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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.

Nobody here is into mind games. A discussion started with a loaded guilt-throwing question will be deleted.

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Betty Explains Religious Freedom (Betty Bowers)

Started by Loren Miller. Last reply by Randall Smith 18 hours ago. 9 Replies

Well, considering all the RFRA bills popping up all over the United States, plus all the fun and games ISIS is bringing to the good folks in Syria and Iraq, Betty Bowers, the epitome of well-dressed christianity, has decided to clarify the true…Continue

Tags: persecution, ISIS, Religious Freedom, America's Best Christian, Betty Bowers

Surreal, I haz it

Started by Ruth Anthony-Gardner. Last reply by Ruth Anthony-Gardner May 6. 82 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

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Comment by The Flying Atheist on July 2, 2012 at 5:54am

Sk8eycat, I'm sorry to hear your friend Judith is gone.  My condolences to you and your circle of friends.  

Comment by Ian Mason on July 2, 2012 at 5:50am

Sorry to hear about your friend, sk8eycat. My condolences to you.

Comment by sk8eycat on July 2, 2012 at 3:59am

@James Martin: You said, "The more loudly they proclaim their Christeranity the more likely they don't know what it means or suspect they might not really believe it at all." 

Exactly!  They remind me of the Cowardly Lion in "The Wizard of Oz" yelling "I DO believe in spooks!  I do, I DO, I DO!"  They were all lost in a creepy forest where the dead-looking trees were reaching for them with their branches.

Freethinker Yip Harburg wrote a lot of the dialog for that film, in addition to the lyrics of most of the songs.  That short bit of action has his humorous/sarcastic trademark stamped all over it.

Comment by sk8eycat on July 2, 2012 at 3:44am

Dear Griining Cat:I'm sorry...I'm kind of out of it right now.  I learned this morning (Sunday) that my friend of 12 years, Judith Hayes aka The Happy Heretic, http://s129542369.onlinehome.us/thh/ ) died sometime this past week.  I don't know exactly what happened, but the last time she talked to or e-mailed anybody was June 19th or 20th. The last time she called me was Sunday, the 17th to talk about me becoming her "first Reader."

The Calaveras County Cops aren't talking until they "notify the next of kin."  Yeah. Right. Her "next of kin" shuned her when she came out as an atheist nearly 35 years ago.

Anyway, I'm stunned, devastated, just sick about the whole thing, and not making much sense.

Later.

Felaine

Comment by Plinius on July 2, 2012 at 1:15am

Congrats Patricia!

Comment by Plinius on July 2, 2012 at 1:12am

Thanks Steph! I was at a bookcrossing meeting (www.bookcrossing.com) saw many friends and changed a stack of books.

Comment by Grinning Cat on July 1, 2012 at 11:32pm

@sk8eycat et al.: Dave Silverman came up with a pose similar to Tebowing, called "Thinkering":

"Atheists get down on one knee, curl their wrist to their chin, and look up. The pose is meant to mimic that of Auguste Rodin’s classic sculpture known as The Thinker."

The crucial difference between Tebowing and Thinkering: "we don’t bow our heads in blind submission, rather we consider and conclude for ourselves."

 

@Steph: thanks for the 4th of July wishes!

I got my fireworks fix Saturday night, as part of the celebrations in Philadelphia. On the evening of the 4th itself I plan to break with tradition and instead play music for dancing.

 

@Patricia: Congratulations!! The two of you are evidently doing something right!

Comment by Steph S. on July 1, 2012 at 11:05pm
Congrats Patricia!
That's really cute Tony!
Comment by Tony Carroll on July 1, 2012 at 10:30pm

Comment by The Flying Atheist on July 1, 2012 at 5:28pm

Patricia, avoiding the drunks and hookers is probably one of the reasons you're able to celebrate 46 years together.  Congratulations!!

 

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