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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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Water! Access to fresh water declines as populations grow, temperatures rise, immigration increases!

Started by Joan Denoo. Last reply by Bobby on Thursday. 7 Replies

What are their options? The aquifer that provided a necessary element for successful crops for the past 100 years is predicted to dry up in 20 years. Four generations of farmers in one family may probably not be able to last for the fifth…Continue

Evangelicals Breaking Up with Jesus (Betty Bowers)

Started by Loren Miller. Last reply by Loren Miller Apr 28. 5 Replies

Has evangelical Christianity lost sight of Christ?  Seems to me that there are a whole lot of evangelical Christians who are presuming to represent Jesus by not representing him or misrepresenting him or – let's be honest here – talking out of their…Continue

Tags: Franklin, Graham, Trump, Jesus, America's Best Christian

Web slang

Started by Roswatheist. Last reply by The Shinedowness Apr 11. 119 Replies

Is it me, or can most people on social networking sites not spell? I get acronyms, but actual misspelling, really? I'm not that old, either-not even thirty.Does this make anyone else crazy or is it just me?Continue

How would you respond?

Started by Christina Scribner. Last reply by Tom Sarbeck Apr 11. 6 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

Kitbull | Pixar SparkShorts

Started by Loren Miller. Last reply by Tom Sarbeck Feb 23. 10 Replies

The following showed up this morning in my YouTube daily feed, and I have to say, it just charmed the socks off of me.  This is what animation really can do in the hands of a creative and skilled team.  Really, it's what animation has done for darn…Continue

Tags: Kitbull, Pixar, Disney

The MMR vaccine and autism: Sensation, refutation, retraction, and fraud

Started by Joan Denoo. Last reply by Grinning Cat Feb 15. 3 Replies

The MMR vaccine and autism: Sensation, refutation, retraction, and fraud"Scientists and organizations across the world spent a great deal of time and…Continue

Tags: fraud, scientific, rate, incident, measles

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Comment by Joan Denoo 5 hours ago

Ruth, I am sorry for the loss of your brother. Did you ever discuss his service in the armed forces and his becoming a form of religious fundamentalist?

Comment by Patricia 6 hours ago

And that attitude stinks.

Comment by Plinius 6 hours ago

And the fundies live by the rule that they must love their god more than their family... (sigh)

Comment by Ruth Anthony-Gardner 8 hours ago

My brother Tom Jr became some version of fundamentalist while serving in the armed forces. <sigh> He's dead now.

Comment by Tom Sarbeck 12 hours ago

Joan, radical religionists benefit by creating breaks in family relationships.

In plainer words, the people who rule those religions benefit.

Comment by Joan Denoo 17 hours ago

Randy, you speak wisely, even as letting go of family members brings sorrow. Plinius helped me understand with her story and she made it easier to know what is, is. I have hope for you and your grandchildren as they mature. 

Your situation reflects one of the errors of radical religion, of creating breaks in family relationships. No one benefits by such divisions. 

Some people don't like the idea of revenge; I think it is a perfectly rational position if used for positive purposes, i.e. the best revenge is to live a happy, contented life even as some of the ones you love judge you because of your lack of belief in a higher power.  

That is a ridiculous position. 

Comment by Plinius 20 hours ago

I hope you win some, Randall. It's hard when family members can't/won't behave like family - but at some point you have to let go. I did that with my brothers, and I'm ok with that decision, but it remains a sore spot...

Comment by Randall Smith 23 hours ago

Thanks for the responses to my comment.

You win some, you lose some. Two of my four adult children are quite religious--my Honduran daughter to the point of believing the literal reading of the Bible, i.e., Adam and Eve, etc.,--certainly not evolution. I can hardly stand it. She's so smart (optometrist), but has been brainwashed by her mother and husband. The kids have followed suit. They know I'm a non-believer, hence a contribution to the "strain".

But mostly, it's just that we have lived apart for nearly 20 years, seeing each other only once a year (alternate visitations). The kids don't even know what to call me. I've done everything I can to establish a relationship. Perhaps they'll "see the light" when they get older--if I'm still alive.

Comment by Joan Denoo yesterday

Randy, You said you haven't seen much of the Honduras grandkids and the atmosphere at dinner was "strained." I am very sorry to learn that is happening for you and your family. Does religion play a part in the stress? I wonder how your grandkids think about the attitudes and beliefs of their parents? Have you been able to talk to the kids privately? I forget, how old are they?

I wasn't able to bond with Craig's two boys and treasure the relationships with my great-grandchildren even though three of them are Michell's partner's children. I think of all five as of my blood. 

I would like to offer you some things to try, but I have not solved the situation in my relationships. When you have some breakthroughs, I hope you share them with me. 

Comment by Patricia yesterday

Hi Kathy. So good to ''see'' you.

 

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