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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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Are You a Patriot? (Betty Bowers)

Started by Loren Miller. Last reply by k.h. ky yesterday. 20 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

We Don't Want Your (Atheist) Money! (The Thinking Atheist)

Started by Loren Miller. Last reply by Grinning Cat on Thursday. 11 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 Ark Encounter: A Less than Grand Opening (The Thinking Atheist)

Started by Loren Miller. Last reply by Grinning Cat Aug 21. 24 Replies

The day finally arrived.  Ken Ham's Ark Encounter opened on 7 July, 2016 ... to something a bit less than Disney-sized crowds, and more than a couple dissenting voices!  Seth Andrews has gathered a quartet of significant participants in the protest…Continue

Tags: Tracey Moody, Dan Broadbent, Seth Andrews, David Silverman, AronRa

Surreal, I haz it

Started by Ruth Anthony-Gardner. Last reply by Idaho Spud Aug 14. 91 Replies

Surreal, not just found in art.Continue

Tags: surreal

Wedding Haka - Subtitled & translated

Started by Joan Denoo Aug 13. 0 Replies

I ran across a video of a wedding in which a group of wedding guests celebrated with a performance of a traditional Māori ancestral war dance, called a Haka. It was intended for sons, however, the women have joined in a participation of…Continue

Tags: new, traditions., women, men, Haka

Onward (Unpaid) Christian Soldiers (Betty Bowers)

Started by Loren Miller. Last reply by Chris G Aug 13. 1 Reply

Proselytizing in the military is a dirty little secret most radical christians would rather didn't get out.  Well, never let it be said that America's Best Christian, Betty Bowers, was ever a wallflower where a pit bull was needed!  In the following…Continue

Tags: Military Religious Freedom Foundation, MRFF, America's Best Christian, Betty Bowers

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Comment by Steph S. on November 15, 2013 at 8:22pm

Mindy - yes virtual hugs to you and your daughter - I hope everything works out OK.

Comment by Joan Denoo on November 15, 2013 at 8:12pm
Thanks Loren, Mark Twain does have a way with ideas!

Mindy, I wish your daughter had a therapist such as I at Cancer Care Northwest. She has some kind of insight that gets to the underlying issues of distress. Everyone I talk to at CCNW, staff and patients, marvels at her great skills. Thinking about you.
Comment by Loren Miller on November 15, 2013 at 8:02pm

Just saw the following on my wife's FaceBook page ... thought it was VERY apropos to what we are about:

Comment by Joan Denoo on November 15, 2013 at 12:58am
Mindy, so very sorry to learn of your daughter's challenges. You are a great mom and provide the safety she needs, and we are here to provide you emotional support, even if we can only give virtual hugs and lots of encouragement. Be sure to take good care of yourself. You are the strong dock she needs as she figures out life' storms. The depression worries me, as I know it does you. With clinical depression, she may need Rx. And of course you already know that.
Comment by Plinius on November 15, 2013 at 12:33am

Poor Mindy's daughter! I'm glad she has got a good family to back her. Wish her well!

Comment by The Flying Atheist on November 14, 2013 at 11:00pm

Oh, man, Mindy.  Talk about being shat upon all at once.  I feel horrible just thinking about your daughter and what she's going through.  Like Sk8eycat said, I'm sorry I can't do more, but please let her know that this total stranger from an internet site wishes her well.  I know she's in good hands with you around. 

Comment by Steph S. on November 14, 2013 at 9:45pm

Sorry to hear about your daughter Mindy. I hope things work out for her in the future. We are thinking about her and wish her the best. Ruth I love that cat picture.

Comment by sk8eycat on November 14, 2013 at 8:30pm

Booklover: I'm thinking a lot of hugs to you and your daughter....I'm sorry  that I can't do more. 
*&gt;:D< big hug

Comment by sk8eycat on November 14, 2013 at 5:22pm

Do you remember the old observation about how many people will actually touch a wall or something else in a public place that has a "Wet Paint" sign on it?  Amazing.

I never liked Art Linkletter much, but the title of one of his programs was spot-on: People Are Funny.

Oh, BTW, my sister bought a gadget called a "Telemarketer Repellant." It has a choice of 25 recorded rude remarks...just hold it up to the phone, and push a button.  Some of the recordings are VERY rude!  Hee-heeeeee!  Of course it's useless for robot-calls.

Comment by sk8eycat on November 14, 2013 at 2:20pm

Ruth...Love that "recording cat," and the ones you posted in "Ailurophiles" about the "brown bath beads."  Eww.  Tee-hee.

"Recording cat" reminds me of "Your prayer is very important to us..." but I can't remember the rest of it.  I'm having Senior Moments more and more often lately, and they scare me.  I did remember a line in one of Carl Sagan's books; he was paraphrasing somebody else about people praying for a particular need..."Why pray at all?  If God knows everything, then he already knows about the problem, and how to fix it."

That's my thought for today.

I think.

 

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