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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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Are You a Patriot? (Betty Bowers)

Started by Loren Miller. Last reply by k.h. ky 21 hours ago. 20 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

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

Started by Loren Miller. Last reply by Grinning Cat on Thursday. 11 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 Ark Encounter: A Less than Grand Opening (The Thinking Atheist)

Started by Loren Miller. Last reply by Grinning Cat Aug 21. 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 20, 2013 at 1:37am

Love to you and Hairy Jerry, Sk8eycat!

Comment by sk8eycat on July 20, 2013 at 12:06am

Hi.  Sorry I haven't been around lately.  I'm facing a difficult decision about what to do about Hairy Jerry, and I feel like I'm standing atop one of those tall, skinny stone needles out in the wilderness, with no way to get down.  I'm just in Brayne Freeze mode.  I've been here so often, but it never gets any easier.

I cherish all of you, and I WILL be back when I get over myself. I promise.

Comment by Ruth Anthony-Gardner on July 19, 2013 at 11:59pm

The story about a cat dying in a couch and being found a month later  isn't totally surprising. When Misty died we couldn't find her body for three days, no matter how closely we looked over the entire house. Grinning Cat ultimately found her corpse for us. This also makes me think about pets dying in vehicles during the current heat wave, or animals both domestic and wild being killed  by the Western Wildfires right now. Death is there, but we don't like to dwell on it when nothing can be done.

On a more cheerful note, here in eastern PA we're "enjoying" tropical climate lately. Over the past two weeks we often get short intense showers, quite unlike the rain events I remember over the past 68 years. Instead of starting slowly and tapering off slowly, it's a sudden 5 minute intense deluge that ends abruptly. And a few minutes later the roads are dry again. The showers have been a daily event, too. It's like Jamaica. This surreal pattern has been going on about two weeks. It feels as if Philadelphia has been relocated in the Caribbean.

Maybe I just need a rum punch.

Comment by The Flying Atheist on July 19, 2013 at 10:26pm

Comment by Plinius on July 19, 2013 at 2:42pm

Thanks for the idea, Flying Atheist! Not that the pc and I look as old as in the picture... ;-D

Comment by The Flying Atheist on July 19, 2013 at 12:04pm

Chris, perhaps it's time for an upgrade.

Comment by Plinius on July 19, 2013 at 10:07am

You've outdone yourself, booklover: 131 times the same message in Outlook! I cannot guess why or how. But this pc does more things I don't understand, like starting words in the middle of a sentence with a capital letter - German made perhaps.

Poor Sheldon - one of the small news items was just that: the cat was found dead in the three-seater a month after he disappeared. Probably in a household of people without noses.

Comment by Ian Mason on July 19, 2013 at 1:25am

That's good to hear, Patricia.

Nice to see the team and the shiny dome, Joan.

Comment by Plinius on July 19, 2013 at 12:35am

I'm glad you and your friend are all right, Patricia!

Comment by The Flying Atheist on July 18, 2013 at 10:15pm

That's great news, Patricia.  I'm glad all turned out well and that you now know that you weren't intentionally left out of the loop or ignored.  I'm sure you're breathing a big sigh of relief. 

 

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