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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.

Nobody here is into mind games. A discussion started with a loaded guilt-throwing question will be deleted.

This group is not intended to compete with other groups on topics they cover but to "fill in the cracks." Whenever a discussion dwells at length on a topic for which there's an existing group, we urge you to provide members a link to that group to continue along their tangent.

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

Started by Loren Miller. Last reply by Grinning Cat 34 seconds 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 11 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 Steph S. on June 20, 2013 at 7:52pm

Joan I glad that your treatments are going well.

I'm thinking about you.

Melinda it sounds like you had a nice trip. I am glad you have an Atheist friend to spend your time with.

Comment by Joan Denoo on June 20, 2013 at 6:02pm

Welcome home Mindy! So very happy to read of your adventures, rest and renewal. Can you describe some of your taste treats? Food seems to be foreground for me now. 

What is foreground and background? 

"Positive space refers to what the eye perceives as in the foreground. Negative space is what the eye perceives as in the background (for example as sky). Notice that negative space does not necessarily have to be white. As you are seeing, good designs often use more than one visual design cue at the same time. In addition to rhythm, this drawing of Maurice Escher skillfully plays with your perception of what is the foreground and what is the background."

Well, for me, food is foreground. 

Comment by Joan Denoo on June 20, 2013 at 2:28pm

Good morning everyone, it is 11:30 AM and 51 degrees F, with heavy rain. Cold, wet wind, and a very nice warm room to  read, write, and nap. 

Yesterday was Chemo Light and took only about 1 1/2 hours to drip all that killer poison into my body. Laura and her husband, Larry, took me out for the fish soup afterwards and it is so good at Gordy’s Sichuan Cafe. It is the only thing that tastes good, is full of the right kinds of nutrition, and Gordy and Jamie, help me select what I can and can't eat. They also help me with figuring out how to use different ingredients, such as coconut and cooking time for the fish.   

Jamie, Gordy's co-owner, thanks so much. 

Comment by Ian Mason on June 20, 2013 at 2:14pm

Ruth, I hope you and yours are getting well.

Comment by Ian Mason on June 20, 2013 at 2:13pm

Felaine, the "holy" books are the world's most dangerous enablers for those with a tendency to violence and fanaticism.

Comment by Grinning Cat on June 20, 2013 at 2:09pm

Yet another non-sequitur:

"The London Sun newspaper has apologised to aliens for linking them with the Church of Scientology."

Comment by Grinning Cat on June 20, 2013 at 12:52pm

Sometimes a friend I'm with is surprised when I do a bit of "unlittering": picking up someone else's trash.

That venerable momily applies: what if everyone (or a lot of people) did it, leaving a place they pass just a little cleaner?

Comment by Joan Denoo on June 20, 2013 at 11:50am

Ian, thanks for the descriptions. "The Dragon is "Evidence - The Trail Continues" and is made of bottle tops and plastic lids. It's a symbol of the trail people leave behind them, like slugs leave a trail."

It reminds me of when the kids were small we often camped and the first thing I had them do was go around our campground and pick up anything that could hurt them, like bottle caps, aluminum pull tags, cans and glass. We had a contest to see who could bring in the most "treasures". Then they each would make strings out of the aluminum pull tabs and had a peg for each child where they hung their strings. They developed a habit of keeping an eye out for such treasures and their strings revealed their own interests in bring in more. At the end of the camping trip, we had a camp fire and celebrated the winner as champion "Treasure Tracker". I see my great-grandchildren have the same tradition. I wonder where they learned that!?

"Sputnik Returns" is an image of how dangerous it can be to rely too much on technology."

These images you shared have great imagination and ingenuity. Thanks for sharing. 

Comment by Joan Denoo on June 20, 2013 at 11:39am
Carl, love the "old habits" photos. Reminds me of the old woman I met in China who scolded her daughter-in-law for submitting to her husband's demands. Her message was, "don't let him bind your mind like my family bound my feet. Foot binding was a crime against my body, mind binding was a crime against my mind."
Comment by Ruth Anthony-Gardner on June 20, 2013 at 10:57am

Loren, that cartoon's cannibalistic edge contrasts with the banal presentation, making it all th more creepy.

Your gardening cat picture is just what I need to start my morning off cheerfully. My husband and I have been coping with an intestinal bug of some sort the past five or six days. That's why I've been participating less. Thanks for asking.

Your bottle tops and plastic explanation of the Dragon is enlightening, Ian. The sculpture means so much more knowing that.

Have a good day, everyone.

 

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