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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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Yasmine Mohammed - Confessions of an Ex-Muslim (The Thinking Atheist)

Started by Loren Miller. Last reply by Idaho Spud Jul 7. 6 Replies

Yasmine Mohammed is not your average ex-Muslim.  Not only did she get shut of Islam, she also managed to escape what was at one time the most notorious of radical Islamist organizations: Al Qaeda.  She has since documented the story of her apostasy…Continue

Tags: Islam, Al Qaeda, Yasmine Mohammed, The Thinking Atheist, Seth Andrews

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

Started by Joan Denoo Jul 6. 0 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

Afrodisiacs – African Aphrodisiacs

Started by Joan Denoo. Last reply by Joan Denoo Jun 26. 4 Replies

Am I so old and not know the definition of aphrodisiac, and its historical definition being based on Aphrodite, that her name came from the African drugs that Egyptians, Greeks, and Romans used for sexual enhancement? Dhu!  Aphrodite, ancient Greek…Continue

Tags: Africa, Lady, Victorian

Degrees of Doubt: The Claims and Credentials of Ravi Zacharias (The Thinking Atheist)

Started by Loren Miller. Last reply by Chris May 17. 1 Reply

Anyone here ever run onto an apologist by the name of Ravi Zacharias?  I've seen his name dropped multiple times on YouTube as supposedly being THE ONE APOLOGIST that no atheist wants to cross swords with, because of his facility with christian…Continue

Tags: Ravi Zacharias, Steve Baughman, The Thinking Atheist, Seth Andrews

The Most Hated Woman in America (The Thinking Atheist)

Started by Loren Miller. Last reply by Gary S Apr 19. 7 Replies

Before Aron Ra and Matt Dillahunty, before Dawkins or Dennett or Harris or even Hitchens, there was Madalyn Murray O'Hair.  In the midst of an America where Christianity was being flaunted as a defense against the godless communists of the Soviet…Continue

Tags: Frank Zindler, The Thinking Atheist, Seth Andrews, Madalyn Murray O'Hair

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Comment by Idaho Spud on January 5, 2017 at 2:43pm

Obama eliminates "abstinence only" education from the federal budget:

http://www.patheos.com/blogs/accordingtomatthew/2016/02/obama-elimi...[!]%20Newsletter&utm_medium=email&utm_campaign=NL%20Nonreligious&utm_content=5538

Comment by Daniel W on January 2, 2017 at 9:11am

Carl thanks for the new word.  Hygge indeed.

Comment by Daniel W on January 2, 2017 at 9:10am

Joan, I can picture you in that recliner, book in hand, peering out the window.  You deserve your snug, cozy refuge.

Carl, nice fire.  With book, and cup of hot coffee or chocolate.  I have not fired up my woodstove since starting the kitchen project.  Maybe today.

Comment by Plinius on January 2, 2017 at 4:52am

A great year to all of you, with good health, happiness and wonderful people around!

Comment by The Flying Atheist on January 1, 2017 at 8:03pm

Prosperous New Year Greetings to all of you here!  Here's hoping 2017 will bring satisfaction and much "Hygge" to your lives.

Comment by Joan Denoo on January 1, 2017 at 4:20pm

Ian, a beautiful New Years blessing. It goes in my file. I especially like the thought of surprising myself. 

Laura made a special trip to my Spokane home to get my recliner. It fits perfectly in my bedroom; I am snug as a polar bear, taking a peek at the beauty between reading comments. 

We are in a massive snow storm, as I type. I can see through the thinned forest as my imagination creates stories of all the critters, unseen, but who make their presence known with their tracks or ruffles in the snow covered branches. 

Perhaps, with the TV out of service, people looked outside to see a glimpse of nature and some of its treasures. 

Comment by Chris on January 1, 2017 at 4:20pm

Thanks for the information about minwax Daniel. I used that on the hardwood floor and should get some more. I also use Murphies oil soap. I'm concerned that the oil soap will prevent new varnish from adhering. 

I'll order minwax in gallon containers. Why is that even sold in squirt bottles (rhetorical)?

Comment by Joan Denoo on January 1, 2017 at 4:07pm

Daniel, thanks for the helpful information on bamboo flooring. L&L have bamboo flooring throughout their new home and I know absolutely nothing about proper care of it. Your information gives me the information I can use. 

Comment by Daniel W on January 1, 2017 at 3:44pm

Chris, minwax has products to restore and protect hardwood floors.  Some hardwood products work for bamboo too.   I don't know if they are right for your situation, and I imagine there are other brands.  It is best to test on a hidden spot or sample, because some finishes are not compatible with others.  The newer bamboo floors are pre-finished with polyurethane that contains aluminum particles, for hardness.   The problem is that I don't know if it is water or oil based.  You cant use water-based polurethane on an oil-based finish and vice versa.   Doing so can peel and crack the finish 

Comment by Chris on January 1, 2017 at 2:52pm

Daniel, bamboo tile is on the kitchen floor in this house. It's different than the flooring you have. I went to a national flooring store and asked how to clean and maintain the floor. I also asked about products for the natural hardwood floors. That met with blank looks.

Go figure, no one knew the answer as I was pointed to carpet.

 

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