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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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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

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

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Comment by sk8eycat on November 13, 2014 at 10:03am

Spud, to tan or not to tan (for women) has gone in cycles...especially in the 20th century.  Pale skin was considered aristocratic most of the 19th and early 20th Cen....indicative of someone who doesn't have to work in the fields.  Then a smooth tan became fashionable for women who had the leisure to just lie around in the sun....especially after WW2....bikinis.  THEN the MDs started keeping track of who kept getting skin lesions and stuff....

Of course, in the Southern states, a dark tan has never been fashionable, and could get you sent to the back of the bus....or killed.

Comment by Idaho Spud on November 13, 2014 at 9:59am

Strange that.  I guess some people produce melanin easier than others.  I get a little tan when I'm outside a lot in the summer, despite wearing a large brimmed hat and long sleeves.  I don't wear sunscreen because I don't like slathering stuff on my bod. LOL.  Same reason I've never shaved with anything other than an electric razor.

I don't know if I could get very tan because I've never tried.  Probably not.

Comment by Idaho Spud on November 13, 2014 at 9:20am

I'd like to slap the idiots that started the idea that tanned bodies look more healthy and attractive.

That idea never caught me.  I still think a woman with no tan looks a million times more attractive.

Comment by Idaho Spud on November 13, 2014 at 7:52am

Sorry about your headaches Randy.  I wonder why you don't have skin problems.  Do you have light or dark hair?

I'm blond, so the few times I've spent too much time in the sun has taken it's toll.  I've had 7 skin cancers removed from my face and hands, but they were all basal and squamas.  No melanomas.

My new dermatologist did send in a piece from one of my spots to see if it might be cancer.

Too bad young people don't think about what they're doing will affect them in later years.  I would have wore more sun protection and taken better care of my teeth.

Comment by Randall Smith on November 13, 2014 at 7:37am

Nice to hear from both Patricia and Chris. No migraine--just a sinus headache and "no-caffeine" headache (couble whammy) this morning. I'm fasting in prep for a blood test this morning. Nothing like Carl's. Routine for a Dr. visit in a month.

Spud, OUCH! As much as I've been in the sun all these years, with no sunscreen, I'm surprised I never had any problems. My father and a sister do.

Comment by Idaho Spud on November 13, 2014 at 7:13am

Sorry about your migraines Chris.  I've never had them either, and don't think I could stand them.

My medical news is good.  I've had lots of annoying itchy spots and growths on my face for years now that dermatologists haven't taken care of, if they didn't look pre-cancerous.  

But yesterday I saw a new dermatologist, complained about how annoying and itchy they are, so he froze and burnt 35 of them, after his nurse gave me about 50 numbing injections.  He said she was going to treat me like pincushion, and she did.  No biggie though.  Needles have never bothered me.

I considered not going shopping afterwards as I had planned, because with all those bandages, I was afraid I would freak people out.  I did go, and no one seemed freaked, so I only told one person not to worry, that I didn't have anything catching.  Haha.

So far, the spots are looking good, and I'm happy to get those things removed.

Comment by Plinius on November 13, 2014 at 1:31am

No doubt that you're happy that your husband is still around, Patricia, but what did it to you, all the watching and caring you did and not knowing if he would live? Perhaps I shouldn't ask.

Comment by Plinius on November 13, 2014 at 1:17am

Hi, good to see Patricia back! I haven't been away, just work and a double helping of migraine. I should lead a wishywashy life without all the extra tasks to avoid the migraine, but there's no one else to delegate them to - so I just go on. I enjoy Mindy and Joan's family stories very much - so many loving people! Hope you all have a wonderful Thursday!

Comment by Joan Denoo on November 12, 2014 at 9:33pm

Randy, does your home, without the visiting children and grandchildren, kind of echo their sounds after they are gone?

My house just rings with laughter, music and the memory of things that happened while they were here. The little five year old headed for the music part of the living room where I keep the ukulele, ocarina, Ozark harp, tambourine, drums, triangle, harmonica, maracas, castanets, and the dozen or so kazoos. There is also an old organ that doesn't work anymore, but they pretend to play the two keyboards and footboard. Before you know it, they each have an instrument of their choice and march around the house. The sounds they make are more like cacophony, but a wonderful concert to my ears.  

I am content!

Comment by Joan Denoo on November 12, 2014 at 9:11pm

I am getting behind on reading mail again. Being retired means I don't make time for the things I love to do, and one of my greatest pleasures is reading A/N mail.

My cousin from Hayden Lake, Idaho, came over this morning for our annual autumn chat ... we have one in the spring and several throughout the summer, if possible. It feels so good to chat with her. She and I hold very similar views on gardening, economics, politics and religion, and when we differ, we don't get angry or make a fuss.  I enjoy these topics, and so does she. Her father was the superior court judge and he was very hard on her. Thankfully, she was able to pull away from his influence and created a successful business of her own. Hard-headed business woman with deep feelings of compassion for those who can't break away from traditional values. She is now retired and about to do her yearly migration to live in the south.

 

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