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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 Joan Denoo on March 26, 2014 at 7:52pm

Ian, I just read your post of yesterday and am so sorry to learn of your two Mums failing health. You face a tough stage of life, made harder for being your Mums and both of them not doing well. I hope you have a good process for stress management and relaxation. If not, I can give you some referrals. 

So very happy to learn of the galleries and plays you saw. My curiosity got the better of me and I had to do some investigating. You keep very good company when you are away from us. 

Veronese: Magnificence in Renaissance Venice

Hans Holbein the Younger, 1533, The Ambassadors, The National Gallery, London 

Jan Van Eyck and the Arnolfini Wedding Portrait, 1434. The National Gallery, London 

The Painter's Father 1497, Attributed to Albrecht Dürer The National Gallery, London 

Comment by Grinning Cat on March 26, 2014 at 5:10pm

Mindy, those young women have amazing, tight harmonies and simply good music... thanks for the smile!

And those advertising fails... <grin!>

A coffee lover I know calls that one brand "Charbucks".

Patricia, there's even a hymn to coffee, by UU minister Christopher Raible, to the tune of "Holy, Holy, Holy":

Coffee, Coffee, Coffee,
Praise the strength of coffee.
Early in the morn we rise with thoughts of only thee.
Served fresh or reheated,
Dark by thee defeated,
Brewed black by perk or drip or instantly.

(two more verses)

Comment by Joan Denoo on March 26, 2014 at 5:00pm

Mindy, I shared Wonderful Quartet!  on Twitter! Great group. 

Ian, I missed your email about your visit to England and will go looking for it now. I like your "Bookworms Unite"; I am with you. 

Loren, your "20 of the Top Misplaced Hilarious Advertisements" is funny beyond belief. Who believes in Intelligent Design? 

Comment by sk8eycat on March 26, 2014 at 3:54pm

Oh, Loren!  I HOWLED!  Gotta share it with my coffee-loving friends (that's what they ALL say about that particular brand.)

(About 20 years ago, a medium-sized Chai was $3.50.  Haven't been in one of those stores since then.  I'll make my own tea...any flavor.)

Comment by Loren Miller on March 26, 2014 at 3:17pm

A little something worth a good a good giggle here from the wonderful world of advertising.  Let's have a bit of a sample, shall we?

Comment by Plinius on March 26, 2014 at 5:43am

Difficult for you to manage your mums, Ian, it must be extra hard because it's close family.

Comment by Grinning Cat on March 25, 2014 at 10:20pm

Ian, thanks for the laugh! I so completely resemble that "bookworms" poster.

And I'm sorry to hear about your Mums' troubles.

Comment by Ian Mason on March 25, 2014 at 4:37pm

Comment by Ian Mason on March 25, 2014 at 12:05pm

Hello all. I'm back from England. The family were not so well, unfortunately. Everyone getting to the age where the cracks start to appear, backs/spines being the biggest problem. Visitted my two Mums. Step-mum o.k.iesh but her short-term memory is limited, probably because of the time she spent in a ventilator. Bio-mum a very sad case as she knows - during her clearer periods - that she's suffering from dementia and gets depressed about it. And there's nothing that anyone can do about it. The specialists have said that her heart problems make her unsuitable for meds.

On the brighter side: saw two exibitions at the National Gallery, one on Veronese and one on the German Renaissance. Veronese's paintings tend to be on the large side as they were for churches and other rich patrons. The Germans (Holbein, Van Eyk, Durer, Altdorfer) smaller and quirky. Then to the National Theatre for a one-woman show. Irish Olwen Fouere performing "riverrun", a selection from James Joyce's "Finnegan's Wake". Stunning, really stunning. I've read the book twice but to hear the text spoken gave it an extra dimension.

I hope that all here are keeping well.

Comment by sk8eycat on March 25, 2014 at 11:30am

Loren:

http://www.goodreads.com/work/quotes/2887127-double-star

That web site says it's from Double Star.  I haven't read that one in ages, so I don't know which character said it...probably someone trying to convince "Lorenzo" that paying attention to politics, and being involved is vital to survival.

 

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