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

Started by Loren Miller. Last reply by Donald R Barbera 1 hour ago. 35 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 The Flying Atheist on February 12, 2014 at 3:10pm

Chris, I love your photo of the relaxing cat. 

Joan, it sounds as if you're always surrounded by people you love.  How lucky for you!

Comment by Joan Denoo on February 12, 2014 at 2:57pm

I am sitting in my bedroom at my daughter's home in the northern woods, surrounded by forest and about a city block away from the county road. We can't see or hear cars and trucks as they amble by. The snow that didn't come in December and January finally came is so beautiful. The sun is out, the temps above freezing so we will lose the snow cover as fast as we received it.

The great-grandkids offer so many interesting stories and I love being with them. They are great kids, 4 years old to 14. They each have chores and a chores chart they follow. There is virtually no fuss about their responsibilities. They lose snowmobiling if they create any  complaint. 

Dominic, the two year old black lab is my real pal, knocks me over with his enthusiasm for a strong rub. He is very well behaved, stays out of the kitchen while any of us are cooking, and then he gets a great reward of a fresh bone or snack for his fine behavior. He doesn't even chase the deer and rabbits and birds that come around, unless they get close to the house, barn or other buildings. He is remarkable. 

Spice, a very long haired cat, suffers from hair balls, and it is a constant task to help her groom herself. She climbs up on the sofa on a towel put there for that purpose, when she wants to be groomed. She leaves when she has had enough. 

Laura and her husband, Larry, have a very fine relationship that is fun to be around. They really like each other. Each has their own business in their home and are together night and day and still get along well. It hasn't always been so. They were discussing divorce about five years ago, they both took training with Landmark, and learned how to communicate effectively. 

Their two daughters, grown now, with Michelle and her blended family of five children, and Laurie, and her partner expecting their first baby, have a good conflict resolution process, which they put into practice this week, to my amazement. Before Landmark, they were warring morning to night.

There are many health problems in the family. The adult men all have back injuries from their heavy work in the forest, and Laura and the girls have back problems because of their long hours on computers. They each have learned techniques of massage, and they each go to doctors for treatments and instruction.

We have very heavy winds today, quickly taking the snow cover. Skies are partly cloudy, so very beautiful.

I'm off to help prepare for a celebration for Zac's birthday. He is one of the two wonderful men who came into the lives of my granddaughters and family. They are real keepers. 

Comment by Plinius on February 12, 2014 at 5:00am

Take some time off Mindy, and have a good day! I always profit from a good example...

Comment by Joan Denoo on February 12, 2014 at 2:31am

Oh Mindy, This difficult day, with so many things to confront you all at once, sounds dreadful. Taking time to let down into a heap works to release tensions that build up to a high degree. Such time is necessary and empowering. 

I know you have the resources to take on each challenge, one by one, to resolve the problems and find tranquility again. You will take deep breaths, hold your head high, square your shoulders, clinch your fists, dig your feet into the ground and determine to ride the rough waters through to calm.

You have all that it takes to get through this day and flourish.  

Comment by Joan Denoo on February 12, 2014 at 2:18am

Carl, your time lapse video gives me shivers from being full of wonder at the sprouting of plants in springtime. Beauty of seeds unfolding into blossoms and the eventual development into more seeds, creating a cycle of life. It is so much more interesting than the story of a magic bringing life into being at the whim of some super power pales in comparison with the evolution of life forms.  

And of a different kind of wonder is the cat pictures and the habitat created for their pleasure. What a delightful way to entertain the cats and the owners. 

Comment by The Flying Atheist on February 12, 2014 at 12:41am

We've all had days like that, Mindy.  I'm glad you feel comfortable enough to talk with us about it.  We're always here and available to listen whether it's good news or bad. 

Hang in there!!

Comment by Ian Mason on February 11, 2014 at 11:18pm

We're always here to lend an ear, Mindy. Too many things all at once can give that "meltdown" feeling. Here's to a better tomorrow!

Comment by Ruth Anthony-Gardner on February 11, 2014 at 9:18pm

I like the outdoor cat walk the best.

Comment by The Flying Atheist on February 11, 2014 at 8:07pm

The video I posted below doesn't seem to want to play.  But you can watch it at this link:  http://vimeo.com/69225705#at=0 

Comment by The Flying Atheist on February 11, 2014 at 7:56pm

Looking forward to Spring......

 

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