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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

Tags: stories, bedtime, Betty Bowers

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Comment by sk8eycat 17 hours ago

Joan, do you mean Miss Weinstock's love of Burns and shakespeare, or BHS's love of Miss Weinstock? 

She WAS a treasure; she made Shakespeare's characters come to life for us, taught us to write our own thoughts on myriad subjects, and she was tough.  She didn't baby us at all.

She graduate of Reed College in Portland, and started out in the 1920s as a gym teacher, but by the time I was in high school (Class of '57) she was THE senior English teacher, and everyone who was thinking about going to college wanted to be in her classes. 

The other Sr. English teacher had been a missionary in China before the revolution, and probably had a lot of interesting stories to tell, but she was also the adviser of the Campus Christians club, and even though I was still going to church at that time, I was beginning to have doubts, and didn't want to have anything to do with her or the club.

After a few months in Miss Weinstock's class, I had the feeling that she was not religious at all.  Comforting.

Comment by Joan Denoo 17 hours ago

Patricia, I realize you know where I live, and others in the string may not. It will be interesting to learn if others in the US can get the site. Thanks for the opportunity to try your link. 

One other thought about worship, I realize that worship means putting one's hands together, bowing one's head, and letting-go-letting-god. These all exist as devices to stop thinking, taking action, and making a difference. 

I once belonged to Fourth Presbyterian Church in Bethesda, MD. with Richard CHalverson, senior pastor, the chaplain of the United States Senate and leader in the International Prayer Breakfast Movement. A fellow member spent the two years I was there hearing her pray that her husband would find the lord's plan for his life and would bring a job for her out-of-work husband. She took great care in fulfilling her evangelical calling to bring sheep to the shepherd.  

That was one the situations that added to my doubts about god and religion having any answers at all in matters of problems and conflicts. I realize that religion and god exist as a delusion that stops thinking and acting. 

The great thing about atheism is I see no evidence that god intervenes in lives confronted with serious problems and conflicts. Just look at the many problems going on around the world that involve arguments of over whose god is the real, true god, how one is to act in order to meet moral codes set by dogma, and how religion is used to make claims that have no relevance to today's world, i.e. Israel and Palestine. One had better start thinking, exploring, experimenting, doubting and questioning if he or she does not want to be and remain a victim.

Think > Identify a preferred goal > Explore options > Take action > Evaluate outcomes > Repeat until the goal is reached or changed.

 

Comment by The Flying Atheist 17 hours ago

Hello, friends.  There's been so much great content posted here.  I've been busy traveling, so I've had limited time to reply.  Plus it's very awkward and time consuming to reply "texting-style" from a small smart-phone.  My typing skills are better utilized at a full keyboard.  I've always said that the most valuable and useful class I took in high school was my typing class.  Who would have thought that decades later we'd all be sitting in front of a keyboard and corresponding via the internet. 

Mindy, I love the "My right to believe as I see fit" poster.  That's a keeper!

Loren, Spooky is priceless!  I love the photos. 

Chris, Poeka was beautiful.  A very pretty color.  Everyone's cat photos always make me smile. 

Here's a fun video about two women and the first time they flew in an airplane.  These two are ladies are absolutely charming and priceless.  I think this will put a smile on your faces. 

Comment by Patricia 18 hours ago

I know where you are Joan, I've been through Spokane. But global was worth a try anyway.

Comment by Joan Denoo 18 hours ago

Felain, just as everyone has a right to his/her opinion; not all opinions are equal. 

Comment by sk8eycat 18 hours ago

One of my high school English teachers loved Don Marquis as much as she loved Shakespeare and "Bobby" Burns. (She spoke of Burns as though she'd known him personally.)

Miss Esther Weinstock was a treasure.

Comment by Joan Denoo 18 hours ago

Patricia, I Googled globaltv.ca and received a "We're sorry, this content is not available from your location."

I'm in Spokane, WA state. 

Comment by Joan Denoo 18 hours ago

Felaine, love the Egyptian cat! Kind of like mehitabel in 

mehitabel was once cleopatra 

by Don Marquis, in “archy and mehitabel,” 1927

".... she and
i have been talking it over in a
friendly way who were you
mehitabel i asked her i was
cleopatra once she said well i said i
suppose you lived in a palace you bet
she said and what lovely fish dinners
we used to have and licked her chops"

Comment by Joan Denoo 19 hours ago

Felaine, I don't understand "worship" either. I do have a sense of wonder, of gratitude for being alive with all my sense, and strong feelings of care, compassion, and empathy toward others, as well as I have a powerful sense of well being when those attributes come to me from others. I especially feel a sense of awe when I realize I am not a victim, or helpless, or hopeless. I have all that I need to face any challenge, even when I fail to accomplish a goal. When that sense of being resilient occurs and when I understand that what is, is (Thanks Daniel, for that bit of  wisdom). 

Comment by Patricia 20 hours ago

Worship is meaningless to me, & personally I think people look ridiculous in the ''worship'' mode I've seen. Zombielike, mindless, out of touch, & in a trance, is the closest I can come to describing the facial expressions. I just hate to picture my daughter in this bs.

 

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