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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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Discussion Forum

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

Started by Loren Miller. Last reply by Compelledunbeliever 11 hours ago. 37 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 Plinius on March 15, 2013 at 11:19am

LOL Booklover! A good text to embroider and hang in your livingroom!

Comment by Steph S. on March 15, 2013 at 8:40am

Comment by Ian Mason on March 15, 2013 at 2:10am

Smashing pic of the young ones, Melinda. Glad you enjoyed the break.

Musical chairs Pope? Well, it's more logical than the process they claim happens.

Good morning one and all. The sun is shining here but the temp is about minus 5 C and I'm on my way to bed after a night's work.

Comment by Joan Denoo on March 14, 2013 at 11:50pm
Patricia, FUNNY! Fr. Guido Sarducci for next pope.

Ian, It's time to end that Agricultural Age tradition of Daylight Saving Time. I have not heard of the radio programs you enjoyed. I'll look on the internet for them. Can always use new and interesting old things.

TFA,I listed Ian and your recommendations and look forward to some happy time.
I agree with Ruth and Lillie, regular check ups and an electric toothbrush may add years to your life. Gum disease can get you in your heart as well as mouth. It is amazing how painless cleaning is these days with their new technologies. I have fallen asleep during cleaning. Oh well, that keeps the hygienist awake and we laugh about my snoring when I wake up.
Comment by The Flying Atheist on March 14, 2013 at 11:43pm

Patricia, the sheep video was so stunning, I initially thought it had to be fake.  But as I understand the process and the making, it truly is stunning and a great piece of performance art.  Very cool.

Melinda, so nice to have you back.  I'm sure your pets were glad to see you return.  I can just hear all the happy meowing.  lol  Beautiful picture of your kids. 

Comment by Ruth Anthony-Gardner on March 14, 2013 at 10:55pm

Patricia, Extreme Sheep herding is fantastic!!!! Who would have imagined  precision sheep herding as a visual art form! My husband and GrinningCat watched it twice on their laptops. Next on the 71 inch TV. Then we found a video that gave more background, kinda like the making of. It said the video took seven herders, 300 sheep and two days of recording. What novel performance art.

I envy your backyard wildlife.

That looks like a great place to relax, booklover. Thanks for the picture of your kids.

Comment by Steph S. on March 14, 2013 at 10:29pm

Hey Melinda!

What a lovely picture of your at Key West.

I bet you had so much fun and feel so relaxed.

So glad to have you back. We missed you.

Comment by Joan Denoo on March 14, 2013 at 8:52pm
Patricia, they are so pretty, I love watching such wildlife. You have quite a bit of snow. There is none on my place now, as of this week.
Do you have other critters visit?
Comment by Joan Denoo on March 14, 2013 at 8:49pm

Loren, funny! the one in the hammock sounded good at first. 

Comment by Joan Denoo on March 14, 2013 at 8:43pm

Oh Steph! I love this cat, "Two fancy feasts ..." By the way, did I mention that a very handsome siamese cat started visiting several times a day make the rounds. Two families with cats that used to visit moved away this winter and I thought my birds would have some peace. However, this stately gentleman is a good mouser, I've seen him twice with mice, and I assume he will be clever with the birds. I will string some netting around the bird feeding area.   

 

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