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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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Yasmine Mohammed - Confessions of an Ex-Muslim (The Thinking Atheist)

Started by Loren Miller. Last reply by Idaho Spud Jul 7. 6 Replies

Yasmine Mohammed is not your average ex-Muslim.  Not only did she get shut of Islam, she also managed to escape what was at one time the most notorious of radical Islamist organizations: Al Qaeda.  She has since documented the story of her apostasy…Continue

Tags: Islam, Al Qaeda, Yasmine Mohammed, The Thinking Atheist, Seth Andrews

Ignorance is Bliss: Why Religious People Seem Happier Than the 'Nones'”.

Started by Joan Denoo Jul 6. 0 Replies

“Highly Religious Volunteer More, Lie Less, and Claim to Be Happier”~ Houston Chronicle; “Strongly Religious People are Happier than Non-Religious”  ~ Christian Daily."The study determined that 40 percent of highly religious adults—defined as those…Continue

Tags: Nones, happiness, non-religiosity, religiosity, bliss

Afrodisiacs – African Aphrodisiacs

Started by Joan Denoo. Last reply by Joan Denoo Jun 26. 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

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Comment by Idaho Spud on September 13, 2014 at 12:46pm

Mindy, sorry your daughter's depressed, but good to hear the support she has.

Comment by Joan Denoo on September 13, 2014 at 12:37pm

Mindy, I am so very glad that our daughter has you and your family as back-up. She needs that and you provide just the right amount of support and letting go. A tough balancing problem. Her cat, her art classes, her expanding friends, all are positive things. 

Now, that means you need to take good care of yourself. The caregivers often don't realize how important their emotional health is to assist another. 

Depression is a real challenge. You seem on top of all the clues and remedies. Good job! 

Comment by sk8eycat on September 13, 2014 at 11:51am

Mindy, I have had what's called "clinical depression" off and on since I was 13.  I am now creeping up on 75, not exactly happy about my life, but I'm still here. With TWO cats.

I'm thinking encouraging thoughts for your daughter...things do get better, especially when you have interests in things outside your own self, and people to go to when the world gets to be too much. And it often does...but she has YOU.  That is fabulous.

Comment by Ian Mason on September 13, 2014 at 11:37am

Ah, good old faithful depression. You can rely on it turning up, often at the most inconvenient times. After decades of experience I know that it recedes again too, even though each bout often seems like the worst ever. It's good that your daughter has you to turn to (and a cat) while working it through and recharging for a new try at life. If it's all right with you, give her a hug from me.

Comment by Idaho Spud on September 13, 2014 at 10:11am

Randy, the comment box is still the same as always for me.

Comment by The Flying Atheist on September 13, 2014 at 9:34am

Randy, I'm not having any problems with A|N and the comment box.  I'm not seeing any weird colors, man. 

MIndy, I'm glad you'll be able to see your daughter.  I think it's a good thing that she turns to you when she's feeling depressed.  Kind of like having a safe spot with people who understand.  That's important.  BTW, is she enjoying being back in college?   

Comment by Idaho Spud on September 13, 2014 at 9:16am

I don't remember seeing that Gervais quote before.  I like it.

Comment by Randall Smith on September 13, 2014 at 7:34am
Speaking of trains, my avatar here was taken on Amtrak's Zephyr going from Chicago to Oakland two years ago. I enjoyed the ride, despite my seat mate and her two kids.

If you haven't read Joan's recent blogs, you should. The one on our "South problem" is good--a sad commentary on our current societal climate.

Is it just me or is anybody else finding the comment box yellow and without font information?
Comment by Joan Denoo on September 13, 2014 at 1:45am

Felaine, I know what you mean. I look at my image and see an old woman, I look through my eyes and see the world as fresh and new. I feel younger and better than I ever have ... in spite of a pace maker, a bout with cancer, and creaking bones and sagging skin. I can easily say 78 years old is just about the best year. 

Your comment about unions distresses me, even as I know what you say is true. If it were not for unions, working people would be far worse off than they are now, even though we are going backwards very fast. Spokane was a union town during the mining and lumbering days, and there were all kinds of awful fights between owners and workers. There is a rich history here of union efforts on behalf of workers, and unions as corrupt exploiters of workers. 

When I returned to college after many years and as I was preparing myself to leave my husband, I had a terrible time with math and statistics. One fine young man with dreadlocks came to my aid and helped get me through the tests. I failed one course and he helped me with my second attempt. I am so fond of dreadlocks! They mean overcoming a dreadful hurdle. A case of stereotyping, pure and simple. 

Comment by sk8eycat on September 13, 2014 at 1:19am

Joan, it was kinda strange seeing all those wrinkled faces and bald-headed men, and remembering how they looked 50+ years ago...almost 60 years, actually. And then I walk by a mirror, and look at myself, and cringe....I lost about 40 lbs in the last couple of years, so I have the "turkey neck," and my "chipmunk cheeks" have become jowls.  Shocking.  (I have never been extremely vain, but still....I'll hear certain music, or remember a particular routine, or partying on the trains, and can't believe I'm not 18 anymore.)

 

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