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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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Speak English? YOU FIRST! (Betty Bowers)

Started by Loren Miller. Last reply by Loren Miller 14 minutes ago. 3 Replies

Honestly, the title to this piece is badly under-representative of the content.  To be far more accurate, what we have here is Mrs. Betty Bowers, America's Best Christian, going on a rant.  Before you say it ... Say WHAAAA?  Betty Bowers ranting? …Continue

Tags: America's Best Christian, Betty Bowers

A Prayer for Our Nation (Betty Bowers)

Started by Loren Miller. Last reply by Ruth Anthony-Gardner 16 hours ago. 2 Replies

I'm going to keep this one short and sweet.  Mrs. Betty Bowers, America's Best Christian, has seen what is going on with the current occupant of the Oval Office, and my impression is that she is not at all happy with it.  True to her citizenship,…Continue

Tags: prayer, Donald Trump, Oval Office, America's Best Christian, Betty Bowers

Any Babymetal Fans Here?

Started by Bruce Carroll. Last reply by Idaho Spud Sep 12. 5 Replies

Any Babymetal fans here besides me? I have to ask because 1) I really like Babymetal and 2) Babymetal unknowingly played a role in my journey out of religion.For those who are unfamiliar with Babymetal, here is a link to one of their most popular…Continue

Tags: Japanese Idol, Babymetal

If you could rid the world of one thing, what would it be?

Started by Idaho Spud. Last reply by Ruth Anthony-Gardner Sep 11. 30 Replies

Today, I heard Seth Andrews talk about the question, "If you could rid the world of one thing, what would it be?"  My first thought was religion, but after a few seconds I decided it would be irrational or anti-scientific thinking.  That would take…Continue

Tags: anti-scientific, irrational

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

Started by Joan Denoo. Last reply by Idaho Spud Sep 11. 16 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

Eating Our Own: How You Can Save the Movement (David Smalley | The Thinking Atheist)

Started by Loren Miller. Last reply by Daniel W Aug 27. 11 Replies

While I've been peripherally aware of him for a while, David Smalley has not spent much time in the center of my focus when it came to scoping out atheist material on YouTube or elsewhere ... at least up until now.  His talk – Eating Our Own – came…Continue

Tags: Seth Andrews, The Thinking Atheist, Eating Our Own, David Smalley

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Comment by sk8eycat on October 15, 2014 at 4:42pm

I had heard the phrase/title "Duck Dynasty," but knew nothing about it.  Another scripted, costumed UNreality show, eh?  Sounds as boring as watching the Duggar family pray....or have sex.

Comment by Ian Mason on October 15, 2014 at 12:34pm

I've never heard of "Duck Dynasty" and didn't know the pic came from it, whatever it is.

Comment by Ruth Anthony-Gardner on October 15, 2014 at 11:36am

"They make all Southerners look bad." Right! Thanks for the post GC.

Comment by Grinning Cat on October 15, 2014 at 11:32am

The Duck Dynasty "cultural export" is all the more embarrassing for being a wealthy-yuppies-in-redneck-drag fake!

There are before-and-after pictures on various websites, including here: http://aattp.org/duck-dynasty-is-fake-and-thats-a-fact-jack-video/

Dusty Smith (of CultOfDusty videos) has strong words about it in his video (cued up to the relevant part; NSFW):

Comment by The Flying Atheist on October 15, 2014 at 10:45am

Ian, that Duck Dynasty photo embarrasses me when I think about so much of our country's "cultural" exports to other parts of the world. 

Comment by Joan Denoo on October 15, 2014 at 1:42am

Ian and Randy, there is that anxiety a parent has when an adult child quits a job or for whatever reason they are unemployed. I hope both your daughters fare well in their professional endeavors. 

Craig, my son with the nice job description, lost his job several years ago in a RIF and we all held our breath. As it stands now, Craig and Laura are both secure and I have no worries about their futures. They are both entrepreneurial in spirit, not liking to work for others. Being self-employed is a strong message from my family and from their dad's. There are risks, and benefits. Kind of like life. 

Patricia, The party sounds like great fun and excitement. Did you know before hand that an engagement was coming? Your granddaughter's face looked so excited and pretty. Her ring is lovely. 

Ian, I have never seen the American Ya'll Qaeda, but from what I hear, I have no interest in learning what he has to say. A good comparison of the Qaeda twins. 

Randy, we still have that neighborhood feeling of belonging to each other as family. We have front porches, and now there are several front yard vegetable gardens. The third generation of kids is growing up. This summer has been the most recent squealing of the young ones. Of the oldest group that grew up while I lived here, one is an astrophysicist another is a dentist. It is a sweet place to grow up. 

Comment by Ian Mason on October 15, 2014 at 1:06am

Has anyone posted this before?

Comment by Randall Smith on October 14, 2014 at 8:12am

Joan, your son's job description is a little more complicated  than what mine was: "teacher"! Impressive sounding, anyway.

Ian, my daughter (age 39) just went throught the same thing, and is now unemployed. Hope your daughter has better luck finding a job.

After reading a new book by Marc Dunkelman, The Vanishing Neighborhood, I realize my friends are not my real neighbors like they were for my parents. The definition of "neighborliness" has evolved dramatically over the the course of several decades. As a kid, I remember sharing meals, baby sitting, going places, etc., with our neighbors. Today, being "neighborly" means leaving those around you in peace. You're friendly, but detached.

Consequently, or perhaps a reason for that change, is the internet. Facebook, twitter, blogs have become the centerpiece for our relationships and friends. True, I share more information with you all than I do with any of my so-called true friends and neighbors. I'm okay with that, although I miss the "good ol' days". 

Comment by Plinius on October 14, 2014 at 6:40am

A really impressive list, Joan!

Must have been a nice family party, Patricia! No ring for him or is that not the custom with you?

Comment by Ian Mason on October 13, 2014 at 1:42pm

Sorry for the mistakes. Just woken up from my day's sleep. Yes. blAming and there.

 

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