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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.

This group is not intended to compete with other groups on topics they cover but to "fill in the cracks." Whenever a discussion dwells at length on a topic for which there's an existing group, we urge you to provide members a link to that group to continue along their tangent.

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Degrees of Doubt: The Claims and Credentials of Ravi Zacharias (The Thinking Atheist)

Started by Loren Miller. Last reply by Chris May 17. 1 Reply

Anyone here ever run onto an apologist by the name of Ravi Zacharias?  I've seen his name dropped multiple times on YouTube as supposedly being THE ONE APOLOGIST that no atheist wants to cross swords with, because of his facility with christian…Continue

Tags: Ravi Zacharias, Steve Baughman, The Thinking Atheist, Seth Andrews

The Most Hated Woman in America (The Thinking Atheist)

Started by Loren Miller. Last reply by Gary S Apr 19. 7 Replies

Before Aron Ra and Matt Dillahunty, before Dawkins or Dennett or Harris or even Hitchens, there was Madalyn Murray O'Hair.  In the midst of an America where Christianity was being flaunted as a defense against the godless communists of the Soviet…Continue

Tags: Frank Zindler, The Thinking Atheist, Seth Andrews, Madalyn Murray O'Hair

Proud Dad is REALLY Proud Now!

Started by Loren Miller. Last reply by Todd Williams Apr 12. 16 Replies

As some of you may or may not know, my daughter is a television news producer, currently working in Nashville, Tennessee.  Her assignment is the morning news, which means she blasts herself up at umpti-ump in the morning to organize and prepare a…Continue

Tags: Emmy, news, television, daughter, dad

attacking ideas (TheraminTrees)

Started by Loren Miller. Last reply by Grinning Cat Apr 4. 1 Reply

Attacking ideas is a considerable portion of what we as atheists do.  Why attack ideas?  Ideas earn attack when they don't serve people, not just us but those who adopt said ideas, mistakenly thinking that they have value when they don't.  Our…Continue

Tags: ideas, Islam, TheraminTrees

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

Started by Loren Miller. Last reply by Grinning Cat Apr 4. 40 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

The Playboy Interview: Richard Dawkins

Started by Loren Miller. Last reply by Loren Miller Mar 28. 16 Replies

I suppose it was the news that Playboy magazine was returning nudes to its pages after a year's hiatus that sufficiently perked my curiosity to check them out again.  I hadn't looked at Playboy since perhaps 2008, when I began to recognize that I…Continue

Tags: Richard Dawkins, Playboy

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Comment by Plinius on May 29, 2014 at 1:26am

I love your family stories, Joan! Wonderful how positive these people are!

I'm sorry about your back, Ruth! Like sciatica, I guess. I hope you feel better soon.

 I can imagine you're worried about a BFF with an addiction, Booklover. But your daughter is a sensible person, who'll be careful.

Can you get a secret telephone number, Patricia? It helps a lot.

Husband and I are still working hard at brother-in-law's problems. We're still waiting for him to get a place in a care home, then we can move his stuff and his cat and sell his apartment. We're getting very tired of this job - there's not much left of our lives apart from working and sleeping. But perhaps the bulk of it can be finished before August.

Comment by The Flying Atheist on May 28, 2014 at 11:29pm

Patricia, I'm not on Facebook either but I do get Amber alerts on my smartphone.  Most often the kidnapper turns out to be a parent or other family member.  Our current technology has allowed very swift action and information to be released to the pubic.  I have to say, most times the Amber alerts are cancelled within a few hours because the child has been found. 

Hi, Ruth.  Glad you could come by and say hello.  I hope your condition improves.  I'm sending good thoughts your way.  You should expect them in Pennsylvania very soon. 

Comment by Ruth Anthony-Gardner on May 28, 2014 at 3:25pm

Thanks for the baby rescue story, Patricia, and for your family visit, Joan.

Cute kitty cloud, Flying Atheist.

I've been less active lately due to a flare up of pinched nerve syndrome in my lower back. I had trigger point injections last Thursday and am able to use the computer again and return to the gym. Not perfect, but better. It looks as if I may rely more on my walker to take pressure off of my back.

