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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 sk8eycat on November 29, 2014 at 10:01am

I didn't name Pumpkin....but he's used to it after all these years.  He should have been named Stomper...or Thud.  He's the noisiest cat, when walkiing, I've ever known.

Comment by Plinius on November 29, 2014 at 8:54am

My red tabby was called Plinius....

Comment by Randall Smith on November 29, 2014 at 7:59am

I wonder if we all had cats by the name "Pumpkin"? We did. My daughter's cat is named "Shimmey" because they thought she was a him (or v.v.).

Comment by Plinius on November 29, 2014 at 2:35am

Thanks for the story! I didn't know that one.

Comment by sk8eycat on November 28, 2014 at 6:55pm

Our Fur-eeda is 6 years old...her original name was "Fred" because the Trimbles adopted her when she was so tiny that they couldn't tell whether she was male or female.  We've only had her for a year.

My baby boy Pumpkin will be 16 on January 1st.  He was brought to the Cat Hotel, along with his totally feral mother, and 2 littermates, at the beginning of 1999...before his eyes were open.

  We found homes for his mates, but the only place that would take SisterGirl (his mother) was the Best Friends Sanctuary in Utah.  I don't know if she's still alive...she was not even a year old when she had that litter. 

Several people wanted to adopt Pumpkin, but he was so rowdy (still is) that they all returned him to us, and he lived in luxury at the Hotel till it was closed by the city (long story) 3 years ago.  I always wanted him, but we had other cats at the time, and they all hated each other.  When the Cat Hotel was shut down, I went through a month of hell trying to locate him...finally found him in a cattery in Northern CA, and a friend drove up there, and brought him to me.

And now he's MINE! 

BUT it broke my heart when the Hotel was closed....a new owner took over after I could no longer handle the physical work, and let the place go downhill to the point that they had to get a haz-mat team to clean it up after the city closed it.  GROSS! 

It WAS a classy place for more than 10 years...Jay Leno, Loretta Swit, and other folks from the studios boarded their cats with us.

Comment by sk8eycat on November 28, 2014 at 4:37pm

That "Black Hole Cat" reminds me of one of the funniest punnish short stories ever written - Arthur C. Clarke's "Neutron Tide."

http://shaggy-dogs.briancombs.net/4776/neutron-tide

We have an all-black cat who is so chubby that she can't curl up like that....WE did not make her fat; she was that way when her former humans gave her to us.  It's funny to watch her run through the house with her "flaps" wobbling....but we love her. 

Comment by Idaho Spud on November 28, 2014 at 4:20pm

I've never seen a mammoth in a museum.  Only in pictures, and it's been so long since I've seen a picture of one.  I was a little boggled when I came-upon than picture.  If I hear of one like you have near me, I'll have to go see it.  Must be amazing.

Comment by Idaho Spud on November 28, 2014 at 11:36am

It looks like this is your mammoth, Patricia http://blog.royalbcmuseum.bc.ca/2010/07/woolly-unplugged.html

Comment by Randall Smith on November 28, 2014 at 7:59am

We in America are all recovering from Thanksgiving. Chris, glad you're free from another responsibility.

Joan, I was in Brugge 47 years ago! I can still see it in my mind's eye.

Patricia, my nephew in Blaine WA just sold his house and will be moving to North Carolina.  So it appears I won't be coming out your way as I'd hoped to do. Your museum sounds neat.

Comment by Plinius on November 28, 2014 at 2:27am

Could a notice board at the base of the tree help? THIS TREE CARRIES FLESH EATING BACTERIA! DON'T TOUCH IT!

 

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