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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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Discussion Forum

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

Started by Loren Miller. Last reply by Compelledunbeliever 2 hours ago. 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 March 16, 2014 at 12:21pm

Napoleon, Naturalism:  turn shit into fertilizer! 

Comment by sk8eycat on March 16, 2014 at 11:52am

I'd be a Rastafarian, except that "shit" clogs my sinuses.

I'd be a PASTAfarian, except I'm diabetic, and pasta is pure carbohydrate.

Guess I'd best be an atheist, and tell them all to bugger off.

Comment by Joan Denoo on March 16, 2014 at 12:05am

Mindy, like your "coned cat" picture. He appears to be well content. 

Felaine, your Duncan cat story sounds funny. Love your Gervaise piece and am reposting. Thanks. 

Comment by sk8eycat on March 15, 2014 at 11:58pm

Comment by sk8eycat on March 15, 2014 at 11:50pm

Mickey's lampshade made me laugh.

Duncan, a friend's cat that I sometimes stay with, had a couple of benign tumors removed from his back a few months ago, and they put one of those semi-flexible collars on him afterwards.  Of course he hated it, and one afternoon he waltzed into the den, very proud of himself.  He'd managed to push the thing halfway down his body, and turn it inside out.  Sue said he looked like he was wearing a ballet skirt.  Of course she had no camera handy.....

Comment by Plinius on March 15, 2014 at 2:29pm

You're right, Spud, those are the practical unofficial systems. When I work on the sewingmachine I mostly use my fingers or nails instead of a tape measure to make reasonable seams.

Comment by Idaho Spud on March 15, 2014 at 1:18pm

Chris, I still quite often use a couple of old systems of measurement and think they're practical when I don't have a measurement tool with me and want a quick approximate answer.  Most of my shoes are very close to one foot in length, and the distance between the knuckles of my little finger are very close to one inch.

Comment by Grinning Cat on March 15, 2014 at 11:30am

I heard someplace that a majority of men would like to be taller. I'm in that group.

Great poster, Mindy!

Comment by Joan Denoo on March 15, 2014 at 11:04am

Carl, all three of my kids are 50 this year. Seems like only yesterday!

Comment by Randall Smith on March 15, 2014 at 8:01am

I had heard that your final height would be twice your height at 3 years of age (or 2?). According to my parents, I would be 6' tall. During my growth spurt years, I measured myself every month, eagerly anticipating the day I'd reach that magic number. Sigh. Never got remotely close--5'9" rounded up! Now, at age 71, I'm barely over 5'7". And hanging on bars didn't help!

 

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