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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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Issues Atheist, Feminist, GLBTQ, Climate Change

Started by Joan Denoo. Last reply by BenGee on Saturday. 3 Replies

This is a test Continue

The Whole Bible in 30 Seconds (Betty Bowers)

Started by Loren Miller. Last reply by Randy Hatly Oct 20. 15 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

punishing doubt (TheraminTrees)

Started by Loren Miller. Last reply by Joan Denoo Oct 17. 2 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

A moment to relax and see the Earth from space; some how this comforts me.

Started by Joan Denoo. Last reply by Qiana-Maieev Oct 16. 3 Replies

All the squabbles and struggles that I have do not compare with those of some others on this great planet. There are no boundary lines, no political arguments, no up or no down. What is, is. For right now, the scenes offer tranquility. Just the…Continue

Tags: and, wonder, awe, of, space

His Dark Materials and the Catholic Church

Started by Tonya R. Wheeler. Last reply by Plinius Oct 16. 27 Replies

I recently watched the movie, "The Golden Compass" and since I could not find the sequels, I read the books. I enjoyed them, and I will be reading the first one, Northern Lights, starting tomorrow, since it just arrived via inter-library…Continue

Tags: Fantasy, Catholic, Religion, Atheist, Pullman

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

Started by Loren Miller. Last reply by Loren Miller Sep 29. 39 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

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Comment by sk8eycat on October 12, 2014 at 9:55pm

Bertpld, what IS it about Mac fans?  They are passionate about all Apple products.  Though "my" tech man isn't thrilled with them...he said about the only real advantage is that most malware us designed to attack Microsoft systems, and that is changing rapidly.

Comment by sk8eycat on October 12, 2014 at 9:49pm

Mindy, I forgot to say I'm happy to hear Dale is improving. It's so distressing when they can; tell anyone what's wrong...where it hurts, or if it hurts.

I highly recommend watching Jackson Galaxy, either on Animal Planet, or his short videos on YouTube.  He really understands "CatSpeak."

Comment by Bertold Brautigan on October 12, 2014 at 7:09pm

@Sk8eycat - I hear you. I'm no kind of a MAC fan.

Comment by sk8eycat on October 12, 2014 at 7:02pm

It's good to be back!  But I really don't like this MacBook...starting with the size of the keys, and the total lack of a calculator-type keypad.

Anyroad, I don't remember if I posted this link before my Dell crashed...the "Windows Waltz"


Comment by Bertold Brautigan on October 12, 2014 at 6:26pm

Sk8eycat - We missed your razor-sharp wit and wisdom. Great to have you back.

Comment by Plinius on October 12, 2014 at 1:23pm

You're not really lonely when we all think of you, Sk8eycat! Don't forget it!

Comment by Joan Denoo on October 12, 2014 at 12:49pm

Felaine, I know what you mean about not having access to mail. I am addicted to Atheist Nexus and my friends here. I am surprised you had your Mac Book in reserve. I love mine and find it does so much and with few crashes. Whatever is the problem, I hope you get it fixed quickly. Also hope your friend doesn't charge you a lot. 

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


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