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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 on Monday. 75 Replies

Surreal, not just found in art.Continue

Tags: surreal

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

Tags: poem

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 Joan Denoo on November 6, 2012 at 3:02pm
Comment by Ian Mason on November 6, 2012 at 2:45pm

A picture says more than 1,000 words, Joan.

Comment by Joan Denoo on November 6, 2012 at 1:41pm

Too bad he thinks only those who own assets are worthy of income security. What about families who have been hit with job lay-offs, downsizing, job elimination, sickness that causes bankruptcy, out of control costs of living, students trying to pay off loans and homeowners with foreclosed homes, people for reasons not of their making unable to work, too old to earn a living or too young, or too sick? 

Comment by dr kellie on November 6, 2012 at 1:23pm

My progressive group is meeting out to watch election results and I don't know if I can stomach it.  I guess it would be some comfort to be huddled with fellow liberals, but I might pull my hair out.  Or get drunk.  Or both.

Comment by Loren Miller on November 6, 2012 at 10:51am

I'm a traditionalist, I guess.  I vote on Election Day, almost without exception.  That one exception was when I knew I'd be out of town that day (the 1996 election, I think), and I wanted to make sure I got my $0.02 in.

Certainly having the convenience of early voting is good, but long as you got the attitude and determination TO vote, I think yer good.

Comment by Chris Dodds on November 6, 2012 at 10:49am

@ sk8eycat  How does one go about voting by mail?

@ everyone else, get out there and vote.  I don't give a shit who you vote for, just do it.  The sooner you vote, the sooner the electoral college can determine a winner, and the sooner we can get this whole election thing over with.

Comment by sk8eycat on November 6, 2012 at 10:45am

I've been voting by mail for more than 15 years.  I got tired of  my polling place being moved all over, trying to find a place to park, and shrieking kids whose parents don't sem to be able to teach them manners.

In Oregon and Washington, everybody votes by mail, and they have a much higher "turnout" percentage than the rest of the states.  It also saves cities, counties, and states a large amount of money.

I think it's time.

Comment by Steph S. on November 6, 2012 at 10:36am

Ruth I tried to add you on Twitter so I could follow you - but you aren't showing up.

Comment by booklover on November 6, 2012 at 9:49am

The sign is great Tony!!  Grinning Cat, I love the quote.  When there is a question on forms asking for your sex, I am always tempted to put "no thanks!" lol ( I know, old joke!)

I voted early, but in-person.

Comment by Grinning Cat on November 6, 2012 at 9:15am

Great sign, Tony! Back when forms asked for "Race:" I thought "Human" was the best answer.

(Who was it who said, "Labels make useful servants but terrible masters"? They can be a starting point for describing yourself and learning about others, but shouldn't box you in.)

I'll be going to vote (just across the street) soon. Yes, the experience of voting in person is one of our valued rituals.

 

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