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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.

Nobody here is into mind games. A discussion started with a loaded guilt-throwing question will be deleted.

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Discussion Forum

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

Started by Loren Miller. Last reply by Compelledunbeliever 44 minutes 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 Loren Miller on February 16, 2014 at 2:35pm

Someone's idea of relaxing:


Emphatically Not MY idea...

Comment by Ian Mason on February 16, 2014 at 12:46am

Nice one, Napoleon.

Comment by Idaho Spud on February 15, 2014 at 2:44pm

Si seulement j'avais quelqu'un pour partager un câlin avec.

Comment by Loren Miller on February 15, 2014 at 1:19pm

Noted Joan ... just lemme know when Mike & Jill get to the zoo!

Comment by Joan Denoo on February 14, 2014 at 5:46pm

Loren, I am about half way through "Stranger in a Strange Land". Just to let you know I am on task! HEHEHEHE

Comment by Joan Denoo on February 14, 2014 at 5:44pm

Mindy, your daughter has a dilemma, for sure. I wonder how she will choose to resolve it? 

Comment by Joan Denoo on February 14, 2014 at 5:43pm

A slight adjustment in naming:

December 21-22 Winter Solstice Shortest day of the year 

February 5 Cross-Quarter Day Mid-winter's Day 

March 19-21 Spring Equinox Equal day and night 

May 5 Cross-Quarter Day Mid-spring's Day  

June 20-22  Summer Solstice Longest day of the year 

August 7 Cross-Quarter Day Mid-summer's Day  

September 21-24  Autumn Equinox Equal day and night 

November 7 Cross-Quarter Day Mid-autumn's Day 

 

Comment by Joan Denoo on February 14, 2014 at 5:18pm

As to valentines day ... I agree wholeheartedly! How else will candy makers and flower growers make a living if it were not for weddings, funerals, and celebrations such as valentines day. 

On the other hand, I love mileposts in my life. Simple things like the day I plant cabbage seeds knowing they will be sauerkraut in a crock to be opened on Dec. 21 or 22, whichever is the winter solstice.  

We celebrate all four season changes as well as the cross days.

­­­­­­Solar Wheel of the Year in the Northern Hemisphere:

December 21-22 Winter Solstice Shortest day of the year 

February 5 Cross-Quarter Day Halfway between 

March 19-21 Spring Equinox Equal day and night 

May 5 Cross-Quarter Day Halfway between 

June 20-22  Summer Solstice Longest day of the year 

August 7 Cross-Quarter Day Halfway between 

September 21-24  Autumn Equinox Equal day and night 

November 7 Cross-Quarter Day Halfway between 

These have nothing to do with pre-historic traditions or religious customs, and yet all the major early and recent holidays follow very closely to these dates. They are the ways time is tracked from :

Solstice, Equinox. and Cross-Quarter Days  

http://www.astronomy.ohio-state.edu/~pogge/Ast161/Unit2/time.html

Comment by Joan Denoo on February 14, 2014 at 3:07pm

Loren, your wife is a jewel! What a wonderful gift! What all does that timepiece do? I don't suppose they manufacture such a timepiece that is affordable? Well, I love things that measure. And I guess you do too. 

Give your wife a big hug from me and tell her I think she is a most caring woman I know ...  partly because you love her so much, she must be a very special. 

Comment by Idaho Spud on February 14, 2014 at 3:05pm

I've never celebrated valentines day either. 

 

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