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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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Bible Belt Atheist (New York Times)

Started by Loren Miller on Thursday. 0 Replies

The following showed up in my YouTube feed this morning, and I decided to have a look.  Turns out, the New York Times has given us a reasonably even-handed look at a good friend of ours, being one Jerry DeWitt, former bible-thumper and now a pretty…Continue

Tags: Bible Belt, atheist, Jerry DeWitt

How would you respond?

Started by Christina Scribner. Last reply by Christina Scribner Apr 10. 5 Replies

So, this morning, I was at my local coffee shop as I am most weekdays between bus runs. I do the editing on my husband's books so I had my laptop with me. My wallpaper is a picture I found online sometime back of a double helix with the word atheist…Continue

The Fake Christian Busybody Show (Andrew Bradley)

Started by Loren Miller. Last reply by Plinius Apr 9. 1 Reply

It seems as though there was a Gay Pride parade in some town somewhere and a Christian commentator, herein known as The Activist Mommy, apparently got her panties so in a bunch about it that she had to fire up her video camera and record a…Continue

Tags: gay, pride, The Activist Mommy, Andrew Bradley, America's Best Christian

America Held Hostage: Day 436 (MisterDeity)

Started by Loren Miller. Last reply by Ruth Anthony-Gardner Apr 9. 1 Reply

Now that Sinclair Broadcasting has stated their position regarding fake news and its threat to our democracy, Mister Deity's Brian Dalton has decided to throw his $0.02 worth in as well ... though I don't quite think his presentation was really what…Continue

Tags: fake news, Deity, Mister, Broadcasting, Sinclair

Guns: Both Sides Now (Betty Bowers)

Started by Loren Miller. Last reply by Christina Scribner Apr 3. 3 Replies

Oh, NO!  The gun debate has gotten so heated that it has Betty Bowers, America's Best Christian, TALKING TO HERSELF!  Apparently, one of her has had a stroke or a serious breakdown in cognitive skills, as she does little more than parrot the NRA's…Continue

Tags: NRA, guns, America's Best Christian, Betty Bowers

how dogma pollutes discourse (qualiasoup & theramintrees)

Started by Loren Miller Apr 3. 0 Replies

"The Lord is our God; the Lord is One." "I am the Way, the Truth, and the Life; no one comes to the Father, but by Me." "There is no god but Allah, and Mohamed is his prophet." Assertions, taught as fact, but without any form of corroborative…Continue

Tags: dogma, QualiaSoup, TheraminTrees

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Comment by Joan Denoo on May 29, 2014 at 12:37pm

Ruth, I am very sorry to learn of your continuing back problems. Your comments offer very fine material for thought and action. Is there such a thing as voice activation so that you can talk about your ideas and concerns with us?

Probably the best thing is for you to do exactly what you need to do and we can seek out the material ourselves. I realize you don't do commentary when you point out a topic and I like what commentary you do offer.  

Comment by Joan Denoo on May 29, 2014 at 12:31pm

Chris, I do hope this part of your life ends soon ... not wishing ill for your BIL. It is kind of like having buckets of challenges and this particular one seems bottomless. Makes it difficult to get on with your own affairs. My visual image of such formidable challenges is grit my teeth, bow my neck, clinch my fists, dig my feet in the ground and do what is necessary. AND RELAX. 

Easy to say! Impossible at time, to do! 

2 Hour Deep Meditation: Relax Mind Body, Spa Music, Background Musi...

I know, you don't have two hours to listen, however, you can listen for as long as you have time.

Sounds from nature

Comment by Joan Denoo on May 29, 2014 at 11:34am

sk8eycat I am with you on answering in four rings. Why hurt myself for a nonsense call. My phones were installed forty years ago; they are ancient by modern terms, but at least I can hear what people say to me, unless their phone, usually cell, is out of range to pick up their signal. Years ago, I took the phone apart and disconnected the ringer in my bedroom. There is a volume control on the living room phone and I turn it off when I have company or don't want to be disturbed.  

Comment by sk8eycat on May 29, 2014 at 10:00am

Patricia, most of the time, we let the answering machine pick up...unless we're expecting a call from someone.  If a caller can't be bothered to leave a message, then I can't be bothered to make a mad dash across loose throw rugs and stuff to catch the phone by the 4th ring. 

Before answering machines, cordless phones (and aggressive telemarketing), it used to be considered "only polite" for a caller to listen for 6 rings before hanging up.  Now 4 rings seems to be the maximum.  (Like I'm gonna take a cordless phone into the bathroom with me.  Eye.  Emm.  Sew.  Shurrrrr!)

Comment by Plinius on May 29, 2014 at 1:26am

I love your family stories, Joan! Wonderful how positive these people are!

I'm sorry about your back, Ruth! Like sciatica, I guess. I hope you feel better soon.

 I can imagine you're worried about a BFF with an addiction, Booklover. But your daughter is a sensible person, who'll be careful.

Can you get a secret telephone number, Patricia? It helps a lot.

Husband and I are still working hard at brother-in-law's problems. We're still waiting for him to get a place in a care home, then we can move his stuff and his cat and sell his apartment. We're getting very tired of this job - there's not much left of our lives apart from working and sleeping. But perhaps the bulk of it can be finished before August.

Comment by The Flying Atheist on May 28, 2014 at 11:29pm

Patricia, I'm not on Facebook either but I do get Amber alerts on my smartphone.  Most often the kidnapper turns out to be a parent or other family member.  Our current technology has allowed very swift action and information to be released to the pubic.  I have to say, most times the Amber alerts are cancelled within a few hours because the child has been found. 

Hi, Ruth.  Glad you could come by and say hello.  I hope your condition improves.  I'm sending good thoughts your way.  You should expect them in Pennsylvania very soon. 

Comment by Ruth Anthony-Gardner on May 28, 2014 at 3:25pm

Thanks for the baby rescue story, Patricia, and for your family visit, Joan.

Cute kitty cloud, Flying Atheist.

I've been less active lately due to a flare up of pinched nerve syndrome in my lower back. I had trigger point injections last Thursday and am able to use the computer again and return to the gym. Not perfect, but better. It looks as if I may rely more on my walker to take pressure off of my back.

Comment by The Flying Atheist on May 28, 2014 at 2:01pm

Comment by Joan Denoo on May 28, 2014 at 1:41pm

I hope you have seen Cosmos: The Immortals, Season: 1 Episode: 11. It explains the source of the biblical stories that are from the far distant past. If you want more information on the ancient stories, see my post, 

Cosmos, A Space Odyssey, The Immortals, Season: 1 Episode: 11

Comment by Joan Denoo on May 28, 2014 at 12:55pm

Carl, thank you for posting the family "Thank you" and that they focused on those who participated in the recovery of Victoria. A very nice acknowledgement! 

I feel good about this story, and the many others that surface such as this one. Another example is the young mother, Rebecca Vitsmun, who said, "I’m actually an atheist!". It took courage for her to say that word, and she didn't get lynched for being honest about her belief. The fears that keep up bound to silence, keep us bound to bigotry. 

 

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