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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 Loren Miller yesterday. 39 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 Ian Mason on February 10, 2014 at 10:46pm

Hello folks. Hope all are well.

I'm fed up with rain too so I cheered myself up by booking a holiday. End of March/beginning of April so  I have to wait for a while but then a week in Jerusalem. No, I haven't been converted to something but I like history and/or nature on my hols and there's both in that part of the world.

Comment by sk8eycat on February 10, 2014 at 6:03pm

I like the cat tunnel sofa the best.  Actually I like everything, but some of the wall stuff is just too elaborate to think about.  I wonder how long it took the cat to explore that sofa.  Heh!

Comment by Idaho Spud on February 10, 2014 at 4:56pm

Interesting FA.

Comment by The Flying Atheist on February 10, 2014 at 4:24pm

For all you pet lovers.  Here are some awesome furniture designs for your pet.  

http://www.boredpanda.com/pet-furniture-ideas/

Comment by sk8eycat on February 9, 2014 at 2:20pm

[grin]

Comment by sk8eycat on February 9, 2014 at 9:50am

Chris, thank you!  I'm looking out the window at a lightly overcast morning, waiting for some rain clouds to materialize.  *sigh* 

@Patricia, Phphphbtbtbtbttt!

Comment by Plinius on February 9, 2014 at 1:43am

A packet of rain, Sk8eycat? We've got plenty - I could use a day without getting wet when I walk to the supermarket. Watch the post!

Comment by sk8eycat on February 8, 2014 at 11:16pm

We haven't had any winter to speak of here...no rain near the coast = no snow pack in the Sierras.  We're already in semi-drought, and summer will be worse.  Please send me some snow!

Thank you.

Comment by The Flying Atheist on February 8, 2014 at 9:17pm

No, Mindy.  I didn't see you.  Must have been while I was taking a nap.  Hope you had a good time.  I'm sure it was snowing while you were here. 

I don't know about everyone else, but I am so tired of this winter.  I usually handle the winter season pretty well.  I don't mind the snow (and we've had a fair share this year), but the prolonged frigid temperatures are wearing me down.  It's just constantly uncomfortably cold.  I don't remember the last time the temperature was above freezing.  There's been no break in this cycle.  We're lucky if it gets up into the 20's.  And that doesn't even last a whole day.  I'm fortunate to have a job that takes me to California, Arizona, and Florida this time of year, but even that hasn't been enough to ease the pain of having to return to ice-age conditions week after week.  I hope we don't get screwed out of having a good Spring this year.  Mary, mother of Jesus in heaven I'll be very pissed if we are.  [end of rant.]

Comment by sk8eycat on February 8, 2014 at 8:27pm

I just went to the NBC website to see what Olympic events were supposed to be on tonight, and the first thing I saw was, "Follow the Medal Count on FACEBOOK!"  Gaaaaah!  The LEAST important part of the whole event.

I think I'll turn in early.

 

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