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Hang With Friends

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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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bending truth, or "We Can All Be Manipulated" (TheraminTrees)

Started by Loren Miller. Last reply by Compelledunbeliever yesterday. 37 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

punishing doubt (TheraminTrees)

Started by Loren Miller Sep 6. 0 Replies

If you are associated with religion and especially a fundamentalist religion, doubt is intolerable.  Certainty, however it may be achieved or imposed, becomes a necessary element, especially considering the utter dearth of any form of evidence or…Continue

Tags: religion, TheraminTrees, punish, doubt

We Don't Want Your (Atheist) Money! (The Thinking Atheist)

Started by Loren Miller. Last reply by Idaho Spud Sep 2. 17 Replies

I suppose I've heard stories like this before:Conscientious atheist donates money to worthy cause.Worthy cause initially accepts money.Worthy cause discovers source of donation.Worthy cause rejects donation.Swell, eh?  Well Matt Willbourne of…Continue

Tags: American Baptist Churches Association, Murrow Indian Children's Home, The Thinking Atheist, Seth Andrews

The Whole Bible in 30 Seconds (Betty Bowers)

Started by Loren Miller. Last reply by Randy Hatly Sep 2. 3 Replies

Ever decide that you wanted to read the whole bible, cover to cover, only to realize half-way through Deuteronomy that the darn thing is industrial-strength BORING?!?  Well, never fear!  America's Best Christian, Betty Bowers, has done the Cliff's…Continue

Tags: bible, America's Best Christian, Betty Bowers

Are You a Patriot? (Betty Bowers)

Started by Loren Miller. Last reply by Chris G Aug 29. 22 Replies

You might think that Betty Bowers, America's Best Christian, would be stepping outside of her comfort zone in tackling the concept of patriotism.  As it turns out, not only does she have a proper handle on the term and its implications, she also…Continue

Tags: patriot, America's Best Christian, Betty Bowers

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Comment by Joan Denoo on May 9, 2014 at 7:03pm

Patricia, I might enjoy a dog if I thought I could have a bird train it for me. 

Comment by Joan Denoo on May 9, 2014 at 6:06pm

Carl, love your coffee, collection and cat! It is a keeper! 

Comment by The Flying Atheist on May 9, 2014 at 2:57pm

Comment by Joan Denoo on May 9, 2014 at 2:48pm

Patricia, I think a lot of us were touched by your challenge and impressed with your management of a personal and private pain in face of unknown events. A hat-tip to you! 

Comment by Joan Denoo on May 9, 2014 at 2:44pm

Felaine, love your cuppa tea, a book and a warm kitteh! 

Comment by Joan Denoo on May 9, 2014 at 2:33pm

Ruth, your situation sounds so frustrating, maybe a good temper tantrum is in order. Is this the future we look toward? Outrageous! 

Comment by The Flying Atheist on May 9, 2014 at 2:19pm

Sk8eycat, next you'll be asking Pumpkin to read to you!  lol

Comment by sk8eycat on May 9, 2014 at 2:10pm

Joan, I LOVE pickled beets (or beats...heh!)!  I made oatmeal cookies with walnuts Wednesday,  but they aren't as good as the ones we get from the Safeway/Von's bakery.  How humiliating.

Sometimes ranting is fun, bu tI do think I'm going to go curl up with a cuppa tea, a book, and a warm kitteh for a while.  Just wish I could teach Pumpkin to turn the pages for me...but all he wants to do is roll over so I can pet his tummy.

Comment by Joan Denoo on May 9, 2014 at 1:22pm

Speaking of intake and output, I made a batch of pickled beets yesterday. Red in/red out! 

Comment by Joan Denoo on May 9, 2014 at 1:20pm

Oh! my goodness! Problems go unsolved, Conflicts escalate! Inefficient and ineffective social services abound!

What is one to do? 

Curl up under the covers and peek out only to go potty and pour something in to be excreted? 

Pretend everything is good? 

Deny any problems or conflicts exist? 

Sit down, breath deeply, enjoy the breath, recognize life continues to exist even as challenges reign? 

Join with others who experience the same problems and conflicts?

Find people with different but similar challenges? 

Write a book? Poem? Song? 

Look realistically at what one has, what one needs, how to get basic needs met? 

Cry? Whine? Complain? Blame? Accuse?

Confront? Take a stand? Insist on being heard? 

Refuse to be trivialized, discounted, demonized?

Given what is real, how do I, as an individual, find joy, peace, community, meaning, purpose? 

I don't know? 

 

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