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

Started by Loren Miller. Last reply by Bertold Brautigan 2 hours ago. 34 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

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

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 The Flying Atheist on April 5, 2016 at 9:37am

Ian, that's a funny Two Ronnies skit.  I remember watching their show in the 1970's on our local public television station.  In my experience, of all the English speaking groups, I find Australians the hardest to understand. 

Comment by Randall Smith on April 5, 2016 at 7:21am

Joan says it all, Carl. Stay positive.

I've been thinking about a walker myself. In preparation for a 5k run this coming Saturday, I overdid the training. My hips are extremely sore, making it difficult to walk, let alone run. I've been popping pain relievers like candy. I keep thinking it'll go away, but it's been 10 days now. It appears I won't be running or walking for awhile. The 5k was to raise money for backbacks for school children, so I still feel good about contributing.

Comment by Joan Denoo on April 5, 2016 at 2:26am

Carl, you are an inspiration to me. Your resilience and positive attitude encourage me to remember to live in the present moment, finding the pleasures that come from simple things; a great family and friends, delicious food carefully prepared. Each breath and each day are a triumphal declaration of being alive, expressing joy and anger, gratitude and sorrow, hope and grief. 

I like Ian's "Personalized" walker. It stimulated the imagination. 

Comment by Ian Mason on April 5, 2016 at 1:21am
Comment by Ian Mason on April 5, 2016 at 12:42am

Personalize!

Comment by Qiana-Maieev on April 4, 2016 at 10:32pm

Its good you already have a walker. I use mine nearly all the time now.

Comment by The Flying Atheist on April 4, 2016 at 10:27pm

It's been 4-1/2 months since my transplant.  I may not have my physical mobility back but I have so much more energy and stamina than in the previous few years.  That makes a huge difference in my attitude.  I'm back in the kitchen doing more cooking, which I love to do, and taking care of many previously neglected activities around the house, both business and fun.  I use a cane for outside only.  Inside is all flat floor surfaces and plenty of items around me to touch for keeping balance.  I own a walker which I used for a short time after one of my hospital stays but it's not currently needed. 

Comment by Bertold Brautigan on April 1, 2016 at 12:40pm

Carl - I'm really sorry to hear of your latest setback. You've had so much crap thrown at you and you maintain an admirable equilibrium in the face of it all. You're an inspiration for all of us.

Comment by Joan Denoo on March 31, 2016 at 8:10pm

Carl, bad news, indeed! I just Googled it, and there is no known prevention or treatment. Given such discouraging news, be sure to develop a strategy to deal with your reality. Find all the things that you enjoy that you will be able to do and focus on your abilities.Your disabilities exist as a fact that is beyond your control. You have a choice about how you react, and that decision will mean misery or gratitude. 

You have every right and need to grieve. The individuals in this group are strong enough to listen. As we are not able to change your reality, we can share the process with you as you find your new normal. 

Carl, you know I have a particular fondness for you. Being the same age as my three children and your enthusiasms ring my bells. Do take good care of yourself. 

Comment by Qiana-Maieev on March 31, 2016 at 5:12pm

Have you thought of a walker? The Euro type folds sideways & travels easily on transit, if you use that mode.

 

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