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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.

Nobody here is into mind games. A discussion started with a loaded guilt-throwing question will be deleted.

This group is not intended to compete with other groups on topics they cover but to "fill in the cracks." Whenever a discussion dwells at length on a topic for which there's an existing group, we urge you to provide members a link to that group to continue along their tangent.

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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 Plinius on June 30, 2013 at 1:20am

Good morning! I'm early for a weekend day, got up at 6.30 to take care of the neighbour's cats, then my own cats, made breakfast, drank coffee while reading what you did while I slept - I hope this group never stops! In another hour I'm off to a bookcross meeting, to see friends there and find new books. Anyone who wants to join is welcome at strandpaviljoen Zoomers, Castricum, the Netherlands. Have a nice day!

Comment by Joan Denoo on June 29, 2013 at 9:06pm

Patricia, Thanks for you valuable information. It appears there are no certainties in diagnosis and treatment. We have to remain flexible. I am very glad your son grew out of his diabetes and is living a life without having to take shots. 

Comment by Joan Denoo on June 29, 2013 at 9:03pm

You might want to check out my discussion:

I do not honor people who stop thinking. 

Comment by Joan Denoo on June 29, 2013 at 9:01pm
I have a lovely young squirrel visiting my feeders, and it has no tail. I haven't seen "Notched tail" yet, nor "Fluffy tail".
Comment by Joan Denoo on June 29, 2013 at 9:00pm
Mindy, I apologize for not reading further into the article to realize it was about Diabetes II. I do hope breakthroughs come for Type I.
About anti-depressants, there are far too many unknowns to make any good judgments as a non-professional. We have to put our faith in medical experts, ask a lot of questions, talk to others, and go from there.
The great value of this kind of site is the ability to compare experiences, even as they may mislead. But then, so does medical opinion sometimes mislead. Sho knows? We have to do our homework.
Comment by Steph S. on June 29, 2013 at 1:09pm

Melinda that squirrel is so cute  - I love it !!

Comment by Joan Denoo on June 29, 2013 at 12:03am

"long-term antidepressant use may be an invitation to diabetes."

According to a recent paper by Andersohn et al. inAm J Psychiatry 2009; 166:591–598,

Depression, Diabetes, and You

Comment by Joan Denoo on June 28, 2013 at 12:46pm
 28 June 2013 at 10:20 AM  I feel vibrantly alive with all my senses alert to the sights, smells, tastes, sounds, touch and emotions of life's energy. My passions of thought and action spring from my basic animal nature. These strengths ground me to the Earth and the universe beyond. I am part of all that exists in this web of life, begun in the primordial soup of evolutions and passing through me to future generations.
Comment by The Flying Atheist on June 28, 2013 at 8:12am

Loren, that Buzzfeed link it great.  It is definitely being passed around to my friends. 

Comment by Loren Miller on June 28, 2013 at 7:51am

Not my graphic.  Buzzfeed found it and posted it as a part of the collection they put together.  [Hell, if I was THAT good at graphic design, I wouldn't be an engineer!!!]  I just thought that of all the images Buzzfeed found, THAT one was a CLASSIC ... and it may be that Glinda herself would approve!

 

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