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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.

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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 Joan Denoo on November 1, 2014 at 5:00pm

Felaine, do you have neighbors close by that you could get to in case of problems? You have a lot of responsibility taking care of your sister and having to carrying the load for the two of you. 

The neighborhood had an agreement with an elderly neighbor that lived next door to me. If she needed help, she would put a little flag out. Well, she needed help and couldn't get the flag out. Bummer!

Another thing we have in Spokane, the mailperson is to keep track if the mail isn't picked up regularly. 

I can't think of any other alternatives. Anyone come up with an idea? 

Comment by sk8eycat on November 1, 2014 at 1:52pm

Joan, I get emails (I suppose all A/N members do) when anyone posts something to a discussion I have joined, or posted to.  I have seen NOTHING from Patricia in several weeks. 

At first I thought it was because I couldn't get at my email for nearly a month....I still haven't read or deleted everything that came in during that time.  Yahoo Mail is not the easiest thing to deal with.
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Now we are having weather "fun."  It finally rained a little last night, and I'm getting nothing but static when I pick up the phone (we have ONE land-line.  Period.  Can't afford an additional cell phone account.)  Squirrels and birds chew holes in the insulation around the outside (copper) wires, then water seeps in when it rains, and we have to wait for the phone company to install new wires, or for the sun to come out and dry everything.... till the next storm comes along.  It's been overcast all morning, but I see a bit of blue sky to the east now.

I guess my DSL, or whatever it is, still works because those lines are fiberglass.  I don't really know. 

If one of us gets sick or injured, there's NO WAY we can contact the city emergency services unless we go looking for a neighbor who has a cell phone.  There is NO setup for emergency emails.  But the city keeps raising the rates for everything.

I'm feeling somewhat abandoned right now.  I can email my cousins and their adult children in Arizona, but I can't phone anybody for help if I need it.

Comment by Joan Denoo on November 1, 2014 at 12:47pm

Mindy, Patricia and I have had several discussions about my writing about the grim science of economics and politics on this site because she needed and wanted uplifting things to read. I agreed to post my comments on other sites so that she wouldn't have to read these things. 

I don't like the woo-woo aspect of the Pollyanna kind of writing and I can easily ignore it when/if it occurs. A positive attitude in the face of dirty religion and politics is not my cup of tea. I do agree with her point that we need to have a safe place to relax and enjoy life. She and my daughter would agree totally to that. I can accommodate on that point.

In the meantime, my vitriol gets dumped on other sites. I'm really happy with that arrangement.

My concern is that I may have overstepped our agreement. I hope not.  

Comment by Joan Denoo on November 1, 2014 at 11:59am

Randy, four adult children and their children, together in one place at the same time !!!! What a joy! I hope your time together is full of lovin', talk'n, eat'n, rememberin', imaginin', and all that stuff that goes on at such a gathering. 

I love to look at the youngest of the tribe and try to imagine what their lives will be like when they are the same age as we. 

Would love to see a photo of your clan. Happy Family'n. 

Comment by Joan Denoo on November 1, 2014 at 11:39am

Carl, I have not heard from her in a long time, too. Thank you for noticing and calling this to our attention. Her name doesn't come up in the membership list. Perhaps someone else can find it.  I sent her an email just now and hoped she and her husband are well and invited her to tell us if she continued to be annoyed with my negativity. 

Comment by Joan Denoo on November 1, 2014 at 11:36am

Mindy, I was able to retrieve your photo from the mail box. I like it and I am going to re-post here so my friends can see it. Thanks you Mindy! 

Comment by The Flying Atheist on November 1, 2014 at 10:41am

Hello to everyone!

Randy, sounds like a really fun family gathering.  My family was all together back on July 4 for a rare appearance as one complete group.  Everyone was in Chicago from all points coast to coast:  California, Washington, Florida, Virginia, and Pennsylvania.  We all get along very well also.  Enjoy your time together!

No trick or treaters here yesterday.  The weather was NASTY.  I have a full bag of candy all to myself.  Smarties candies. 

Does anyone know what happened to Patricia?  She's disappeared. 

 

Comment by Randall Smith on November 1, 2014 at 7:44am

I'm looking forward to seeing all four of my adult children and grandchildren together again this coming week. Two are coming from Calif., one from Honduras. The fourth lives here. They're coming today! They all get along great and will have a wonderful time together, I'm sure. I just wish their mother (my ex of 25 yrs) wasn't ubiquitously around. (She's currently living with my local daughter.) She drives everybody crazy (because she's crazy). Nevertheless, we'll all enjoy a rare gathering time. We'll do "Thanksgiving" early, beating the rush!

Comment by Joan Denoo on November 1, 2014 at 1:58am

Comment by Grinning Cat on November 1, 2014 at 12:39am

An apropos juxtaposition:

Scariest. Pumpkin. Ever. [message carved into jack-o-lantern] THE WIFI IS DOWN(from cheezburger)

You never see churches with free wifi because no church wants to compete with an invisible power that actually works.(similar to a tweet by Will Ferrell)

 

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