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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 on Thursday. 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 sk8eycat on March 31, 2014 at 10:59pm

Joan, 'm a compulsive proofreader (because I'm mildly dyslexic), and the only errors I have seen in any of the discussions in A/N have been obvious "slip of the finger" typos.  And most of them have been mine.  A sign that I need to file my nails.

Comment by Joan Denoo on March 31, 2014 at 10:50pm

I'm loving the grammar focus. Please let me know when I make a booboo. I will try really hard not to do so. 

Comment by sk8eycat on March 31, 2014 at 10:27pm

Cat, neither do "yours" and "ours."   ;> )

Lately I've been seeing "alright" in hardcover books.  AAAAACK!  Several of my teachers would make us write "ALRIGHT IS NOT ALL RIGHT."   I cringe whenever I see that one in print.

Comment by Grinning Cat on March 31, 2014 at 9:58pm

Mindy, I hope things go well with you and your son! We'll be thinking of you.

Felaine, I still like the sign I saw, "Whenever you make a typo, the errorists win."

Apostrophes can be confusing, even when we know they don't mean "Beware of oncoming S!" We write about "Jen's book" or "Josh's coat", and "it's" looks like it could be part of the same pattern, only it's not. I remember that by thinking of "his", "her", "its" -- none of them have apostrophes.

Comment by Joan Denoo on March 31, 2014 at 9:49pm

Mindy, a big challenge right now. Your daughter's help will be invaluable. She will feel so proud of herself after tackling the demanding tasks, she will not doubt feel her value and purpose. Not that she will find a calling, but she will face a problem and take it on like a trouper.  One day, one hour, one minute at a time. She will do just fine. 

I expect you and your son will come through the procedures well and be better for them. Do keep us up to date. Will send out positive energy and thoughts for both of you. 

Comment by sk8eycat on March 31, 2014 at 8:50pm

Oh, la, Joan!  My friend who writes, edits and publishes The Pet Press gets hung up with "it's" and "its," and I would get on her case about it when I was working as her proofreader.  I finally made a small poster, in the largest font that fit a sheet of printer paper, "IT'S MEANS 'IT IS' - NOTHING ELSE!"  I put it in a stand-up frame, and gave it to her for Hanukkah. 

I think she still has it on her desk.

Comment by Joan Denoo on March 31, 2014 at 7:39pm

Grinning Cat, thank you so much for your grammer sites. I am gitting so bad, I have to kepe my grammer guides by my elbo because I not only cannot remimber how to spell, I can't remimber its from it's and all the other little niseties.

Comment by sk8eycat on March 31, 2014 at 5:54pm

Patricia, it reminds me of an old, OLD joke where a small church held a mass pre-easter baptism at the local river. It had been a hard winter and there was still a layer of ice on the river.  So the men brought pickaxes, and chopped a hole in the ice large enough to allow the baptisms to be done...quickly. 

The first candidate waded out till he was in water up to his waist, the minister said the required words, grabbed the guy by his collar, and dunked him in the icy water.  BUT his hands were stiff from the cold, and he inadvertently let go of the first man, and the river current carried him under the ice and away.

The minister looked stunned for a few seconds, then he turned to the horrified crowd standing on the riverbank, and shouted, "Another brrrrotherrrr gone to glorrrry!  Amen!  NEXT!"

Comment by Idaho Spud on March 31, 2014 at 5:28pm

Way cute kitties.

Comment by Steph S. on March 31, 2014 at 5:23pm

 

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