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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 Apr 19. 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 August 6, 2013 at 11:52am

Chris Breman, I am so sorry t learn of your continuing hot weather. I would love to share our lovely cool breezes with you, especially at night. What do you do to find some relief? 

The Flying Atheist, hope your medical check up turns out well! Take really good care of yourself, you are too precious to waste. 

Comment by Joan Denoo on August 6, 2013 at 11:42am

Just a bit of information, my daughter married a man I couldn't stand. He was opinionated, know it all, arrogant, crude, rude, judgmental, and his behavior was simply outrageous. Laura put up with it a few years, getting more and more frustrated as she grew older. Then, one day, she laid it on the line, get some relationship and communication skill training or he was out of there. He did, and he evolved into the nicest, most compassionate, sweet heart I could want for a son-in-law. I adore him and so does Laura. Their two daughters think the world of him and give sincere praise for the changes he made in his life and in theirs. He chose the same kind of training I received at Whitworth under the presidency of Ed Lindaman, only his training was through Landmark. I took some of those courses and they are essentially the same as Lindaman's philosophy. My daughter was the first to take the courses, and that gave her the confidence to identify what she wanted in life and to know that she was not getting it. Then Larry took them, the two daughters, then one son-in-law, then the two oldest grandkids took the pre-teen and teenage courses. Laura's father was going to take it but died before he could. My son, Craig, and his wife have taken the courses and so have their two boys. When we all got together for five days this summer, it was amazing to watch the two families blend together, using problem solving, conflict resolution, and communication skills. 

The Landmark Forum

Some people call it a cult. Nonsense! it is a relationship, communication training course. It requires one to examine old attitudes, beliefs, customs, traditions and values and make a decision if these continue to hold true. It is an experiential kind of training, with exercises to learn at the cellular level. Recently, Larry returned from an advanced communication course and he paid attention to what each of us was saying. It felt so good, so nice, so affirming. We had honest conversations, didn't have to defend ourselves because of his arrogant self-righteousness, and we all benefited. 

I know of no other program that makes fundamental positive changes in an individual, a family, a business, an organization, as Landmark.

 

Comment by Joan Denoo on August 6, 2013 at 11:38am

Good morning everyone. A beautiful partly cloudy day, 67 degrees F at 8:48 AM. We had two days of very heavy rain that knocked down all the Monarda. The hummingbirds keep coming, even feeding almost next to the ground. Thankfully Siamese Cat hasn't been around to nibble on them. Goldfinches are back today and seems to like the feeders. One, a brilliant yellow, the other muted yellow. Male and female I suppose. No Tail Squirrel has reappeared, as well as Fat Tail, Skinny Tail and Notched Tail. I haven't seen Chickadees. Guess I will have to make a Chickadee Song playlist. Hummingbirds just started their daily dive bombing my head ... they never touch me, but come within a foot of my ears. Sound like dive bombers. 
Confession time, I picked the ugliest photos I could find. Not a very nice thing to do; I try my best to justify my looks at 77 y.o. 

sk8eycat, About the closest I come to such adventure stories is Kon Tiki. I enjoyed that half a century ago or more. 

booklover, I went snorkeling in the Carribean and loved it. It was the most sensual experience possible. Saw beautiful fish, turtles and other lovely things ... like coral.  OH! I remember those days of late  teens and early 20s. They brought home some real loosers and I discovered if I said anything negative, they became defensive. I had to learn to keep my mouth shut! DAMN I hate doing that! Long story short, they chose fine, beautiful, handsome, intelligent, fun and funny mates. I adore them all. And their kids are just tremendous! It turns out my three kids make good sense, even after all the dumb things they did growing up.  I was scared to death that they wouldn't turn out to be wise and compassionate. Everything that scared me turned out to be phantom fears. 

Comment by Plinius on August 6, 2013 at 8:52am

Good afternoon and take care FA! More pomegranate, less coffee!

It's a bit cooler here, wonderful!  Even the PC behaves itself, so I can get a lot of work done.

What a horrible date did your son pick, Melinda, just the type you never need.

And I've been old for some three decennia - my cats say so and they should know.

Comment by The Flying Atheist on August 6, 2013 at 8:41am

Good morning to all of you.  Yes, it's grey and gloomy here.  I didn't get enough sleep and now I'm trying to wake myself via some coffee.  I also have a doctor's appointment this morning.  My blood pressure is going to be through the roof from the caffeine. 

Comment by Ruth Anthony-Gardner on August 6, 2013 at 1:05am

booklover your description of your son's pretty date reminds me of a comedy skit. The guy is talking to his shrink about his relationship with his girlfriend. She's gorgeous, the sex is great, but she keeps doing things like set his couch on fire and total his car. You don't like any kind of seafood? I can hardly imagine that.

When you say,"I also like and love my cats and dog more than I like most people." That reminds me of a saying. You know you're old when you really really really love your cat. I qualify for that.

Joan, I think the Redford photo doesn't do him justice. B&W and every wrinkle is enhanced. Brigitte Bardot, I hope I look that good at 79. The photo of Jack Nicholson also looks like the worst shot one could take, with the food and sour expression. I'm sure if he were in a shirt and smiling he'd look far more likeable.

Thanks for Burrito cat, Steph. It's good to hear from you.

Great lovecat gif sk8eycat, thanks. When I sent it to my husband he said, "Is that what we'd do if we had tails?"

Hugs to all!

Comment by Plinius on August 5, 2013 at 10:07am

Isn't beauty in the eye of the beholder? I see a lot of elder women I love to look at - but don't ask me about handsome. For me handsome is such an intricate mix of personality and shape that I never know what it is.

And now I'll shut down the pc again, before the poor thing crashes again from the heat.

Waving to all of you!

Comment by sk8eycat on August 5, 2013 at 12:45am

Ha! I found it!

Comment by sk8eycat on August 5, 2013 at 12:39am

Oh, wow!  That movie looks scary!  I've only been on the ocean (in a 30' cabin cruiser...NOT alone) once, and I didn't like it at all.

Redford looks a helluva lot better than Nicholson, and I think it's interesting that he hasn't had any plastic surgery.  He looks real.  Nicholson looks like Jabba the Hutt.

Has anyone else in here read the book about an older man who sailed around the world solo in a boat about that size back in the '60s (I think)? I've forgotten the title, but the boat was named the Gypsy Moth.  He had some scary times, but he made it.

Comment by Joan Denoo on August 4, 2013 at 10:57pm

Robert Redford, 77 years old. Many men grow more handsome with age. I wonder what happened? Did he live a hard life? 

Jack Nicholson lost some of his charm as well, 76 years old

Brigitte Bardot, 79 years old 

 

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