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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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The Most Hated Woman in America (The Thinking Atheist)

Started by Loren Miller. Last reply by Gary S Apr 19. 7 Replies

Before Aron Ra and Matt Dillahunty, before Dawkins or Dennett or Harris or even Hitchens, there was Madalyn Murray O'Hair.  In the midst of an America where Christianity was being flaunted as a defense against the godless communists of the Soviet…Continue

Tags: Frank Zindler, The Thinking Atheist, Seth Andrews, Madalyn Murray O'Hair

Proud Dad is REALLY Proud Now!

Started by Loren Miller. Last reply by Todd Williams Apr 12. 16 Replies

As some of you may or may not know, my daughter is a television news producer, currently working in Nashville, Tennessee.  Her assignment is the morning news, which means she blasts herself up at umpti-ump in the morning to organize and prepare a…Continue

Tags: Emmy, news, television, daughter, dad

attacking ideas (TheraminTrees)

Started by Loren Miller. Last reply by Grinning Cat Apr 4. 1 Reply

Attacking ideas is a considerable portion of what we as atheists do.  Why attack ideas?  Ideas earn attack when they don't serve people, not just us but those who adopt said ideas, mistakenly thinking that they have value when they don't.  Our…Continue

Tags: ideas, Islam, TheraminTrees

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

Started by Loren Miller. Last reply by Grinning Cat Apr 4. 40 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

The Playboy Interview: Richard Dawkins

Started by Loren Miller. Last reply by Loren Miller Mar 28. 16 Replies

I suppose it was the news that Playboy magazine was returning nudes to its pages after a year's hiatus that sufficiently perked my curiosity to check them out again.  I hadn't looked at Playboy since perhaps 2008, when I began to recognize that I…Continue

Tags: Richard Dawkins, Playboy

God's Annual Performance Review (Betty Bowers)

Started by Loren Miller. Last reply by Ruth Anthony-Gardner Mar 19. 6 Replies

I don't know about you guys, but there wasn't a performance review I had in 30 years of field service that I didn't LOATHE.  It seems as though Betty Bowers, America's Best Christian, is up for turning the tables on the person you would expect would…Continue

Tags: review, performance, god, American's Best Christian, Betty Bowers

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Comment by Ian Mason on January 9, 2015 at 6:12am

Pretty as a picture, Mindy.

Comment by Joan Denoo on January 9, 2015 at 1:26am

Mindy, well, if I were as pretty as you, seeing many copies of myself would make me feel magnificent. However, I see only one of you, and it was from Spud. For some reason, Patricia's didn't come through either. Mindy, your hair was long and pretty; it makes quite an impression! If you were a cheerleader, I imagine your swirling hair as you went through your routines. 

Sorry to ask for another help, I didn't get Carl's most recent photo either. 

Comment by The Flying Atheist on January 8, 2015 at 7:03pm

Comment by Idaho Spud on January 8, 2015 at 4:34pm

Experiencing Deja vu Mindy? lol.

Glad to hear you got everything done.  I stopped making lists to do after realizing I made them too long and became depressed after being able to check only a few off.

Comment by Idaho Spud on January 8, 2015 at 4:07pm

OK Joan, here is Mindy at 21:

Comment by Joan Denoo on January 8, 2015 at 3:58pm

Patricia, nothing came to my mailbox with your name as the sender. I suspect you tried to send me Mindy's photo. The photo of you came to me and you and Rick look so happy and full of life. You certainly overcame powerful challenges and can still laugh.

I'm sorry I send so much bad news about the economy and politics.  

Comment by Joan Denoo on January 8, 2015 at 3:53pm

Ian, those hormones raging when we graduated high school and started out into the world-of-making-a-living had two strong pressures pushing us into crazy land. My hormones raged too, and like so many others before me, I left school to marry and had children. It seems we have bodies that have decision-making tasks other than the brain. Some have foot-on-a-peddle brains. Some have hormone-brains. Some have thinking-brains. 

Interesting how it all turns out. As for myself, I have a splendid life at this point. Everywhere I look there is joy coming from it. It seems that I came of age at the apex of human existence. There will be very tough times for future generations. 

Comment by Plinius on January 8, 2015 at 10:41am

And you look good too Mindy - or was that a pic of your daughter?

Yes Randall, the Netherlands or Low Countries.

Comment by Idaho Spud on January 8, 2015 at 10:40am

Joan, did you get the picture of Mindy that Patricia posted?

I enjoy seeing all you peeps when you were young.

Comment by Randall Smith on January 8, 2015 at 8:00am

Thanks, Joan. The same goes for you.

Ian and Chris--always good stuff. By the way, I'm going through all my 1967 "Travelogue of Europe" stuff, including my time in the Netherlands (does one say "the"?). I rode a bike (age 24). Loved every bit of your country--and the pastries!

 

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