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Hang With Friends

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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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punishing doubt (TheraminTrees)

Started by Loren Miller Sep 6. 0 Replies

If you are associated with religion and especially a fundamentalist religion, doubt is intolerable.  Certainty, however it may be achieved or imposed, becomes a necessary element, especially considering the utter dearth of any form of evidence or…Continue

Tags: religion, TheraminTrees, punish, doubt

bending truth, or "We Can All Be Manipulated" (TheraminTrees)

Started by Loren Miller. Last reply by Joan Denoo Sep 2. 28 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

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

Started by Loren Miller. Last reply by Idaho Spud Sep 2. 17 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 Whole Bible in 30 Seconds (Betty Bowers)

Started by Loren Miller. Last reply by Randy Hatly Sep 2. 3 Replies

Ever decide that you wanted to read the whole bible, cover to cover, only to realize half-way through Deuteronomy that the darn thing is industrial-strength BORING?!?  Well, never fear!  America's Best Christian, Betty Bowers, has done the Cliff's…Continue

Tags: bible, America's Best Christian, Betty Bowers

Are You a Patriot? (Betty Bowers)

Started by Loren Miller. Last reply by Chris G Aug 29. 22 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

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Comment by Ian Mason on April 20, 2016 at 12:39pm

Those are good principles, Bertold.

Randall, doing nothing is sometimes the best treatment.

We're having a couple of sunny days at the moment before Winter gives a little encore at the weekend so I've been making the most of it and going jogging in the woods. The anemonies are flowering and the trees are in bud; there fore a little topical tune. The Flower Duet from Lakme.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=M9NK-EbUAao

Comment by Bertold Brautigan on April 19, 2016 at 9:08am

The seven tenets of The Temple of Satan:

Valerie Tarico contends that these are ethically superior to the ten commandments!

Anyone who is familiar with the Ten Commandments will immediately recognize that these seven tenets offer an easier path to equanimity than do the famous Ten. The first of the Ten Commandments—Thou shalt have no other gods before me—asserts the primacy of a single deity rather than the primacy of compassion and empathy. It prescribes competition between religious worldviews, the very antagonism expressed by Christian students in Bremerton and Christian callers from across the country. More broadly, the seven tenets emphasize positive, pro-social values rather than bad behaviors to be avoided. They largely express egalitarian values that transcend tribal boundaries, in contrast to the Ten Commandments, which endorse the view that women, slaves and livestock are possessions of men. They invite inquiry rather than certitude and individuality over tribalism.
Comment by Loren Miller on April 19, 2016 at 6:59am

"Frustrating" doesn't begin to say it, Randall.  I'm just hoping we're back to being able to post comments!

Comment by Randall Smith on April 19, 2016 at 6:53am

The fish and puppy photo reminds me of all those other unusual animal "pal" stories. Pretty amazing.

I'm hoping A/N is back to normal now. It got very frustrating.

My hips are 95% healthy now. Everybody kept telling me to go to the doctor or chiropractor, but I knew that time was the best healer. I know my body better than anybody.

Comment by Joan Denoo on April 19, 2016 at 12:20am

Ruth, I love this photo of fish and puppy, nose to nose. 

Comment by Jayanthan on April 18, 2016 at 10:53pm
Lovely and Beautiful
Comment by Qiana-Maieev on April 18, 2016 at 10:37pm

What a cute picture.

Comment by Qiana-Maieev on April 18, 2016 at 10:36pm

Yes, I've had a couple of items I wanted to add, but couldn't get here. Now of course I don't have them any more.

Comment by Ruth Anthony-Gardner on April 18, 2016 at 10:36pm

This is what I wanted to share.

from cheezburger

Comment by Ruth Anthony-Gardner on April 18, 2016 at 10:34pm

Joan, thanks for introducing me to hugelkultur beds. I'd never before heard of them.

Randall, the railing sounds like a good idea. Falls can be serious.

Yeah, Qina-Maieev, problems getting here have been upsetting to me. I seeing things to share. Oh that's a funny LOL. But wait, I can't share it at AN.

 

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