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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 13 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 Joan Denoo on April 15, 2013 at 9:27am

A very good morning to you all. The second night of frost and one more to go before nights warm up again. There are some leaves piled at the entrance way to the skunk den so we know she is back. We can smell her when we go in the tool shed. Our attempts to block her way under have failed. We used really big concrete blocks the last time to seal her out. She will go under there and have babies, and I wont block her until they are gone. 

Melinda, your Cat' 10 Commandments sound just about right. Tho I do't have a cat, my neighbor cats believe these rules apply in my yard ... and I love it. 

Ian, good news hat our spring has arrived. Are you in the garden? It is too cold for me to be out for very long; my fingers get cold, even with winter garden gloves. Next week will be better. 

Grinning Cat, glad you are able to get the Facebook photos. There often are real treasures. 

Steph, "I see skies blue, clouds white, bright blessed days, dark nights, and I think to myself, 'What a wonderful world'"

What a Wonderful World, Playing For Change

Comment by Ian Mason on April 15, 2013 at 3:20am

My weekend was spent working, Steph. It's now I have a couple of days off. And by a wonderful turn of luck, SPRING has arrived at last. Glad to hear that the weather's being nice to you too.

Comment by Grinning Cat on April 15, 2013 at 12:39am

Thanks, Joan! The other pictures in The Secular Life Coach's album look great as well! (No Facebook account needed to see them.)

Comment by Joan Denoo on April 14, 2013 at 11:26pm
Steph, the old dog & kitten especially merits an "AWE, how sweet!"
Melinda, I like the Turtle & Dragon Fly photo and its message.
I had to look up what a Smurf was ... I am really out of date.
Comment by Steph S. on April 14, 2013 at 11:03pm

Yes, weekend is already over. Thanks everyone.

How was everyone's weekend?

The weather is getting warmer here.

Summer is almost here.

Comment by Lillie on April 14, 2013 at 9:59pm

So sweet, Steph.

Comment by Steph S. on April 14, 2013 at 9:44pm

Comment by Steph S. on April 14, 2013 at 9:43pm

Tony love the smurf picture.

Very cute and made me smile.

Booklover I just love the turtle pic with the quote.

Comment by sk8eycat on April 14, 2013 at 5:46pm

Change of plans: Sue just called and said she cancelled the first part of her tripp because she's been sick for 3 days.  So...she certainly doesn't need a cat-sitter till she's feeling like a human being again.

I'll still be here for 3 more days. Ta-daaaaa! 

The Smurf Baby really cracked me up...I hated the Smurfs for years, when I was working for JCPenney Adv., and had to hunt up samples for photography....eww.

Comment by Idaho Spud on April 14, 2013 at 7:47am

Tony, the Smurf-eating baby is funny to me also.

 

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