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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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Betty Explains Religious Freedom (Betty Bowers)

Started by Loren Miller. Last reply by Randall Smith on Wednesday. 9 Replies

Well, considering all the RFRA bills popping up all over the United States, plus all the fun and games ISIS is bringing to the good folks in Syria and Iraq, Betty Bowers, the epitome of well-dressed christianity, has decided to clarify the true…Continue

Tags: persecution, ISIS, Religious Freedom, America's Best Christian, Betty Bowers

Surreal, I haz it

Started by Ruth Anthony-Gardner. Last reply by Ruth Anthony-Gardner May 6. 82 Replies

Surreal, not just found in art.Continue

Tags: surreal

Let's not define ourselves or others by our worst behaviors

Started by Ruth Anthony-Gardner. Last reply by Dominique Lutz Apr 16. 6 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

The FLDS Cult Is Unraveling

Started by Joan Denoo. Last reply by Idaho Spud Mar 29. 3 Replies

The FLDS Cult Is Unraveling"the internet is a lifeline for people trapped in the most restrictive and stifling forms of…Continue

Tags: Warren Jeff, internet, FLDS

Ode to Yahweh (Non Stamp Collector & 43alley)

Started by Loren Miller. Last reply by Joan Denoo Mar 24. 1 Reply

Ages ago (five or six years, I guess it is) when I first started recognizing my own atheism, one of the first atheist YouTubers I ran onto was Non Stamp Collector.  His handiwork wasn't up to Disney's standards, nor even Hanna-Barbera, but his wit…Continue

Tags: Yahweh, YouTube, 43alley, Non Stamp Collector

Oregon Field Guide - Lamprey Decline

Started by Joan Denoo. Last reply by Ruth Anthony-Gardner Mar 15. 3 Replies

Oregon Field Guide - Lamprey Decline"Populations of Eel-like lamprey have suddenly plummeted since the year 2000 in the Columbia Basin, surprising…Continue

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Comment by Ruth Anthony-Gardner on July 18, 2013 at 2:03pm

Thanks for the update on the cats house, Lillie. I often fantasize about adding cat ramps to our main floor, with holes punched into wasted wall space for nests. But our house is large enough for two cats, so there's no excuse. I like ramps and stairs covered with material that gives them a secure foothold more than the smooth slippery-looking painted surfaces though.

Some people use carpeting.

But I've seen an open weave matting used too, which seems as if it would give a better purchase. I don't like this method of separated shelves because as cats age they have more difficulty successfully jumping. An elderly cat can fall when trying to jump up on  a chair from the floor. This would be far worse.

As you can tell, I've spent lots of time thinking about making over my house. Perhaps if I become a lonely cat lady in my later years I'll do it.

Comment by Lillie on July 18, 2013 at 10:52am
Comment by Joan Denoo on July 18, 2013 at 12:12am

Carl, thanks for the hug. 

Comment by Ruth Anthony-Gardner on July 17, 2013 at 11:59pm

Thanks for sharing your story about leaving in the middle of a sermon, Joan, and the lovely picture of you and your support team.

The farting preacher video is too juvenile for me to enjoy.

Thanks for the restaurant story Joseph.

It was 96° here and my car air conditioner can't cope. Too hot for me today. I can't even imagine living without air conditioning as so many people do. We have three more days of heat wave coming.

Comment by The Flying Atheist on July 17, 2013 at 9:47pm

BTW, where is sk8eycat?  She hasn't meowed around here in a while.  

Patricia, did you ever get a health update/status for your relative?   

Comment by The Flying Atheist on July 17, 2013 at 9:10pm

Big hug to you, Joan. 

Comment by Joan Denoo on July 17, 2013 at 8:38pm

Chemo day Support Team at Gordy's for lunch. The only food I can keep inside me for a day or two after chemo. 

front: Katelyn Dean 

back: Laurie, Michelle, and Old Baldy

Comment by Joseph Corder on July 17, 2013 at 7:22pm

Hey guys, my father always said that my mouth would get me into trouble.  That's why he was impressed!  It felt good to say what I did in the restaurant.  I got the impression that even though people profess to believe in a god, a lot do not but are afraid to admit it, for many different reasons!

Comment by Joseph Corder on July 17, 2013 at 7:11pm

The farting preacher is a scream!!  Was it my imagination that the only time he said excuse me was when he cleared his throat?!!

Comment by Joan Denoo on July 17, 2013 at 2:27pm

I taught adult and highschool kids Sunday school and always prepared by doing background reading, reading what others had to say, and even read the old and new testament. I got to know the bible pretty well. Some problems often came up after hearing a sermon or lesson led by the Dr. of religion at our local Presbyterian college/now university. I had a pretty regular meeting with the pastor or teacher because things didn't fit my understanding of what the bible said. On one event, we were all at church camp and Dr. of religion gave a lesson that was just outrageous. We sat on a log by a lake and discussed my objections. Things just started going down hill from there. One day I left in the middle of a sermon and never went back. 
My adult and highschool students didn't know what the old and new testament said. They knew what they heard in sermons and lessons. As years go by, I often question people who bring up religion and they don't know what it says either. Here is a Pew study about bible literacy:

When I ask non-believers why they left religion a large number of them state they read the bible. The best treatment! 

The "Success Gospel" seems to be the big draw for mega-churches. 

 

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