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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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Let's not define ourselves or others by our worst behaviors

Started by Ruth Anthony-Gardner. Last reply by Dominique Lutz on Thursday. 6 Replies

My take on the recent melt down at Hang With Friends, of which I missed part, is that some of us were tripped up by a habit of thought. It's something we learn growing up, and use without realizing how much pain it can generate -  failing to…Continue

Tags: dispute at Hang With Friends

The FLDS Cult Is Unraveling

Started by Joan Denoo. Last reply by Idaho Spud Mar 29. 3 Replies

The FLDS Cult Is Unraveling"the internet is a lifeline for people trapped in the most restrictive and stifling forms of…Continue

Tags: Warren Jeff, internet, FLDS

Ode to Yahweh (Non Stamp Collector & 43alley)

Started by Loren Miller. Last reply by Joan Denoo Mar 24. 1 Reply

Ages ago (five or six years, I guess it is) when I first started recognizing my own atheism, one of the first atheist YouTubers I ran onto was Non Stamp Collector.  His handiwork wasn't up to Disney's standards, nor even Hanna-Barbera, but his wit…Continue

Tags: Yahweh, YouTube, 43alley, Non Stamp Collector

Oregon Field Guide - Lamprey Decline

Started by Joan Denoo. Last reply by Ruth Anthony-Gardner Mar 15. 3 Replies

Oregon Field Guide - Lamprey Decline"Populations of Eel-like lamprey have suddenly plummeted since the year 2000 in the Columbia Basin, surprising…Continue

Richard Dawkins, Growing Up in the Universe

Started by Joan Denoo. Last reply by Joan Denoo Mar 14. 2 Replies

Here is an oldie, the young Richard Dawkins teaching kids about the universe. I especially like the one demonstrating how the eye evolved. This should answer those who believe it was impossible to evolve an eye. Continue

Tags: universe, teaching, Dawkins, Richard

Seeing Things (TheraminTrees)

Started by Loren Miller. Last reply by Ruth Anthony-Gardner Feb 25. 2 Replies

TheraminTrees doesn't release videos very often these days,  but when he does, they are positive GEMS.  Most recent of his works is the following, wherein he dismantles some of the common rebuttals atheist get from believers when we assert our…Continue

Tags: seeing things, YouTube, TheraminTrees

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Comment by Idaho Spud on May 14, 2014 at 7:39am

Joan you have had some enviable adventures, but I'm too much of a coward to go to the dangerous places you've been, so I'll just have to live them through you.

Comment by Idaho Spud on May 14, 2014 at 7:37am

Good bibble subtitle.

Comment by Joan Denoo on May 13, 2014 at 11:43am

Ian, I loved Istanbul! I spent a few days there just wandering the streets of old Istanbul and experiencing the sounds, tastes and sights of Islam. It was an odd experience, to say the least. I was a woman, alone, in a male dominated society and in my wanderings I would see children playing marbles in the side streets, I would join them in their games and the children welcomed me tentatively at first, and then we were laughing, especially when my marbles went in some chaotic fashion. The mothers looked out of the windows two or three stories up. Eventually, a mother or mothers invited me in for Turkish coffee and chats. We couldn't communicate with words so we used sign language ... well not the official signs, but pointing to pictures, or fabrics, or whatever we could think of that didn't require verbal language. 

At one point I ran across a necropolis, a cemetery, and a woman who spoke English was sitting on a bench. We had a long conversation, and she was willing to answer any question I asked. The temperature was well into the 100 degree F range. She was dressed neck to feet in a black gaberdine coat, had a scarf on her head covering all but her eyes, and wore gloves. She had on black stockings. At first I asked simple question, you know, the small talk kind. Then I asked how she could wear the black clothing that revealed only her eyes. ... "I am used to it!" I asked if she was married, how many children, you know, the usual stuff about which we would wonder. 

Being a trained ethnologist, I was able to see things that others do not notice. My training helped me to observe, without judgment, so that I could compare and contrast different cultures. 

Ian, have a wonderful trip, I know you will enjoy the experience and be sure to taste the local food. It is delicious. I even ate bread a woman was cooking outside a caravansary, the old trade route service station for goat herders and camels, turned into a service station for automobiles. I went to a goat herders camp and a little boy gave me a metal cup of goat's milk his mother squeezed as I watched. 

I know, these are not wise things to do, but they make the experience so rich, and I survived. 

I love your, "Denoo-ded of hair". I will borrow it. I can hear my family and friends laughing now. 

Comment by Idaho Spud on May 13, 2014 at 9:14am

Yes, my favorite episodes of Bewitched were the ones with Gladys in them.

Comment by Ian Mason on May 13, 2014 at 1:24am

There was no such excitement where I grew up in the pleasant surroundings of Epping Forest although there was one quiet evening when we heard gunfire and the next day there was police everywhere. It seems that, after the  demise of the Kray family various London criminal gangs were having a war of succesion and had chosen our local area for a peace conference that went wrong.

Here and now it's 8 a.m. and I'm about to finish my packing for Istanbul, where the weather forcast is for showers/thundery showers and sunny  intervals. In the hope of good weather I had a drastic haircut yesterday, one of those where my head is Denoo-ded of hair. Must therefore take a hat or two. I'm not taking a PC but there'll be photos galore when I return. Have a great week, everyone. I'll be thinking of you.

Comment by sk8eycat on May 12, 2014 at 10:52pm

There used to be a family on the street behind ourd that we called "The Swear Bears;" they only seemed to know one word...the father and the two boys.  When they would get into one of their rages, the grandmother would run out on the front lawn and just scream...no words.  And, Yes, the black & white cars were there a lot.

When the boys were in their late teens they were both arrested for breaking and entering an apartment a few blocks away, and stealing electronic "toys."  When their house was searched, the back rooms and the garage were full of stolen stuff....

And the house next door was sold without warning the buyers about the family, so there was a lawsuit about that, and the buyers got their money back and moved elsewhere. 

Comment by The Flying Atheist on May 12, 2014 at 10:23pm

I could write a book about the overabundance of nut-case people who lived on my block when I was a kid.  There's just way too much to explain here but, in a nutshell, for one family that lived three houses down, having the police show up at their place was a regular occurrence.  Loud, bombastic arguments, breaking dishes, slamming doors and yelling inside and outside where the norm for them.  The Chicago police paddy-wagon seemed to routinely drive home the head of the household from the bar he patronized.  Many a time I watched as two policemen tried to unload their unstable human cargo as the wife, two sheets to the wind herself, argued with the cops that she didn't want him.   

In my neighborhood, the typical city lot was 30 feet x 120 feet, so basically there was just 60 feet of buffer zone between our homes.  Our house and the two houses in between were at the front of our lots, whereas their house sat on the back of their lot.  With my bedroom being at the back of our house, my bedroom windows were the perfect vantage point to see and hear all the activity.  I learned at a very young age that at night you need to turn off the lights in the room if you're going to spy out the window and not be seen,

Comment by k.h. ky on May 12, 2014 at 6:38pm
Hi Arp
Comment by Joseph Corder on May 12, 2014 at 12:16pm

I figured it out!  The cat is a test!

Comment by Joseph Corder on May 12, 2014 at 12:15pm

 

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