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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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Bible Belt Atheist (New York Times)

Started by Loren Miller yesterday. 0 Replies

The following showed up in my YouTube feed this morning, and I decided to have a look.  Turns out, the New York Times has given us a reasonably even-handed look at a good friend of ours, being one Jerry DeWitt, former bible-thumper and now a pretty…Continue

Tags: Bible Belt, atheist, Jerry DeWitt

How would you respond?

Started by Christina Scribner. Last reply by Christina Scribner Apr 10. 5 Replies

So, this morning, I was at my local coffee shop as I am most weekdays between bus runs. I do the editing on my husband's books so I had my laptop with me. My wallpaper is a picture I found online sometime back of a double helix with the word atheist…Continue

The Fake Christian Busybody Show (Andrew Bradley)

Started by Loren Miller. Last reply by Plinius Apr 9. 1 Reply

It seems as though there was a Gay Pride parade in some town somewhere and a Christian commentator, herein known as The Activist Mommy, apparently got her panties so in a bunch about it that she had to fire up her video camera and record a…Continue

Tags: gay, pride, The Activist Mommy, Andrew Bradley, America's Best Christian

America Held Hostage: Day 436 (MisterDeity)

Started by Loren Miller. Last reply by Ruth Anthony-Gardner Apr 9. 1 Reply

Now that Sinclair Broadcasting has stated their position regarding fake news and its threat to our democracy, Mister Deity's Brian Dalton has decided to throw his $0.02 worth in as well ... though I don't quite think his presentation was really what…Continue

Tags: fake news, Deity, Mister, Broadcasting, Sinclair

Guns: Both Sides Now (Betty Bowers)

Started by Loren Miller. Last reply by Christina Scribner Apr 3. 3 Replies

Oh, NO!  The gun debate has gotten so heated that it has Betty Bowers, America's Best Christian, TALKING TO HERSELF!  Apparently, one of her has had a stroke or a serious breakdown in cognitive skills, as she does little more than parrot the NRA's…Continue

Tags: NRA, guns, America's Best Christian, Betty Bowers

how dogma pollutes discourse (qualiasoup & theramintrees)

Started by Loren Miller Apr 3. 0 Replies

"The Lord is our God; the Lord is One." "I am the Way, the Truth, and the Life; no one comes to the Father, but by Me." "There is no god but Allah, and Mohamed is his prophet." Assertions, taught as fact, but without any form of corroborative…Continue

Tags: dogma, QualiaSoup, TheraminTrees

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Comment by Joan Denoo on March 3, 2014 at 5:12pm

This is a remarkable story of Rick Hansen. Look at those shoulders! A real muscle man. Where is he now?

He also travelled around the world raising money for spinal cord research. He raised $10 million, according to this site:  

Rick Hansen: Athletic Hero

A man and his wife, Kent and Betty Graybill, here in Spokane, both severe cerebral palsy victims, worked very had to get support for wheelchair access as well.  
One day I saw Kent in his wheelchair and went over to greet him. He had no control over his legs or arms. His foot went up behind his ear as he tried to shake hands with me. I got a big hug and kiss instead. 

We had monthly bible studies in his home. He had a ham radio set up horizontally by his bed. He had better control of his legs and feet than he did his hands, so he turned the knobs with his toes. He had a sign over his bed that read:

"I WAS BORN THIS WAY, WHAT IS YOUR EXCUSE!"

Comment by The Flying Atheist on March 3, 2014 at 10:36am

Patricia, you must make a grand entrance anywhere you go. 

I'm assuming your city has been diligent in installing curb "cut-outs" at the corners, so you can travel on the sidewalk and off the streets. 

Comment by Ian Mason on March 3, 2014 at 1:11am

Hello all. I hope you're well.

I've had a computer-free weekend and, when not working or sleeping, been enjoying a good book: Winter in Madrid by C.J. Sansom. The story of a few, very different people trying to do what's right or best in Spain during the aftermath of the civil war and the beginning of WW2. Can only read one chapter at a time as the tension is so great, perhaps because, unlike the usual thrillers, there's no action-hero that must win in the end. All of the characters are credible and can be empathised with.

Happy Monday.

Comment by Joan Denoo on March 3, 2014 at 12:03am

Chris, I think I know what you mean. 

Comment by Plinius on March 2, 2014 at 11:34pm

When I pass my childhood home I look at my parent's house and hope that there live happy people now.

Comment by sk8eycat on March 2, 2014 at 7:16pm

Well, things have dried out enough that we have phone service again...I sure as *bleep!* haven't seen any crews out there fixing anything. 

I AM going to call the Fire Dept. business office tomorrow to find out what to do in an emergency if the entire neighborhood's phones are dead. (And I don't know who has a cell phone and who doesn't....plus the 3 houses closest to us are empty.  The owners couldn't get decent prices for them, so they just moved out anyway) 

They SHOULD have some sort of internet system that is watched 24/7...IMNSHO

Oh, and there's supposed to be another storm on the way. O, la.

Comment by sk8eycat on March 2, 2014 at 6:58pm

That scooter looks like fun!  I especially like the lavender upholstery!  I'm thinking about one, but with Medicareless, I would probably have a hefty co-pay.  The conservatives in congress (and elsewhere) want us to all die the minute we turn 65, or become too disabled to work (and pay taxes). I am both, and more, and am only hanging on to spite them.

Comment by Joan Denoo on March 2, 2014 at 6:57pm

We now have 7 inches of new snow and it is still falling. 

Comment by Joan Denoo on March 2, 2014 at 6:38pm

Felaine, what a pretty site! It must have been hard to see it develop, however, the street is a pretty one, with lots of trees and shrubs. I don't know how you can maintain lawns with the water situation as it is. 

Comment by sk8eycat on March 2, 2014 at 6:36pm

Joan, when I worked at KCET I was either a volunteer or a temp, so I didn't know the full-time staff except for the people I worked with directly.  Especially not the technical guys.  Val is much younger than I am, and seemed to be totally focused on his work whenever I saw him.  But he WAS good-looking.

He's been concentrating on architectural photography for the past 15-20 years

Everyone I knew got fed up with KCET's management policies at one time or another, and left.  They actually hired a hatchet man and made him Vice President...one day he "downsized" by firing about 15 gay employees from all departments, and nobody spoke up in their defense.  That was a year or two after I decided not to go back (I had two sick parents to take care of at home by then.)

KCET recently left PBS, and sold the studio to (Ewww!) The "Church" of Scientology.  I would have been grossed out even if they'd sold the lot to the Los Angeles Diocese, but to the El-Ronners?  Gack!

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/KCET_Studios
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Oh! I "invented" a word last night: "Crasstians."  It applies to professional xians of all types, but especially praying politicians, TV evangelists, and ostentatious behavior like Timmy Tebow's grandstanding act of kneeling on the football field..

 

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