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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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Are You a Patriot? (Betty Bowers)

Started by Loren Miller. Last reply by Loren Miller 28 minutes ago. 9 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

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

Started by Loren Miller. Last reply by Grinning Cat 9 hours ago. 11 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 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 The Flying Atheist on March 8, 2016 at 12:22pm

To all you wonderful women here...you truly are inspiring. 

Thank you.

Comment by The Flying Atheist on March 8, 2016 at 11:54am

Chris, one of the wonderful benefits of corresponding with people around the world is learning about where they live.  Chicago isn't a natural magnolia area either because we're too far north.  Of course they flourish in the Southern US states.  

We're lucky to have several flower and plant conservatories and botanical gardens here in and around Chicago.  I love walking through the large tropical palm and plant rooms during the winter. 

Comment by The Flying Atheist on March 8, 2016 at 11:47am

100% agreed, Randy and Bertold.  There's nothing positive to be said about corporate "news reporting" and media outlets.  It's all just deplorable. 

Comment by Bertold Brautigan on March 8, 2016 at 8:24am

I'm with you, Randall. Chuck Todd is another waste of airtime.

Comment by Randall Smith on March 8, 2016 at 7:44am
Am I the only one that can't stand Chris Mathews of MSNBC? Nor Joe Whatshisname on "Morning Joe". I hate interrupters and know-it-alls. Don't like Wolf Blitzer, either (CNN).
Comment by Plinius on March 7, 2016 at 1:10pm

The snow was only for a few hours, then it became sunny and warm - some 10 degrees Centigrade.

We have lots of magnolias, Carl, but not in the wild, only in parks and gardens. And you might make VERY long lists from what I don't know about Chicago....  

Comment by The Flying Atheist on March 7, 2016 at 12:13pm

Welcome back, Randy!  Glad to hear you had a nice trip.

Snow, Chris?  Sounds like you are having the same erratic weather we are having here.  Cold, warm, cold, warm, etc.  Like Randy just said, it's going to be quite warm here this week.  Normally it wouldn't be uncommon to have quite a bit of snow still on the ground this time of year...but not this year. 

Chris, pardon my ignorance but I didn't realize magnolias grew as far north as the Netherlands. 

Comment by Randall Smith on March 7, 2016 at 8:09am

Driving back north from the Florida Panhandle, I could see the changes in scenery as it got bleaker and bleaker with lack of color. Ah, but it won't be long. Indiana is supposed to have temps in the 60's all week! By the way, it was nice and sunny where I was, but great to be home to see my family and dog.

Comment by Plinius on March 7, 2016 at 12:32am

And snow today!

Comment by Ruth Anthony-Gardner on March 6, 2016 at 6:18pm

Crocuses are up in our neighborhood, snowdrops have been open a week. I keep worrying that the robins (which have been here a week or more) will freeze, but so far they seem fine. My daffodils don't have buds, just leaves.

 

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