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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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Are You a Patriot? (Betty Bowers)

Started by Loren Miller. Last reply by k.h. ky yesterday. 20 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

We Don't Want Your (Atheist) Money! (The Thinking Atheist)

Started by Loren Miller. Last reply by Grinning Cat on Thursday. 11 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 Ark Encounter: A Less than Grand Opening (The Thinking Atheist)

Started by Loren Miller. Last reply by Grinning Cat Aug 21. 24 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

Surreal, I haz it

Started by Ruth Anthony-Gardner. Last reply by Idaho Spud Aug 14. 91 Replies

Surreal, not just found in art.Continue

Tags: surreal

Wedding Haka - Subtitled & translated

Started by Joan Denoo Aug 13. 0 Replies

I ran across a video of a wedding in which a group of wedding guests celebrated with a performance of a traditional Māori ancestral war dance, called a Haka. It was intended for sons, however, the women have joined in a participation of…Continue

Tags: new, traditions., women, men, Haka

Onward (Unpaid) Christian Soldiers (Betty Bowers)

Started by Loren Miller. Last reply by Chris G Aug 13. 1 Reply

Proselytizing in the military is a dirty little secret most radical christians would rather didn't get out.  Well, never let it be said that America's Best Christian, Betty Bowers, was ever a wallflower where a pit bull was needed!  In the following…Continue

Tags: Military Religious Freedom Foundation, MRFF, America's Best Christian, Betty Bowers

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Comment by Bertold Brautigan on September 12, 2014 at 10:28am

@sk8eycat - so true. I can understand hating someone because they've done something to you, but I don't understand hating people for who they are. It makes absolutely no sense. I did not put in an order to be born of an alcoholic father and a black sheep mother in 1950 in the beefheart of the Midwest. No one gets to choose who they are; we're all "thrown" into this world.

A big part of the problem is certain manipulative types are masters at deflecting blame and getting the public to attribute all the ills of the world to people unlike themselves. It's a sad state of affairs.

Comment by Plinius on September 12, 2014 at 10:27am
Comment by Plinius on September 12, 2014 at 10:25am

Some people are working hard to spread the hate, but we keep on weeding...

Comment by sk8eycat on September 12, 2014 at 10:18am

Joan, I think that racial nastiness is coming to the surface again...it's never really gone away...because certain bigots a) never expected Obama to be re-elected 2 years ago, and b) DID expect him to fall on his face trying to clean up the Cheney-Bush mess. (And I also suspect they expected him to be assassinated long before now.) 

They are taking their frustrations out on anyone with dark skin... especially the helpless ones.  And they have never, ever figured out that neither skin nor culture have anything to do with intelligence and ability, no matter what their eyes and ears tell them.

It's going to take several more generations to weed out the hatefulness, if it can be done at all.  We won't live to see it happen.

Comment by The Flying Atheist on September 12, 2014 at 9:54am

It's seems most everybody loves trains so I thought I'd post this story about new limited train service between Chicago and Madison, Wisconsin on restored Pullman railroad cars.  Very cool. 

Pullman Cars Connect Madison, Chicago by Train for First Time in 40...

https://www.travelpullman.com/Varsity

Comment by Plinius on September 12, 2014 at 9:48am

They call them vari-focals here, and they're easy to get used to. I've had them for some years, and the only fault I find is that the ´window´ for reading is very small, so I use reading glasses too. I got my first pair of glasses when I was three: astigmatism and a ´lazy eye´. With good glasses you don't notice my squint, and I have to use less energy to see well.

I hope you get used to your glasses soon, Carl!

Comment by The Flying Atheist on September 12, 2014 at 8:33am

Randy, I didn't even know tri-focals existed.  Yes, that has got to be difficult getting used to. 

Good morning, all my friends!  It's a bit chilly here today.  50-degrees/10-celcius with a little bit of rain early this morning.  The beautiful season of Fall is definitely waiting in the wings and ready for the curtain to go up. 

Comment by Randall Smith on September 12, 2014 at 8:01am

Carl, you think bifocals are difficult, you should TRI-focals! After 40 years, I'm still not comfortable with them. But, they're helpful in computer monitor and car dashboard reading, etc.

It appears I'm going to have to find out why my computer speakers don't work (the light doesn't even come on). I think it's more than a sound card needed. I'm missing out on all the fun and/or informative videos. 

Comment by Joan Denoo on September 12, 2014 at 1:31am

For a shorter version, and only a teaser, here is 

Comment by Joan Denoo on September 12, 2014 at 1:28am

OOHH Oh! I forgot that I deleted the faith article because the video started half way through the film and I didn't want that. So, I deleted it, intending to repair it and send if off. However, Carl's article on footbinding popped up and I forgot about my faith article. Here it is. 

 

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