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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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Bible Belt Atheist (New York Times)

Started by Loren Miller Apr 19. 0 Replies

The following showed up in my YouTube feed this morning, and I decided to have a look.  Turns out, the New York Times has given us a reasonably even-handed look at a good friend of ours, being one Jerry DeWitt, former bible-thumper and now a pretty…Continue

Tags: Bible Belt, atheist, Jerry DeWitt

How would you respond?

Started by Christina Scribner. Last reply by Christina Scribner Apr 10. 5 Replies

So, this morning, I was at my local coffee shop as I am most weekdays between bus runs. I do the editing on my husband's books so I had my laptop with me. My wallpaper is a picture I found online sometime back of a double helix with the word atheist…Continue

The Fake Christian Busybody Show (Andrew Bradley)

Started by Loren Miller. Last reply by Plinius Apr 9. 1 Reply

It seems as though there was a Gay Pride parade in some town somewhere and a Christian commentator, herein known as The Activist Mommy, apparently got her panties so in a bunch about it that she had to fire up her video camera and record a…Continue

Tags: gay, pride, The Activist Mommy, Andrew Bradley, America's Best Christian

America Held Hostage: Day 436 (MisterDeity)

Started by Loren Miller. Last reply by Ruth Anthony-Gardner Apr 9. 1 Reply

Now that Sinclair Broadcasting has stated their position regarding fake news and its threat to our democracy, Mister Deity's Brian Dalton has decided to throw his $0.02 worth in as well ... though I don't quite think his presentation was really what…Continue

Tags: fake news, Deity, Mister, Broadcasting, Sinclair

Guns: Both Sides Now (Betty Bowers)

Started by Loren Miller. Last reply by Christina Scribner Apr 3. 3 Replies

Oh, NO!  The gun debate has gotten so heated that it has Betty Bowers, America's Best Christian, TALKING TO HERSELF!  Apparently, one of her has had a stroke or a serious breakdown in cognitive skills, as she does little more than parrot the NRA's…Continue

Tags: NRA, guns, America's Best Christian, Betty Bowers

how dogma pollutes discourse (qualiasoup & theramintrees)

Started by Loren Miller Apr 3. 0 Replies

"The Lord is our God; the Lord is One." "I am the Way, the Truth, and the Life; no one comes to the Father, but by Me." "There is no god but Allah, and Mohamed is his prophet." Assertions, taught as fact, but without any form of corroborative…Continue

Tags: dogma, QualiaSoup, TheraminTrees

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Comment by sk8eycat on October 12, 2014 at 11:00pm

Oh, been there, done THAT!  We had 2 cats once who were totally devoted to each other, and a 3rd kitty just showed up one day, announced that she owned me, and moved in.  The first 2 never wanted anything to do with her, and she wanted to be an Only Cat. She finally got her wish, but it took years.  Se was a very "talky" tortie, so I named her Noisy.

I still miss her...she was very cuddly.  With me, only.

Comment by sk8eycat on October 12, 2014 at 9:55pm

Bertpld, what IS it about Mac fans?  They are passionate about all Apple products.  Though "my" tech man isn't thrilled with them...he said about the only real advantage is that most malware us designed to attack Microsoft systems, and that is changing rapidly.

Comment by sk8eycat on October 12, 2014 at 9:49pm

Mindy, I forgot to say I'm happy to hear Dale is improving. It's so distressing when they can; tell anyone what's wrong...where it hurts, or if it hurts.

I highly recommend watching Jackson Galaxy, either on Animal Planet, or his short videos on YouTube.  He really understands "CatSpeak."

Comment by Bertold Brautigan on October 12, 2014 at 7:09pm

@Sk8eycat - I hear you. I'm no kind of a MAC fan.

Comment by sk8eycat on October 12, 2014 at 7:02pm

It's good to be back!  But I really don't like this MacBook...starting with the size of the keys, and the total lack of a calculator-type keypad.

Anyroad, I don't remember if I posted this link before my Dell crashed...the "Windows Waltz"

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dGKwx-BFO0E

I WANT MY WINDOWS BACK!

Comment by Bertold Brautigan on October 12, 2014 at 6:26pm

Sk8eycat - We missed your razor-sharp wit and wisdom. Great to have you back.

Comment by Plinius on October 12, 2014 at 1:23pm

You're not really lonely when we all think of you, Sk8eycat! Don't forget it!

Comment by Joan Denoo on October 12, 2014 at 12:49pm

Felaine, I know what you mean about not having access to mail. I am addicted to Atheist Nexus and my friends here. I am surprised you had your Mac Book in reserve. I love mine and find it does so much and with few crashes. Whatever is the problem, I hope you get it fixed quickly. Also hope your friend doesn't charge you a lot. 

Comment by Joan Denoo on October 12, 2014 at 12:19pm

Chris, your selfie of you and your aunt is so sweet. I like the look and feel of caring for others. It just makes me feel good. 

It is cold this morning, so I will stay inside until it warms up a bit and then take my lunch outside and do some more winterizing. Cary gathered pine needles for me this morning that I use around the roses. 
Did I tell you, I am spreading last year's composts and making room for this year's abundant supply. My back and legs and arms hurt. I take the tasks slowly, stopping often for a coffee or water break and even sneak in a nap or two or three. 

We had rain yesterday, however, I was able to fill the wheelbarrow three times and scatter that lovely black gold into the boxes. 

Randy, I have been writing a lot. Having the cold mornings, I stay inside longer. My computer keeps dropping the signal when outside, so I think up topics on which I want to write and then come inside with a head full of words to capture. I even call myself a writer, even though I have not published anything. Yet. 

Comment by sk8eycat on October 12, 2014 at 11:07am

PS: I think it was Anne Nicol Gaylor (Annie Laurie's mother, and co-founder of FFRF) who came up with "Nothing fails like prayer."  (I sometimes run it all together, and use it as a password...on very few web sites!)

 

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