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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 23 hours ago. 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 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.

Comment by Tony Carroll on January 22, 2014 at 9:46am

Dear Joan,

     I know it was yesterday, but wanted to wish you a happy birthday. May your life continue to be filled with love, joy, and happiness. May kindness, understanding, and empathy continue to be your companions along the road. You are truly a unique person whom it is my privilege to know.

     Your friend,

     Tony

Comment by sk8eycat on January 21, 2014 at 1:46am

Patricia, my dad never came to my dance recitals, or even my high school graduation...he was usually too drunk.  Mother was always there for me...even flew to Salt Lake City when we played the State Fair there.  I embarrassed the *bleep!* out of her during my ad lib number in the bear costume.  I knelt on the footlights, pointed at her in the front row, and yelled, "THAT'S my MOMMY!"

Comment by Ian Mason on January 20, 2014 at 11:31pm

A sweet friendly-hug pic for all of you.

Comment by Ian Mason on January 20, 2014 at 10:57pm

Great photos. You must have had a lot of strength to keep going with your interests despite the lack of support, Patricia. Hats off to you.

Comment by The Flying Atheist on January 20, 2014 at 5:41pm

Patricia, what an adorable photo!  :)

Comment by The Flying Atheist on January 20, 2014 at 3:59pm

While web surfing the other day, I surprisingly stumbled upon a Facebook page that had two photos of me from my college days.  I thought I'd share them with you.  The first photo was taken in May of 1983.  My 19th birthday would be two months later.  The second photo was taken in February 1985.  I'm second from the left.  

  

 

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