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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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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

Proud Dad is REALLY Proud Now!

Started by Loren Miller. Last reply by Todd Williams Apr 12. 16 Replies

As some of you may or may not know, my daughter is a television news producer, currently working in Nashville, Tennessee.  Her assignment is the morning news, which means she blasts herself up at umpti-ump in the morning to organize and prepare a…Continue

Tags: Emmy, news, television, daughter, dad

attacking ideas (TheraminTrees)

Started by Loren Miller. Last reply by Grinning Cat Apr 4. 1 Reply

Attacking ideas is a considerable portion of what we as atheists do.  Why attack ideas?  Ideas earn attack when they don't serve people, not just us but those who adopt said ideas, mistakenly thinking that they have value when they don't.  Our…Continue

Tags: ideas, Islam, TheraminTrees

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

Started by Loren Miller. Last reply by Grinning Cat Apr 4. 40 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

The Playboy Interview: Richard Dawkins

Started by Loren Miller. Last reply by Loren Miller Mar 28. 16 Replies

I suppose it was the news that Playboy magazine was returning nudes to its pages after a year's hiatus that sufficiently perked my curiosity to check them out again.  I hadn't looked at Playboy since perhaps 2008, when I began to recognize that I…Continue

Tags: Richard Dawkins, Playboy

God's Annual Performance Review (Betty Bowers)

Started by Loren Miller. Last reply by Ruth Anthony-Gardner Mar 19. 6 Replies

I don't know about you guys, but there wasn't a performance review I had in 30 years of field service that I didn't LOATHE.  It seems as though Betty Bowers, America's Best Christian, is up for turning the tables on the person you would expect would…Continue

Tags: review, performance, god, American's Best Christian, Betty Bowers

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Comment by Plinius on November 15, 2013 at 12:33am

Poor Mindy's daughter! I'm glad she has got a good family to back her. Wish her well!

Comment by The Flying Atheist on November 14, 2013 at 11:00pm

Oh, man, Mindy.  Talk about being shat upon all at once.  I feel horrible just thinking about your daughter and what she's going through.  Like Sk8eycat said, I'm sorry I can't do more, but please let her know that this total stranger from an internet site wishes her well.  I know she's in good hands with you around. 

Comment by Steph S. on November 14, 2013 at 9:45pm

Sorry to hear about your daughter Mindy. I hope things work out for her in the future. We are thinking about her and wish her the best. Ruth I love that cat picture.

Comment by sk8eycat on November 14, 2013 at 8:30pm

Booklover: I'm thinking a lot of hugs to you and your daughter....I'm sorry  that I can't do more. 
*&gt;:D< big hug

Comment by sk8eycat on November 14, 2013 at 5:22pm

Do you remember the old observation about how many people will actually touch a wall or something else in a public place that has a "Wet Paint" sign on it?  Amazing.

I never liked Art Linkletter much, but the title of one of his programs was spot-on: People Are Funny.

Oh, BTW, my sister bought a gadget called a "Telemarketer Repellant." It has a choice of 25 recorded rude remarks...just hold it up to the phone, and push a button.  Some of the recordings are VERY rude!  Hee-heeeeee!  Of course it's useless for robot-calls.

Comment by sk8eycat on November 14, 2013 at 2:20pm

Ruth...Love that "recording cat," and the ones you posted in "Ailurophiles" about the "brown bath beads."  Eww.  Tee-hee.

"Recording cat" reminds me of "Your prayer is very important to us..." but I can't remember the rest of it.  I'm having Senior Moments more and more often lately, and they scare me.  I did remember a line in one of Carl Sagan's books; he was paraphrasing somebody else about people praying for a particular need..."Why pray at all?  If God knows everything, then he already knows about the problem, and how to fix it."

That's my thought for today.

I think.

Comment by sk8eycat on November 14, 2013 at 1:50pm

To everyone, thank you.  Aunt Phyllis was my last remaining relative of my parents' generation, and she was the epitome of unconditional love.  She was 91 and still quite active until a few days before her death, so my cousins and all their offspring were with her at the end, which was quiet and relatively painless.  I'm still unhappy that they didn't call me...there was time.  BUT every time I spoke to her on the phone I told her I loved her, so she knew...

In the meantime I'm waiting for summer to get over itself; it was 93 deg. yesterday.  Whoopie.

Comment by Ruth Anthony-Gardner on November 14, 2013 at 12:59pm

Familiar?

Comment by Grinning Cat on November 14, 2013 at 4:32am

Sk8ey, I'm so sorry about your aunt's passing. I'm sure her presence made the world was a better place.

Comment by Plinius on November 14, 2013 at 3:05am

Sad news, Sk8eycat, I'm sorry for you! And glad that you had such a lovely aunt!

 

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