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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 Ian Mason on August 17, 2013 at 3:07am

Ah, Elgar. Great music.

Poor, squished cat! Children love to be kind but there are limits to what a pus can take.

Comment by Loren Miller on August 16, 2013 at 8:41pm

For anyone who's interested, a couple of blogs:


Your thoughts, as always, are invited.

Comment by Joan Denoo on August 16, 2013 at 8:17pm

Spud, you have done a tremendous job of soil preparation and it will pay off. Once done, and then maintained with fresh buckets of compost and manure, and your ground will blossom. I look forward to seeing your photos and reports on the flavors you produce!

Comment by Joan Denoo on August 16, 2013 at 8:15pm

Loren, thanks for the Elgar piece, Nimrod. It felt so good to just relax into the music and feel normal.  Music does help to quiet anxiety and depression. 

Comment by The Flying Atheist on August 16, 2013 at 1:59pm
Loren, thanks for posting the Nimrod video. I had the pleasure of playing that piece this past Spring with the symphonic band I play in. It's one of those beautiful pieces of music that just seems to, shall we say, transcend.

Chris, that's a precious photo!! Thanks for posting it.

Patricia, for some reason my smart phone is not playing your kitten video. I'll have to give it a try a little later on my laptop. Cute kitty. Looking forward to it.

Hello to everyone. Happy Friday.
Comment by Plinius on August 16, 2013 at 12:42am

Thanks for Elgar, Loren! Too long ago that I heard that wonderful piece.

And I love the squished cat! Reminds me of the first cat I met:

Comment by Ruth Anthony-Gardner on August 16, 2013 at 12:16am

Patricia, thanks for the video of the kitties you're cat-sitting. Was that a vacuum cleaner in the background?

booklover, I loved that squished cat LOL, thanks.

Welcome back Idaho Spud and Steph.

Comment by Loren Miller on August 15, 2013 at 10:18pm

This is particularly for Joan ... but also for anyone who is moved by music.  This is "Nimrod" from Edward Elgar's Enigma Variations:



Please listen.  Please enjoy

Comment by Steph S. on August 15, 2013 at 9:36am

Those are cute pics. I've been getting caught up on my rest. Will be trying to get back to the site like usual. How is everyone? Sure do you miss all of you.

Comment by Idaho Spud on August 15, 2013 at 9:22am

I'm baaaaaack!   Perhaps I can respond to some of the multiple threads on here now that my soil-modifying work is done.

 

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