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

Started by Loren Miller. Last reply by Grinning Cat 4 hours ago. 10 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

Are You a Patriot? (Betty Bowers)

Started by Loren Miller. Last reply by Bertold Brautigan 16 hours ago. 1 Reply

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

The Ark Encounter: A Less than Grand Opening (The Thinking Atheist)

Started by Loren Miller. Last reply by Grinning Cat on Monday. 24 Replies

The day finally arrived.  Ken Ham's Ark Encounter opened on 7 July, 2016 ... to something a bit less than Disney-sized crowds, and more than a couple dissenting voices!  Seth Andrews has gathered a quartet of significant participants in the protest…Continue

Tags: Tracey Moody, Dan Broadbent, Seth Andrews, David Silverman, AronRa

Surreal, I haz it

Started by Ruth Anthony-Gardner. Last reply by Idaho Spud Aug 14. 91 Replies

Surreal, not just found in art.Continue

Tags: surreal

Wedding Haka - Subtitled & translated

Started by Joan Denoo Aug 13. 0 Replies

I ran across a video of a wedding in which a group of wedding guests celebrated with a performance of a traditional Māori ancestral war dance, called a Haka. It was intended for sons, however, the women have joined in a participation of…Continue

Tags: new, traditions., women, men, Haka

Onward (Unpaid) Christian Soldiers (Betty Bowers)

Started by Loren Miller. Last reply by Chris G Aug 13. 1 Reply

Proselytizing in the military is a dirty little secret most radical christians would rather didn't get out.  Well, never let it be said that America's Best Christian, Betty Bowers, was ever a wallflower where a pit bull was needed!  In the following…Continue

Tags: Military Religious Freedom Foundation, MRFF, America's Best Christian, Betty Bowers

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Comment by Idaho Spud on March 23, 2014 at 11:09am

Waking dreams do sound very scary.

Comment by Randall Smith on March 23, 2014 at 7:40am

Carl, thanks for the tapes on Django. Too bad I can't actually hear him--I need a new sound card evidently. I'm surprised anybody else has actually heard of him.

Comment by sk8eycat on March 23, 2014 at 2:04am

Chris, don't we wish we could communicate with our pets in words? Find out what goes on in their heads?

About "waking dreams," or "sleep paralysis"...it's sort of half and half...you are neither 100% awake nor 100% asleep, and you are usually coming out of a scary dream..(I thought there were prowlers outside) .and you can't move because your body is still in REM (dreaming) mode.  Everybody is paralyzed when they're in REM sleep.  It's a fascinating subject, but NOT when it's happening to you.

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Sleep_paralysis

Comment by Plinius on March 23, 2014 at 1:27am

One of my cats did the same in his sleep: twitching, running and clearly busy with an opponent. He usually woke up in the same mood, and then wondered where they all had gone and where the fight was.

Scary, waking up and unable to move!

Comment by sk8eycat on March 23, 2014 at 12:20am

Spud, I used to take care of a German shepherd who had gran mal epilepsy, and that last dog looked kind of like Nunie did when she would have a (very) rare seizure in her sleep.  Except that her hind legs would be tucked up tight against her body.

I found that part of the video kind of disturbing, and should have warned everybody.

I don't know if muscle twitches happen when dogs dream; humans can't move at all during REM sleep. 

I've had what are called "waking dreams" a couple of times, and it was very frightening.  I could NOT move, and couldn't even make a coherent sound to yell for help.  Once my sister heard me making hoarse groaning sounds, and called 911.  By the time the EMTs and police got here (less than 5 minutes), I was wide awake, and very embarrassed. *:"> blushing

Comment by Idaho Spud on March 22, 2014 at 9:05pm

Cute, however, some of those pets didn't seem very relaxed.  That one dog must have been chasing a rabbit.

Comment by The Flying Atheist on March 22, 2014 at 8:32pm

Yup, very cute, sk8eycat.  :)

Comment by sk8eycat on March 22, 2014 at 8:27pm

*cackle!*

Comment by sk8eycat on March 22, 2014 at 7:30pm

This is cute, and relaxing.

https://www.youtube.com/embed/VRgQaOOZRo4

Comment by Plinius on March 22, 2014 at 1:34pm

I don't Carl, it's what I get from being too busy - I can't concentrate and express myself precisely enough. Still struggling to do the necessary organising for our two grown-up children.

 

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