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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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Afrodisiacs – African Aphrodisiacs

Started by Joan Denoo 11 hours ago. 0 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

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

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Comment by sk8eycat on August 3, 2014 at 3:40am

I have always tried to do business with independent neighborhood stores and services, partly because it's friendly, and partly because I detest chains.  (I would like to see Walmart and Walgreens go bankrupt  in some mighty catastrophe.)

I am old enough to remember when even grocery stores were mostly independent....now we have a choice of two...Von's, which is owned by Safeway; and Ralphs, which is part of the Kroger conglomerate.  Eff them both!

(Although Vons/Safeway began home delivery about 10 years ago; just about the time that I could no longer carry bags of groceries from my car into the house without excruciating pain.  I shop on line now, and they have electronic coupons, and other specials...fresh baked goods, etc.  I also buy a few things from Schwan's home delivery service now and then when they are on sale. And the drivers are nice.....) 

I sold my 1979 Pontiwreck 2 years ago.  Too big to park anywhere, and the upkeep was killing me.  (Have you noticed that parking spaces are skinnier than they used to be?  Gotta get more cars on all those acres of asphalt!)

Comment by Plinius on August 3, 2014 at 1:07am

I'm so glad about that neighbour helping you, sk8eycat! We need people like that!

Comment by The Flying Atheist on August 2, 2014 at 11:48pm

Sk8eycat, what a great neighbor you have.  How nice of him to reward you with his kindness and generosity.  From the stories you tell, you certainly can use a break like that.  I'm glad for you.  :) 

Yes, Mindy, I like the Philosophy/Religion quote as well. 

Comment by sk8eycat on August 2, 2014 at 11:19pm

The Kindness of Friends

Our A/C started quitting on us just as the weather got really nasty, and before I could do anything about it, our water heated died completely, and had to be replaced.

My sister finally called a neighbor who owns his own Heating & A/C business, and has for years (and we have always done business with him). He came over this morning and fixed things...the filter just needed cleaning (it's removable, he just takes it outside and hoses off the cat hair and dust, and then replaces it...I am not strong enough to remove the metal panel to get at the filter)., Then he gave the compressor a couple of blasts of freon....or whatever the coolant is.  And now it's running nicely, and I am no longer sweating.

When my sister started to write him a check, he just smiled, and said, "No charge."

I am flabbergasted.

I just wish the damn plumber was as understanding...he is not even giving me the advertized "Senior Discount" for the gahdam water heater.  And I had to borrow the money for the down payment on the thing before he would even let his men start work...

Two entirely different businessmen...I just wish I could find a different plumber.  This guy is an asshat, and I have paid him thousands of dollars over the past 10 years....never got the bloody discount.

Comment by k.h. ky on August 2, 2014 at 11:08pm
I like the puzzle.
Comment by Ruth Anthony-Gardner on August 2, 2014 at 11:00pm

Your philosophy/religion quote is fantastic, booklover!

Comment by The Flying Atheist on August 2, 2014 at 8:18pm

Comment by Joan Denoo on August 2, 2014 at 3:17pm

@Loren Miller, do you have a good stress management tape in TM that you can recommend. I am not finding secular ones that I like. 

Comment by Idaho Spud on August 2, 2014 at 2:50pm

Has this one been posted on AN before?  Faith explained:

Comment by Idaho Spud on August 2, 2014 at 2:41pm

Joan, I like those waterfall pictures and your message to Richard.

 

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