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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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Goodwill to Few Men (Betty Bowers)

Started by Loren Miller. Last reply by Donald R Barbera Jul 23. 3 Replies

Think Goodwill Industries does well by the poor?  Fact is, they do WAY BETTER for themselves, to the point where America's Best Christian, Betty Bowers, thinks they're ripping off the christian playbook a bit too well!  Have a look for yourself:…Continue

Tags: ripoff, Goodwill Industries, America's Best Christian, Betty Bowers

Your favorite photobombs?

Started by Ruth Anthony-Gardner. Last reply by Plinius Jul 10. 12 Replies

Running of the bulls photobomb.Continue

losing faith (TheraminTrees)

Started by Loren Miller Jul 5. 0 Replies

TheraminTrees has recently begun producing a new series of YouTube videos, which added to a wonderful library of earlier observations regarding his experience of religion. Good as all those pieces are, I personally think they pale against this…Continue

Tags: story, history, faith, TheraminTrees

Betty Explains Religious Freedom (Betty Bowers)

Started by Loren Miller. Last reply by Ruth Anthony-Gardner Jul 3. 10 Replies

Well, considering all the RFRA bills popping up all over the United States, plus all the fun and games ISIS is bringing to the good folks in Syria and Iraq, Betty Bowers, the epitome of well-dressed christianity, has decided to clarify the true…Continue

Tags: persecution, ISIS, Religious Freedom, America's Best Christian, Betty Bowers

Surreal, I haz it

Started by Ruth Anthony-Gardner. Last reply by Ruth Anthony-Gardner May 6. 82 Replies

Surreal, not just found in art.Continue

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Let's not define ourselves or others by our worst behaviors

Started by Ruth Anthony-Gardner. Last reply by Dominique Lutz Apr 16. 6 Replies

My take on the recent melt down at Hang With Friends, of which I missed part, is that some of us were tripped up by a habit of thought. It's something we learn growing up, and use without realizing how much pain it can generate -  failing to…Continue

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Comment by Steph S. on May 22, 2013 at 9:21am
Thank you for that video Tony! I'm so proud of her!
Comment by Joan Denoo on May 22, 2013 at 9:15am

Did you notice her expression when she reported being an atheist? I saw pride, self-respect, disdain and even sarcasm. I know, you will say I am reading into her countenance what I want to see. Did you notice how her interviewer backed right up! 

Well, I can tell you, at Sacred Heart Hospital, a Roman Catholic hospital started by Mother Joseph in 1856, whenever a technician asked my religion I spoke proudly, confidently, competently, that I am an atheist. One time I asked the questioner if that was a rare response and she said, "No, it as a very common one!" 

Hold our heads up high, with firm voices, backbones of steel and arms of velvet, say, "I am atheist." 

No one will faint or deny you services, except they do not do abortions, and I have an empty field and no need for one, nor a desire for one. If I needed or wanted an abortion, I would not be going there. 

My aunt Melda received her nursing training there, my mother worked there for many years, and I was a candy striper there from my 16th birthday when the sisters still wore burqas. They offer excellent care, and I give them credit for that.  

Just remember, think for yourself, do what is right for you, and be so very proud!

Comment by Loren Miller on May 22, 2013 at 5:48am

Ooooo, an ATHEIST on NATIONAL TV???  Call out the National Guard!!!  Notify FEMA!!  CALL GLENN BECK!!!!!

On second thought, scratch that last! [UGH!]

Comment by sk8eycat on May 22, 2013 at 1:21am

Tony, I love that clip! "Wolf Gets Blitzed"...tee-hee. 

Did anyone read the comments below the You Tube version?  they were almost all like, "Yeah, thank the lard for sending a ghastly tornado to kill more than 50 people, destroy hundreds of homes, and wipe out utilities for thousands."

BTW, what happened to our Friendly Neighborhood here?  I don't think I like the changes....

Comment by The Flying Atheist on May 22, 2013 at 12:45am

Great clip, Tony.  People need to realize that not everybody superfluously and automatically thanks god in a time of crisis.  Maybe he's learned a lesson and become a smarter man. 

Comment by Tony Carroll on May 22, 2013 at 12:04am

          Wolf Blitzer. Open mouth, insert foot. LOL!!!

Comment by The Flying Atheist on May 21, 2013 at 11:58pm

Comment by Joan Denoo on May 21, 2013 at 11:50pm

Carl, that sounds perfect! I like the idea Chimichurri Sauce works well as a marinade, and is also delicious on vegetables. Thanks

Comment by The Flying Atheist on May 21, 2013 at 11:25pm

Chris, thanks for checking in.  I hope you're having a wonderful holiday.  Enjoy Vesuvius. 

Comment by The Flying Atheist on May 21, 2013 at 11:24pm

Joan, you mentioned awhile back about liking to eat a nice steak with some red wine.  The Argentinians have a wonderfully simple accompaniment to their steaks:  Chimichurri Sauce

It has lots of chopped parsley and garlic!!

 

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