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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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punishing doubt (TheraminTrees)

Started by Loren Miller Sep 6. 0 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

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

Started by Loren Miller. Last reply by Joan Denoo Sep 2. 28 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

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

Started by Loren Miller. Last reply by Idaho Spud Sep 2. 17 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 Whole Bible in 30 Seconds (Betty Bowers)

Started by Loren Miller. Last reply by Randy Hatly Sep 2. 3 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

Are You a Patriot? (Betty Bowers)

Started by Loren Miller. Last reply by Chris G Aug 29. 22 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

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Comment by Randall Smith on September 7, 2014 at 7:39am

Patricia, the message is pure gold. But I'm confused as to why it's on a church board. Who's responsible?

Ian, I was having trouble with the letters being cut off. Seems okay today.

Comment by Joan Denoo on September 7, 2014 at 1:21am

Carl, a huge blow! You are young, you have good living habits, you have a strong constitution and a strong family. Yes, challenges. So, when does the program begin? 

We are here for you through good and bad. You know we walk this walk with you. 

 

Comment by Ian Mason on September 7, 2014 at 1:13am

Sorry to hear about your problem, Carl. Great that your family is rallying round to support and help. I hope that the dialysis goes smoothly. It can be rather time-consuming so if you haven't read "War and Peace" yet, now could be the time to start.

That sound like a really pleasant evening, Mindy. Glad you enjoyed it.

Yes, as a new column starts the problem seems to have gone and everything is readable.

I have a week's holiday now and decided not to go anywhere. I will make an attempt to give my flat a good, thorough clean and do the final training for a ½ marathon on the 21st of this month so there's enough to do.

Have a fine Sunday, all of you.

Comment by Plinius on September 7, 2014 at 1:00am

Quite some news, Carl, I imagine you had to try a few times before you could talk so easily about it. I hope many people wear a donor codicil over there. I always have my codicil with me, but I'm still careful when crossing the road. I'm very glad that that you feel good and have family in the neighbourhood! 

Comment by k.h. ky on September 7, 2014 at 12:24am
Carl, you'll be fine. If there's anything, etc... I'm here for you. It's at times like this we know how lucky we are to have family.
If I'm a match do you think l could get a trip to Chicago out of it.? Naw, they would probably take my kidney and fly IT to you. Lol
Comment by Idaho Spud on September 6, 2014 at 3:01pm

Very sorry for your bad news Carl, but glad you have family that cares.

Comment by The Flying Atheist on September 6, 2014 at 2:59pm
Hello, Friends.

Well, yesterday was a big day. I got the results of my kidney biopsy. Not really good news.... I have a disease called IgA Nethropathy with has caused lots of scarring. Currently my kidneys are functioning at 15% which means I am now to start the process on planning for a kidney transplant. Hopefully that can happen soonner rather than later. If the wait period is long, I'm looking at having to do dialysis three times a week. As a result, I wouldn't be able to do travel and do my job.

I have a long and thoughtful process ahead of me to think about. I'm feeling fairly good and am being extraordinarily taken care of by my family. Several family members have come forward to express their desire to donate a kidney for me. I'm extremely grateful and moved by that pure gesture of love.

All I can do now is to follow doctor's instructions and to rely on their expertice at hand. Odds are for a successful outcome!
Comment by Idaho Spud on September 6, 2014 at 2:52pm

The right few words of comments are missing from about 17 to 10 comments ago.

Comment by Ian Mason on September 6, 2014 at 2:48pm

Anyone else having trouble with the right-hand side of comments missing?

Comment by Joan Denoo on September 6, 2014 at 12:34pm

Oh! What a beautiful morning, 60 degrees F, full sun, a lovely day to be continuing with the prep for winter. Yesterday, the sunflowers had a small flock of goldfinch, eating seeds, upside down in their peculiar way of eating sunflower seeds. My propagated plants are doing well in my little greenhouse under the blue spruce; I will be setting them out for the neighbors to come by and pick up whatever they want for their gardens. I'm off to the garden and I may or may not be able to make contact with the internet. During rest periods I can read all the mail that came in from my A/N friends up until I am disconnected from the wireless. 

I just want to say to each one of you dear friends, I am so grateful for having you in my life and happy that you want to share with me. 

Carl, I am happy to see hour face in the mail this morning. Hope you are feeling well. 

Thank you, Chris, Carl, and Mindy for your nice comments about Laura's post on Facebook. It still gives me goosebumps. 

I share your thoughts about Joan Rivers. Not one I listened to. Thanks, Felaine, for the lead to Elayne Boosler 

Comic Relief "Elayne Boosler" Stand Up Comedy

Mindy, glad your dinner was so pleasant; the future looks brighter. I was not able to see your comment of two hours ago, just after your report of your dinner last night with atheist friends. I hate to bother anyone, but I know I am missing a treasure. 

 

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