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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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Yasmine Mohammed - Confessions of an Ex-Muslim (The Thinking Atheist)

Started by Loren Miller. Last reply by Idaho Spud Jul 7. 6 Replies

Yasmine Mohammed is not your average ex-Muslim.  Not only did she get shut of Islam, she also managed to escape what was at one time the most notorious of radical Islamist organizations: Al Qaeda.  She has since documented the story of her apostasy…Continue

Tags: Islam, Al Qaeda, Yasmine Mohammed, The Thinking Atheist, Seth Andrews

Ignorance is Bliss: Why Religious People Seem Happier Than the 'Nones'”.

Started by Joan Denoo Jul 6. 0 Replies

“Highly Religious Volunteer More, Lie Less, and Claim to Be Happier”~ Houston Chronicle; “Strongly Religious People are Happier than Non-Religious”  ~ Christian Daily."The study determined that 40 percent of highly religious adults—defined as those…Continue

Tags: Nones, happiness, non-religiosity, religiosity, bliss

Afrodisiacs – African Aphrodisiacs

Started by Joan Denoo. Last reply by Joan Denoo Jun 26. 4 Replies

Am I so old and not know the definition of aphrodisiac, and its historical definition being based on Aphrodite, that her name came from the African drugs that Egyptians, Greeks, and Romans used for sexual enhancement? Dhu!  Aphrodite, ancient Greek…Continue

Tags: Africa, Lady, Victorian

Degrees of Doubt: The Claims and Credentials of Ravi Zacharias (The Thinking Atheist)

Started by Loren Miller. Last reply by Chris May 17. 1 Reply

Anyone here ever run onto an apologist by the name of Ravi Zacharias?  I've seen his name dropped multiple times on YouTube as supposedly being THE ONE APOLOGIST that no atheist wants to cross swords with, because of his facility with christian…Continue

Tags: Ravi Zacharias, Steve Baughman, The Thinking Atheist, Seth Andrews

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

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Comment by Joan Denoo on September 11, 2013 at 1:18am

Carl, thanks for the giffs and Monopoly cat. Clever. 

Comment by Joan Denoo on September 11, 2013 at 1:12am

Mindy, I hate what your daughter experiences and feel for her. False accusations, especially when so blatantly placing blame on her with no evidence, would really get my goat! There comes a time when she will look for work someplace else. If she has been accused twice for no reason, she is entitled to an apology and has the right to issue an ultimatum. She doesn't benefit by people not showing her respect.
This situation is what I call the "Oh Well ... !" syndrome. Receive an insult or put-down or discount one time and just shrug it off with an "Oh Well!" and she receives another insult ... and says, "Oh Well!", pretty soon her life becomes "Oh well!".
I can't think of a better way to become depressed and self-loathing.
I know, she wants a job and to become independent. That is a noble goal. What price does she have to pay to keep that job? Is it worth it to her?
A first step might be to discuss her reaction with her supervisor or boss and set some ground rules. To be accused without evidence and to not be trusted and supported by her co-worker, is an insult, in and of itself. It is up to them to prove her guilt, not her to prove her innocence.

Comment by Joan Denoo on September 11, 2013 at 12:55am
Grinning Cat, splendid training that cat gave his/her owner. I wonder how long it took? I trained rats during my undergraduate work and I must say, those rats had me as well trained as this cat!
Comment by Grinning Cat on September 10, 2013 at 11:27pm

Also from lovemeow:

Not quite Pavlov's bell: "Cat Trains Human to Feed On Command", using a bell to request treats.

Comment by Lillie on September 10, 2013 at 10:26pm

Grandpawrent's cats are so cute.

Comment by The Flying Atheist on September 10, 2013 at 4:43pm

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Comment by sk8eycat on September 9, 2013 at 9:42pm

re: Destructive Trees...Liquid Amber

They have very shallow roots, and if they are near a sidewalk or patio, they push the concrete up at the joins, and trip people.  Their seed pods are big and prickly, too.

My friend Sue had one planted in her parkway by the City of Los Angeles. (Parkways and sidewalks are City property). When it did become dangerous, and she wanted it removed, the City told her SHE had to pay for it!  Where is the logic in that?

She finally got fed up and did pay to have it cut down, and the root system dug up.  The City "very generously" put in a new level sidewalk.

A long time ago we had Catalina Cherry trees in the parkways in our neighborhood.  They were always messy; the "cherries" were inedible, mostly seed (about the size of the large marbles gamers use to "shoot" smaller marbles out of the circle), attracted wasps and other stinging insects.  Feh.  They finally developed big galls and started looking raggedy all over, so THIS city removed them, and gave us a choice of replacement trees or no trees.

I am SO glad I live in Beautiful Downtown Burbank, even if they finally did let Walphart open a store here this year. (We've been fighting that sleazy, money-grubbing outfit for ages.)

Comment by sk8eycat on September 9, 2013 at 9:23pm

Not everyone in here is a grandparent, and I'M not even a parent (at least not a "people parent"), but this is so sweet I just had to post it for everyone:

Happy Grand Pawrents Day

Comment by Ruth Anthony-Gardner on September 9, 2013 at 8:45pm

I'm quite happy about the breakthrough from Russia, giving us a way to avoid war. Horray!

BTW, the stock market was happy too. Our portfolio jumped up over $1,000.

Overall it's been a good day.

 

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