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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.

This group is not intended to compete with other groups on topics they cover but to "fill in the cracks." Whenever a discussion dwells at length on a topic for which there's an existing group, we urge you to provide members a link to that group to continue along their tangent.

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Discussion Forum

Afrodisiacs – African Aphrodisiacs

Started by Joan Denoo. Last reply by Joan Denoo 20 hours ago. 4 Replies

Am I so old and not know the definition of aphrodisiac, and its historical definition being based on Aphrodite, that her name came from the African drugs that Egyptians, Greeks, and Romans used for sexual enhancement? Dhu!  Aphrodite, ancient Greek…Continue

Tags: Africa, Lady, Victorian

Degrees of Doubt: The Claims and Credentials of Ravi Zacharias (The Thinking Atheist)

Started by Loren Miller. Last reply by Chris May 17. 1 Reply

Anyone here ever run onto an apologist by the name of Ravi Zacharias?  I've seen his name dropped multiple times on YouTube as supposedly being THE ONE APOLOGIST that no atheist wants to cross swords with, because of his facility with christian…Continue

Tags: Ravi Zacharias, Steve Baughman, The Thinking Atheist, Seth Andrews

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

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Comment by Bertold Brautigan on December 24, 2014 at 11:34am

Merry godless christmas everyone!

Comment by Ian Mason on December 24, 2014 at 10:34am

Have a great time, Carl and Chris.

Comment by Plinius on December 24, 2014 at 9:59am

I'm glad not to think back. I'm organizing a little celebration for brother-in-law, tomorrow is his first visit here since his accident. He'll be brought here by a taxi service for the disabled - I wonder if he can manage the stairs. Auntie cannot come - her ward is closed because of an infection, but I'll bring her a present afterwards.

Comment by The Flying Atheist on December 24, 2014 at 9:31am

As of this morning, apparently the winter weather has moved east of Chicago and will miss us.  The winter storm watch has been cancelled. 

Today, I'm off to my doctor for an appointment and a review of my health.  I'm glad I won't have to deal with any snow or rain.  BTW, I'm still feeling well and I'm looking forward to spending time during the next few days with my family.  Lots of great seasonal food is in store!

Comment by Randall Smith on December 24, 2014 at 8:09am

I like all the "good news" comments--and music, cartoons, etc.

Christmas eve brings back many wonderful memories. One year, Santa (my grandfather) walked up to our house, looked over his list, shook his head, and walked on down the street. I was devastated! Yes, he returned.                                                    It'll be a very quiet eve and day tomorrow this year.

Comment by Loren Miller on December 24, 2014 at 6:11am

Thunder-snow, eh?  I remember that from not quite 30 years ago when I was waiting for a flight at Cleveland Hopkins Airport.  Flight was cancelled, of course!

Glad you enjoyed "Let It Snow," Carl.  That one is a long-time favorite of mine.

Comment by Ian Mason on December 24, 2014 at 4:32am

Joan, your gladness and love of life are infectious. Have some lovely days with your nearest and dearest.

Comment by Joan Denoo on December 24, 2014 at 3:19am

Ian, wonderful cartoon! 

Comment by Joan Denoo on December 24, 2014 at 3:17am

I'm having a most delightful visit with Laura and Larry. They worked all day each day so far and I enjoy cooking dinner each night and preparing mid-day snacks to keep their strength up. They enjoy my cooking ... thankfully. 

I spent an afternoon with my five great-grandkids. Their mother works for Laura and so I had them all to myself. When dinner time came, each one, from six years old to 16 had their assigned chores in getting the meal ready and they performed like real troopers. 

One of the boys, ten year old Austin, has a learning disability. I was dumbfounded at his abilities at building things out of magnet parts. He built a bridge, igloo, houses of different shapes. I will send photos of them later. He has unusual math abilities as well. I told his Mom and Dad, they need not worry about him. If he has good teachers, he will surprise everyone with his abilities. They don't need to be so anxious about him. Their other kids have very high grades and all participate in sports. Especially the 12 year old girl. She lives for sports. The six year old learns many things from his older siblings, appearing advanced for his age. His language skills will take him a long way. The 16 year old is a junior volunteer fire fighter, taking courses in forest management and gets college credits for his involvement and courses. The ten year old has a free spirit and I suspect he has some musical talent. He enjoys rhythms. He and I like to go into the woods and beat patterns on fallen logs and upright trees. He is quite good. 

My four month old great-granddaughter will be with us tomorrow. I guess you know I am looking forward to time with her. 

The Winter Solstice log burn will take place later in the week because of conflicting schedules when we will all be able to attend.

I'm just kind of giddy with all the playtime for myself and the kiddos.  

I hope each one of you have great fun, build happy memories, have good health and celebrate the Turning of the Yearly Wheel. 

Comment by Ian Mason on December 24, 2014 at 3:07am

Bon appetit, Felaine. Unexpected suprises like that are lovely and you deserve a treat.

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