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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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Degrees of Doubt: The Claims and Credentials of Ravi Zacharias (The Thinking Atheist)

Started by Loren Miller. Last reply by Chris May 17. 1 Reply

Anyone here ever run onto an apologist by the name of Ravi Zacharias?  I've seen his name dropped multiple times on YouTube as supposedly being THE ONE APOLOGIST that no atheist wants to cross swords with, because of his facility with christian…Continue

Tags: Ravi Zacharias, Steve Baughman, The Thinking Atheist, Seth Andrews

The Most Hated Woman in America (The Thinking Atheist)

Started by Loren Miller. Last reply by Gary S Apr 19. 7 Replies

Before Aron Ra and Matt Dillahunty, before Dawkins or Dennett or Harris or even Hitchens, there was Madalyn Murray O'Hair.  In the midst of an America where Christianity was being flaunted as a defense against the godless communists of the Soviet…Continue

Tags: Frank Zindler, The Thinking Atheist, Seth Andrews, Madalyn Murray O'Hair

Proud Dad is REALLY Proud Now!

Started by Loren Miller. Last reply by Todd Williams Apr 12. 16 Replies

As some of you may or may not know, my daughter is a television news producer, currently working in Nashville, Tennessee.  Her assignment is the morning news, which means she blasts herself up at umpti-ump in the morning to organize and prepare a…Continue

Tags: Emmy, news, television, daughter, dad

attacking ideas (TheraminTrees)

Started by Loren Miller. Last reply by Grinning Cat Apr 4. 1 Reply

Attacking ideas is a considerable portion of what we as atheists do.  Why attack ideas?  Ideas earn attack when they don't serve people, not just us but those who adopt said ideas, mistakenly thinking that they have value when they don't.  Our…Continue

Tags: ideas, Islam, TheraminTrees

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

Started by Loren Miller. Last reply by Grinning Cat Apr 4. 40 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

The Playboy Interview: Richard Dawkins

Started by Loren Miller. Last reply by Loren Miller Mar 28. 16 Replies

I suppose it was the news that Playboy magazine was returning nudes to its pages after a year's hiatus that sufficiently perked my curiosity to check them out again.  I hadn't looked at Playboy since perhaps 2008, when I began to recognize that I…Continue

Tags: Richard Dawkins, Playboy

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Comment by Joan Denoo on February 12, 2014 at 3:23pm

Mindy, I am very happy to learn that you are having a little outing today with your mother and daughter! Hope that dark cloud is dissipating a bit, and you feel like you have better control over your life.

You came to the right place for a rant, you are entitled with all the stressful events in your life. Just remember, you can't eat an elephant in one bite ... take one bite at a time and work it through.  

Your resilience and flexibility exist in your character; your strength endures. 

Just as the Mexican plum refreshes and restores each year, you have cycles of dormancy, blossom, fruit, harvest, and dormancy again. 

Comment by The Flying Atheist on February 12, 2014 at 3:10pm

Chris, I love your photo of the relaxing cat. 

Joan, it sounds as if you're always surrounded by people you love.  How lucky for you!

Comment by Joan Denoo on February 12, 2014 at 2:57pm

I am sitting in my bedroom at my daughter's home in the northern woods, surrounded by forest and about a city block away from the county road. We can't see or hear cars and trucks as they amble by. The snow that didn't come in December and January finally came is so beautiful. The sun is out, the temps above freezing so we will lose the snow cover as fast as we received it.

The great-grandkids offer so many interesting stories and I love being with them. They are great kids, 4 years old to 14. They each have chores and a chores chart they follow. There is virtually no fuss about their responsibilities. They lose snowmobiling if they create any  complaint. 

Dominic, the two year old black lab is my real pal, knocks me over with his enthusiasm for a strong rub. He is very well behaved, stays out of the kitchen while any of us are cooking, and then he gets a great reward of a fresh bone or snack for his fine behavior. He doesn't even chase the deer and rabbits and birds that come around, unless they get close to the house, barn or other buildings. He is remarkable. 

Spice, a very long haired cat, suffers from hair balls, and it is a constant task to help her groom herself. She climbs up on the sofa on a towel put there for that purpose, when she wants to be groomed. She leaves when she has had enough. 

Laura and her husband, Larry, have a very fine relationship that is fun to be around. They really like each other. Each has their own business in their home and are together night and day and still get along well. It hasn't always been so. They were discussing divorce about five years ago, they both took training with Landmark, and learned how to communicate effectively. 

Their two daughters, grown now, with Michelle and her blended family of five children, and Laurie, and her partner expecting their first baby, have a good conflict resolution process, which they put into practice this week, to my amazement. Before Landmark, they were warring morning to night.

There are many health problems in the family. The adult men all have back injuries from their heavy work in the forest, and Laura and the girls have back problems because of their long hours on computers. They each have learned techniques of massage, and they each go to doctors for treatments and instruction.

We have very heavy winds today, quickly taking the snow cover. Skies are partly cloudy, so very beautiful.

I'm off to help prepare for a celebration for Zac's birthday. He is one of the two wonderful men who came into the lives of my granddaughters and family. They are real keepers. 

Comment by Plinius on February 12, 2014 at 5:00am

Take some time off Mindy, and have a good day! I always profit from a good example...

Comment by Joan Denoo on February 12, 2014 at 2:31am

Oh Mindy, This difficult day, with so many things to confront you all at once, sounds dreadful. Taking time to let down into a heap works to release tensions that build up to a high degree. Such time is necessary and empowering. 

I know you have the resources to take on each challenge, one by one, to resolve the problems and find tranquility again. You will take deep breaths, hold your head high, square your shoulders, clinch your fists, dig your feet into the ground and determine to ride the rough waters through to calm.

You have all that it takes to get through this day and flourish.  

Comment by Joan Denoo on February 12, 2014 at 2:18am

Carl, your time lapse video gives me shivers from being full of wonder at the sprouting of plants in springtime. Beauty of seeds unfolding into blossoms and the eventual development into more seeds, creating a cycle of life. It is so much more interesting than the story of a magic bringing life into being at the whim of some super power pales in comparison with the evolution of life forms.  

And of a different kind of wonder is the cat pictures and the habitat created for their pleasure. What a delightful way to entertain the cats and the owners. 

Comment by The Flying Atheist on February 12, 2014 at 12:41am

We've all had days like that, Mindy.  I'm glad you feel comfortable enough to talk with us about it.  We're always here and available to listen whether it's good news or bad. 

Hang in there!!

Comment by Ian Mason on February 11, 2014 at 11:18pm

We're always here to lend an ear, Mindy. Too many things all at once can give that "meltdown" feeling. Here's to a better tomorrow!

Comment by Ruth Anthony-Gardner on February 11, 2014 at 9:18pm

I like the outdoor cat walk the best.

Comment by The Flying Atheist on February 11, 2014 at 8:07pm

The video I posted below doesn't seem to want to play.  But you can watch it at this link:  http://vimeo.com/69225705#at=0 

 

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