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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 on Thursday. 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 Joan Denoo on November 19, 2016 at 11:04pm

Ah! depression! A useless emotion; it gets in the way of joy and adventure! It takes over and impedes thinking and laughing and crying and all other emotions that are so much friendlier. It covers one with a black cloud that blocks out the sun and moon and stars. It distorts even the most routine of pleasures, i.e. the first sip of coffee in the morning, the greeting across the fence with a lovely neighbor, the sound of a loved one who calls to see if I am OK. 

Finally, shed of the fog, I can imagine a preferred future, one that does not exist, but never will if we don't remember the possibility of a better life for us all. 

Comment by Ruth Anthony-Gardner on November 19, 2016 at 11:01pm

k.h. ky, I'm also struggling to deal with the news, both political and (related) climate change. Mild depression. <sigh> I spend more time reading news on these topics, and articles/interviews from people I respect. Trying to see my way forward. I try to think about how many people who lived through frightening changes in the past. Lots of people right now live in great insecurity. Other people seem to have coped, so surely you and I will also find a way.

Comment by Joan Denoo on November 19, 2016 at 10:54pm

Oh, we can have great fun, poking a finger in the eye of some pompous principal who cannot live up to his proclaimed principles. I'm glad you talked to him, Kathy, and that he saw your FFRF shirt. 

Comment by k.h. ky on November 19, 2016 at 10:37pm
Depresses me is a more apt description.
Comment by k.h. ky on November 19, 2016 at 10:34pm
And I still can't tolerate the news. The insanity of the situation still frightens me.
Comment by k.h. ky on November 19, 2016 at 10:31pm
I finally found one thing that entertained me this week. My daughter got me a FFRF T-shirt. AND, I wore it to the elementary school family fun night with my youngest granddaughter. This is the same school that has a club called athletes christian something? Which is illegal. The principal is always talking about how 'blessed' we are. Found out he was doubly 'blessed' last year because he was caught having an affair with one of the young teachers. Lol. These are the good Christan values they brag about so much :)
I made it a point to speak to him. Yes, he noticed my shirt but didn't comment ;(
Comment by Daniel W on November 19, 2016 at 1:14pm

Chris, thanks.  Retirement was not the goal or expectation this soon, but we have to do what we have to do.  There is more solitude and less sense of purpose, but I feel lucky and like maybe I did plan ahead responsibly.  I have not adjusted to the solitude, strange because Im no comfortable around most people.

Joan, I bet they will love the pickled beets!  Some family time will be good.

Comment by Plinius on November 19, 2016 at 10:49am

Joan, don't worry, I know it when you talk to me, thát is important! People call me so many different names, and that is not even behind my back!

Daniel takes the kitchen troubles in his stride - he couldn't have done that when he worked, I think. So congrats, Daniel, retirement works well for you!

Comment by Joan Denoo on November 19, 2016 at 2:13am

Chris, I am sorry, I misspelled your name again. I try to double check to make sure I spell it correctly and missed that one. 

Comment by Joan Denoo on November 19, 2016 at 1:35am

Your kitchen has a fine arrangement for cooking, I can tell a chef designed the space. Your food will taste as good, and your kitchen will be as it should be and this time next year we will all be laughing about Daniel's remodel-remodel. That is after you have spent all the blood, sweat, tears during the redo. 

Jut a thought, if the specs have changed, can you get grandfathered in under the old rules?

No, I don't get on a ladder to reach the top shelf. It is reserved for things that Laura and Larry and Craig can reach. I do have a bowl my grandmother made her pie dough in, on that shelf, but I don't make pie dough anymore. 

Tomorow, I am going to make some pickled beets to take to L & L Paradise Acres for Thanksgiving. My granddaughter, Laurie, is going to cook the meal. 

 

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