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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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Goodwill to Few Men (Betty Bowers)

Started by Loren Miller. Last reply by Donald R Barbera Jul 23. 3 Replies

Think Goodwill Industries does well by the poor?  Fact is, they do WAY BETTER for themselves, to the point where America's Best Christian, Betty Bowers, thinks they're ripping off the christian playbook a bit too well!  Have a look for yourself:…Continue

Tags: ripoff, Goodwill Industries, America's Best Christian, Betty Bowers

Your favorite photobombs?

Started by Ruth Anthony-Gardner. Last reply by Plinius Jul 10. 12 Replies

Running of the bulls photobomb.Continue

losing faith (TheraminTrees)

Started by Loren Miller Jul 5. 0 Replies

TheraminTrees has recently begun producing a new series of YouTube videos, which added to a wonderful library of earlier observations regarding his experience of religion. Good as all those pieces are, I personally think they pale against this…Continue

Tags: story, history, faith, TheraminTrees

Betty Explains Religious Freedom (Betty Bowers)

Started by Loren Miller. Last reply by Ruth Anthony-Gardner Jul 3. 10 Replies

Well, considering all the RFRA bills popping up all over the United States, plus all the fun and games ISIS is bringing to the good folks in Syria and Iraq, Betty Bowers, the epitome of well-dressed christianity, has decided to clarify the true…Continue

Tags: persecution, ISIS, Religious Freedom, America's Best Christian, Betty Bowers

Surreal, I haz it

Started by Ruth Anthony-Gardner. Last reply by Ruth Anthony-Gardner May 6. 82 Replies

Surreal, not just found in art.Continue

Tags: surreal

Let's not define ourselves or others by our worst behaviors

Started by Ruth Anthony-Gardner. Last reply by Dominique Lutz Apr 16. 6 Replies

My take on the recent melt down at Hang With Friends, of which I missed part, is that some of us were tripped up by a habit of thought. It's something we learn growing up, and use without realizing how much pain it can generate -  failing to…Continue

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Comment by Joan Denoo on March 26, 2013 at 1:41pm
I like knowing that I am responsible for my meaning and purpose. I don't need to seek for direction from some external energy, the energy resides within.

Lawrence Krauss - We Provide Our Own Meaning
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=BaWyNZxJqwg
Comment by Joan Denoo on March 26, 2013 at 1:09pm

Have you ever heard of the "butterfly effect" in quantum physics? It states the flapping of its winging in the jungle of the Amazon, has small effects that can accumulate into much larger effect. By using fractal geometry, the principles can be demonstrated. I know, it sounds outrageous, but quantum physics is outrageous; just listen to physicists talk about it. It does not fall under Newton's laws of motion; it has its own laws. 

If anyone is interested in learning more:

An Introduction to Chaos Theory with the Lorenz Attractor

Don't let the geometry get in your way, just follow the visuals and feel the meaning. 

Our current climate change can be defined as having a human-made change in our atmosphere that may be small, but has an effect that is unpredictable and unstable. 

Comment by Joan Denoo on March 26, 2013 at 1:07pm

Good morning friends. I suspect we had our last frost last night! That is more of a hope than reality, however we have a week of above freezing temperatures according to long-rang forecasting.

I know it will not come as a surprise to those of you who have known me for a while, I did a thorough review of literature on breast cancer after my positive diagnoses two weeks ago and ran across this film that has a promising story to tell. Women and men, please watch.

TED: Deborah Rhodes: A tool that finds 3x more breast tumors, and w...

She tells of how painful mammography is; I say, was! It was as though being squeezed by clouds, no discomfort, absolutely no pain. Even the biopsy was without pain for me.

I have no concerns about long term outcomes of this next procedure tomorrow. There is 99% expectation of full recovery. 

Now, on to more serious concerns, Sentient Biped should be in surgery this morning for removal of abdominal cancer. Our positive thoughts go with him. 

Comment by The Flying Atheist on March 26, 2013 at 11:14am

Chris, we're all waiting very impatiently for Spring!!  It's been so cold here as well.

The Kaffir Lily is beautiful.  Do you grow it indoors or outside? 

I have a Christmas Cactus (Schlumbergera) as a houseplant.  My original plant was beautiful and had about a 16" radius.  During the summer I would keep it outside in a partially shaded area.  During the fall, the cooler nights outside would help it bloom for December after bringing it indoors before the freezing temperatures.  The flowers were just magnificent.  A couple of years ago, some kind of critter kept gnawing at it and destroying the leaves.  I don't know if it was a squirrel or a cat doing the damage.  It was never the same since and ended up dying.  I'm now nursing a new cutting from my mother's plant that she gave to me.  It's very small, about 3" in radius.  I'm looking forward to the time when it's big enough to bloom.    

Comment by Plinius on March 26, 2013 at 8:23am

I love the cat cafe, Flying Atheist, but I wouldn't trust all the visitors, not after an acquaintance tried to pull MauMau's whiskers behind my back. Never seen that man again and well rid!

You're going to enjoy Oliver Sacks, Flying!

And it's still too cold here, I wish the wind would turn from NE to SW! The vegetables I sowed are waiting on the window sill:"Can't we go to the garden yet?" but they would freeze. 

And it occurred to me that there is an atheist flower: clivia or kaffir lily - kaffir means unbeliever. Mine flowers like mad.

Comment by Ian Mason on March 26, 2013 at 12:43am

Enjoy your reading, TFA. I've "stolen" your list with cut and paste and will keep an eye out for them next time I'm in England. Alrady hear a lot of good things about the Oliver Sachs.

Comment by The Flying Atheist on March 25, 2013 at 10:08pm

I think Grumpy Cat has overtaken Morris the Cat in popularity.  What do you think? 

Comment by Steph S. on March 25, 2013 at 10:00pm

Anderson Cooper loves Grumpy Cat!!!

Comment by Steph S. on March 25, 2013 at 9:58pm

I hope to attend some if my schedule allows it. I am lucky to live in Austin.

Comment by The Flying Atheist on March 25, 2013 at 6:50pm

Hi, Steph.  Are you attending any of the American Atheist events in Austin this weekend?  You're lucky to have their conference in you city. 

 

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