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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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Surreal, I haz it

Started by Ruth Anthony-Gardner. Last reply by booklover yesterday. 75 Replies

Surreal, not just found in art.Continue

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Poem - "Oh, Wait..."

Started by Loren Miller. Last reply by Luara on Saturday. 7 Replies

Before you ask, no, I didn't write this.  I discovered it in a comment on a Discovermagazine.com piece which…Continue

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Curious: Has anyone read the novel "Christian Nation"?

Started by Brent Feeney. Last reply by Plinius Apr 10. 11 Replies

So I've been thinking about this some lately, and I wanted to see what your thoughts were:I read a novel last fall that was making the rounds of Atheist blogs and what not called "Christian Nation", which is part alternative history and part…Continue

Stop the Religious Right. Four Steps You Can Take, Sean Faircloth.

Started by Joan Denoo. Last reply by Joan Denoo Apr 9. 2 Replies

Thanks to Grinning Cat via Loren Miller led me to this additional video by Sean Faircloth. He provides positive and powerful examples of thinking and acting. Continue

Science, Atheism & the Joyful Life -- by Sean Faircloth, Richard Dawkins Foundation

Started by Loren Miller. Last reply by Joan Denoo Apr 9. 6 Replies

Some speeches by atheists are factual and practical, dealing with the nuts and bolts of reality.  Some are diatribes against the superstitions we seek to overcome, pointing out the man behind the curtain and the fallacies and snake oil he tries to…Continue

Tags: life, joy, Richard Dawkins Foundation, Sean Faircloth

Bedtime Bible Stories (Betty Bowers)

Started by Loren Miller Apr 8. 0 Replies

Uh, oh!  America's Best Christian, Betty Bowers, is at it again, THIS time with bedtime stories!  Somehow with her retelling of some of the classics, I'm dubious that her versions would go over with the Brothers Grimm or Hans Christian Anderson,…Continue

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Comment by booklover on March 30, 2013 at 4:58pm

Joan, I knew what you meant.  I was just being awful! ha ha  Glad I made you laugh though!  My Mom and I laugh so much when we're together that we begin to annoy people.  We just "find funny" everywhere.  :)

Comment by Joan Denoo on March 30, 2013 at 4:22pm
Spud! Great message!
Comment by Idaho Spud on March 30, 2013 at 3:07pm

Comment by Joan Denoo on March 30, 2013 at 2:50pm
OH! Melinda, "a handful of nuts" means walnuts, cashews, almonds, Brazil nuts, peanuts, ... I can't stop laughing!
Comment by Joan Denoo on March 30, 2013 at 2:46pm
Of course we share concern about dumbing down of USA and loss of vital research. Some people believe the Earth is 6,000 years old, that dinosaurs and Homo sapiens co-existed, that a super-human energy created all that is in six days, and some external being answers prayers, etc.
I am faced now with people saying they will pray for me. I don't need prayers, I need well trained scientists to facilitate management of my cancer. I need assurance that all have licenses and have credentials testifying to their knowledge, that they are held accountable when/if mistakes occur, that test equipment is sterile and does not infect me, that people know, based on evidence, what to do.
Yes, there is an emotional aspect of cancer, however emotional needs can be met by family and friends who express care for my wellbeing. I live abundantly in well educated, thoughtful, kind, compassionate members of my support team. All is well.
"Scientific Savvy? In U.S., Not Much"
"Dr. Miller, who was raised in Portsmouth, Ohio, when it was a dying steel town, attributes much of the nation's collective scientific ignorance to poor education, particularly in high schools. Many colleges require every student to take some science, but most Americans do not graduate from college. And science education in high school can be spotty."

http://www.nytimes.com/2005/08/30/science/30profile.html?pagewanted...
Comment by Patricia on March 30, 2013 at 1:05pm

I tried the dragon fruit when they went on sale here, but I found them extremely bland.

Comment by Joan Denoo on March 30, 2013 at 12:54pm

Thanks to Krozan Darshandhari, from Lalitpur, Nepal.

Secular Holidays by Season

Comment by Ian Mason on March 30, 2013 at 11:55am

Breakfast? Having lived in Denmark for 27 years I've become a convert to good, dark rye bread and probably eat more than most Danes now. If I've been to the gym on the way home from work in the morning, then porrige, boiled with skimmed milk and as a little treat pineapple chunks. A good breakfast should keep your mouth shut and your bowels open.

Comment by Steph S. on March 30, 2013 at 10:42am

Oh I love that Melinda! I need to do that with the real life ones too.

I am glad you are feeling better Joan. I am thinking of you and wish the best for you.

Comment by Steph S. on March 30, 2013 at 10:40am

 

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