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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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Discussion Forum

The FLDS Cult Is Unraveling

Started by Joan Denoo. Last reply by Idaho Spud 2 hours ago. 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 on Tuesday. 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

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

Started by Ruth Anthony-Gardner. Last reply by Ruth Anthony-Gardner Feb 15. 4 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

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Comment by The Flying Atheist on August 8, 2012 at 5:35pm

Melinda, I had a friend in college who was very demanding and manipulative.  During one of our many altercations I remember finally saying to her, "I've never had to work so hard to be somebody's friend!"  And that's the point.  True friendship should never be hard work or cause you unwanted and constant grief.  I have a VERY small circle of friends, but boy-o-boy, they are THE BEST.  About ten or so years ago I made a conscious decision to rid myself of "toxic" associations and of people that had nothing positive to offer.  As a result I have fewer friends but I'm much happier with the friends I do have.    

Comment by Steph S. on August 8, 2012 at 5:07pm

That's a really pretty GIF Ruth.

Patricia sorry to hear about your hubby.

And Ian I am sorry to hear your battles with depression.

I'll be thinking of you.

Comment by Steph S. on August 8, 2012 at 5:04pm

booklover (Melinda) I don't keep friends who are stressful to me either. It's not worth it. It's better to have no friends than friends like that. I also know some people who claim they keep all their friends - I'm not sure if I believe them. Doesn't seem possible to me. People grow apart and evolve.

Comment by Ruth Anthony-Gardner on August 8, 2012 at 5:04pm

Thanks, Ian. I'm sorry to hear about your depression. Your contributions here are delightful.

Thanks for sharing, Patricia. It's so sad to have the love of your life struggling so.

Comment by Steph S. on August 8, 2012 at 5:01pm

Cool Mars picture Tony.

So how are you all doing today?

booklover - that was not a true friend if they left you because of your Atheism. You are better without them. Be glad she is gone.

Comment by Idaho Spud on August 8, 2012 at 4:45pm

Wow Tony, what a great message from Mars!

Comment by Ian Mason on August 8, 2012 at 2:58pm

Thanks, booklover. I hope things are going well for you.

Patricia, can only echo Chris and wish you and your husband the best of whatever time you have.

Comment by Tony Carroll on August 8, 2012 at 1:35pm

Comment by Idaho Spud on August 8, 2012 at 11:30am

Love the Bill Gates/Pooper poster.  Thanks Patricia.

Comment by Plinius on August 8, 2012 at 2:05am

Sad to hear that, Patricia. I wish you both a wonderful borrowed time!

 

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