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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 Plinius on February 12, 2014 at 5:00am

Take some time off Mindy, and have a good day! I always profit from a good example...

Comment by Joan Denoo on February 12, 2014 at 2:31am

Oh Mindy, This difficult day, with so many things to confront you all at once, sounds dreadful. Taking time to let down into a heap works to release tensions that build up to a high degree. Such time is necessary and empowering. 

I know you have the resources to take on each challenge, one by one, to resolve the problems and find tranquility again. You will take deep breaths, hold your head high, square your shoulders, clinch your fists, dig your feet into the ground and determine to ride the rough waters through to calm.

You have all that it takes to get through this day and flourish.  

Comment by Joan Denoo on February 12, 2014 at 2:18am

Carl, your time lapse video gives me shivers from being full of wonder at the sprouting of plants in springtime. Beauty of seeds unfolding into blossoms and the eventual development into more seeds, creating a cycle of life. It is so much more interesting than the story of a magic bringing life into being at the whim of some super power pales in comparison with the evolution of life forms.  

And of a different kind of wonder is the cat pictures and the habitat created for their pleasure. What a delightful way to entertain the cats and the owners. 

Comment by The Flying Atheist on February 12, 2014 at 12:41am

We've all had days like that, Mindy.  I'm glad you feel comfortable enough to talk with us about it.  We're always here and available to listen whether it's good news or bad. 

Hang in there!!

Comment by Ian Mason on February 11, 2014 at 11:18pm

We're always here to lend an ear, Mindy. Too many things all at once can give that "meltdown" feeling. Here's to a better tomorrow!

Comment by Ruth Anthony-Gardner on February 11, 2014 at 9:18pm

I like the outdoor cat walk the best.

Comment by The Flying Atheist on February 11, 2014 at 8:07pm

The video I posted below doesn't seem to want to play.  But you can watch it at this link:  http://vimeo.com/69225705#at=0 

Comment by The Flying Atheist on February 11, 2014 at 7:56pm

Looking forward to Spring......

Comment by sk8eycat on February 11, 2014 at 4:02pm

The photo was so many kb that it cut off part of what I wrote...Duncan's "lanai" is a lot longer than it looks from that angle, and he has his own cat door cut into the house wall so that he can come and go as he chooses.  One of the perches gives him a good view of the hummingbird feeder AND the gas grill.

I don't think it would work half so well if my friend's patio wasn't a semi-jungle...she has always been mad for gardening, and some of those hanging plants have been there for more than 30 years...through drought, earthquake(s), everything. 

I could not do that, and the two cats we have now are afraid of the outdoors, anyway. 

Comment by Idaho Spud on February 11, 2014 at 3:54pm

Funny FA!   But personally, I never bitch about the heat, only about the cold.  I so much want to move to a warmer climate.

 

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