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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

Tags: surreal

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

Tags: dispute at Hang With Friends

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Comment by Plinius on May 2, 2013 at 4:20am

And menopause is a blessing, thanks mother nature! Some ten years before that, I was at last old and ugly enough that men could talk to me without being distracted by thinking about seks with me: what a relief! I could talk to them and sometimes they even understood me...

Comment by sk8eycat on May 2, 2013 at 3:59am

"Spiritual" is such a slippery word...if you go back to its origin, "spirit" comes from the Greek (or is it Latin?) word for "breath." In that sense we are all "spiritual" while we are alive. The phrase in the buybull, "the spirit left him," doesn't mean anything more than, "he stopped breathing."

Then there is "Rah! Rah! Rah!" school spirit.  Or lively, as in a "spirited" horse or dog...or any animal, including homo sapiens sapiens.

To me it sometimes means something that makes me gasp (inhale...in medical terminology "inspire.") with wonder and joy...such as standing at the rail of the viewing platform at Niagara Falls, or watching the first moon landing...live, photos of the universe from the Hubble Space Telescope, and videos from Sojourner and Curiosity on Mars.  AND seeing "Billy Elliott - The Musical" last year.

That collection of spirit-based words does NOT have anything to do with the supernatural as far as I'm concerned because there ain't no sich annimule.  As Annie Laurie Gaylor says, "The natural world is super enough for me."

 

Comment by sk8eycat on May 2, 2013 at 3:38am

Or....menopause is a blessing. 

I know some women have physical problems for a few years; I never did. BUT I've never understood why many women carry on as though it's the end of their femininity, if not the end of their lives. It isn't if you take it in stride. It's FREEDOM! (IMO)

Comment by Plinius on May 2, 2013 at 2:38am

I recognize the feeling, Ian, tied tubes took a load of worry from my shoulders.

Comment by Ian Mason on May 2, 2013 at 1:13am

Damn good actor, Brian Cox. Was great in "Troy" as Agamemmnon.

Sex: I found that a vasectomy did wonders for my sex life. Didn't have to worry ever again - in stable relationships I hasten to add.

Music: brain scans of jazz musicians showed areas of the brain that are associated with maths lighting up as they work out how many permutations on a chord there are. A brain scan of Sting trying to compose showed areas associated with spacial/visual concepts. He said that he loved listening to Bach and had pictures of Gothic architecture pop up in his head when he did so.

Spiritual? Hitchens spoke sometimes of the "secular numinous", that it's possible to have experiences of hightened awareness and emotion without them coming from "God" but from the complexity of the human body and the all-round wonerfulness of life.

That's my bit for the day. Have a nice one, you lovely people.

Comment by Ruth Anthony-Gardner on May 2, 2013 at 12:43am

Brian Cox, what's not to like? An articulate scientist who looks like he escaped from a Boy Band.

Comment by Tony Carroll on May 1, 2013 at 11:31pm

Brandi, it was from a site called The Atheist Bible Commentary. It was a response from Tim, the moderator, and I liked it, so I posted it here. That's all. Sorry for any confusion.

Comment by Joan Denoo on May 1, 2013 at 10:49pm
Tony, I agree!
Comment by Tony Carroll on May 1, 2013 at 10:35pm
At times atheists can be our own worst enemy.  They will often join a discussion and criticize other atheists for mocking or criticizing religion. They come out trying to appear respectful falling prey to special pleading and shoot their own team in the foot.

So, I posted this reply:

No idea should be respected simply because it exists. No idea should be free from criticism or ridicule, either. I don't want people to respect my beliefs, I don't ask them to. I want my beliefs to earn respect because they are valid and logical. ... The notion that we should respect religion is absurd. You should respect someone's right to believe as they wish to believe as long as they aren't hurting anyone, but ideas, religions, and philosophies should be under a constant barrage of criticism so that we can find the best ideas that hold up to scrutiny.

"The moment you declare a set of ideas to be immune from criticism, satire, derision, or contempt, freedom of thought becomes impossible." - Salman Rushdie

-Tim H.
The Atheist Bible Commentary
Comment by sk8eycat on May 1, 2013 at 9:06pm

Ruth, my friend who owns, writes, edits, publishes The Pet Press uses this (and other similar one-liners) for "filler:" If your dog won't use a condom, GET HIM FIXED! 

She occasionally gets a bit of crank mail about that one...from people who think the word "condom" shouldn't appear in a "family newspaper."  (Because they probably have had to explain it to their kids.  GOOD!)

 

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