena

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Comment by Randall Smith on September 6, 2014 at 7:23am
I've been amazed at the amount of media coverage the death of Joan Rivers has received. For me, I could hardly stand to look at her, let alone listen to her. I'm not a big fan of loud, obnoxious comedians that put people down. That type of humor is irritating to me. But, to each his own.
Comment by Plinius on September 6, 2014 at 6:41am

I can't read everything Laura wrote, but I think she is right, Joan; strictness, especially when applied by a loving person, is a great help.

Comment by Joan Denoo on September 6, 2014 at 3:15am

Mindy, I enjoy the Ricky Gervais statement.

Comment by Joan Denoo on September 6, 2014 at 3:13am

Mindy! Looks as though you are getting some nice atheist friends that you can actually see! Nothing wrong with virtual friends, and it is pleasing, indeed, to have ones with whom you can sit an chat. 

Comment by Joan Denoo on September 6, 2014 at 3:10am

I know I am shamelessly sharing this response of Laura, my daughter, when I apologized to her for being so strict with her when she was little. 

Laura wrote: "The strictness came in handy for me as an adult though, because I don't settle for 'good enough'. I take pride in what I have and what I do and I attribute that to how you and Dad raised us. I wouldn't trade those years in for anything! I do think that I flourished as a teenager from the more collaborative approach because it helped me to think and act as a team-player in life, realizing that my actions could affect more than just me. You also guided us through our teenage years, when we were seeking independence, in a way that stimulated personal responsibility from within us. I couldn't have asked for a better mom!

Comment by Joan Denoo on September 5, 2014 at 1:09pm

Randy, I know the feeling all too well. Thankfully, I got over it. Now I stand tall, proud, confidence, comfortable and state, "I am an atheist!" No one has fainted, or hit me, or usually don't respond back. I do notice our conversations are short afterwards. 

It feels good to state, emphatically, that I believe there is no god. 

My cousins, one married to a Lutheran minister and is often depressed and sounds highly stressed, and others stopped communicating with me on Facebook and that is their choice, not mine. I think they are missing out on an interesting relative. However, the grapevine always worked extremely well in the past and I am sure will function quite well. 

Comment by sk8eycat on September 5, 2014 at 12:05pm

Hmmmm... there are medical "missionaries" who are entirely secular; Doctors Without Borders is one such organization. 

Has your friend found out which type of "missionaries" she would have to write about?  Maybe she could drop a line or two into the article about DWB....???

Comment by Randall Smith on September 5, 2014 at 8:14am

I wish more "notables" would speak out like Ricky. Don't know if it does any good, but it "makes my day"!

At a friend's retirement party last night, someone asked me where I went to church. All I could admit to was that I didn't go. I'm almost ashamed I didn't "fess up" and say I was an atheist. It wasn't the time or place or person I wanted to "come out" to. Dang.

Comment by Idaho Spud on September 5, 2014 at 6:53am

Loving it and saving it Mindy!

Comment by k.h. ky on September 4, 2014 at 8:29pm
Love it Mindy.
 

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