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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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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 Steph S. on May 21, 2013 at 10:40pm

Joan I am glad to hear the surgery went well.

You have been in my thoughts.

I am thinking about you.

Comment by Joan Denoo on May 21, 2013 at 10:38pm

Hi! a quick update. Surgery went very well, Had very little pain that responded to a little medication. My daughter and granddaughter, Michelle, were with me and brought me home and had a beautiful break-the-fast lunch. I feel great. 
Ruth, thank you so much for the information on parsley, celery and chamomile tea. I have lots of parsley growing in my garden, I love celery and I have the tea available and love it. Glad the list didn't include such things as cod liver oil. 

Ian, the stages of life your Mum and step-Mum are in is not easy on you. Please do take good care of yourself and keep positive thoughts going, for yourself and for them. Perhaps your Mum could hear your voice, even if she couldn't respond. It doesn't hurt to talk to her; she may not hear and if she does, at least you do what you can. I remember the helpless feeling of not being able to help. Thankfully, there are medications that can keep her free of pain. The happy photo looks great. Nice to see you and your new hat.

A very heavy rain started this afternoon with lots of lightning and thunder. The air looks and smells scrubbed, and green as Ireland. A perfect sight to come home to.     

Comment by The Flying Atheist on May 21, 2013 at 10:29pm

Wow, Joan.  That rising tide video is scary.  I can't imagine having to put myself in such continuous danger to collect food for survival.  If I was in desperate need and there was a large abundance of food available to collect during a short period of time, I would think it would be difficult making the decision when to stop gathering.  When is just one more piece too much before it's too late and you are helplessly trapped?  It must be scary to have literally tons of unstable ice shifting above and around you and an unstoppable tide moving in to drown you. 

Comment by Joan Denoo on May 21, 2013 at 9:57pm

Race against the Tide

Thanks Ed. 

Comment by Steph S. on May 21, 2013 at 6:22pm

Oh cool - glad that worked for you Carl. I use it myself all the time when I am away from my computer.

Comment by The Flying Atheist on May 21, 2013 at 2:04pm

Thanks, Steph.  That worked!

Comment by Ian Mason on May 21, 2013 at 1:59pm

Just returned from England so still trying to catch up.

Great to hear that you're keeping chipper, Joan. Good luck with the cell-stomping to you and your team. And yes, you've persuaded me: I've started a round of "given up smoking" check-ups to see if there's any permanent damage or latent consequences.

Things in England were a bit mixed. My step-Mum is still in hospital after her COPD attack but has been moved to a physio unit and is just starting to make some progress. She managed to stand up yesterday, with support, for the first time in 12 weeks. Me and a step-sis were there to cheer her on and that seemed to help, plus I told her that the sooner she gets back on her feet, the sooner she can use the WC instead of a pot, which is a great motivator for here.

Visited my Mum in her care home. The first time I was there she was fairly lucid and only a bit doolally but the second time she was miles away and kept falling asleep. Later that day the home rang and said that they were getting a doctor to see her as she wasn't even able to stand up any more. I have a suspicion that her repeated urinary tract infections have become chronic and may have spread further around the pelvic/kidney region.

Apart from that, it was great to see family. Went to a country show with my brother and his family: saw old-fashioned steam and vintage tractors, wood-turning, a falconry show, various dog and horse events plus ate venison sausage rolls and home-made jam sponge. We even bought hats! I'm the one with the tea mug.

Comment by Steph S. on May 21, 2013 at 1:40pm
Flying Atheist I use the mobile version on the site with my iPhone - scroll down to the bottom of the page and click on "switch to mobile optimized version" that should work for you.
Comment by Steph S. on May 21, 2013 at 1:38pm
Those are cute pics Ruth. Flying Atheist is right. As it stands now the newest comments are on page 717. Maybe they can alter this format.
Comment by Steph S. on May 21, 2013 at 1:36pm
My email Ruth has your latest comment Ruth and then I come to the page and it looks like the oldest comments are listed first. I wonder if it can be changed to show newest comments first?
 

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