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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.

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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

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

Started by Loren Miller. Last reply by Joan Denoo Sep 2. 28 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

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

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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

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Comment by Plinius on June 21, 2013 at 3:28am

I'm happy you're so strong, Joan, and I hope your chemo day goes well without discomfort.

A Positive Journal, what a wonderful idea! Now that I'm often in the old people's home I'll make a note on the positive side of Alzheimer's; Aunt, and some other patients I've met, manage to forget their unhappy memories. Bad marriages, unwanted children, rape, injury and abuse disappear as if they never happened, and a calm world of kind faces, flowers and woolly animals opens. It's quite a job to enable patients to enter that safe world and in the last two years I've learnt to admire the caretakers in Aunts' ward.

Comment by Joan Denoo on June 21, 2013 at 2:31am

Grinning Cat, hey, I like the puzzle, 

"Find a common English word that begins with "he" and ends with "he", and 

Find a common English word that contains "adac". 
I'll give those a try tomorrow morning. 

Comment by Joan Denoo on June 21, 2013 at 2:28am

Chris, I kind of jumped when you described your demented 78 year old aunt. Oh! I think my mind is still strong. That is another thing for which I am grateful. I'll write about lack of dementia in my Positive Journal. That little project works well to keep my focus on healthy things. 

Comment by Joan Denoo on June 21, 2013 at 2:24am

Ruth, yes, I agree when you wrote, "I can't imagine Sichuan after chemo. I can't even handle it on a normal day any more."

Gordy prepares everything from scratch and he knows what to put in my bowl and what to leave out. Jamie and I worked on the blend and it is working. The sauce is what makes the difference between bland and delicious. 

So sorry you have stomach problems.  Do you have an appetite? I found I didn't want anything to eat at all, and I knew I couldn't allow that to happen. reverting back to soluble fiber helped me a lot. Yogurt and blueberries satisfy my sweet tooth. 
Do take good care, we need your wisdom now more than ever, and you need to feel strong and healthy to be fully flourishing. 

Comment by Plinius on June 21, 2013 at 1:27am

Yesterday I fulfilled demented Aunties birthday wish: she wanted to revisit a theme park (fairy tales) she had seen when young. One side of me thinks that it's quite horrible to expose a 78 years old to a children's fun park, but it worked out well: the old memories of previous visits were gone but she lost herself in wonder and delight.  

Comment by Ruth Anthony-Gardner on June 20, 2013 at 11:36pm

Great wave animation, Napoleon.

ROFL over Walmart dog. I think I resembled that dog (minus curlers) at the grocery store today. Luckily cashiers don't pass judgment on frump.

What an adventure, Mindy. I get excited to see a rabbit. My homemade low carb bread with too much xanthan gum was so bad the wildlife refused to eat it, even the ants apparently.

Joan, I can't imagine Sichuan after chemo. I can't even handle it on a normal day any more.

Grinning Cat, that apology to the aliens made my day!

Comment by Grinning Cat on June 20, 2013 at 9:30pm

Joan and Mindy, I'm glad to read that things are going well!

Foreground and background, or figure and ground, remind me of the two word puzzles in one of the Dialogues between Achilles and the Tortoise in Douglas Hofstadter's Gödel, Escher, Bach: An Eternal Golden Braid.

Find a common English word that begins with "he" and ends with "he". (Presumably Achilles had a longer word than "he" in mind!)

...and...

Find a common English word that contains "adac" (as a substring: there can be letters before and/or after it, but the "adac" can't be broken up or rearranged). "abracadabra" doesn't quite work because it contains "adac" backwards, not forwards.

The answers are not obscure Scrabble words like "zyzzyva"!

Comment by The Flying Atheist on June 20, 2013 at 8:01pm

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. 

 

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