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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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Discussion Forum

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

Started by Loren Miller. Last reply by Compelledunbeliever 20 hours ago. 37 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

punishing doubt (TheraminTrees)

Started by Loren Miller Sep 6. 0 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

We Don't Want Your (Atheist) Money! (The Thinking Atheist)

Started by Loren Miller. Last reply by Idaho Spud Sep 2. 17 Replies

I suppose I've heard stories like this before:Conscientious atheist donates money to worthy cause.Worthy cause initially accepts money.Worthy cause discovers source of donation.Worthy cause rejects donation.Swell, eh?  Well Matt Willbourne of…Continue

Tags: American Baptist Churches Association, Murrow Indian Children's Home, The Thinking Atheist, Seth Andrews

The Whole Bible in 30 Seconds (Betty Bowers)

Started by Loren Miller. Last reply by Randy Hatly Sep 2. 3 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

Are You a Patriot? (Betty Bowers)

Started by Loren Miller. Last reply by Chris G Aug 29. 22 Replies

You might think that Betty Bowers, America's Best Christian, would be stepping outside of her comfort zone in tackling the concept of patriotism.  As it turns out, not only does she have a proper handle on the term and its implications, she also…Continue

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

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Comment by Ruth Anthony-Gardner on February 27, 2016 at 7:45pm
I've always thought that a person really dies, when the last person who remembers you dies.

Many would agree with that Donald.

I see our lives as more complex and fractal, in that every act we do when alive has many impacts that ripple throughout the world. We each leave an imprint, making the universe as we know it different than it would have been without us.

Comment by Donald L. Engel on February 27, 2016 at 12:24am

I've always thought that a person really dies, when the last person who remembers you dies.

Comment by Joan Denoo on February 26, 2016 at 10:33pm

Bertold, I like that, "When you die ...". 

If one has a tombstone with his or her name chiseled into it, that is all that remains, other than the memories left behind!

This and memories are all that remain of Mom. 

 

Comment by The Flying Atheist on February 26, 2016 at 9:34pm

That's a good one, Bertold.  :)

Comment by Bertold Brautigan on February 26, 2016 at 9:47am

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Comment by Joan Denoo on February 26, 2016 at 12:45am

Chris, it is about time a good event fell into your lap and I know you enjoyed it. Hope your good luck comes in huge batches. I am very happy to learn that Dido is recovering. 

Randy, may you have a happy journey, great health, delicious food, beautiful sights, and interesting conversation! 

We had virtually no winter. April showers expected this Saturday. Feels very odd for February! The sun is now well above the trees and our solar greenhouse is getting some solar heat once again. All the brassicas survived. Lettuce appears to be coming back to life. 

Comment by The Flying Atheist on February 25, 2016 at 2:32pm
Happy traveling, Randy.

Weather service was predicting one to seven inches of snow here. That fizzled out to a light dusting on the grass only. Sidewalks are all clear.

It's been an unusually warm winter. That sure is nice but it ain't normal.
Comment by Ian Mason on February 25, 2016 at 12:01pm

Have a good trip, Randall.

Comment by Randall Smith on February 25, 2016 at 7:37am

Well, the so-called "blizzard" fizzled, except for the winds. It just so happened I was on the fringe with about 2-3" of snow, whereas 20 miles west of me got a foot. Whew--dodged a bullet!

See you all in 10 days.

Comment by Loren Miller on February 25, 2016 at 5:34am

Thursday morning and there's a light dusting of snow on the ground in my front yard.  How much we get from this point onward will be interesting to see.  I have to say, though, that this has been one of the weirdest winter seasons I have seen in 65 years.

 

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