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

Started by Loren Miller. Last reply by Loren Miller 12 hours ago. 39 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 Steph S. on August 23, 2013 at 7:01pm


Melinda congrats on your daughters job. Way to go.

Your Pumpkin is a beautiful cat sk8eycat.

So glad to be back here.

Comment by sk8eycat on August 23, 2013 at 6:54pm

StEph!  Sorry about the typo.

Comment by sk8eycat on August 23, 2013 at 6:53pm

Stph, that little ORNJ kitty looks very much like my Pumpkin.  And he has come out of his shell a great deal now that Jerry has "left the building."  He has never been an Only Cat in all of his 14 years; I think he's enjoying it.

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Ruth, yes, I always see hummingbirds at the feeders when I stay at Sue's house. sometimes 2 or 3 will come from different directions, and then "scold" each other about who was first...even though the feeders each have 3 openings for group meals.

One pair comes back every spring to build (or refurbish) their nest in a camellia bush right outside her den window.  I have photos....

Those little birds know a good thing when they find it.

Comment by sk8eycat on August 23, 2013 at 6:44pm

Richard, WELCOME!

ENJOY!

Comment by Steph S. on August 23, 2013 at 6:37pm

Hi Richard - nice to have you here.

How is everyone. Weekend is here.

Comment by Joan Denoo on August 22, 2013 at 9:02pm
Hi Richard, glad to see you on this site. I noticed you responded to my article on problems with the forests caused by climate change; a great concern of mine. This is a friendly and caring group. Managing life's challenges is a bit easier with the wise and sometimes entertaining comments that come through here. We all care about health, family, friends,and the planet.
Comment by Joan Denoo on August 22, 2013 at 8:56pm

Patricia, I really like PZ Meyers. He says a lot with few words. 

"Religious beliefs are lazy jokes with bad punch lines."

~ PZ Myers

Probulos, I. M. (2012-12-03). Over 365 Quotations for Atheists Agnostics and Secular Humanists (Quote Books) (Kindle Locations 297-298). I. M. Probuluos. Kindle Edition.

Comment by Richard C Brown on August 22, 2013 at 8:19pm

I just want to Hang Out for awhile.

Comment by sk8eycat on August 22, 2013 at 6:05pm

Patricia, I loved the article, but I don't know anybody to send it to.  I've been an open atheist for so long that all my "friends" who couldn't handle that vanished years ago.  99.9% of my friends are also atheists, or indifferent to religion but are afraid of the "A"-word.

I guess that's a project I could get into...getting rid of the undeserved, old Cold War baggage that a simple little word carries around.  Now, how do I start?

Comment by Ruth Anthony-Gardner on August 21, 2013 at 7:44pm

Thanks for sharing your therapeutic cat sitting experience, sk8eycat. Did you see hummingbirds at any of the feeders?

 

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