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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.

Nobody here is into mind games. A discussion started with a loaded guilt-throwing question will be deleted.

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Alexa for Evangelicals! (Betty Bowers)

Started by Loren Miller. Last reply by Patricia Oct 9. 1 Reply

Never let it be said that Mrs. Betty Bowers, America's Best Christian, is anything less than up to date with the state of the art as it comes to the modern household.  However, as a discriminating conservative Christian, Betty would never tolerate…Continue

Tags: digital assistant, America's Best Christian, Betty Bowers

New Rule: Church and Destroy (Real Time with Bill Maher - HBO)

Started by Loren Miller. Last reply by Loren Miller Sep 30. 6 Replies

Bill Maher is an atheist [whoa, shock and amazement!].  He is also a dedicated opponent of Donald Trump and anyone who would support the man or his goals ... and that includes ol' Yahweh, himself!  As it turns out, there is a substantial correlation…Continue

Tags: Stalin, Mao, Hitler, New Rules, Donald Trump

concealing abuse (TheraminTrees)

Started by Loren Miller. Last reply by Ruth Anthony-Gardner Sep 23. 3 Replies

We think of institutionalized child abuse and for many of us, the natural reaction is to think of the Catholic Church. Certainly, their guilt is beyond question, even as the headlines of the Boston Globe early in 2002 and the more recent news…Continue

Tags: Children of God, Jehovah's Witnesses, David Berg, child abuse, TheraminTrees

Liberal Redneck - Climate Change the Game (Trae Crowder)

Started by Loren Miller. Last reply by Ruth Anthony-Gardner Sep 20. 2 Replies

Trae Crowder isn't just about atheism.  He has a deep and abiding concern about what's going on with this planet's climate and the all-too-probable catastrophe we face from a fundamental change in weather patterns.  That said, Trae is thinking about…Continue

Tags: climate change, Al Gore, Trae Crowder

Men who challenge men to stop violence

Started by Joan Denoo. Last reply by Grinning Cat Aug 27. 20 Replies

Many men join in the effort to reduce violence against women and children and other men. He speaks of the need to place responsibility on men instead of focusing on women to stop violence. He offers a breath of fresh air, as do so many of the men on…Continue

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Comment by Randall Smith on August 21, 2016 at 7:21am

Unitarian (Universalists) weddings are usually non-religious. At least my second one was. I wonder if that sect is declining in attendance like most of the rest. Look it up, Joan! (Our researcher)

Comment by Loren Miller on August 21, 2016 at 7:13am

One of my wife's sons got married yesterday in an outdoor ceremony.  As I listened to the celebrant, I couldn't escape the feeling that something was very different here, and I was in no ways mistaken.  He was a secular celebrant ... And an Atheist!!!

Talking with him afterward, he told me that he's seeing a LOT more demand for godless weddings of late.  He's done around 10 himself and expects to do many more.  I'd call that a cause for celebration!

Comment by Idaho Spud on August 21, 2016 at 6:39am

Kathy, that's the way it is here:  "It's really hard for me to have find anything to discuss with them."  That applies to my family as well.

Sad.

Comment by kathy: ky on August 20, 2016 at 3:50pm
Daniel, I feel more at home in this group than around the people I live around. Most are not curious about any aspect of life that doesn't involve them outside this tiny community.
Ninety-nine % are white. Almost all believe in god and the whole spiel. It's really hard for me to have find anything to discuss with them.
Comment by Plinius on August 20, 2016 at 3:36pm

As if they can't handle the fact that you accept your condition!

Comment by The Flying Atheist on August 20, 2016 at 2:59pm

Grinning Cat, your 'tumor' meme reminds me of the following conversation  I had about two weeks ago when I ran into my upstairs neighbor.

Him:  How are you doing Carl?

Me:  I'm doing OK.  Hanging in there.

Him:  Getting better?

Me:  Well, actually the way I am now is the best I'm going to be.

Him:  No.  You'll get better.

Me:  No.  In fact my muscle condition will deteriorate very slowly over time.  The way I am now is the best I'm going to be.

Him:  Well, that's what doctor's say.  There's always God.

Absolutely maddening!  I'm left speechless by such ignorant statements.  It makes me angry and laugh in contempt at the same time. 

Comment by kathy: ky on August 20, 2016 at 12:42pm
Loren, this has been going on at least ten years. But I've never had an attack that I've gone to the er for. Rate it's going it can't be long. Drank a cup of tea two nights ago and it started with the pain and vomiting.
But I had an ectopic pregnancy twenty years ago and the doctor said I wasn't in enough pain for that. The test proved otherwise. Straight into surgery.
Comment by Bertold Brautigan on August 20, 2016 at 12:27pm

I've been missing Pat's great sense of humor and way with words.

Comment by kathy: ky on August 20, 2016 at 12:23pm
GC, I love the cartoon. Reminds me of my sisters. One's baby gson just had open heart surgery and she said he came through fine 'thank the lord'. I asked'and the doctors'? She didn't reply. Lol.
Comment by Loren Miller on August 20, 2016 at 12:23pm

I was hit twice, Kathy.  The first time was in November of 2015, which was unpleasant enough.  The second was on a Monday morning in March of this year, and that was MISERABLE.  I went to the University Hospitals Ahuja Center Emergency Room, just north of us, and they took care of business.  That Tuesday morning, I was lighter by the weight of one gall bladder!

 

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