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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 Donald R Barbera 3 hours ago. 35 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 Joan Denoo on March 24, 2013 at 3:00am

OK, does this pass the "Poo" test?

Comment by Plinius on March 24, 2013 at 1:49am

You're a wonderful aunt to Abby, Melinda! She'll have a bad life as long as she stays with her family, so she keeps comforting herself with unnecessary things. It's not easy to divorce yourself from your family, but it looks like the best option for her.

Comment by Ian Mason on March 24, 2013 at 12:44am

Melinda, if your friend suffers from bipolar disorder then Abby has, in some ways, grown up without a mother. If you can be the "sensible aunt" for her you will be doing her a service that could last a life-time.

Glad to know someone with such a kind heart.

Comment by The Flying Atheist on March 23, 2013 at 10:12pm

Melinda, if I may publicly state.........you are a real Gem.  Anyone who knows you is indeed very lucky.  You not only have a big, welcoming heart but you have obviously proven that you are an individual who can be relied upon in so many circumstances. 

Comment by Joan Denoo on March 23, 2013 at 5:13pm

A colleague once told me she had to divorce her family because they were toxic. She said she had to pay a price for getting out, and in the long run it was worth it. 

Comment by Joan Denoo on March 23, 2013 at 5:10pm
Sounds like all you can do, Melinda. It is really too bad. Life can be so incredibly fine and it is not hard to do. Love oneself, love one's work, love family and community, love being able to think and solve problems and participate in living with people you love and who love you.
Well, that is kind of a big order. And all it takes is thinking and acting wisely and paying attention when dreams and nightmares try to alert one to some unsolved problem or conflict, or sometime illness is a body trying to get in touch with oneself, or recurring problems that don't seem to get fixed. These and other things are our wonderful bodies and minds calling attention to something that needs attention.
Comment by Joan Denoo on March 23, 2013 at 3:32pm

Great find for you and Halloween TFA. That implies chocolate to me! Lots of it, every size, shape and texture. 

Ian, there is a Beckett directs Beckett - Endgame on the internet. I wonder if it is the same as what you saw? "the master is more a prisoner than the servant" sounds familiar. I'm  thinking about you; hope all goes well for your family and that you find strength and encouragement from each other. 

A lot of feelings expressed here today.

I do hope Lula is OK Melinda and recovers quickly. She is so pretty and must be good company. You have an incredibly sensitive ear and your friend certainly needs one now. Is she a good critical thinker? She may be putting others before her own health as many of us tend to do. Having alcohol and drugs in loved ones is a terrible burdon, especially for one so young. I hope she can find a way to get out. 

Steph, I like the style, swagger, haughtiness of James Bond Kittez. 

 

Comment by Ian Mason on March 23, 2013 at 3:18pm

That's a fun item, TFA.

Comment by The Flying Atheist on March 23, 2013 at 2:46pm

Ok.....so I was perusing eBay just the other day and stumbled upon this item that I just HAD to get as soon as I saw it.  After all, it's never too early to start thinking about Halloween.  I'm so proud of my purchase that I had to share it with you.  So cute.....

eBay link

Comment by Ian Mason on March 23, 2013 at 1:11pm

She's a pretty cat, Melinda. Hope she gets over her problems.

R.e. your friend's daughter: listening to her and taking her seriously is the best thing you can do. A good listener is a priceless treasure.

Just been to see Beckett's "Endgame". There's a lot of good laughs in the existential misery. Either that or it was the work of an imaginative director. I think the basic message was that the master is more a prisoner than the servant but there must be many other interpretations.

 

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