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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 December 24, 2014 at 9:59am

I'm glad you're not going to get the stormy weather, Carl. That's great you're feeling well!  Have a happy time with your family, enjoying the yummy food! :)

Comment by Plinius on December 24, 2014 at 9:59am

I'm glad not to think back. I'm organizing a little celebration for brother-in-law, tomorrow is his first visit here since his accident. He'll be brought here by a taxi service for the disabled - I wonder if he can manage the stairs. Auntie cannot come - her ward is closed because of an infection, but I'll bring her a present afterwards.

Comment by The Flying Atheist on December 24, 2014 at 9:31am

As of this morning, apparently the winter weather has moved east of Chicago and will miss us.  The winter storm watch has been cancelled. 

Today, I'm off to my doctor for an appointment and a review of my health.  I'm glad I won't have to deal with any snow or rain.  BTW, I'm still feeling well and I'm looking forward to spending time during the next few days with my family.  Lots of great seasonal food is in store!

Comment by booklover on December 24, 2014 at 9:19am

Joan, I'm so glad that you are having such a happy time.  That is so nice that you cook for your family, and they are appreciative.  Your grandchildren sound terrific!

We go to my in-laws tonight.  We open presents, and my mother-in-law is a good cook, so there's that to enjoy.  They "believe," but they don't go to church, or mention religion or anything.  Just pretty decorations, and I like my kids getting to be with their cousins. 

I hope we don't get any of your bad weather, Carl! ;)

Comment by Randall Smith on December 24, 2014 at 8:09am

I like all the "good news" comments--and music, cartoons, etc.

Christmas eve brings back many wonderful memories. One year, Santa (my grandfather) walked up to our house, looked over his list, shook his head, and walked on down the street. I was devastated! Yes, he returned.                                                    It'll be a very quiet eve and day tomorrow this year.

Comment by Loren Miller on December 24, 2014 at 6:11am

Thunder-snow, eh?  I remember that from not quite 30 years ago when I was waiting for a flight at Cleveland Hopkins Airport.  Flight was cancelled, of course!

Glad you enjoyed "Let It Snow," Carl.  That one is a long-time favorite of mine.

Comment by Ian Mason on December 24, 2014 at 4:32am

Joan, your gladness and love of life are infectious. Have some lovely days with your nearest and dearest.

Comment by Joan Denoo on December 24, 2014 at 3:19am

Ian, wonderful cartoon! 

Comment by Joan Denoo on December 24, 2014 at 3:17am

I'm having a most delightful visit with Laura and Larry. They worked all day each day so far and I enjoy cooking dinner each night and preparing mid-day snacks to keep their strength up. They enjoy my cooking ... thankfully. 

I spent an afternoon with my five great-grandkids. Their mother works for Laura and so I had them all to myself. When dinner time came, each one, from six years old to 16 had their assigned chores in getting the meal ready and they performed like real troopers. 

One of the boys, ten year old Austin, has a learning disability. I was dumbfounded at his abilities at building things out of magnet parts. He built a bridge, igloo, houses of different shapes. I will send photos of them later. He has unusual math abilities as well. I told his Mom and Dad, they need not worry about him. If he has good teachers, he will surprise everyone with his abilities. They don't need to be so anxious about him. Their other kids have very high grades and all participate in sports. Especially the 12 year old girl. She lives for sports. The six year old learns many things from his older siblings, appearing advanced for his age. His language skills will take him a long way. The 16 year old is a junior volunteer fire fighter, taking courses in forest management and gets college credits for his involvement and courses. The ten year old has a free spirit and I suspect he has some musical talent. He enjoys rhythms. He and I like to go into the woods and beat patterns on fallen logs and upright trees. He is quite good. 

My four month old great-granddaughter will be with us tomorrow. I guess you know I am looking forward to time with her. 

The Winter Solstice log burn will take place later in the week because of conflicting schedules when we will all be able to attend.

I'm just kind of giddy with all the playtime for myself and the kiddos.  

I hope each one of you have great fun, build happy memories, have good health and celebrate the Turning of the Yearly Wheel. 

Comment by Ian Mason on December 24, 2014 at 3:07am

Bon appetit, Felaine. Unexpected suprises like that are lovely and you deserve a treat.

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