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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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The Most Hated Woman in America (The Thinking Atheist)

Started by Loren Miller. Last reply by Gary S on Thursday. 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 Plinius on August 23, 2014 at 3:00am

Never mind, Spud, the image of you created by your words is stronger and more beautiful. I can't even use a baby picture; I've been overweight from birth. Age is really freeing, to me at least. I always hated the awkwardness you get when you try to talk to people but they are checking your sexual usefulness in the meantime - it breaks down any sensible conversation. Now that I'm in category ´useless´ I can talk to any person. I'm not vain but I like to look well cared for.

Comment by Idaho Spud on August 22, 2014 at 12:43pm

Thanks Carl.

Comment by The Flying Atheist on August 22, 2014 at 12:33pm

Spud, whatever you decide to do is fine with me.  I have to admit, I always thought the picture of you on the phone with the cat by your side was very, very cute. 

I changed my photo because the last one was seven years old and I've put on weight since then and grown older looking.  Such is life!

If you wish to have your privacy respected, that's totally understandable. 

For whatever it's worth, I'd bet the farm that displaying a current photo of you with some added weight would not matter one bit to any of us here.  You're a great guy and that is what really matters.  Just do whatever is comfortable for you.   

Comment by Idaho Spud on August 22, 2014 at 10:16am

Think I need to update my avatar Randy?  I appreciate faces in avatars also.  I also don't like avatars changing too often.

I've been thinking of putting my 73 year-old face in place of my 4 year-old one.  Haven't done it yet for 2 reasons.  One, I'm embarrassed by how fat I am still.  Two, I'm not sure I want to make it easier for my mormon family to find me, although it might make them think to read some of the posts here.

What do the rest of you think?  Should I put my present face on my avatar?

Comment by The Flying Atheist on August 22, 2014 at 8:40am

Randy, that's wonderful that you play the piano.  Is that a talent you learned as a kid and held onto all these years?  Music is a wonderful outlet and pastime.  I had six years of piano lessons as a kid, and of course my saxophone. 

When I was working in the 1990's for Lyon & Healy, they decided to get out of the piano selling business.  They had all their pianos brought back to Chicago from music stores all over the country and had an unbeatable employee sale before selling the remaining to a barter company.  I purchased a very nice brand new walnut-finished upright piano at manufacturing cost.  At this time in the company's history, the pianos were good solid instruments built for us in Holland. 

Now that my niece and her husband just purchased a home, I'm donating the piano to them because I just don't play it any more.  I still have my saxophone to play.  I now need to find a way to get the piano to Pittsburgh.         

Comment by Randall Smith on August 22, 2014 at 8:18am

I assume ol' Doc is still alive. I know Johnny and Ed are dead. He could sure play.

Carl and others, I appreciate avatars with members' faces. Somehow, I feel closer to those I'm communicating with. Time to update, Spud? Me, too.

My piano tuner cancelled out today because of the storms we're having. The piano, a Chickering, is 100 years old this year. It was a wedding gift my grandfather gave to my grandmother (on my mother's side). Eventually, I inherited it. And yes, I can play it.

Comment by Plinius on August 22, 2014 at 1:17am

Thanks FA! I hope you all have a great day! Breakfast is over here. My pc had a rattling cooler that made me crazy - now it works without a sound, and I enjoy the silence very much!  

Comment by The Flying Atheist on August 22, 2014 at 12:20am

It's Friday.  I hope all of you have a great day.

Comment by Idaho Spud on August 21, 2014 at 12:05pm

Joan, thanks for that list of expressions of surprise.  I remember geewillikers from the distant past as well, but not how long ago it was, or where I heard it.

Comment by Joan Denoo on August 21, 2014 at 11:16am

Randy, enjoyed your term, Geewillikers, as well. It is a keeper. 

I looked up a synonym for it and found 

Interjection, Sense: an indication of excitement, surprise, astonishment, or shock and I found a long list of expressions. (sorry, I can't get the Bold off)

http://en.wiktionary.org/wiki/Wikisaurus:wow

 

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