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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 July 30, 2013 at 9:27pm
Comment by The Flying Atheist on July 30, 2013 at 8:08pm

I hope everyone is having a good week so far.  My highlight to date was last night coming home on the train from the airport.  I got to watch a man flossing his teeth.  Gotta love public transportation! 

Comment by The Flying Atheist on July 30, 2013 at 8:06pm

Joan, I love the aquariums.  Especially the sink.  The guy who cuts my hair has a small aquarium in his shop.  It has only two fish but he was joking just the other day how one fish has cost him about $400. It seems that particular fish kept eating the other fish, and he's spent a lot of money buying new replacement fish.  The two in there now seem to be getting along for now. 

Comment by Joan Denoo on July 30, 2013 at 4:09pm

Carl, dreadful thing to happen to your little oasis! There is something about a garden and its gardener that brings out the best of people, and even with a beautiful beginning, your new landlord has no such affinity. 

I went hunting for indoor Koi ponds, aquariums, planters, and ran across these jewels. Perhaps there is an idea here that will work with your travel. 

13 Unexpected Aquarium Design Ideas

Comment by The Flying Atheist on July 30, 2013 at 3:56pm

Comment by The Flying Atheist on July 30, 2013 at 11:48am

When I was a little kid, our refrigerator had a long horizontal vent on the front along the floor that blew out warm air when when it was running its cooling cycle.  On those Fall and Winter days when the house felt a little chilly, I used to curl up in front of that vent like a dog in front of a fireplace.  It's always nice to have a special little place for such activities.  

Comment by The Flying Atheist on July 30, 2013 at 11:20am

Ha Ha.  Love Bill, Mindy. 

I guess when no box is available, an envelope will do just fine. 

Comment by Plinius on July 30, 2013 at 12:59am

I like the letter - reminds me again of Heinlein's Job.

And the pond is beautiful! Strange isn't it, Flying Atheist, how some people like to live in ugly surroundings.

Comment by The Flying Atheist on July 29, 2013 at 11:29pm

That's a nice backyard, Patricia.  I love environments like that.  When I moved into my current apartment 13 years ago the landlord had a small little 4 X 4 ft. koi pond and lush greenery all around our small city backyard.  It was very pleasant.  When the building was sold about six years ago, the new landlord took out the pond and ripped out all the plants and vines.  What a shame!  For the life of me I don't know why.  Now his mother has piles of aluminum cans scattered everywhere to be crushed and recycled and miscellaneous metal objects piled up for scrap money.  It now looks like a junk yard back there.   

Comment by The Flying Atheist on July 28, 2013 at 7:41pm

Yes, Patricia, that was a horrible event in Quebec.  I saw overhead photos that were taken before and after.  Buildings were just leveled.  A lot of lives lost.   

I'm also seeing a headline just minutes ago that a bus has crashed in Italy, killing at least 36 persons. 

 

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