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

Started by Loren Miller. Last reply by Grinning Cat 3 hours ago. 10 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

Are You a Patriot? (Betty Bowers)

Started by Loren Miller. Last reply by Bertold Brautigan 14 hours ago. 1 Reply

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

The Ark Encounter: A Less than Grand Opening (The Thinking Atheist)

Started by Loren Miller. Last reply by Grinning Cat on Monday. 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 Plinius on July 27, 2013 at 12:35am

Good to hear it, Ruth! Constant pain is such a damper om your mood!

Comment by The Flying Atheist on July 27, 2013 at 12:12am

That's good news, Ruth.  I'm glad you're doing better. 

Comment by Ruth Anthony-Gardner on July 26, 2013 at 11:22pm

Thanks you everyone for your support. "The Tooth" is finally out, and I'm on antibiotics. It doesn't even hurt much anymore. The oral surgeon demanded a panoramic X-ray. I'm planning not to go back to him for the implant. That extra radiation was totally unnecessary.

But for now, I'm happy.

Comment by Ian Mason on July 26, 2013 at 9:56pm

It's the weekend!

Comment by Ian Mason on July 25, 2013 at 2:54pm

Ruth, sympathy and hugs to you. I've been through all that too so I know how it feels, physically and emotionally. It's yet another proof of a lack of intelligent design. Hope it gets sorted out soon.

Comment by The Flying Atheist on July 25, 2013 at 10:09am

No apology necessary, Ruth.  Besides, if you feel the need to "take it out" on us, that's perfectly fine.  That's why we're all here under the label:  friends.  I hope you can finally get some relief from your pain.      

Comment by Plinius on July 25, 2013 at 8:49am

toothache is horrible, Ruth, not trivial at all! I hope the problem will be solved tomorrow!

Comment by Plinius on July 25, 2013 at 1:18am

I love those Grumpies! And I'm still doing the rain dance, temperatures are still around 30, that's over 80 for you, so far too hot! But there's a thunderstorm rumbling in the distance, yippee!

Comment by Ruth Anthony-Gardner on July 24, 2013 at 11:58pm

That's a hotlink, not my work, booklover.

I've been absorbed today reading the controversy over how likely a methane release from the East Siberian Ice Shelf will be in the next ten years. If it comes out all at once from that shallow marine area the estimated cost is the equivalent to the global income in 2012. My discussion summarizes it.

Friday morning I'll get a tooth extracted. An old root canal failed and the tooth can't be saved. I've been in a soap opera for the past four months involving my regular dentist, three specialists, five X-rays, pain whenever I eat, and plenty of money out of pocket. When my regular dentist's office called this afternoon asking me to cancel the extraction and consult again with her before doing anything I shouted at the receptionist. I've been so angry about the delay in treatment for a third of a year, while a low grade infection smouldered in my jaw, that I had trouble sleeping last night. Sure enough I was shuffled to another specialist (twice more). This has been spoiling my mood for months, and is probably why my recent posts have been so gloomy. Repressed anger. Sorry I took it out on all of you.

It's so trivial compared to your challenges. I feel small being so petty. Most of you are far greater and wiser than I when it comes to coping with health. You present role models to which I aspire but fail in this regard.

Comment by Lillie on July 24, 2013 at 6:13pm

Grumpy cat's owner must be getting rich.

 

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