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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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Afrodisiacs – African Aphrodisiacs

Started by Joan Denoo. Last reply by Joan Denoo on Monday. 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

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

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Comment by Joan Denoo on August 1, 2013 at 12:30pm

Patricia, I am very sorry to learn of your continued side effects of extremely dry skin & mucous membranes, terrible insomnia and others. Developing coping strategies for these must be frustrating. 

Being so low on energy is a new things for me. So far, my best coping comes from filling my awake time with reading interesting articles, listening to debates and critiquing so-called intelligent design. The hours pass quickly and I am absorbed in it, forgetting that my weeds grow to giants and star dust gets thicker all over my house. 
Thankfully, I have such great support from my family, they pick up all the loose ends for me. 

Comment by Joan Denoo on August 1, 2013 at 12:20pm

O enjoy reading the greetings from each one of you and know I have a "cloud of support" from many places. Thanks. 

Carl, I very much appreciate your thinking of me and your gift of Monet's Water Lilies! It evokes a real refreshing and restoring feeling in me. Thank you. 

Comment by The Flying Atheist on August 1, 2013 at 12:02pm

Cute squirrel, Ruth.  They're so much fun to watch. 

Mindy, I also wanted to chime in on board games.  I've always been a big fan of board games.  So has my family.  We still get together for "game nights" and enjoy a meal followed by a rousing board game, dominoes, or cards at the dinning room table.    

Comment by Ruth Anthony-Gardner on July 31, 2013 at 11:38pm

Joan, I appreciate your sharing your backyard nature enjoyment with us. It’s good to hear your share the bad days as well as the good. We’re here for you.

Good to hear from you dr kellie. I hope you introduced them to AN.

Sorry to hear about the side effects of Femara, Patricia. *sigh* That’s no picnic.

Thanks for the helpful lion LOL, bookover. I didn’t know anybody still played board games till past midnight. More power to you.

Comment by The Flying Atheist on July 31, 2013 at 11:21pm

Hi, Dr Kellie.  Long time, no see.  Good to have you check in.

Chris, those snowy pictures were from 2011,  I didn't take the photos, though.  But you can see, after a big storm there can be a lot of work shoveling out a car.

Joan, thinking of you and spreading some cheer your way visually with Monet's Water Lilies.

 

Comment by Ian Mason on July 31, 2013 at 10:06pm

Nice one, Mindy.

There's a lot of us out there, Dr. Kellie but most keep quiet.

Cheering you on, Joan. How about having David Attenborough make a documentary about the view from your window? It sounds very entertaining.

Comment by dr kellie on July 31, 2013 at 3:48pm

Good point about editing, and that actually came up this morning.  The boys are college age roommates and one of them said fuck and then apologized for it.  I smiled and said, "What the fuck are you apologizing for?"  It was cute.

I'm looking forward to seeing them again.

Comment by dr kellie on July 31, 2013 at 11:14am

Greetings to everyone!  I wanted to report that I just met two new darling young (and atheist) clients through an atheist referral.  Absolutely refreshing.  Doesn't happen every day, but I do rejoice when it does.

Comment by Joan Denoo on July 31, 2013 at 11:12am

This crazy roller coaster ride I'm on gives me a terrific day followed by not so terrific ones. Today is my eleventh treatment, only five more to go. By Jove, I will make it. My energy level sits on zero and if I do any task, it takes me three or four days to complete it.

All my blood tests show excellent results, no problems as far as red or white cells, no problems at all with mouth sores as so many people report. A little problem with neuropathy, which doctors monitor and treat aggressively.
I start radiation next week, and I feel a bit anxious about that.

@Patricia, I forgot, did you have radiation? Oh yes, my lack of memory is a problem. That will change when I get through.
I have been impressed with how patient Cary has been with me because he has to deal with the daily ups and downs. He keeps me encouraged and makes me laugh at myself as this weird creature that is temporarily sharing our household.
My great amusement is watching Fat Tail Squirrel build her nest in an Arborvitae in my back yard. She cuts off small branches, carries them to her construction site, causing the whole shrub to shudder, then goes for some grape leaves and does the same thing. We wonder why she doesn't gather Mullein leaves, they are so soft.
The hummingbird group has grown to many birds. They flit so fast I can't count them. Some critter, perhaps a skunk or raccoon plows through the huge Monarda patch knocking them over. The hummers bravely stick their tongues into even those billions of blossoms near the ground. So far visiting Siamese Cat has not bothered them. He is more interested in the bird watering area under the Blue Spruce tree. Nothing grows under the tree and I have it limbed up so I can walk under it to fill the feeders and not hit my bald head. Cat has to cross a wide area to get to the birdbaths. I see no signs Cat has caught any birds ... no feathers, for example. Usually we see signs of a killed bird. The good hunter cat owners moved away this summer. Sadly, so did their children. I have no young children visiting me this summer. 

Comment by Plinius on July 31, 2013 at 7:40am

Is that your neighbourhood, Carl? It looks good. We almost never see snow that high, if we do it's often gone in a few days.

 

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