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Hang With Friends

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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.

Nobody here is into mind games. A discussion started with a loaded guilt-throwing question will be deleted.

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Bible Belt Atheist (New York Times)

Started by Loren Miller 17 hours ago. 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 Randall Smith on August 19, 2014 at 7:26am

Joan, you have quite a family! I was surprised to get a phone call this morning from my near 5 yr old grandson. I wanted to spend overnight with me. I said "you bet". While rummaging through the attic the other day, I came across some toys belonging to my son. They'll be something new for my grandson (and me!) to play with.

Comment by Plinius on August 19, 2014 at 4:03am

I can't understand why nobody orders a good independent investigation into the death of Michael Brown. Of course the police won't like that, but they're there to protect and serve, not for anything else.

Comment by Brent Feeney on August 18, 2014 at 11:42am

I has been scary out here Mindy, and it's getting worse after it seeming was getting better. Gov. Jay Nixon has now called out the National Guard and Amnesty International is sending a team to monitor the situation.

Of course, the fact that AI is making their way here has many of The Usual Supsects heading into a tizzy, among other things.

Comment by Joan Denoo on August 18, 2014 at 11:01am

Now, a moment to brag about my newest great-grandchild, Brooklyn. She is a lovely baby, very sweet tempered, chubby as can be, cried very little even as she has a hearty sound indicating she has a need. 

Laurie, my granddaughter, is an outstanding mother, very loving and attentive. She enjoys their baby very much. 

Zac, Brooklyn's daddy, gently takes care of all her needs from feeding to cleaning her. He holds her so gently and quietly talks to her. He seems to enjoy fathering. The look on his face as he cuddles her is almost mystically loving. I can't say enough good about Zac, he is so kind and thoughtful, he is a hard worker and has initiative. They are living with Laura and Larry just now and he finds things to repair or to create for them. He is building a terraced garden for Laura, cutting down the trees, preparing them for the use in the terraces, and builds them so strong, it would take something very unusual to damage them. Right now the dogs love to jump from layer to layer, leaving behind deep holes where their feet dig in for a gigantic leap. The training has started to get the dogs off of the future garden. 

One of my great pleasures while with them this weekend, was just watching the three of them interact. Sweet memories to take along with me in my twilight years.   

Comment by Joan Denoo on August 18, 2014 at 10:12am

Michelle and her partner have five children between them, Michelle with two boys and her partner with two boys and one girl, ranging in ages from 15 to 4. Their birthdays go all through the year so Michelle decided to have one birthday party with families from both sides invited to celebrate. Winters can be dreadful driving in those northern forests, and some family members live some distance. 

It was so much fun, with games, and contests, lots of ages, and personalities mixing together with dogs, cats and kittens running wildly through the legs and under seats. Laura and Larry gave me their bedroom and they slept in their travel trailer. 

Late in the afternoon, while sitting on the porch, I fell asleep. Laura gently wakened me and I went to bed for the night. 

Comment by Joan Denoo on August 18, 2014 at 10:05am

The highway to Laura's home, near Newport, WA, goes through the area that was terribly damaged in three wind storms. I attended a birthday party at Laura's this weekend and the trailer park looks like a war zone. Trees broken off at 20 to 50 feet above ground, trailers, autos and sheds smashed, debris mostly cleaned up so one can see the physical impacts more clearly than when the trees were still down with all their limbs hiding the damage. All along the highway for probably 10 miles each way are broken trees in the forests along the highway. 

When I worked at boys' ranches, several of my boys' families lived in that trailer park. They were poor working class people, who faced many challenges. I feel for the families trying to recover from such losses. 

Comment by Randall Smith on August 17, 2014 at 7:41am

Yes, Chris (with no t), Dot has a microchip. I am going to put my phone # on her collar. And I'm glad you finally got a day off. Hope you got recharged.

Comment by Plinius on August 17, 2014 at 2:42am

Thanks Carl, it looks nice! I grew up without radio and tv, and I can find out what things were of course, but when you talk about it it's much more telling.

Comment by The Flying Atheist on August 17, 2014 at 2:35am

Hi, Chris.  Get Smart was a very popular comedy show from the mid-1960's.  Max Smart was a bumbling and totally inept U.S. spy who worked for CONTROL (a take off on the FBI.)   Each episode featured Smart who was trying to intercept the nefarious plans of KAOS (a take off on the KGB.)  Of course, this show aired during the height of the Cold War with Russia.  The opening of the show with all the doors and the theme music has become a fairly iconic part of U.S. television history. 

Comment by Plinius on August 17, 2014 at 2:07am

;-s  you can imagine where my name came from. It's all right. And you guessed right with the movie; stairs, doors, lift.

Was Get Smart a spy/detective/mission impossible series?

We enjoyed our first day off in months! Wonderful!

 

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