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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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The FLDS Cult Is Unraveling

Started by Joan Denoo. Last reply by Idaho Spud yesterday. 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

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 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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