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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.

This group is not intended to compete with other groups on topics they cover but to "fill in the cracks." Whenever a discussion dwells at length on a topic for which there's an existing group, we urge you to provide members a link to that group to continue along their tangent.

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Are You a Patriot? (Betty Bowers)

Started by Loren Miller. Last reply by Chris G 8 hours ago. 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

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

Started by Loren Miller. Last reply by Grinning Cat on Thursday. 11 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 Ark Encounter: A Less than Grand Opening (The Thinking Atheist)

Started by Loren Miller. Last reply by Grinning Cat Aug 21. 24 Replies

The day finally arrived.  Ken Ham's Ark Encounter opened on 7 July, 2016 ... to something a bit less than Disney-sized crowds, and more than a couple dissenting voices!  Seth Andrews has gathered a quartet of significant participants in the protest…Continue

Tags: Tracey Moody, Dan Broadbent, Seth Andrews, David Silverman, AronRa

Surreal, I haz it

Started by Ruth Anthony-Gardner. Last reply by Idaho Spud Aug 14. 91 Replies

Surreal, not just found in art.Continue

Tags: surreal

Wedding Haka - Subtitled & translated

Started by Joan Denoo Aug 13. 0 Replies

I ran across a video of a wedding in which a group of wedding guests celebrated with a performance of a traditional Māori ancestral war dance, called a Haka. It was intended for sons, however, the women have joined in a participation of…Continue

Tags: new, traditions., women, men, Haka

Onward (Unpaid) Christian Soldiers (Betty Bowers)

Started by Loren Miller. Last reply by Chris G Aug 13. 1 Reply

Proselytizing in the military is a dirty little secret most radical christians would rather didn't get out.  Well, never let it be said that America's Best Christian, Betty Bowers, was ever a wallflower where a pit bull was needed!  In the following…Continue

Tags: Military Religious Freedom Foundation, MRFF, America's Best Christian, Betty Bowers

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Comment by Joan Denoo on August 30, 2013 at 1:07am

Brain/Mind disorders present terrible challenges. I am so sorry to learn of your friend, Mindy, and her struggles. Trying to help seems fruitless, especially when the whole body influences what the brain/mind does. "Snapping out of it" requires more than possibly can be handled by some. If she feels helpless, with no options, she is indeed, stuck. With all the different protocols she had must leave her in utter chaos, or a zombie. I don't know which is worse. 

Comment by Plinius on August 30, 2013 at 12:39am

Bi-polar can be bearable with the right treatment, but some sufferers I've seen also incurred two or three drug addictions, and that's another way of steadily getting worse. But ´snapping out of it´, what a crazy thing to demand!

Comment by sk8eycat on August 29, 2013 at 6:07pm

booklover...OMG! That's frightening!  Meds can't help?

Comment by sk8eycat on August 29, 2013 at 5:59pm

PS: IMO the best long train ride in the US is the Coast Starlight...Los Angeles to Seattle...or the reverse.  Beautiful, historical scenery once you get out of Los Angeles County.

I mentioned before that I love trains...my ideal vacation is just to get on a train and just RIDE!  I don't care where, and I really don't want to have to debark anywhere.

Comment by sk8eycat on August 29, 2013 at 5:54pm

A HIGH FIVE (and TEN) to y'all!

Cool High Five-ing Cat

Comment by sk8eycat on August 29, 2013 at 4:42pm

I have always loved trains!  When I was about 7 or 8 Mother and I went to Winslow to visit her sister and two brothers who had settled there after WW2. It was an overnight trip, and we were in an old-style Pullman car (pulled by a steam engine!). I loved the sounds, and the motion, and everything! When I was in Holiday we mostly traveled by rail, unless there was no connection to wherever we were going...then we got stuffed into buses. Ugh. Even now if I can't get somewhere by train, I won't go.  I don't mind flying but I HATE the paranoia that has saddled us with TSA and invasive searches.

Comment by Lillie on August 29, 2013 at 3:02pm

Did you notice, Ruth that the coud behind the jumping dolphin looks like a big fish with its mouth open?

Comment by Ruth Anthony-Gardner on August 29, 2013 at 1:41pm

Greetings, All! I finally woke up at 7:30 AM, like a normal person.

I don’t quite have my head on straight yet. Maybe I'll adjust to this waking up in the morning life in a few days.

Thanks for the description of your niece’s wedding, Flying Atheist. And your cute pictorial introduction. When I was an undergraduate my friends were hooked on trains, particularly their sounds. They took me to sit by a railroad early in the morning just to listen to the train going by.

Booklover, I’m so glad your daughter is happy. Drag racing is’t my cup of tea either, but it’s good for couples to have separate interests too. I seldom un-join groups here, even if I haven’t contributed in a long time. Because as soon as I’d do that the next day I’d have some fascinating bit of news on THAT topic that I’d live to share.

Sk8eycat, your talent for dancing contrasting to other coordination skills fascinated me.  I hadn’t imagined such a discrepancy were possible. My physical skills usually hovered around the median, excepting for sewing (D-).

Thanks for your patience, Everyone.

Comment by Ian Mason on August 29, 2013 at 12:57am

Hi  Carl. Glad to hear that you've being enjoying yourself amid all the rush and long days. Allways good to read your posts. That's a fun "Instant cat kit"

Comment by The Flying Atheist on August 28, 2013 at 11:57pm

Hello, Friends.

I'm a little

and trying to

I've been busy working a lot, it seems.  No more than usual, it just seems like a lot.  I've had some long days, though.  (Had a 15-hour long work day last week.) 

I did manage to spend five days in Sacramento in mid-August with lots of family members for my niece's wedding.  The wedding was in a wonderful setting.  The ceremony was held outside on the grass at a California wine vineyard and the reception was inside their barn building tasting room.  They served a scrumptious silky smooth Petite Sirah and an almond-infused sparkling wine.  Mmmmm

Sacramento also has a wonderful state railroad museum.  So much railroad history is there because Sacramento was the western terminus of the transcontinental railroad (or the beginning of the line for the Chinese laborers who worked going west before meeting up in Utah with the Irish from the east.)  Several years ago I had read Stephen Ambrose's book Nothing Like It In The World: the Men Who Built the Transcontinental Railroad, so the museum was a great visual supplement to that book and it's colorful characters.  We all have our differences across cultures and around the world, but throughout the years I've noticed one universal trait that is consistently clear:  everybody loves trains.  Riding them, watching them, real trains, model trains, all ages.  My parents and I had a nice relaxing ride aboard a 1920's coach railroad car.  

Patricia, the video of the orca's is phenomenal.  What a sight to see!  So many in one place.  Oh, and 'hello' to a fellow sax player. 

Mindy, I totally understand wanting to scale down and simplify.  I dislike clutter and being overwhelmed by possessions, although I do appreciate an interesting collection as a hobby.  I have my postcard collection and my Halloween decorations appear to magically be growing ten-fold.  (Must stay away from eBay.)   

Ian, I'm sorry to read about your family's medical issues, but I'm glad that you're relatively close enough to fly there to take care of business.  Dealing with loved ones who have deteriorating issues is difficult, but they are lucky to have you there to make important decisions on their behalf.  I wish you all well. 

Felaine, I so enjoy reading about your entertainment past and seeing your photos.  I can just imagine the many wild stories you have in your memory from your show days.  Believe me, I know.  When you get musicians, actors, theater performers, showbiz types all together, hilarity and questionable activities ensue.  

Sorry to be so long.  Time for bed now.  It's good catching up with all of you. 

 

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