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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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Mental health in the age of violence: Dr. Elliott Ingersol

Started by Loren Miller 20 hours ago. 0 Replies

I literally just discovered Dr. Elliott Ingersol yesterday, as a part of a discussion I had with other members of the Northern Ohio Freethought Society.  Dr. Ingersol is a licensed psychologist and clinical counselor in Ohio, as well as a professor…Continue

Tags: talk, psychotropic, therapy, psychology, Elliott Ingersol

maggie and milly and molly and may (Edward Estlin Cummings & Eric Whitacre)

Started by Loren Miller. Last reply by Loren Miller Nov 20. 2 Replies

It's amazing what you discover when you go looking for something you had no idea you'd find.  On an impulse, I pulled up Eric Whitacre's website to see if he had created any new pieces.  It would seem that he has: a song cycle called The City and…Continue

Tags: e e cummings, Eric Whitacre

There Is Only One Way to Destroy ISIS

Started by Joan Denoo. Last reply by Randall Smith Nov 18. 1 Reply

There Is Only One Way to Destroy ISISGrowth in population, policies and practices that create a gap between the typical person and the wealthy,…Continue

Passive and Active voices

Started by Joan Denoo. Last reply by Ruth Anthony-Gardner Nov 16. 1 Reply

Have you noticed that much of the discussion in families and with friends, in the print media, on TV, and now on the internet is in the Passive Voice? Many people whine, complain, gripe, accuse, blame, call names, ridicule, grumble, bitch, rebuke,…Continue

Tags: and, behaviors, communication., attitudes, learned

Detroit Businesswomen Team Up to Get Rape Kits Tested

Started by Joan Denoo. Last reply by The Flying Atheist Nov 14. 2 Replies

Detroit Businesswomen Team Up to Get Rape Kits Tested"In 2009, a Wayne County assistant prosecuting attorney noticed…Continue

Tags: women, Enough, SAID, black, victims

Something Beautiful – Nathan Phelps & Seth Andrews

Started by Loren Miller. Last reply by Loren Miller Nov 10. 7 Replies

And it is beautiful, too, indeed, I think some of Seth Andrews' best work.  Interesting point: rather than Seth's dulcet baritone doing the narration, this piece presses Nathan Phelps' deep bass intonation into service, bringing a different flavor…Continue

Tags: Nathan Phelps, The Thinking Atheist, Seth Andrews, beautiful, something

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Comment by Ruth Anthony-Gardner on January 29, 2013 at 11:32pm

Cute cat busy trying to unroll the tp, booklover! The bit in his mouth makes it so precious. I'm a homebody too.

Sleep well, everyone. We had a lovely sunny  day in the mid 50's here in PA.

Comment by Grinning Cat on January 29, 2013 at 11:01pm

Joan, that is a great quote about religious doubt being reason trying to free you!

On another note, here's a video a friend pointed me to, a well-done rapid-fire montage of history of our planet and our species: "Our story in 2 minutes".

Comment by sk8eycat on January 29, 2013 at 6:25pm

I once took care of a German shepherd who did something like this while I was at work....Her humans LOVED it! (They were going to get rid of the sofa, anyway.)

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Comment by Joan Denoo on January 29, 2013 at 5:45pm

Comment by Steph S. on January 29, 2013 at 5:17pm

That sounds wonderful Melinda - I hope you all have a good time.

I love the lolcats you posted. Very funny. Cats are so wonderful.

Comment by Joan Denoo on January 29, 2013 at 5:15pm

Melinda, I know what you describe about being in the company of like-minded or accepting people. It is freeing to freely chatter without having someone jump down my throat. I do try, really hard, to give as good as I get with a little pepper thrown in for emphasis. It doesn't stop people from being caustic about non-believers, but they are just more polite during their next encounter. 

Hope you have a great evening ... 

And thanks for the great photos of cats and T.P. Priceless. 

Comment by sk8eycat on January 29, 2013 at 1:50pm

What IS it with cats and TP?  LOL!  I love ALL of them. 

We had one 30+ years ago who "decorated" the entire house with just one roll when we were all at a day-long family gathering.  It llooked like he took hold of one end and very carefully dragged it in and out of each room.  Spectacular!

Comment by Grinning Cat on January 29, 2013 at 12:46pm

A much more positive church sign:

(from one of many sources around the web)

Comment by Chris Dodds on January 29, 2013 at 11:44am

I saw the picture of the sign that Tony Carroll posted here and I realize that these messages are simple examples of xtian arrogance.  But sometimes churches don't need signs like that to mark their arroganceor create feelings of unease.  Case in point, there's a church just down the road from where I live that doesn't have the kind of sign where you can just put letters on to create message, like the sign in Tony's photo.  The only sign they have on their lawn just tells us the name of the church.  Until early last years, that church was called the Rock Creek Church.  It's now called the Cross Fire Church.  They don't need any other sign than the one they've got to make me feel nervous.  Luckily I don't know anyone who attends their services.

Comment by Steph S. on January 29, 2013 at 10:17am


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