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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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Seth Andrews' Rebuttal to "10 Women Christian Men Shouldn't Marry" (The Thinking Atheist)

Started by Loren Miller. Last reply by Grinning Cat Jan 22. 13 Replies

It seems as though some numb-nuts New York pastor by the name of Stephen Kim has written two marriage advice pieces for christian men and women.  Not surprisingly, his suggestions come straight out of his never-fail magic book.  Seth Andrews of The…Continue

Tags: advice, marriage, The Thinking Atheist, Seth Andrews, Stephen Kim

Living in the Answers

Started by Joan Denoo. Last reply by Patricia Jan 18. 13 Replies

I am weary of those who declare they understand all the answers to the creation of the universe and Earth. They claim they know the answers to the questions of life, meaning, death, and the afterlife. Those with all the answer speak with confidence,…Continue

Tags: confidence, education, government, family, afterlife

Twin terrorists caught

Started by Patricia. Last reply by Patricia Jan 11. 7 Replies

Canada: twin terrorists caught before going to Mideast Saturday, January 10, 2015 By Martin Barillas L-R: Carlos and Ashton Larmond The Royal Canadian Mounted Police arrested and charged a pair of 24-year-old identical twin brothers on…Continue

Betty Bowers Best of 2014

Started by Loren Miller. Last reply by Loren Miller Jan 4. 33 Replies

Happy New Year, everyone!  Now that we're off on another 365-day stint of sniping at believers, leave it to America's Best Christian, Betty Bowers, to sum up the year past from her holier-than-EVERYBODY point of view! Have You had YOUR Betty today?!?Continue

Tags: 2014, America's Best Christian, Betty Bowers

Christmas: Behind the Curtain (The Thinking Atheist)

Started by Loren Miller. Last reply by booklover Dec 28, 2014. 23 Replies

Well, it's that time of year again.  Time to gird our loins, put on our battle armor and join the (dah-dah DAAAAAH!) WAR AGAINST CHRISTMAS!!! [groan!] Yeah, most of us have heard that crap before, probably too many times, in fact, how atheists are…Continue

Tags: Christmas, The Thinking Atheist, Seth Andrews

Seth Andrews - The Copycats: How Christianity Steals The Best Ideas

Started by Loren Miller. Last reply by Loren Miller Dec 24, 2014. 11 Replies

Many of us have observed or learned how christianity shamelessly borrows from other sources to bolster its position and show off its supposed wonderfulness.  Well, Seth Andrews of The Thinking Atheist podcast has compiled some of the more modern-day…Continue

Tags: steal, borrow, copycat, The Thinking Atheist, Seth Andrews

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Comment by booklover on September 13, 2014 at 9:11am

Did I put this up before?

My daughter and her cat are coming home, and spending the night.  I LOVE when she comes home, but the reason she is doing it is because she's feeling down.  So, not good.  That's just how it's going to be.  Times of depression.  She works through them.  I just hope they can come up with some even better drugs for that in the future.

Comment by Randall Smith on September 13, 2014 at 7:34am
Speaking of trains, my avatar here was taken on Amtrak's Zephyr going from Chicago to Oakland two years ago. I enjoyed the ride, despite my seat mate and her two kids.

If you haven't read Joan's recent blogs, you should. The one on our "South problem" is good--a sad commentary on our current societal climate.

Is it just me or is anybody else finding the comment box yellow and without font information?
Comment by Joan Denoo on September 13, 2014 at 1:45am

Felaine, I know what you mean. I look at my image and see an old woman, I look through my eyes and see the world as fresh and new. I feel younger and better than I ever have ... in spite of a pace maker, a bout with cancer, and creaking bones and sagging skin. I can easily say 78 years old is just about the best year. 

Your comment about unions distresses me, even as I know what you say is true. If it were not for unions, working people would be far worse off than they are now, even though we are going backwards very fast. Spokane was a union town during the mining and lumbering days, and there were all kinds of awful fights between owners and workers. There is a rich history here of union efforts on behalf of workers, and unions as corrupt exploiters of workers. 

When I returned to college after many years and as I was preparing myself to leave my husband, I had a terrible time with math and statistics. One fine young man with dreadlocks came to my aid and helped get me through the tests. I failed one course and he helped me with my second attempt. I am so fond of dreadlocks! They mean overcoming a dreadful hurdle. A case of stereotyping, pure and simple. 

Comment by sk8eycat on September 13, 2014 at 1:19am

Joan, it was kinda strange seeing all those wrinkled faces and bald-headed men, and remembering how they looked 50+ years ago...almost 60 years, actually. And then I walk by a mirror, and look at myself, and cringe....I lost about 40 lbs in the last couple of years, so I have the "turkey neck," and my "chipmunk cheeks" have become jowls.  Shocking.  (I have never been extremely vain, but still....I'll hear certain music, or remember a particular routine, or partying on the trains, and can't believe I'm not 18 anymore.)

Comment by sk8eycat on September 13, 2014 at 1:08am

I got a kick out of seeing Atoy Wilson again (he did most of the narration on that short video about Mabel.)  Glad to see he got rid of those extended dreadlocks.  I haven't even seen him since shortly after Mabel's memorial in 2001....when we were cleaning out her apartment here in Burbank.

About the film....I wish someone would dig up more film, and make  "Fabulous Ice Age #2"  There were so MANY outstanding principal skaters who weren't even mentioned, and who are no longer with us, but someone must have some film.  And NBC video-taped several numbers in 1959 when we were rehearsing in Sioux City....the tape was 2" wide, and the recording equipment was the size of an executive's desk.  The tape has probably been erased. 

(We were paid extra for that, but almost all the money...about 85% went to AFTRA for special one-performance union dues.  Most theatrical & broadcast unions really sucked....I think they still do.)

Comment by Joan Denoo on September 13, 2014 at 12:59am

Felaine, I can just feel your joy coming through your words as you describe seeing old friends and skating routines. It must make you feel really proud.  

Comment by The Flying Atheist on September 12, 2014 at 11:23pm

Sk8eycat, that's fantastic you got to see so many people you know in that documentary.  It must have brought back many fond memories.  I'm going to watch it one of these days very soon as well.  The ice shows were always an exciting yearly excursion when I was growing up.  Enjoy Netflix while you have it.   

Comment by sk8eycat on September 12, 2014 at 10:57pm

Well, I did something I can't really afford, but I just HAD to...I signed up with Netflix (first month is free), and spent this afternoon watching "The Fabulous Ice Age."  Waaaaa-hooooo!  I'm glad I did it!  Saw more old friends than I expected.....

Gonna get the tears out of my eyes, and watch it again, but not tonight.

Comment by The Flying Atheist on September 12, 2014 at 4:06pm

Chris, that singer was very enjoyable to listen to.  I love a good earthy soul singer. 

Comment by Ian Mason on September 12, 2014 at 3:55pm

What a voice indeed. The kind that reaches into your chest and squeezes your heart. Thanks for that post.

Carl, thanks for your post too. I love trains (never driven a car, you see) and would love to ride in one of those old cars.

 

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