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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 on Thursday. 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 Plinius on April 27, 2014 at 1:37am

You sure made your ex-friends show what they're really made of, Mindy! Better to know the worst - you don't need that sort of trouble. And I'm glad your daughter is doing so well!

I have very few friends left, probably because I lead a very quiet life due to health- and stressproblems. And we're still working on for our two patients. Yesterday a big helping of migraine, but today we'll go on packing and cleaning in brother-in-law's house and trying to socialize his cat. The poor animal must be lonely, with only daily visits, but she begins to open up to us.

Ruth and Sk8eycat, this side is not only troll free, but nobody has been rude or condescending too. Very special!

Comment by Ian Mason on April 27, 2014 at 1:24am

Very pleased that things are going well for your daughter, Mindy.

Living in Denmark FB is a useful for keeping up with the small talk of the family in England, including baby pics when my nieces and nephews produce their offspring. That's one of the nice sides. There's also a very few people I take seriously and can exchange views with. Like life, there's good and bad. You can choose. Plus I use Adblock to stop a lot of junk.

Have a nice Sunday. The sun is out here but I have to go to bed as I'm working this weekend. Can't win 'em all.

Comment by Ruth Anthony-Gardner on April 26, 2014 at 9:57pm

sk8eycat, you put it perfectly

I feel safe here, because they have managed to block trolls.

This is the only troll free site I know about, besides my Irritable Bowel Syndrome group.

Happy Weekend and good weather, all.

Comment by k.h. ky on April 26, 2014 at 9:56pm
Facebook is so filled with religious nuts , in this area, l can't stand it. I deleted mine years ago. Started another, just to keep up with my family, and would delete it but I can't remember the password.
Comment by The Flying Atheist on April 26, 2014 at 9:48pm

Felaine, I'm much like you.  I keep in touch with the people who are real friends and have let others just fade away to a memory.  I do admit, there are a few friends from college that were very close and meaningful to me that I let slip away and I wish hadn't, but I was dealing with my own personal issues at the time.  Sadly, It just happened and I allowed it.  Now it just seems like ancient history from lifetimes ago.

Mindy, great to hear the news about your daughter!   

Comment by booklover on April 26, 2014 at 8:02pm
Thanks Steph and Felaine:). I have never gone to a class reunion either. I loved high school, but I don't like to go back to the past, never have. Even if it was good. When it's over, it's over. For me anyway! So yes Steph, I DID delete Facebook and Im relieved. Glad you're getting out to go biking Steph! I know you love that! It's in the 50's here. Supposed to rain big time tomorrow.
So the boyfriend came in to pick my daughter up, and we hadn't cleaned the house today, and I ran and put lipstick on(small vanity)! We'd never met him before. Very polite, personable, and handsome! :)
You guys are so great. So happy we all found each other here. Hugs, Mindy
Comment by sk8eycat on April 26, 2014 at 6:27pm

To Mindy and Carl: one reason I have never gone to any reunions (HS class OR Holiday On Ice), EVER, is that I was always in touch with my real friends, and I just didn't give a rat's patoot about the rest!  Some I disliked intensely and never wanted to see again, anyway.

When one of my closest HS friends wanted to start a FB page years ago, I did join up, but I started hearing from the "never again" classmates (plus I got 5 times as much spam as I usually did), so I opted out ASAP, and never went back.

Some of the animal rescue non-profits I deal with have FB pages, and I understand why.  They can't afford real web sites.  I can still read those without joining.

Anyroad, my privacy is more important to me than having a lot of strangers "like" me.  I feel safe here, because they have managed to block trolls...I don't know how, but it's the first atheist "refuge" that has been successful at keeping the religious fanatics out.

And for some reason, I can't see anything right now.  Gonna go rest my eyes, and maybe have a cuppa tea.

PS: Mindy, I'm happy your daughter is doing so well!  Both socially and scholastically.

Hugs to everyone here!

Comment by Steph S. on April 26, 2014 at 6:22pm

Hey Mindy - sorry you had to go through all that. Did you say you were getting off Facebook? If you are I think that would be good for you. Then you don't have to see any posts from those people anymore. So congrats to your daughter on her math exam - good job. So glad you have some good news.

Just went for a bike ride and had a good time outside. Just going to watch a DVD movie and relax while eating my dinner.

I hope everyone is having a good weekend. I can't believe summer is almost here. Where is time going?

Comment by sk8eycat on April 26, 2014 at 6:10pm

I deleted it...but it was NOT from an e-mail this time.

Comment by Idaho Spud on April 26, 2014 at 5:21pm

Thanks for clearing that up Mindy.  I didn't know that the Archie cartoonist was that religious either.

Thanks for the G+ information also.

 

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