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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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Seeing Things (TheraminTrees)

Started by Loren Miller. Last reply by Ruth Anthony-Gardner yesterday. 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

You'll NEVER Guess Who Just Showed Up on Mr. Deity!!!

Started by Loren Miller. Last reply by Loren Miller Feb 14. 11 Replies

I don't believe this one either, but ... well, here it is: And would you believe - Mr. D made me laugh!  RD, that is!Continue

Tags: Richard Dawkins, Mr. Deity

Seth Andrews' Rebuttal to "10 Women Christian Men Shouldn't Marry" (The Thinking Atheist)

Started by Loren Miller. Last reply by Loren Miller Feb 6. 20 Replies

It seems as though some numb-nuts New York pastor by the name of Stephen Kim has written two marriage advice pieces for christian men and women.  Not surprisingly, his suggestions come straight out of his never-fail magic book.  Seth Andrews of The…Continue

Tags: advice, marriage, The Thinking Atheist, Seth Andrews, Stephen Kim

Seth Andrews' New Book, "Sacred Cows" (The Thinking Atheist)

Started by Loren Miller. Last reply by Patricia Feb 6. 7 Replies

For the last few podcasts, Seth Andrews has been alluding to a new literary effort he's been working on.  Well, the cat is out of the bag ... or perhaps I should say, the cow is out of the barn!  Seth's new opus is entitled: Sacred Cows: a…Continue

Tags: book, Sacred Cows, The Thinking Atheist, Seth Andrews

Living in the Answers

Started by Joan Denoo. Last reply by Patricia Jan 18. 13 Replies

I am weary of those who declare they understand all the answers to the creation of the universe and Earth. They claim they know the answers to the questions of life, meaning, death, and the afterlife. Those with all the answer speak with confidence,…Continue

Tags: confidence, education, government, family, afterlife

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Comment by Joan Denoo on July 25, 2012 at 11:26am

Tony, I posted photo and your comment on Facebook and attributed it to Tony. I didn't use your last name, unless it is OK with you. If so I will change my posting, or you can post on Facebook with your name. Hope that is OK.

Comment by Steph S. on July 25, 2012 at 10:32am
Oh yeah Tony! I see what you mean. That Chick-Fil-A sign is all lies. And people will believe them because they are not discerning. Boycott Chick-Fil-A! They lie!
Comment by Tony Carroll on July 25, 2012 at 10:16am

Change of subject, my friends. Sorry, but I'm about to go on a little tear, a tirade. But some things just torque me off, chaps my ass, eats my lunch.

Dan Cathy, high and mighty potentate of Chick-Fil-A, had the following signs posted in his stores, after the Jim Henson group cut ties with Chick-Fil-A. Remember they cut the ties, not Chick-fil-A.

Do the terms liar, hypocrite, perjurer, malingerer, prevaricator, fabricator, equivicator, crock 'o shit, duplicitous dissimalator of a canard come to mind? This swaggering, tin plated, demagogue with delusions of granduer, defender of the faith that says to tell no lie, or bear falsr witness seems to have no difficulty with the concept of the slippery truth, or lack thereof.

Thanks for letting me bloviate, guys.

Comment by Plinius on July 25, 2012 at 5:48am

Sk8eycat: I think you're right, being a parent must be hell. People often warned me that I'd be lonely when I was old and nobody visited me. I think of those warnings when I visit a demented childless aunt who lives in an old peoples home: the inmates (is that the right word?) who have got children are always complaining that their children never come and the childless ones are more or less happily interacting with everyone who stands still for a moment. I've never been lonely from the day I left my parents' church and house, I expect I'll manage when I grow older.

Comment by sk8eycat on July 25, 2012 at 2:47am

Tony, pissing some people off is FUN!  Especially when Moron Mormon missionaries come to the door, and I say or do nothing but laugh in their faces.

I need a banner that says, "I respect your right to believe whatever you choose to believe, but I don't have to respect what you believe."

Of course, that would piss off my JW sister and her friends. Tee-hee.

Comment by sk8eycat on July 25, 2012 at 2:39am

Chris: I'm 72, a couple of months shy of 73, and I have never regretted not having kids; many of my friends and relatives have gone through all kinds of adolescent stuff with their kids, from know-it-allism to drugs...and worse. 

When I was a teen, a lot of the current problems didn't even exist, or we didn't know about them.  Cigarettes and beer were the worst "drugs" I ever encountered at parties, and since I saw both of those at home, they just made me uncomfortable when I saw kids my age indulging.  (And I usually dropped guys after one date if they drank at a party. I was a dreadful little prig.)

Being a parent must be hell these days.

Comment by sk8eycat on July 25, 2012 at 2:29am

Patricia: It's a sign-board that says:

TEENAGERS:

Tired of being harrassed by your stupid parents?

ACT NOW!!!

Move out. Get a job.

Pay you bills while you still know everything.

Comment by Joan Denoo on July 25, 2012 at 12:12am

Chris Breman &  sk8eycat, I believe so strongly that every child should be a wanted child and if one of the parents does not want a child, that one's wish should be honored. I worked with too many troubled kids who felt unwanted, unloved, and unplanned and they carry those scars for a long time unless they find a healthy way to deal with it. Some never do. Life is too precious to do something because someone else thinks you should. That is one reason I am pro-choice. Each woman has the right to bear or not bear children. 

Comment by Plinius on July 24, 2012 at 11:26pm

Same for me Sk8eycat, and I never regretted that I held on to that idea, although a lot of people told me I'd be sorry. I never had the heart to say something similar when their children hurt them to the bone... 

Comment by Steph S. on July 24, 2012 at 9:06pm

That saying you posted Tony is so true. Pleasing everyone is impossible. It is easy to piss people off though.

 

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