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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 Joan Denoo on January 26, 2014 at 11:32pm

Joseph, good luck. 

Comment by sk8eycat on January 26, 2014 at 4:22pm

Spud, click on the link, or check Amazon...it's a real book (very popular, too).  I have a copy.  ;>)

Comment by sk8eycat on January 26, 2014 at 4:20pm

Ian...Pandora is gonna getcha for that!

Comment by Joan Denoo on January 26, 2014 at 1:06pm

Patricia, you wrote: 
"I'm just damn nosy so keep going to the menus & poking to see what's what."

I don't know if you are "nosy" or not, but whatever you are, you are one smooth lady to me. 

Comment by Idaho Spud on January 26, 2014 at 12:58pm

Funny Ian.

Comment by Idaho Spud on January 26, 2014 at 12:57pm

Eats, shoots and leaves."  That's a good one Felaine.

Ian, feeling not bad thanks.

I think I finally got my TV working right again.  It'll be 2 months before I can afford a projection bulb so I can see movies on my big screen and put the 14 year-old TV in storage again.

Comment by Ian Mason on January 26, 2014 at 10:51am

I've learnt the lesson. Don't pander to bad punctuation.

Comment by Joan Denoo on January 26, 2014 at 1:34am

sk8eycat, great panda story. 

Comment by Joan Denoo on January 26, 2014 at 1:33am

Ian, according to Laura, Larry and Craig, they had the same frustration with Windows for years, yet they were so loyal to Windows they would not even countenance the idea of any other machine.

Laura helped me care for my son, Cary, who was in a comma. One of us was at his bedside day and night for eight days until he regained consciousness. She had to keep up with her business obligations because she owns her own business. She bought an Apple product and was able to work at the hospital. She changed her mind completely about Apple. She, Larry and Craig soon switched over to Apple. There were just too many down hours in which they had to repair the equipment and not at the business of doing business. 

I bought a refurbished iMac about five years ago and just replaced it with a MacBook Pro. I love it. 

Patricia seems to have some insight on her new Apple product. She is also good at following written instructions, and she will be a good resource for you. I do not have her talent. 

Comment by sk8eycat on January 26, 2014 at 12:58am

Ian, have you heard of, or seen the funny book on punctuation titled EATS, SHOOTS AND LEAVES...?

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Eats,_Shoots_%26_Leaves

A panda walks into a café. He orders a sandwich, eats it, then draws a gun and proceeds to fire it at the other patrons.

"Why?" asks the confused, surviving waiter amidst the carnage, as the panda makes towards the exit. The panda produces a badly punctuated wildlife manual and tosses it over his shoulder.

"Well, I'm a panda," he says. "Look it up."

The waiter turns to the relevant entry in the manual and, sure enough, finds an explanation. "Panda. Large black-and-white bear-like mammal, native to China. Eats, shoots and leaves."

 

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