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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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Issues Atheist, Feminist, GLBTQ, Climate Change

Started by Joan Denoo. Last reply by BenGee yesterday. 3 Replies

This is a test Continue

The Whole Bible in 30 Seconds (Betty Bowers)

Started by Loren Miller. Last reply by Randy Hatly on Thursday. 15 Replies

Ever decide that you wanted to read the whole bible, cover to cover, only to realize half-way through Deuteronomy that the darn thing is industrial-strength BORING?!?  Well, never fear!  America's Best Christian, Betty Bowers, has done the Cliff's…Continue

Tags: bible, America's Best Christian, Betty Bowers

punishing doubt (TheraminTrees)

Started by Loren Miller. Last reply by Joan Denoo Oct 17. 2 Replies

If you are associated with religion and especially a fundamentalist religion, doubt is intolerable.  Certainty, however it may be achieved or imposed, becomes a necessary element, especially considering the utter dearth of any form of evidence or…Continue

Tags: religion, TheraminTrees, punish, doubt

A moment to relax and see the Earth from space; some how this comforts me.

Started by Joan Denoo. Last reply by Qiana-Maieev Oct 16. 3 Replies

All the squabbles and struggles that I have do not compare with those of some others on this great planet. There are no boundary lines, no political arguments, no up or no down. What is, is. For right now, the scenes offer tranquility. Just the…Continue

Tags: and, wonder, awe, of, space

His Dark Materials and the Catholic Church

Started by Tonya R. Wheeler. Last reply by Plinius Oct 16. 27 Replies

I recently watched the movie, "The Golden Compass" and since I could not find the sequels, I read the books. I enjoyed them, and I will be reading the first one, Northern Lights, starting tomorrow, since it just arrived via inter-library…Continue

Tags: Fantasy, Catholic, Religion, Atheist, Pullman

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

Started by Loren Miller. Last reply by Loren Miller Sep 29. 39 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

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Comment by Ruth Anthony-Gardner on May 16, 2013 at 11:34pm

Joan, I send you positive energy too. Sorry to hear about the hematoma interrupting your chemo. My thoughts are with you.

Great Alan Alda quote, Melinda.

I always hate to see people throwing food. It's worse than fingernails on a chalkboard.

sk8eycat, thanks for the Mother Theresa story. The flower cat was a hoot.

Flying Atheist, your donkey balls video broke me up.

Take care, everyone.

Comment by tom sarbeck on May 16, 2013 at 7:21pm

These tales about cats reminds me of a litter that shared the house my sibs and I occupied during the late 1930s. We named them for Snow White's dwarves, and when one of them ate a rubber band as if it was a sausage skin we named it Dopey. All these years later I still have a mental pic of the event.

Comment by tom sarbeck on May 16, 2013 at 7:11pm

Joan, thanx for "ophthorectumy"; I know several people I can lay it on. We war vets have a sometimes jarring sense of humor.

My experience with Catholicism tells me that MT had no internal strength. For a while during my early teens, the rigidity of Catholic beliefs protected me from the results of the doubt, etc, that nuns again and again said was sinful. In 11th grade I decided that doubt is necessary before learning can happen.

I saw a sadness in MT's words about her silence and emptiness, about her not seeing or hearing. Catholicism's rigidity served its intended purpose in her life.

Comment by Lillie on May 16, 2013 at 4:57pm

My cats think any sized box will do.  It is so funny what they try to get in to.  Their favorites are my shoe boxes which is where I keep my shoes.  When I return home from an outing and shed my shoes, there is a cat or two in the box where I store that pair of shoes.  They are very indignant when dumped out to be replaced with shoes.

Comment by Idaho Spud on May 16, 2013 at 4:39pm

FA, love the cat that thinks any size box will do.

Comment by Joan Denoo on May 16, 2013 at 3:18pm
What a nice place to come after a ct scan; it was easy as laying down and no pain. Lots of cheer here, funny cats and boxes. Thanks so much for the encouragement, virtual hugs, and pink ribbons.
May 21 is my next surgery as well as a port installed for the chemo. On May 22 I will spend about five hours (I am told) to get the chemo started, small doses at a time.
I read all the literature people sent and I feel confident that I chose a protocol with a high success rate and few complications. I am ready! My teams are ready! Cancer Challenger Team, WE ARE READY!
Comment by Ian Mason on May 16, 2013 at 2:43pm

Chris, have a great time in Naples.

I'm off to work soon and then to England straight from work in the morning. Have an enjoyable holiday weekend everyone.

Comment by The Flying Atheist on May 16, 2013 at 2:32pm

Comment by The Flying Atheist on May 16, 2013 at 2:01pm

Felaine, it delights me to hear about your unexpected good news.  You so deserve it.  Just between you and me.....if I could, I would love to do so many good things for you that you would be blubbering like a newborn baby.  You're very special.  I admire your feisty personality, your book-smarts, the volunteer work that you do, and your talented past of professional skating.  

Chris, have an enjoyable holiday in Naples.  I would love to visit any part of Italy.  I've met so many people who have gone there recently.  It seems to be THE European place to visit at this time.  The food, I'm told, is outstanding.      

Joan, as always, you're kindly thought of.  Thanks for keeping us updated on your ups and down.


Comment by Steph S. on May 16, 2013 at 11:23am

Joan I am wishing you the best. My thoughts are with you.

I love Alan Alda too Melinda.

I am off to the gym. Gotta get going.


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