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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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bending truth, or "We Can All Be Manipulated" (TheraminTrees)

Started by Loren Miller. Last reply by Loren Miller yesterday. 39 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 The Flying Atheist on April 2, 2013 at 11:46pm

This isn't by Gary Larson, but I also like this cartoon.  I guess I just find skeletons to be funny.

Comment by The Flying Atheist on April 2, 2013 at 11:42pm

I have always LOVED Gary Larson cartoons.  This being one of my favorites:

Ian, last year I read Bill Bryson's book, "At Home."  It's a very fun historical look at the development of the modern home and, specifically, his home in England.  At the same time he goes off on many tangents with interesting historical stories of people and household objects. 

Comment by Ian Mason on April 2, 2013 at 11:01pm

Gary Larson is always good, Melinda.

Just finished Bill Bryson's "A Short History of Nearly Everything". My main impressions are that 1) established science will go to extraordinary lengths to resist new ideas and 2) that when new ideas are accepted the wrong person gets the honours.

I remain a sceptic in all areas.

Comment by Idaho Spud on April 2, 2013 at 7:14am

All this talk & views of chocolate easter bunnies is making me hungry for chocolate!!  So far I'm resisting because I'm eliminating sugar and refined carbs from my diet to try to get rid of 60 pounds.

Comment by Idaho Spud on April 2, 2013 at 7:08am

Joan, I love the story of your genius granddaughter's easter egg hunt.

Comment by Joan Denoo on April 2, 2013 at 2:02am

I had Sunday dinner at my granddaughter's home with the love of her life and their blended family of five children. She arranged a scavanger hunt with plastic eggs full of treats and real colored eggs. At each egg, there was a note hinting where the next egg was located and set the locations from north and south and east and west and kept them running all over the acreage. By the time the last egg came in, they were so pooped they could hardly move! For the little ones, she hid eggs just for them in different locations so that each child ended up with a nice little basket of eggs, all smiles. She is a genius. 

Comment by Joan Denoo on April 2, 2013 at 1:56am

Chris, Earth; I am in love with this magnificent sphere! The Lighting strikes, Aurora Borealis, atmosphere band, rising Orion over Earth! Oh, my heart does sing. 

Ruth, very sorry to learn of your pinched nerve! Do take care! Thank you for your encouragement. I, too, want to express how much strength and pleasure I gain from your posts. 

TFA, I really laughed when I read your story! Our family used to get together every autumn to harvest and preserve horseradish. We did it in our garage and driveway, with doors wide open, fans blowing from inside out, as we shredded it, bottled it with vinegar, and then had a feast using freshly shredded horseradish on a great autumn dinner. I will try dried apricots dipped in chocolate! Sounds delicious. 

Melinda, enjoyed your story of horseradish and relatives. 

Comment by Ian Mason on April 2, 2013 at 12:43am

Every brain needs some time in neutral gear Ruth. Enjoy it.

Comment by Steph S. on April 1, 2013 at 10:00pm

Comment by Steph S. on April 1, 2013 at 9:59pm

Yummy Chocolate bunnies Grinning Cat! Love the pic.

Sorry to hear you've been feeling brain fog - hope you are back to yourself soon Ruth!

 

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