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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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Seeing Things (TheraminTrees)

Started by Loren Miller. Last reply by Ruth Anthony-Gardner on Thursday. 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

You'll NEVER Guess Who Just Showed Up on Mr. Deity!!!

Started by Loren Miller. Last reply by Loren Miller Feb 14. 11 Replies

I don't believe this one either, but ... well, here it is: And would you believe - Mr. D made me laugh!  RD, that is!Continue

Tags: Richard Dawkins, Mr. Deity

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

Started by Loren Miller. Last reply by Loren Miller Feb 6. 20 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

Seth Andrews' New Book, "Sacred Cows" (The Thinking Atheist)

Started by Loren Miller. Last reply by Patricia Feb 6. 7 Replies

For the last few podcasts, Seth Andrews has been alluding to a new literary effort he's been working on.  Well, the cat is out of the bag ... or perhaps I should say, the cow is out of the barn!  Seth's new opus is entitled: Sacred Cows: a…Continue

Tags: book, Sacred Cows, The Thinking Atheist, Seth Andrews

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

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Comment by Ian Mason on January 16, 2015 at 10:34pm

"Patience is a virtue/posess it if you can/Seldom in a woman/never in a man. One of the truisms I heard so many times as a child. Turned out to be true for me.

I'm a skeptic about these hasty police raids. Whenever something nasty happens there seems to be a great rush to close stable doors after the horses have bolted. I know that the rash of raids/arrests in Britain in 2005 turned up very little.

Comment by Joan Denoo on January 16, 2015 at 6:08pm

When we go to the store, Cary does the shopping list while I putter through the organic and the greengrocer sections. He gets furious with me as I waddle along, reading labels, comparing prices, looking at options, talking to fellow shoppers. I go up and down each isle, eating free samples and discussing them with the demonstrators. The fellow in the organic section is a real dear! He is a refugee from Iraq or Iran. We have nice little conversations if he isn't busy. 

I enjoy the outing when I go by myself, usually a day or two after we have done the household shopping. Simple pleasures for simple minds. 

When he and I go, it takes about 45 minutes in an out with a full load of groceries in the trunk. When I go alone, I might have a few little items but it takes me a couple of hours. 

I dread the time when I can't drive to the store. 

Comment by Oxyaena on January 16, 2015 at 6:04pm

More suspected terrorist cells found in Belgium. Additionally, I don't believe in greater mass surveillance as some idiots politicians want. "Anyone who wants to sacrifice their liberty in favor of increased safety and security doesn't deserve liberty." -- paraphrasing Benjamin Franklin.

Comment by Joan Denoo on January 16, 2015 at 5:53pm

Here comes the sun! Days get longer, nights shorter. What a great time to be alive!

Comment by The Flying Atheist on January 16, 2015 at 12:52pm

Both my parents are almost 80.  I had the pleasure of being with them this past fall on a grocery shopping trip.  Yes, patience is needed.  The slow pace and the back-and-forth from one end of the store to the other for forgotten items got to the point of being downright comical.  At least they both have a good sense of humor and can laugh at themselves.   

Comment by Plinius on January 16, 2015 at 10:33am

And patience is a beautiful gift from you to your father. Enjoy your time together!

Comment by Randall Smith on January 16, 2015 at 7:44am

Joy of joys--I get to take my near 97 yr old father grocery shopping today. He dawdles, perusing every item in the store. I guess that's what old people do. I'm also taking him to lunch. He wants a pizza. That's another hour. The key word is patience. At least he's never grumpy--always upbeat. It's the least I can do. I owe him a lot.

Comment by Bertold Brautigan on January 14, 2015 at 7:50am

Good video, Joan. I've seen the video of Neil's conversation in the church as well, and I was really impressed with how soft-spoken yet unyielding he was.

Comment by Randall Smith on January 14, 2015 at 7:35am

Wow--thanks for the outpouring of sympathy. I'm not depressed or in mourning, but it's hard to quit thinking about it. It was from his wife that I received the news of my friend's suicide. She used many "god knows best" type cliches. But, if it helps her deal with his death, then I'm okay with that.

Comment by Plinius on January 14, 2015 at 4:59am

Sorry to hear you lost two friends Randall!

 

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