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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 Steph S. on June 7, 2013 at 11:30pm

Comment by Angela on June 7, 2013 at 10:21pm
I'll be careful to not say anything that could be used against me in a court of law. ;)
Comment by sk8eycat on June 7, 2013 at 9:48pm

Comfortable?  NOT!

The revelations of spying on telephone (Verizon) customers are extraordinary -- but it gets even worse.  The government is spying, in real time, on all Internet users. From the Guardian:

The National Security Agency has obtained direct access to the systems of Google, Facebook, Apple and other US internet giants, according to a top secret document obtained by the Guardian.

The NSA access is part of a previously undisclosed program called PRISM, which allows officials to collect material including search history, the content of emails, file transfers and live chats, the document says.

Comment by booklover on June 7, 2013 at 3:35pm

Exactly Angela!  It's comfortable!~ Mindy

Comment by Angela on June 7, 2013 at 3:23pm
Now there's an excellent idea! I like talking here better also. I don't feel the need to censor myself.
Comment by booklover on June 7, 2013 at 3:05pm

I really like getting free samples in the mail and winning things in those online instant-win games.  I actually just won a $100 gift card to Nordstroms.  They all want you to "like" them on FB now first though.  So that's ALL I'm keeping it for.  You should see my page! No info, no pictures, no anything!  I'm not going to comment or reply, and I took off ALL of my friends.  It just stressed me out, and this was one thing I could do in my life to relieve a little stress.

I like talking to you guys better anyway!!! :)

Comment by Patricia on June 7, 2013 at 1:38pm

I get coupons from plenty of places without joining that nonsense site. I joined fakebook once many years ago with a friend of mine, but we both got out within days. She disabled her account, but I searched for an email address to demand that they remove me completely. I don't NEED anything like that to stay in touch with anything or anyone. I managed before, & am managing now.....very easily. It's too damned invasive, & I do not like being pushed into anything just to get some damn coupon that can be gotten in many other places! I get coupons to my door in snailmail or flyers, print some online, & that's fine by me.Seeing fb everywhere I go online is getting really old!!!!  

Comment by Angela on June 7, 2013 at 1:29pm
I deal with it also. I need more atheist friends. If someone posts repeated god this and god that I usually just hide them from my timeline. My list is getting long! Haha
Comment by Joan Denoo on June 7, 2013 at 1:07pm
I understand the frustration with Facebook, and the way I handle it may or may not work for anyone else. Anyone who sends me one of those sappy stories about god's interventions, I write them and express my dislike for those obviously contrived, foolish stories, such as god kept my oil bottle full, god spared me from the ... whatever. Bull shit. The real fecal matter type of substance. I then tell them I am blocking them. My beloved cousins, my dear fiends, my neighbors, it doesn't matter who sends these cockamamie stories, they get a block. I don't like the "I'll pray for you" nonsense either, or "Trust in the Lord" delusions. I am 77 years old, and I don't want to read and hear any more self-deceptions.
What I do like to read and hear are expressions of care and compassion. Ideas offer alternative suggestions that may or may not help. If I haven't thought of something, and someone else offers the idea, we both benefit.
People can pray or trust in their created illusion all they want, but it didn't seem to help a lot of people in the tsunamis, earthquakes, volcnic eruptions, land slides, floods, tornadoes. It is so simple, "DOES IT WORK?" If yes, good for you, if no, too bad. Think about the threat and do something productive.
Comment by The Flying Atheist on June 7, 2013 at 12:02pm

Joseph, that has to be very frustrating when your facebook page looks like christian central.  I think I'd go off the deep end if I had to see that constantly. 

 

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