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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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Bible Belt Atheist (New York Times)

Started by Loren Miller on Thursday. 0 Replies

The following showed up in my YouTube feed this morning, and I decided to have a look.  Turns out, the New York Times has given us a reasonably even-handed look at a good friend of ours, being one Jerry DeWitt, former bible-thumper and now a pretty…Continue

Tags: Bible Belt, atheist, Jerry DeWitt

How would you respond?

Started by Christina Scribner. Last reply by Christina Scribner Apr 10. 5 Replies

So, this morning, I was at my local coffee shop as I am most weekdays between bus runs. I do the editing on my husband's books so I had my laptop with me. My wallpaper is a picture I found online sometime back of a double helix with the word atheist…Continue

The Fake Christian Busybody Show (Andrew Bradley)

Started by Loren Miller. Last reply by Plinius Apr 9. 1 Reply

It seems as though there was a Gay Pride parade in some town somewhere and a Christian commentator, herein known as The Activist Mommy, apparently got her panties so in a bunch about it that she had to fire up her video camera and record a…Continue

Tags: gay, pride, The Activist Mommy, Andrew Bradley, America's Best Christian

America Held Hostage: Day 436 (MisterDeity)

Started by Loren Miller. Last reply by Ruth Anthony-Gardner Apr 9. 1 Reply

Now that Sinclair Broadcasting has stated their position regarding fake news and its threat to our democracy, Mister Deity's Brian Dalton has decided to throw his $0.02 worth in as well ... though I don't quite think his presentation was really what…Continue

Tags: fake news, Deity, Mister, Broadcasting, Sinclair

Guns: Both Sides Now (Betty Bowers)

Started by Loren Miller. Last reply by Christina Scribner Apr 3. 3 Replies

Oh, NO!  The gun debate has gotten so heated that it has Betty Bowers, America's Best Christian, TALKING TO HERSELF!  Apparently, one of her has had a stroke or a serious breakdown in cognitive skills, as she does little more than parrot the NRA's…Continue

Tags: NRA, guns, America's Best Christian, Betty Bowers

how dogma pollutes discourse (qualiasoup & theramintrees)

Started by Loren Miller Apr 3. 0 Replies

"The Lord is our God; the Lord is One." "I am the Way, the Truth, and the Life; no one comes to the Father, but by Me." "There is no god but Allah, and Mohamed is his prophet." Assertions, taught as fact, but without any form of corroborative…Continue

Tags: dogma, QualiaSoup, TheraminTrees

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Comment by Joan Denoo on December 27, 2014 at 11:49pm

We had our big Yule log fire tonight, even though it wasn't in the middle of the cleared ground. The ground was too wet and muddy, no snow and no promise of snow. So, Larry built it in a fire pit on the back concrete patio. As luck would have it, snow began to fall this morning, by dark, about 4:00 PM the snow was getting deeper and by 8:00 there was enough snow for snowmobiles. There was a stream of red-cheeked faces coming in for hot apple cider while the second group went out. They kept coming and going, withstanding the cold and going out again before their gloves were dry. Very cold fingers, very red cheeks, and large smiles on all the faces of young and old. I did not go out. I stayed in the warmth of the house and kitchen. 

We had about 25 for dinner; I lost count. Larry made Buffalo Hot Wings, and everything else was potluck. This group of people have highly skilled cooks ... perfect potato salad, remarkable rice casserole,  fabulous finger foods, Yummy Yule Log cake. And of course, the wieners and marshmallows over the outside fire. 

My six great-grandchildren from 16 years to 5 months all have healthy appetites and the older ones love winter sports. Family and friends filled out the attendees. Our family consists of two blended families and we all like each other. For those who are no longer part of the family, good riddance. 

Comment by Joan Denoo on December 27, 2014 at 11:31pm

Carl, I am grateful for the final frame, showing the cat's hind legs. I couldn't imagine how tortured it would be to have to walk two legged. After realizing that it was walking on all fours, I enjoyed the video.  I agree, Felaine, the cat looked as though it had enough of such monkey business. 

Grinning Cat, I just realized how much I enjoy a man made up to look like a cat. 

Loren, an air-conditioned hell sounds about right. 

Comment by Joan Denoo on December 27, 2014 at 11:24pm

Chris, I am happy to learn of your nice xmasparty. "instant family without the bickering" makes for a happy time for all. 

Comment by sk8eycat on December 27, 2014 at 9:56pm

If there are some refrigeration engineers, they probably have good skating rinks, too.

Comment by Loren Miller on December 27, 2014 at 8:08pm

Comment by sk8eycat on December 27, 2014 at 3:58pm

I wonder how scratched-up the human was after getting that outfit on the cat.  The very end of that gif looks like the kitteh is trying to say, "Get me OUTTA this, pweeze!"

Comment by The Flying Atheist on December 27, 2014 at 2:39pm

Comment by kathy: ky on December 27, 2014 at 10:44am
It was an excuse. But using one from a xmas tree would have been better. Glad you're well.
Comment by Idaho Spud on December 27, 2014 at 10:00am

Mindy, I'm pleased to hear of your enjoyable company also.

Comment by Idaho Spud on December 27, 2014 at 9:58am

Chris, I'm pleased to hear you had a good time with a non-bickering group.

 

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