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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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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 The Flying Atheist on August 30, 2013 at 11:17am

Mindy, sounds like you have a wonderful evening planned.  Some "me" time is always nice.  I should know......I live alone. 

Patricia, thanks for posting the train videos.  They were fun to watch. 

Ian, I like your comic.  Today I slept in.  Must have been very tired.  It's 11 AM and I just got up about 15 minutes ago.  I'm having my morning coffee right now.  Can't get started without it. 

Now that I think about it, my morning coffee is a daily tribute to our president, Barack Obama.......it's from Kenya.  lol

Comment by booklover on August 30, 2013 at 10:16am

Thanks Ian, I wish I could find a way to have my friend watch it.  I can't even communicate with her anymore.  She doesn't even answer the phone to her own daughters most of the time.  I really care about her, but I'm not really in her life at all anymore.

Comment by Ian Mason on August 30, 2013 at 9:29am

Found it! Stephen Fry "The secret life of the manic-depressive!

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=rGDl6-lyfMY

Comment by booklover on August 30, 2013 at 9:23am

Comment by booklover on August 30, 2013 at 9:22am

Good Morning Everyone!  Hubby left for Indianapolis early this a.m..  Kids are sleeping, both of them start work at 3 p.m..  I plan on going to the library to get a stack of books, the grocery store to get something delicious for myself for dinner (don't know what yet!), and having a very nice evening alone.  With 3 cats and a dog of course. ;)  I hope you all have a great Labor Day Weekend! Hugs to you my Friends~ Mindy

p.s.  Cute comic Ian! lol

Comment by Ian Mason on August 30, 2013 at 9:12am

There are films available of various train routes taken from the cab. German TV often send them late at night.

Here's something for all us slow starters:

Comment by Ian Mason on August 30, 2013 at 1:35am

That's rough, Mindy. Bipolar can be a real bastard.I know a few people with the problem. Stephen Fry (the actor) made a documentary about his (ando thers) experiences with it that, I think, can be found on YouTube. With the right kind of help it is possible to learn to live with it but it's an uphill struggle. When I was younger and had a diagnosis of angst my family just said that I should "pull myself together". That was FUCK ALL HELP! All I got was guilt feelings about being so "weak". I feel for you and your friend.

I love trains too, so much that I tend to fall asleep in them.

Comment by sk8eycat on August 30, 2013 at 1:33am

Thinking, or saying, that someone with a bi-polar condition should "snap out of it" is unbelievably cruel. 

My sister is an Aspie, and I'm still hearing "friends" tell me that she's been spoiled, enabled, etc. They haven't lived with her for 69 years...I HAVE!  My parents tried everything, but nobody had even heard of Asperger's Syndrome when we were kids, and psychologists of those days had pretty weird ideas about any  form of autism.  They usually blamed the mother for being "cold."  I remember seeing my mother crying because even as an infant my sister hated to be cuddled and held the way most babies do. 

Mom loved babies and children, she bugged me about giving her some grandchildren until I (joyfully) told her that I had hit menopause. (I never told her about the abortions.)

Comment by Joan Denoo on August 30, 2013 at 1:13am

sk8eycat , love the 5s and 10s with the cat! 

I remember train rides as a child and loved it. The rhythm makes for nice relaxation exercises ... Not so good for walking and swaying. I felt like a klutz. 

Napoleon, I do not like to care for long-haired cats. They get so many mats and resist any attempt to get rid of them. I would too, if I had long tangled hair. 

Comment by Joan Denoo on August 30, 2013 at 1:07am

Brain/Mind disorders present terrible challenges. I am so sorry to learn of your friend, Mindy, and her struggles. Trying to help seems fruitless, especially when the whole body influences what the brain/mind does. "Snapping out of it" requires more than possibly can be handled by some. If she feels helpless, with no options, she is indeed, stuck. With all the different protocols she had must leave her in utter chaos, or a zombie. I don't know which is worse. 

 

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