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Hang With Friends

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

Started by Loren Miller. Last reply by Compelledunbeliever yesterday. 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 Joan Denoo on January 23, 2014 at 12:11am

Ruth, I thank you so much for your outstanding articles on such a wide range of topics, and your honesty in responding to each one of us. I hope you are feeling well. 

I have concern that your snow levels may be overwhelming. 

Comment by Joan Denoo on January 23, 2014 at 12:09am

Mindy, thank you for your greeting. It is always a joy to read your comments so I expect the coming year to be full of your funny, clear, and insightful contributions. 

Comment by Ruth Anthony-Gardner on January 22, 2014 at 4:44pm

Happy belated birthday, Joan. Sorry I wasn't around yesterday.

Comment by Joan Denoo on January 22, 2014 at 4:16pm

Carl, you know me so well, with the picture of a great human being and scientist. Thanks for your greetings and for all the wonderful postings you make here. 

Your cat video reveals a cat who trained his/her humans very carefully and even tamed the dogs in his/her life! What a cat! Thanks! 

Comment by Joan Denoo on January 22, 2014 at 4:09pm

sk8eycat, You have had a most interesting life and able to skate with such a troupe of people and do all that traveling so young! The ice show amazes me, how can people perform such balance and grace on blades?

Sadly, your days came to an end on the ice show with your injury. Do you have arthritis now, or stiffness of your injured ankle? I was always too much of a coward and hated hurting, so stuck to things like books and writing. I admire your and your accomplishments. 

Comment by Joan Denoo on January 22, 2014 at 3:58pm

Tony, thank you for such a nice affirmation and acknowledgment of what I hope to do. Your words on your posts offer such good and insightful thoughts, I feel inspired. 
The penguins video is a keeper for those days that seem a bit discouraging. 

Comment by The Flying Atheist on January 22, 2014 at 3:11pm

Enjoy.....

Comment by The Flying Atheist on January 22, 2014 at 2:00pm

Sk8eycat, wonderful video.  Who would of thought you'd being watching yourself in a TV promo forty-six years later on something called the internet?  I can imagine the great memories that must trigger. 

Comment by The Flying Atheist on January 22, 2014 at 1:49pm

Joan, according to my calculations, your birthday was yesterday. 

Happy Birthday!!

Comment by sk8eycat on January 22, 2014 at 1:00pm

I'm in the chorus numbers somewhere...I hated this show....or actually some of the snotty girls in the dressing room....

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=TZehwmLuvH0

I was out for 6 months...came down with appendicitis while we were playing Los Angeles (glad that it happened while I was at home, if it had to happen at all.)  The next summer I sprained my ankle during rehearsals in Madison, WI. It was so bad that they sent me home, and I said "F**k it."  And started looking for bookkeeping work.

An' dats de trooooof.

 

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