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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 Idaho Spud on November 17, 2016 at 5:08pm

Joan, I like the Homestead Beaver Pond video.  

I see geese flying over my house all the time, and never tire of watching them.

Comment by Joan Denoo on November 17, 2016 at 11:58am

OOPPSS the geese were heading south. 

Comment by Joan Denoo on November 17, 2016 at 11:55am

Ian, thank you for your comforting words. Knowing you, too, suffer a loss of a son reminds me that I am not the only parent to experience such a heartache. 

Pollyanna appears to have disappeared, perhaps she will return one day. Let me see if I can discover some good news. 

I heard, then saw a flock of geese heading north yesterday while I walked in my garden. This fellow reminds me of all the wonders that abound and he, too, is grateful. My city lot that is now a food forest has many new inhabitants. It is full of wildlife. 

Comment by Randall Smith on November 17, 2016 at 6:46am

With all the crap going on in the world--U.S. politics in particular, I, too, am comforted by the comments of my A/N friends. It's good to know others have similar feelings.

Joan, that moon size comparison is "lovely"!!

Comment by Ian Mason on November 16, 2016 at 11:12pm

A lovely poem indeed. And I can only echo Daniel's words about a bereavement. I know that after my son died I could burst into tears over nothing for the first couple of months but as time passed, the pain diminished although the scar remains.

Comment by Joan Denoo on November 16, 2016 at 9:51pm

Daniel, Your words do comfort me. I am not turning my back on memories of the past even as I build new memories of the future. 

Ruth, Yes! To all you say. The funk does remain, kind of like the smell of a forest fire as wind blows away the clouds. 

To both of you, I join you in a blackout of politics, at least for a while. There have been times in the past when it was fun and exciting. This whole election leaves bitter taste of ashes in my mouth. 

Comment by Ruth Anthony-Gardner on November 16, 2016 at 9:28pm

Joan, I liked this new imperative the best.

"Crucify myself daily in imitation of the crucified christ," to Fuck you!

My thought for today is a quote:

The real contest isn’t between Democrats and Republicans or Clinton and Trump, but between “human beings and physics,” and physics “is not prone to compromise.”

Bill McKibben

I'm still in a funk, wearing black. Mildly depressed and angry at the cheating, bigotry, and willful ignorance in the US.

image source (text mine)

Comment by Daniel W on November 16, 2016 at 8:21pm

Joan, I know you have been feeling the pain.  I wish I could say something that could help.  In my work I've known many parents in the same kind of situation.  Everyone is an individual, but for most eventually it becomes more livable.  Time may not heal, but it helpss.

What you propose as your purpose sounds perfect to me.

That poem is very beautiful.

I am continuing to avoid politics by whatever means possible.  I wish I could put a filter on my computer so that anything that appears with a certain name, will not show up.  I did see once, someone had a way to do word replacements so that, for example, if you did not want to see the word GW Bush, you could make your couputer replace it with Elmer Fudd.  But I don't want even that!

Comment by Joan Denoo on November 16, 2016 at 5:02pm

such was his love, 

he folded her 

a field of flowers, 

cascading as far 

as they could see

and when she understood

what he had done

she wept flood of tears

to fill the lakes

and make the rivers run 

so their blooms 

would never cease. 

~ the mumbling hermit 

aka David Thomas 

@THE_MUMBLING_HERMIT

 

Comment by Joan Denoo on November 16, 2016 at 4:03pm

http://apod.nasa.gov/apod/ap161113.html

Super Moon vs. Micro Moon

So very many people have been born and died; The moons and stars reveal a bigger picture of what it means to be alive today. We live such short lives and we have only one life to live. None of this nonsense about rebirth or reincarnation.
We are the lucky one, we were born and we are alive. We are part of this magnificent universe and we have something to say and do. Does anyone know what that is? No, not even parents. We give birth to the next generation and they evolve into something full-of -wonder. 

Sometimes loving is painful; others it is joyful. A person knows one because of the other. 

 

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