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Come on in, pull up a chair!

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 Joan Denoo on Tuesday. 81 Replies

Surreal, not just found in art.Continue

Tags: surreal

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

Started by Ruth Anthony-Gardner. Last reply by Dominique Lutz Apr 16. 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

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Comment by Joan Denoo on April 3, 2013 at 2:59pm

Life in all its wonder. 

Comment by Loren Miller on April 3, 2013 at 6:26am

Sadly on point, Grinning Cat.

Meanwhile, United and Continental merged and effectively ruined my favorite airline (and no, it was NOT United!), and now what is it ... US Airways and American are looking to merge and cut the choices down even FURTHER?

Seriously ... it looks as though we're headed for multiple monopolies in multiple industries and no one gives a good damn.

Comment by Grinning Cat on April 3, 2013 at 1:49am

The first honest cable company ad? (NSFW: contains the F-word.)

Comment by Plinius on April 3, 2013 at 12:28am

I enjoyed the Short History of Nearly Everything very much, mostly because of all the people who refused the easy old answers.

Comment by Ruth Anthony-Gardner on April 3, 2013 at 12:08am

Oops, Sorry.

I responded to a picture booklover had posted in Birding, Birders and All Things Bird. I'll repeat it here.

Comment by Grinning Cat on April 3, 2013 at 12:07am

Those hominid reconstructions reminded me of this poster by Jason Permenter -- not the usual sort of cat picture here:

"Have you seen this cat?

''MILES''

Kind of blue. Nocturnal. Solitary. WARNING: Extremely distant, cold, and withdrawn. Quick temper. Severe contempt for critics and everyone else. Likely to be confrontational. Does not respond to treats."

Comment by Ruth Anthony-Gardner on April 3, 2013 at 12:03am

Booklover, that owl looks as if it’s in the company of Daleks.

Cute skeletal cartoons, Flying Atheist!.

Thanks you, Joan for saying, “This site is a treasure and one that soothes and relaxes, even as we face big challenges of living.”

That cat video festival sounds interesting, Napoleon Bonaparte, but why would people need to congregate in person?

Egg hunts with clues are the most fun. Thanks for sharing your Sunday dinner, Joan.

Ian, that sounds about right.

1) established science will go to extraordinary lengths to resist new ideas and 2) that when new ideas are accepted the wrong person gets the honours.


Thanks for your company, everyone!

Comment by The Flying Atheist on April 2, 2013 at 11:46pm

This isn't by Gary Larson, but I also like this cartoon.  I guess I just find skeletons to be funny.

Comment by The Flying Atheist on April 2, 2013 at 11:42pm

I have always LOVED Gary Larson cartoons.  This being one of my favorites:

Ian, last year I read Bill Bryson's book, "At Home."  It's a very fun historical look at the development of the modern home and, specifically, his home in England.  At the same time he goes off on many tangents with interesting historical stories of people and household objects. 

Comment by Ian Mason on April 2, 2013 at 11:01pm

Gary Larson is always good, Melinda.

Just finished Bill Bryson's "A Short History of Nearly Everything". My main impressions are that 1) established science will go to extraordinary lengths to resist new ideas and 2) that when new ideas are accepted the wrong person gets the honours.

I remain a sceptic in all areas.

 

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