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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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Afrodisiacs – African Aphrodisiacs

Started by Joan Denoo. Last reply by Joan Denoo on Monday. 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 sk8eycat on October 13, 2014 at 11:59am

Dale looks like a cutie-pie!  We have a black female short-hair...who looks like a blimp.  She has really bonded with my sister (who also looks like a blimp.)

"Gift" means "poison" in German?  THAT is fascinating!  It's sorta like the Hebrew word that has been mistranslated for centuries as "witch;" it really means "poisoner."

Comment by Bertold Brautigan on October 13, 2014 at 11:24am

There are times when you SHOULD look a gift horse in the mouth. (BTW "gift" in German means poison.)

Comment by sk8eycat on October 13, 2014 at 11:21am

Bertold, Thank for the comments re: Macs & PCs.  Now that I think about it, the Mac fans I know ARE more interested in the artistic side of things, while I have spent most of my adult life (not counting the years I was skating) as a bookkeeper/payroll clerk/tax preparer.  And I still occasionally do a few little jobs for friends that require using Word and Excel.

That's one reason I'm so annoyed that this laptop has no 10-key calculator pad.  The tech guy who is helping/trying to get my Dell up and running again brings his own PC laptop with him, and it does have a 10-key pad, so there's definitely room for everything if the designer really thinks about what's needed.

But this Mac was a "gift." Used by someone I thought was a friend for 3 years until she switched to a iPad.  She asked if I wanted this Mac, and I decided to give it a try as a backup....so she shipped it down here from Oregon.  Ok, fine.

3 months after she did that, she phoned me...ON MY BIRTHDAY...(which she knew)...and asked if I had mastered the thing yet.  When I said, "not really," she got very hissy, and told me to return it so she could donate it to her garden club.  I could not pay for the packing and shipping, and I asked her if I could keep trying.  Dead silence. It's been nearly a year, and I haven't heard Word One from her since.

Maybe I should post this in the discussion about forgiving people.  My answer would be, "No.  Not really.  Not when you find out someone thinks of you as a servant."  (I started out 20+ years ago as her part-time dog sitter when she still lived in Pasadena.)

Comment by Idaho Spud on October 13, 2014 at 11:14am

Mindy, I must hop-in to say I'm pleased that Dale is back to eating, drinking, and being alert.

Comment by The Flying Atheist on October 13, 2014 at 11:03am

Mindy, I'm glad Dale is feeling better these days.  Looking forward to seeing a photo of your new kitten.  :)

Patricia, that's a great photo!  Happy Thanksgiving to you!

I hope all of you have a great week.   

Comment by Randall Smith on October 13, 2014 at 7:28am
Wow, Patricia--what a great photo, taken at just the right moment! Priceless!
No comment on computers or cats. As Ian says, I'm phlegmatic about either.

Joan, keep on writing, even if it is only for just the fun of it. I'm sorta addicted to A/N, too.
Sk8, nice to have you back. I, too, love your wit and insight.
Comment by Bertold Brautigan on October 13, 2014 at 6:42am

>Bertpld, what IS it about Mac fans?

Earlier on Apple was ingenious about inserting itself into schools, and their software for music and artistic pursuits was superior. PC's were regarded more as "business machines" and MACs were for the more creative. And, while I have to say there are few entities on earth more fun to despise than Microsoft, I'd still rather run a Windows machine any day. I've worked with a lot of tech support people, and some have strong preferences while others are "ambidextrous" with both Apple and PC. I also hate the f-ing iPhone compared to the 'Droid. Apple is so anal about customers having to keep things the way they think they should be.

Comment by Plinius on October 13, 2014 at 2:26am

Congrats, Patricia!

Comment by Plinius on October 13, 2014 at 12:28am

Mindy make sure you use Feliway or whatever it's called with you. I mean the feromones in a spray that tells a cat he's home and all is right. It made a world of difference when we moved brother-in-law's scared cat.And I'm glad Dale is improving!

Comment by sk8eycat on October 12, 2014 at 11:00pm

Oh, been there, done THAT!  We had 2 cats once who were totally devoted to each other, and a 3rd kitty just showed up one day, announced that she owned me, and moved in.  The first 2 never wanted anything to do with her, and she wanted to be an Only Cat. She finally got her wish, but it took years.  Se was a very "talky" tortie, so I named her Noisy.

I still miss her...she was very cuddly.  With me, only.

 

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