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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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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 Ian Mason on October 6, 2014 at 12:03pm

Hello everyone. It seems that you are all having positive experiences. That's good to hear.

I've returned from a weekend in England. Spent a couple of hours at a niece's wedding party, which was nice. Got to see a lot of the family but had trouble talking to them as the music was too loud. Otherwise all eating, relaxing and tea. Very pleasant. My trouser button broke on the journey home, which says a lot.

Comment by Joan Denoo on October 6, 2014 at 11:05am

Mindy, your comment didn't come through that you sent an hour ago. It is probably some photo that will make me laugh. Or some information I don't want to miss. 

I want to read everything you write and for some reason you and Ruth have comments that don't to my Wall. I see your name, but no comment 

Comment by Plinius on October 6, 2014 at 11:01am

I'm glad it's so easy, Joan!

Comment by Joan Denoo on October 6, 2014 at 11:01am

Today is another beautiful day. I made great progress yesterday getting my garden ready to go to sleep. The vines seemed almost grateful to be cut off and put in the trash. I repaired some trellises that they grew on and they, too, are all ready for a new season. The growth that will be next spring's lilac blossom form nicely. The rhododendrons have huge buds forming as well. 

The lilac bushes have a new assault on their leaves so I gave them diatomaceous earth on the soil and leaves. It doesn't really matter about these leaves because they will be falling soon, but I want to start my defenses before next season.

Comment by Joan Denoo on October 6, 2014 at 10:53am

Chris, the replacement is no big deal, it requires anaesthesia and a procedure that is not at all painful. I don't even feel the electrode when it keeps my heart in rhythm. My primary physician asked last Friday if I can hear or feel it. I don't hear or feel anything, except grateful that I have had these extra years. 

January 2008

Comment by Randall Smith on October 6, 2014 at 8:21am

So much to comment on!                                                               Joan, You are such an inspiration to all of us. I consider you the matriarch of A.N. Let's hope you can continue gardening for a long time, pacemaker and all!

Mindy, happy your daughter is enjoying waitressing.                    Great "selfie", Chris! I love photos of all my friends here.

Wouldn't it be great if we really could get together for a grand "potluck"?! When I was a member on an previous blog site, I met six fellow bloggers while traveling east, south, and west. Even stayed overnight at 3 of them. The blog site sort of crumbled, so I moved on--to here! It's been a blast.

Comment by Plinius on October 6, 2014 at 1:03am

I'm celebrating with you Joan. It's so good to be alive and to have access to kind people, cats and books! I hope your heart problem is treatable!

Comment by Joan Denoo on October 6, 2014 at 12:08am

Mindy, it is a routine thing with a pacemaker. It does its job beautifully and I never have a bit of trouble. When I go in for checks, the technician always turns it down until my heart stops beating and then he turns it back on. Last time I was there I asked if he could give me more energy, so he turned the up. It did give me more energy. If the pump ever stops, I will be dead in four minutes. So we keep a close eye on that little beater. 

Comment by Ruth Anthony-Gardner on October 5, 2014 at 10:43pm

Sorry to hear about your pacemaker getting old, Joan. I hear you about getting old.

Comment by Joan Denoo on October 5, 2014 at 7:16pm

Mindy, I don't bake, at all. I like making the main dish, side dish and salad. Everybody knows that so they bring the desert.

We would make a good team!

Carl, how you doing? Hope you report when there is news. I think about you as well, so there is energy coming to from different laces. Yes, my garden is paradise. I am sitting out here right now, the sun just about to set and the air getting chilly.

Deidre, it is so great to have you back! I think you are right, baking is precise. I like to throw a little of this, a little of that in a pot and let 'er rip.

I had a doctor's appointment on Friday and I am having a little heart problem, which is expected because of my pace maker getting old. Everything is getting old; my house is over 100 year old, my car is 22 years old, all three of my children are over 50, and I have 6 great-grandchildren. Oh! my goodness, how did that happen? 

And, I am happier than I have ever been in my life. It is just great to be alive, have wonderful friends virtual, and touchable, outstanding neighbors who all have dogs that I enjoy and don't have to pay th vet bills. 

 

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