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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

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Poem - "Oh, Wait..."

Started by Loren Miller. Last reply by Luara Apr 11. 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 Plinius on April 3, 2013 at 12:28am

I enjoyed the Short History of Nearly Everything very much, mostly because of all the people who refused the easy old answers.

Comment by Ruth Anthony-Gardner on April 3, 2013 at 12:08am

Oops, Sorry.

I responded to a picture booklover had posted in Birding, Birders and All Things Bird. I'll repeat it here.

Comment by Grinning Cat on April 3, 2013 at 12:07am

Those hominid reconstructions reminded me of this poster by Jason Permenter -- not the usual sort of cat picture here:

"Have you seen this cat?

''MILES''

Kind of blue. Nocturnal. Solitary. WARNING: Extremely distant, cold, and withdrawn. Quick temper. Severe contempt for critics and everyone else. Likely to be confrontational. Does not respond to treats."

Comment by Ruth Anthony-Gardner on April 3, 2013 at 12:03am

Booklover, that owl looks as if it’s in the company of Daleks.

Cute skeletal cartoons, Flying Atheist!.

Thanks you, Joan for saying, “This site is a treasure and one that soothes and relaxes, even as we face big challenges of living.”

That cat video festival sounds interesting, Napoleon Bonaparte, but why would people need to congregate in person?

Egg hunts with clues are the most fun. Thanks for sharing your Sunday dinner, Joan.

Ian, that sounds about right.

1) established science will go to extraordinary lengths to resist new ideas and 2) that when new ideas are accepted the wrong person gets the honours.


Thanks for your company, everyone!

Comment by The Flying Atheist on April 2, 2013 at 11:46pm

This isn't by Gary Larson, but I also like this cartoon.  I guess I just find skeletons to be funny.

Comment by The Flying Atheist on April 2, 2013 at 11:42pm

I have always LOVED Gary Larson cartoons.  This being one of my favorites:

Ian, last year I read Bill Bryson's book, "At Home."  It's a very fun historical look at the development of the modern home and, specifically, his home in England.  At the same time he goes off on many tangents with interesting historical stories of people and household objects. 

Comment by Ian Mason on April 2, 2013 at 11:01pm

Gary Larson is always good, Melinda.

Just finished Bill Bryson's "A Short History of Nearly Everything". My main impressions are that 1) established science will go to extraordinary lengths to resist new ideas and 2) that when new ideas are accepted the wrong person gets the honours.

I remain a sceptic in all areas.

Comment by booklover on April 2, 2013 at 8:03am

Here's an oldie but goodie...

Comment by booklover on April 2, 2013 at 8:02am

Joan, the story about the horseradish was Carl's.  I loved your story about the egg-hunt.  What a neat Granddaughter you have!

Napoleon, Thanks for the information about the Cat Video Festival! I had never heard of it.  Really neat!

I wish it would warm-up here!  I am trying to lose weight also Spud, and it's so chilly I need ear-muffs to go for a walk. Ugh.

Have a good day all~ Melinda

Comment by Idaho Spud on April 2, 2013 at 7:14am

All this talk & views of chocolate easter bunnies is making me hungry for chocolate!!  So far I'm resisting because I'm eliminating sugar and refined carbs from my diet to try to get rid of 60 pounds.

 

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