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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.

Nobody here is into mind games. A discussion started with a loaded guilt-throwing question will be deleted.

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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 Ian Mason on October 6, 2014 at 10:43pm

I'm very glad to hear that, Carl. Hope you make a good match.

Comment by Joan Denoo on October 6, 2014 at 9:57pm

Carl, this is very good news and gives you time for what needs to be done. Do you feel as you normally do, or do you have symptoms? How are your spirits holding up? You know how concerned I am about preventing depression, or catching it early if you begin to feel down. This all happened so fast, you had no time to get adjusted. In some ways that is good, Go in for a routine exam and find something that needs attention, NOW. It doesn't give you time to chew on the cud of worry and stress. So, you know what needs to be done; thankfully you have siblings willing to be donors. I hope they match you. 

Comment by The Flying Atheist on October 6, 2014 at 9:19pm

Joan, thanks for asking about me.  I had two doctor appointments today and I have some positive news to report.  My kidneys are stable right now and I'm doing well.  I'm doing well enough that the doctor wants to hold off on a preparatory vein surgery that is required for dialysis.  In the meantime all the medical paperwork has finally been completed for myself and my brother and two sisters for a transplant operation.  Once blood work can be done, I will know if one of the them will be a blood match with me. Today's news widens the window of time for this, so hopefully a transplant operation can occur before dialysis is needed. 

And Joan, I have to agree with the others here........you truly are an inspiration to all of us!

Comment by Joan Denoo on October 6, 2014 at 1:27pm

Mindy, not Mind! 

Comment by Joan Denoo on October 6, 2014 at 1:26pm

Thanks Spud! It is odd. For some reason you and Ruth's computer aren't totally compatible with mine. I am surely glad we have friends to third party our problem!

I guess I will just call for an interpreter the next time it happens. 

I did get a nice chuckle. Thanks Mind. 

Comment by Idaho Spud on October 6, 2014 at 1:01pm

Here's Mindy's picture Joan:

Comment by Ian Mason on October 6, 2014 at 12:03pm

Hello everyone. It seems that you are all having positive experiences. That's good to hear.

I've returned from a weekend in England. Spent a couple of hours at a niece's wedding party, which was nice. Got to see a lot of the family but had trouble talking to them as the music was too loud. Otherwise all eating, relaxing and tea. Very pleasant. My trouser button broke on the journey home, which says a lot.

Comment by Joan Denoo on October 6, 2014 at 11:05am

Mindy, your comment didn't come through that you sent an hour ago. It is probably some photo that will make me laugh. Or some information I don't want to miss. 

I want to read everything you write and for some reason you and Ruth have comments that don't to my Wall. I see your name, but no comment 

Comment by Plinius on October 6, 2014 at 11:01am

I'm glad it's so easy, Joan!

Comment by Joan Denoo on October 6, 2014 at 11:01am

Today is another beautiful day. I made great progress yesterday getting my garden ready to go to sleep. The vines seemed almost grateful to be cut off and put in the trash. I repaired some trellises that they grew on and they, too, are all ready for a new season. The growth that will be next spring's lilac blossom form nicely. The rhododendrons have huge buds forming as well. 

The lilac bushes have a new assault on their leaves so I gave them diatomaceous earth on the soil and leaves. It doesn't really matter about these leaves because they will be falling soon, but I want to start my defenses before next season.

 

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