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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.

Nobody here is into mind games. A discussion started with a loaded guilt-throwing question will be deleted.

This group is not intended to compete with other groups on topics they cover but to "fill in the cracks." Whenever a discussion dwells at length on a topic for which there's an existing group, we urge you to provide members a link to that group to continue along their tangent.

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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

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

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Comment by Joan Denoo on November 20, 2013 at 12:09pm

Mindy, yes, Laurie is a lovely young woman, just coming into adulthood. She has a tender heart and great courage as well. She takes on tough jobs and does them well. 

Comment by Joan Denoo on November 20, 2013 at 12:07pm

Tony, and thank you for the lovely sentiment and thinking of me in those terms. 

Patricia, love the egg carton. 

Ian, thank you. Glad to be reading your posts again. I miss you when you are away. 

Mindy, your chili bean dip sounds wonderful. I love anything with Mexican flavors.  Also, great photo of BIG dog and tiny kitten. 

Comment by Joan Denoo on November 20, 2013 at 11:58am

Tony, what a great story, and I especially love the Lion gaining his courage! L. Frank Baum left us hope and courage, coming out of the Great Depression. Bert Lahr, what a man, so many talents, able to look at reality and make us smile, and wiser. 

Comment by Tony Carroll on November 20, 2013 at 5:29am

One of my favorites of all time. For you all, of course, but mostly  for Joan.

 

                                          COURAGE

 

Comment by Ian Mason on November 19, 2013 at 10:59pm

That's lovely news, Joan. I'm very glad you're on the mend now and hope that the last pains subside quickly.

Comment by Joan Denoo on November 19, 2013 at 10:28pm

Patricia, I should have written, "a moth-catcher-cat"

Comment by Joan Denoo on November 19, 2013 at 9:04pm

Patricia, great photos! The huge bear and Charmin ... perfect match!

A mother-catcher-cat, that makes great sense! and is funny. 

This little squirrel isn't up to catching anything, except the cat food bowl. 

Comment by Joan Denoo on November 19, 2013 at 8:59pm

The lovely young woman in my Avatar is my just turned 21 year old granddaughter, Laurie, who participated with me as part of my Cancer Cure Team. She was a real brick through everything. When I was overwhelmed, she was there. When I was afraid, she held me close. When I cried, she wiped away my tears. She gave me the most wonderful gift any one can give, her smile and jokes. She made me laugh. 

The event  was my graduation from those dreadful chemo cocktails. I had another graduation ceremony when I finished radiation. 

Dr. Fairbank, radiologist, saw me today for the last time, unless I want to come for a visit. All healing occurs as expected, a little more external healing and much to heal inside. Very little pain now and it, too, will end. 

I had a meeting with him and his staff to thank them all for their very wonderful care and compassion. Mike, the primary technician, apologized profusely for the ordeal he claimed to have put me through, and I assured him he is part of my Cancer Cure team. 

ROBERT K. FAIRBANKS, MD, Radiation Oncologist, Cancer Care Northwest 

Comment by The Flying Atheist on November 19, 2013 at 8:38pm

Hi, Steph.  You pop in and out of here so quickly.  I hope you're doing well.  You always sound so busy! 

Yes, it's hard to believe that Thanksgiving is almost here.  This has been an odd year for me.  I feel as though I've missed out on both the Summer and Fall seasons without being able to fully enjoy all the associated activities.  I've either been working or at home being a hermit.

Comment by Steph S. on November 19, 2013 at 8:27pm

 

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