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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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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

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 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.

Comment by Steph S. on June 20, 2013 at 10:23am

Comment by Steph S. on June 20, 2013 at 10:21am

How is everyone?

It is getting hotter outside. Summer is here.

I hope everyone is having a good day.

Comment by sk8eycat on June 20, 2013 at 9:12am

Methinks the buybull is more deadly than a grenade.

Comment by Ian Mason on June 20, 2013 at 3:54am

Carl, the penny just dropped. LOL

Comment by Ian Mason on June 20, 2013 at 3:53am

Good one, Loren.

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

 

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