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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 7, 2013 at 12:09am

Let go, Mindy! When people try their utmost NOT to agree with you and NOT to understand you, let them go, even if they're family. I did the same and I was never happy about it, but I was and still am convinced that there was no other option.

Comment by Joan Denoo on November 7, 2013 at 12:01am

Patricia, love your purple walker! It looks really cool and just right for you!. Walk on dear one. 

Also like your migrating birds!

Comment by Joan Denoo on November 6, 2013 at 11:59pm
Mindy, that fellow follows the old trick of making someone feel bad for telling the truth. You have choices:
*Pay attention to what he says and feel guilty or bad.
*Try to appease him with compromise.
*Tell your truth, stand on principle, and know a bigot when you see one. Be competent, confident, and clear!
I think you made the best choice that could be made.
Comment by Joan Denoo on November 6, 2013 at 10:24pm

Ruth, I love the British beer bottle blowers! Nice sound and rhythm 

Patricia, how dreadful! I can't even imagine having to deal with steel wool textured hair ... I have a hard enough time with what feels like horse hairs. The family teases me because it is growing out at different lengths and this hedgehog continues to be my best avatar representation. 

Comment by The Flying Atheist on November 6, 2013 at 8:39pm

Cute video, Ruth. 

Comment by Ruth Anthony-Gardner on November 6, 2013 at 6:53pm

Wow, I never heard of chemo turning hair into steel wool texture, Patricia.

Here's a well tuned beer bottle performance to cheer up everyone.

Comment by Grinning Cat on November 6, 2013 at 1:36pm

Great news on Illinois! Marriage equality will only begin in June, since advancing the date would have required 70 votes in the state House (it passed with 61).

Comment by The Flying Atheist on November 6, 2013 at 12:02pm

Joan, you mention your hair is coming back as it was originally:  straight, not curly.  Is it common for hair to become curly after radiation?  I'm lucky that I've never had a close friend/relative go through this experience, so I'm a little naive on the details.  

I'm glad to hear that you've managed so well through all of this. 

Comment by Joan Denoo on November 6, 2013 at 11:40am

Mindy, I just opened your "Defend rights of women and girls." Am reposting on Twitter/Facebook. Thanks.

Comment by Joan Denoo on November 6, 2013 at 11:37am

Congratulation Illinois!
Mindy, glad you responded to the "Boo"! Perhaps people will think twice before they make their displeasure public.So many realize love cannot be legislated or even dictated by dogma. I also like your idea of an A/N Hang with Friends reunion in Schiedam with Chris.

Chris, what is your weather condition? Do you notice this year unusual from former years?

We have more snow, and melting. Trees continue to look pretty; the ground has patches of snow. The witch hazel is so pretty with it's light lemon color The high wind of last week took most leaves off deciduous shrubs and trees. There were also power outages in eastern Washington state, however, we have not had an outage.
My hair is growing, not only on my head, but eyebrows, eyelashes, in my nose, under my arms and on my legs. Seems I am returning to normal; my hair did not come in curly, it is straight and stiff as before, except my cowlicks really show up. Have some crazy patterns on my scalp.

 

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