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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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The FLDS Cult Is Unraveling

Started by Joan Denoo. Last reply by Plinius 12 hours ago. 1 Reply

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 on Tuesday. 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

Richard Dawkins, Growing Up in the Universe

Started by Joan Denoo. Last reply by Joan Denoo Mar 14. 2 Replies

Here is an oldie, the young Richard Dawkins teaching kids about the universe. I especially like the one demonstrating how the eye evolved. This should answer those who believe it was impossible to evolve an eye. Continue

Tags: universe, teaching, Dawkins, Richard

Seeing Things (TheraminTrees)

Started by Loren Miller. Last reply by Ruth Anthony-Gardner Feb 25. 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

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Comment by Plinius on March 21, 2015 at 1:48am

You're too kind, Joan! In one of the pics from Spokane I saw such a beautiful park with many flowers.

Comment by Plinius on March 21, 2015 at 1:45am

Best wishes for you and husband with the new knee, Ruth!

Katy, I missed most of my family's stories because of broken contacts. But I heard all the stories from my in-laws and after that I began to ask others for their stories - in the end we're all family and all part of the same history, so every story is important. Tell us your stories!

Comment by Ruth Anthony-Gardner on March 20, 2015 at 11:16pm

Thanks for the Happy Spring wish, Joan. My snowdrops got buried under 6 inches of snow today. <sigh> Birds which sang for a week fell silent. I worried about them going hungry.

Interesting story about your family's division as a result of a one letter change, k.h. ky.

My husband will go in for a knee replacement April 23rd. I'll likely be too busy to visit here often during his 6 week recovery. We learned details at a 2 hour class yesterday. We're lucky to be 30 minutes drive from world class joint specialists.

Happy Spring to all you Northern Hemisphere folk, and Happy Autumn to you in the Southern Hemisphere.

Comment by Joan Denoo on March 20, 2015 at 10:36pm

I'm sorry if I misled anyone. The tulip bed is from Keukenhof, Lisse, Netherlands and I chose it to honor Chris. 

Comment by k.h. ky on March 20, 2015 at 12:41pm
It's a dreary, cloudy, first day of spring. Dog has to go to vet to see if we can determine exactly what's going on with her ears. It's been a year of this. Now she hides under the sofa if she sees a bottle of ear wash or drops.
Comment by k.h. ky on March 20, 2015 at 12:36pm
@Chris, I wish I had listened more to family lineage. And the history my gparents lived through. I only learned last year that the spelling of my family name was changed by one letter to please my,then future, gmother. So people l thought we're of no relation are often cousins, uncles, etc.
Comment by k.h. ky on March 20, 2015 at 12:30pm
My auto correct can makessome grammatical errors that are often funny. Sometimes senseless.
Comment by Joan Denoo on March 20, 2015 at 11:19am

Randy, I am so glad you like me enough to want me to speak like an intelligent, educated woman. Of course, I meant geography. I of all people should have known better because my minor in college was geology. Thank you, my dear and steadfast friend, I admire your staunch support. 

Ian, I had asked several times before on different sites and on this one, that I want correction, especially since I don't get the who and whom difference. Oh, I know! Everyone with any intelligence can figure it out, but I just don't get it. I do the "...

"...substituting he/him or they/them to see which makes sense. He or they would mean you should use who, and him or them would indicate that whom is the correct choice."

"Hint to remember: both him and them end in m, like whom, so that would therefore be the logical choice". 

Ruth recently posted a piece on poor grammar, and I agree! If we, as people who do not believe in a superhuman power speak with power, confidence, competence and correct spelling and grammar, we might influence those who have a modicum of intelligence about our claims. The deliberately unwilling become unable to think. 

Fear and hope are powerful underpinnings for believing in superstitions. We see it also in Daniel's piece about superstitions in medicine. 

Thanks, Ian, for your loving care. 

Comment by Ian Mason on March 20, 2015 at 8:25am

Comment by Ian Mason on March 20, 2015 at 8:23am

Sorry if I gave the wrong impression, Chris. I don't have the same problem as you. It's just that I'm reaching that age when things in my body creak and crackle. Fair wear and tear in general.

 

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