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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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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

God's Annual Performance Review (Betty Bowers)

Started by Loren Miller. Last reply by Ruth Anthony-Gardner Mar 19. 6 Replies

I don't know about you guys, but there wasn't a performance review I had in 30 years of field service that I didn't LOATHE.  It seems as though Betty Bowers, America's Best Christian, is up for turning the tables on the person you would expect would…Continue

Tags: review, performance, god, American's Best Christian, Betty Bowers

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Comment by The Flying Atheist on December 19, 2016 at 12:18pm
Tillykke med fødselsdagen, Ian!  


Comment by Daniel W on December 19, 2016 at 10:13am

Ian, congrats on another birthday.  Embrace your age!  Be proud and be strong.  Now you can tell the young how spoiled and fortunate they are, and all about how you had to struggle in your day  :They will really be interested and excited, and bring all of their friends around to hear more  :-)  You can also give unsolicited advice and pass judgement.  And finally, all of these senior discounts

Randy bundle up, but you know that!  I hope that frozen conditions kill off bugs and insect eggs in the soil, so your garden will flourish next year. 

I grew up in a small Mississippi river town.  We used to gather up the family and go to the bay to skate and go ice fishing.  My grandfather, at 80, could skate hearts and grape vine patterns in the ice, and spell our name.  He skated arrows through the hearts.  

I have lots of firewood piled up.  That's something I love about clearing the wood lot in Winter and Spring, the wood dries and warms you during the next winter.  We have lots of trees about to fall down in our woodlot, so there is enough there for year of firewood.

Ian, we should start a chain of geezer salons.  I'll be the first customer.

Comment by Bertold Brautigan on December 19, 2016 at 10:03am

Happy birthday, Ian. You're still a spring chicken; I'm 66.

Comment by k.h. ky on December 19, 2016 at 9:29am
Happy birthday Ian . Things don't change. Age is just a number.
Comment by Randall Smith on December 19, 2016 at 7:42am

Happy birthday, Ian! You're not yet an "old geezer". Prime of life time now. Stay active and live another 40 years.

Joan, I'm taking your advice: staying indoors drinking hot chocolate and taking frequent naps. That's between walking in circles in my basement averaging 7 miles a day (figuring 16 minutes per mile). Spread out over the day, it doesn't seem I walk that far. I throw in some punching bag time also. The thermometer said -5F this morning. I will have to go out later to gather a wheelbarrow's worth of firewood. Ugh.

Comment by Plinius on December 19, 2016 at 6:43am

Congratulations, Ian! Have a happy birthday! I'm 62, people still don't give up their seats in public transport but most people don't see anything, because they stare into their phones. Find a way to attract their attention and ask for a seat! 

Comment by Ian Mason on December 19, 2016 at 2:14am

Today's the day: I'm fifty-ten years old. Do young people have to give up their seats on the bus for me now? And do I need beauty treatment?

Comment by Ian Mason on December 19, 2016 at 2:11am

That sounds very pleasant, Joan. I hope you enjoy a winter with lots of 'hygge' as we say in Denmark.

Yes, there has been a lot of wind this autumn but that's a good thing. It means that the sea gets a new uptake of oxygen to counteract all the nitrogen that intensive farming pours into it.

Comment by Plinius on December 19, 2016 at 12:12am

I'm glad you settled so happily, Joan!

No storm yet, the flags hardly move and the early morning is misty, dark grey and overcast.

Comment by Joan Denoo on December 19, 2016 at 12:00am

Chris, yes, the music moved me while the lyrics made as much sense as the Apostles' Creed

Ian & Chrs, I watch the storm patterns over Denmark & The Netherlands, and you seem to have a lot of activity this autumn. 

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Carl, I hope your weather allows you to get out, if even for a short walk. Do you have someone to help with your grocery shopping on a regular basis?

Kathy & Loren, it seems you have wide temperature fluctuations, too. Hardly possible to dress for the day. 

Randy, not good news to learn you have to deal with ice; just snuggle down and enjoy some good reading, sleeping or whatever pleases you. 

Thankfully, I am well settled back into Laura & Larry's home and loving it. The snow decorated the firs and cedars for the Yule celebration. We have a large pile of slash and logs to put on the Yule Fire, a supply of S'More makings, apple cider, chocolate, and some form of blood warming liquid for adults. I will be inside with my mug of hot apple cider. 

Hopefully, each one of you had a restful and renewing weekend. 

 

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