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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 Loren Miller 18 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 Ian Mason on January 19, 2014 at 3:21pm

A plethora of puns.

Comment by Ian Mason on January 19, 2014 at 1:32am

Comment by Ian Mason on January 19, 2014 at 1:13am

A fun video, Felaine.

I wouldn't argue with that cat, Steph.

Comment by Steph S. on January 18, 2014 at 10:26pm

Hope everyone is having a good weekend.

Comment by sk8eycat on January 18, 2014 at 8:33pm

Okayyyy.  Somebody posted a link to "space music."  Now...here's how a wet washcloth behaves in zero-gee (Inside the space station):

http://apod.nasa.gov/apod/ap130424.html

Comment by Plinius on January 18, 2014 at 11:58am

Thank you all, and I do remember to take care of myself - or I wouldn't hang out here! We begin to learn what it is to belong to an almost extinct family; it's funny. There's husband and me (both with healthproblems), brother-in-law (brain damage), his cat (scaredy)  and aunt (Alzheimer's). Our own two cats are the most normal characters in the group! No way to shift the responsibility to someone else, so I work on, but slowly, so I can manage.

Comment by Ian Mason on January 18, 2014 at 4:50am

That's a lot to do, Chris. Take care of yourself.

Meanwhile, a little music from space.

http://prediccs.sr.unh.edu/craterweb/craterliveradio.html

Comment by Plinius on January 18, 2014 at 1:13am

Short update. Brother-in-law is out of the coma and unilateral paralized. I travel to his apartment every day to feed the cat (who refuses to see me) and to attack the mountains of rubbish and dirt. To the hospital to talk to the patient, then home for my own chores and to prepare lessons. No time left.

Thanks for your support!

Comment by Steph S. on January 17, 2014 at 9:07pm

I want to be a bear too Patricia - that was so cute.

So how was everyone's week? Everything going good?

Comment by Steph S. on January 17, 2014 at 9:07pm

 

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