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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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A Prayer for Our Nation (Betty Bowers)

Started by Loren Miller. Last reply by Patricia yesterday. 1 Reply

I'm going to keep this one short and sweet.  Mrs. Betty Bowers, America's Best Christian, has seen what is going on with the current occupant of the Oval Office, and my impression is that she is not at all happy with it.  True to her citizenship,…Continue

Tags: prayer, Donald Trump, Oval Office, America's Best Christian, Betty Bowers

Any Babymetal Fans Here?

Started by Bruce Carroll. Last reply by Idaho Spud Sep 12. 5 Replies

Any Babymetal fans here besides me? I have to ask because 1) I really like Babymetal and 2) Babymetal unknowingly played a role in my journey out of religion.For those who are unfamiliar with Babymetal, here is a link to one of their most popular…Continue

Tags: Japanese Idol, Babymetal

If you could rid the world of one thing, what would it be?

Started by Idaho Spud. Last reply by Ruth Anthony-Gardner Sep 11. 30 Replies

Today, I heard Seth Andrews talk about the question, "If you could rid the world of one thing, what would it be?"  My first thought was religion, but after a few seconds I decided it would be irrational or anti-scientific thinking.  That would take…Continue

Tags: anti-scientific, irrational

Ignorance is Bliss: Why Religious People Seem Happier Than the 'Nones'”.

Started by Joan Denoo. Last reply by Idaho Spud Sep 11. 16 Replies

“Highly Religious Volunteer More, Lie Less, and Claim to Be Happier”~ Houston Chronicle; “Strongly Religious People are Happier than Non-Religious”  ~ Christian Daily."The study determined that 40 percent of highly religious adults—defined as those…Continue

Tags: Nones, happiness, non-religiosity, religiosity, bliss

Eating Our Own: How You Can Save the Movement (David Smalley | The Thinking Atheist)

Started by Loren Miller. Last reply by Daniel W Aug 27. 11 Replies

While I've been peripherally aware of him for a while, David Smalley has not spent much time in the center of my focus when it came to scoping out atheist material on YouTube or elsewhere ... at least up until now.  His talk – Eating Our Own – came…Continue

Tags: Seth Andrews, The Thinking Atheist, Eating Our Own, David Smalley

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Comment by Joan Denoo on March 31, 2014 at 11:58pm

Here is a badly worded sentence that does not say what I intended to say. 

" It seems proofreading fails to catch those mistakes when the material is old."

I meant to say, when I proofread something, I assume all the right words are in place and express my meaning. It is only later, when re-reading something I have written, I realize the wrong word or the wrong phrasing does not reveal my intention. 

Comment by Grinning Cat on March 31, 2014 at 11:52pm

Joan, sometimes I too catch misteaks after submitting the comment... and if it's soon enough, I might copy-and-paste, fix it, add it as a new comment, and quietly delete the old.

"A Freudian slip is when you say one thing but mean your mother."

Comment by Grinning Cat on March 31, 2014 at 11:49pm

"Alright" is alwrong, indeed!

Following the (sometimes arbitrary) conventional rules of spelling and grammar and such doesn't make our ideas any more or less worthy. It's just that we're so conditioned to language that follows the rules that breaking them is, simply, a noticeable distraction!

In recent times, there's a parallel of sorts in our power to choose fonts and other aspects of presentation. It used to be only print shops and artists that had this visual power.

Following in Ruth's footsteps, here's a graphic:

Comment by Joan Denoo on March 31, 2014 at 11:27pm

Felaine, I am so glad you pay attention to such details. I try really hard to do a better job of writing and don't see my errors until after I press Add Comment. Sometimes I don't see them until much later. It seems proofreading fails to catch those mistakes when the material is old. I assume all the correct words are in the copy, even when that is not so.

It is kind of fun to see the slip of the finger typos; sometimes it makes very interesting reading. One wonders if they are Freudian slips.  

Comment by sk8eycat on March 31, 2014 at 10:59pm

Joan, 'm a compulsive proofreader (because I'm mildly dyslexic), and the only errors I have seen in any of the discussions in A/N have been obvious "slip of the finger" typos.  And most of them have been mine.  A sign that I need to file my nails.

Comment by Joan Denoo on March 31, 2014 at 10:50pm

I'm loving the grammar focus. Please let me know when I make a booboo. I will try really hard not to do so. 

Comment by sk8eycat on March 31, 2014 at 10:27pm

Cat, neither do "yours" and "ours."   ;> )

Lately I've been seeing "alright" in hardcover books.  AAAAACK!  Several of my teachers would make us write "ALRIGHT IS NOT ALL RIGHT."   I cringe whenever I see that one in print.

Comment by Grinning Cat on March 31, 2014 at 9:58pm

Mindy, I hope things go well with you and your son! We'll be thinking of you.

Felaine, I still like the sign I saw, "Whenever you make a typo, the errorists win."

Apostrophes can be confusing, even when we know they don't mean "Beware of oncoming S!" We write about "Jen's book" or "Josh's coat", and "it's" looks like it could be part of the same pattern, only it's not. I remember that by thinking of "his", "her", "its" -- none of them have apostrophes.

Comment by Joan Denoo on March 31, 2014 at 9:49pm

Mindy, a big challenge right now. Your daughter's help will be invaluable. She will feel so proud of herself after tackling the demanding tasks, she will not doubt feel her value and purpose. Not that she will find a calling, but she will face a problem and take it on like a trouper.  One day, one hour, one minute at a time. She will do just fine. 

I expect you and your son will come through the procedures well and be better for them. Do keep us up to date. Will send out positive energy and thoughts for both of you. 

Comment by sk8eycat on March 31, 2014 at 8:50pm

Oh, la, Joan!  My friend who writes, edits and publishes The Pet Press gets hung up with "it's" and "its," and I would get on her case about it when I was working as her proofreader.  I finally made a small poster, in the largest font that fit a sheet of printer paper, "IT'S MEANS 'IT IS' - NOTHING ELSE!"  I put it in a stand-up frame, and gave it to her for Hanukkah. 

I think she still has it on her desk.

 

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