Comment by The Flying Atheist on May 28, 2014 at 2:01pm

Comment by Joan Denoo on May 28, 2014 at 1:41pm

I hope you have seen Cosmos: The Immortals, Season: 1 Episode: 11. It explains the source of the biblical stories that are from the far distant past. If you want more information on the ancient stories, see my post, 

Cosmos, A Space Odyssey, The Immortals, Season: 1 Episode: 11

Comment by Joan Denoo on May 28, 2014 at 12:55pm

Carl, thank you for posting the family "Thank you" and that they focused on those who participated in the recovery of Victoria. A very nice acknowledgement! 

I feel good about this story, and the many others that surface such as this one. Another example is the young mother, Rebecca Vitsmun, who said, "I’m actually an atheist!". It took courage for her to say that word, and she didn't get lynched for being honest about her belief. The fears that keep up bound to silence, keep us bound to bigotry. 

Comment by Joan Denoo on May 28, 2014 at 12:45pm

Here is a team project putting up antenna on top of the tool shed to get local news. On Sunday, Larry, Zac, Laura and Dominic the dog comprise this team. The tractor holds the base of the ladder. They tried three different length ladders and this system worked the best. 

Zac is building this terrace system to handle the bank. The soil is glacial sand, and the steps have become un-level. Zac said that is a task for another weekend. Eventually, the terrace will extend to the right. Zac cut down the trees and used a draw knife to strip the bark. 

Zac's knives are sharp as a razor blade and he keeps them perfectly honed. He is a millwright at the local lumber mill. 

My granddaughter and Zac are expecting a baby in July and he is building the cradle. A new heirloom is coming into being along with my sixth great-grandchild. 

Comment by Joan Denoo on May 28, 2014 at 12:38pm

Good morning, one and all, I am unwinding from my 11 day visit to Shangri-La in the NE part of Washington state and the forest home of my daughter, son-in-law, my two granddaughters and their mates and five great-grandchildren. This is a most wonderful family I have ever witnessed. They work incredibly hard for five days of the week and while they work, they have what I call "buckets of problems".

They wake up to problems, sort them out, prioritize them, then start working the buckets one or two at a time. While finding solutions, they often stop and think about how to solve the problem of one bucket, explore options, do some test runs, and then progress to a solution. If it turns out the problem isn't solved, they explore, experiment, examine again, make a decision, put it into action, and watch for the outcome. They use this process all through the day, all the while laughing, joking, coming up with some of the most weird Goldberg solutions along the way, and by the end of the day, they prepare a meal fit for royalty, and rest and restore their energy. No unresolved problem gets in the way of their process and it is all done with hard, critical thought, effective and efficient action, and they pay attention to details, evaluating constantly.  

They handle their domestic and animal chores the same way. Identify the tasks that need doing, clarify their goals, explore options, develop action plans including the youngest five year old, do the work, and evaluate outcomes. Wash-rinse-repeat. 

Scattered in this process comes calls for them to run to a fire or accident or medical emergency. Four adult members put on their appropriate gear and head to the emergency, taking the equipment expected to be needed. One grandaughter and the older kids take care of the younger ones and provide backup services, i.e. water, food, as needed. Sometimes the calls come in the middle of the night. They spent one Thanksgiving day fighting a fire and came home to a cooked turkey dinner that we had planned to do together, The kids and I did the dinner and those five youngsters work as a team. 

On the left are Jared and Michelle and to the left of the fire chief in a white shirt is Laura with Larry standing behind her. 

Michelle works hard at training each child how to do the age-appropriate chore and sets high standards of achievement. They know how to do all the chores and how to fill in where needed. The oldest boy is 15 and he functions as a fully mature adult in that family. 

Play is an important part of all their lives, adults and children. Team work and individual activity, whether music, sports, hobbies and creative arts and crafts, or training and caring for their horses, dogs, cats, and the occasional lizard, frog or snake, or injured wildlife fills their day. 

This is team work of the most extraordinary variety. Even the great-grandkids are involved in "working the problem buckets". 

Comment by The Flying Atheist on May 28, 2014 at 10:56am

Hi, Steph!  Thanks.  Hope you have a great week also.

Comment by Steph S. on May 28, 2014 at 10:34am

Hello everyone- wish you a great week.

 

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