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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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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

The Playboy Interview: Richard Dawkins

Started by Loren Miller. Last reply by Loren Miller Mar 28. 16 Replies

I suppose it was the news that Playboy magazine was returning nudes to its pages after a year's hiatus that sufficiently perked my curiosity to check them out again.  I hadn't looked at Playboy since perhaps 2008, when I began to recognize that I…Continue

Tags: Richard Dawkins, Playboy

God's Annual Performance Review (Betty Bowers)

Started by Loren Miller. Last reply by Ruth Anthony-Gardner Mar 19. 6 Replies

I don't know about you guys, but there wasn't a performance review I had in 30 years of field service that I didn't LOATHE.  It seems as though Betty Bowers, America's Best Christian, is up for turning the tables on the person you would expect would…Continue

Tags: review, performance, god, American's Best Christian, Betty Bowers

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Comment by Plinius on June 12, 2014 at 8:34am

What a beautiful rose, Joan! Thinking of you all, people, dogs and cats.

Comment by Plinius on June 12, 2014 at 8:05am

Mindy, I can't stop myself from posting a picture of my friend Plinius, who died of jaw cancer. We brought him to the vet on the first day that he showed pain, and kept thinking if that was not late..

Comment by Joan Denoo on June 12, 2014 at 7:51am

Mindy, very sad news about Molly. I am so sorry. 

Patricia, I love the name, Purr-Dee! Sorry to learn of her decline.

On the other end of the life-cycle, Randall, your Molly grows into adulthood chasing butterflies. The circle of birth, development, decline and death occurs throughout time bringing joy and sorrow. My thoughts are with each of you today. 

Cary's photo of the Peace rose in his garden taken June 10, 2014. 

Comment by Randall Smith on June 12, 2014 at 7:26am

Mindy, reading about your Molly makes me want to love my Molly more. She's a one year old mastiff (mostly). Loves to chase butterflies. Sure am sorry about your dog and your sadness.

Comment by Plinius on June 12, 2014 at 1:06am

Poor Molly! I hope you can give her some good times while saying good-bye.

Comment by Joan Denoo on June 11, 2014 at 11:11am

Oh, yes! I found it: 

Perfect! Father, Son, Spirit. Now, this makes sense. 

Comment by Joan Denoo on June 11, 2014 at 11:08am

Mindy, I had to ask permission from present owners of the homes my grandparents lived in to get root cuttings or seeds, starts of one kind or another. Could you get some starts by going to your grandparents' former homes and asking for permission? Everyone seemed very willing and even happy to share. One family even let me dig up some bulbs. 

I just figured out that Laura's Generations Garden involves seven generations. That is some kind of dynasty! 

I should have brought back root stock from the ancestor's places I visited in Plymouth Massachusets and England. What a heritage that would be. 

Mindy, your second comment 9 minutes ago did not come through. 

Comment by Joan Denoo on June 11, 2014 at 9:26am

Peonies evoke memories of my grandmothers' gardens. When driving through the Palouse in Whitman County, there are many abandoned farms, with houses caved in, gardens gone to weeds and always, there are peonies and iris growing lushly. They survive heat and cold, wet and dry, wind and stagnant air. 

Laura has a "generations garden" at their place in the forest. It has plants from her great-great grandparents, grandparents, and from my garden. Her grandchildren live in a house on the same property.

Comment by The Flying Atheist on June 11, 2014 at 2:16am

Peonies remind me of my childhood home.  My mother had them planted in the back yard garden.  Her peonies and irises were always my favorite. 

Chris, I'm glad to hear that all your hard work will be coming to an end soon.  Yes, you deserve a long rest and your "me time" back. 

Comment by Ian Mason on June 11, 2014 at 1:32am

Your well-earned rest is in sight. Very glad to read that, Chris.

That's a fun (dog-head) photo, Joan. Stealing.

 

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