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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.

Nobody here is into mind games. A discussion started with a loaded guilt-throwing question will be deleted.

This group is not intended to compete with other groups on topics they cover but to "fill in the cracks." Whenever a discussion dwells at length on a topic for which there's an existing group, we urge you to provide members a link to that group to continue along their tangent.

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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

You'll NEVER Guess Who Just Showed Up on Mr. Deity!!!

Started by Loren Miller. Last reply by Loren Miller Feb 14. 11 Replies

I don't believe this one either, but ... well, here it is: And would you believe - Mr. D made me laugh!  RD, that is!Continue

Tags: Richard Dawkins, Mr. Deity

Seth Andrews' Rebuttal to "10 Women Christian Men Shouldn't Marry" (The Thinking Atheist)

Started by Loren Miller. Last reply by Loren Miller Feb 6. 20 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

Seth Andrews' New Book, "Sacred Cows" (The Thinking Atheist)

Started by Loren Miller. Last reply by Patricia Feb 6. 7 Replies

For the last few podcasts, Seth Andrews has been alluding to a new literary effort he's been working on.  Well, the cat is out of the bag ... or perhaps I should say, the cow is out of the barn!  Seth's new opus is entitled: Sacred Cows: a…Continue

Tags: book, Sacred Cows, The Thinking Atheist, Seth Andrews

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

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Comment by Idaho Spud on April 8, 2013 at 9:22am

Melinda, does IL not let you request no jury duty before it starts?  In Idaho, there is a box you can check and give a reason why you wish to be excused.  I told them that I was 71 and had health problems.  If I remember right, over a certain age was all that was needed to be excused, and I was by return mail.

Comment by Ian Mason on April 8, 2013 at 1:34am

Got back from England late last night and now trying to catch up. It's nice to be "home" among friends here.

There's slow progress being made with the two mothers in the U.K. Step-mum is still in hospital and using an oxygen mask, which may be permanent now, but is starting to eat and talk to people again. It looks unlikely that she'll be able to resume life as it was. The future is still uncertain though.

Mum in care-home has some swings in her dementia but it's still obvious to those who know her. She has periods when she falls a lot too. My sister-in-law and I spent some time in the dept. manager's office trying to chase up a lot of neglected things such as hospital appointments and missing dentures and we think we had an effect. It seems to help that I'm there, being 1) male and 2) a qualified carer by profession who knows which buttons to push in a polite way.

I hope to visit again in the near future but I do have to work for a living. The travelling is also enervating, particularly as the easiest way is with the cut-price Ryan Air, a company that really does treat passengers like cattle with money.

The sun is shining from a clear, blue sky here even if the temperature is still around freezing or just above. Very pleasant.

Comment by Plinius on April 8, 2013 at 12:52am

I love the brothel/church story Sk8eycat!

Comment by Joan Denoo on April 7, 2013 at 6:39pm
I am embarrassed I sent you my playlist instead of just the one video of "Iz, What a wonderful world". And it turns out I sent you the wrong video. I intended to send the one showing the community spreading his ashes into the ocean.
Over the Rainbow / What a wonderful World - IZ, Israel Kamakawiwo`Ole (Musikvideo)
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=y5JicO2bKec
Comment by Joan Denoo on April 7, 2013 at 6:04pm

"we now have a whorehouse owner who staunchly believes in the power of prayer, and an entire church congregation that thinks it's all bullshit!"

Priceless!

Comment by Ruth Anthony-Gardner on April 7, 2013 at 6:03pm

Thanks for the cute otter LOL, booklover.

Joan, you introduced me to a new kind of eye candy, body painting. Thanks.

Comment by Joan Denoo on April 7, 2013 at 6:01pm
A tragedy, turned to a partial victory. A beautiful sight that sends shivers up my spine. Now, what will they do to prevent another such occurrence?
The Great Netherlands Horse Rescue
http://ponymansdaughter.wordpress.com/2013/04/07/the-great-netherla...
Comment by Idaho Spud on April 7, 2013 at 4:57pm

Kind of funny Whorehouse vs church story.  Also, a very interesting dilemma for the judge.

If I were the judge, and thought I could get away with it, I would say there is no evidence that god exists or that prayers are answered, so, in spite of my conclusion that religion is a net evil, in this case I'm sadly going to have to rule in favor of the defendant.

Comment by sk8eycat on April 7, 2013 at 3:56pm

MT. VERNON, TEXAS … WHOREHOUSE SUES LOCAL CHURCH OVER LIGHTNING STRIKE!

 
Diamond D's brothel began construction on an expansion of their building to increase their ever-growing business. In response, the local Baptist Church started a campaign to block the business from expanding -- with morning, afternoon, and evening prayer sessions at their church. Work on Diamond D's progressed right up until the week before the grand reopening when lightning struck the whorehouse and burned it to the ground!
After the cat-house was burned to the ground by the lightning strike, the church folks were rather smug in their outlook, bragging about "the power of prayer."
 
But late last week 'Big Jugs' Jill Diamond, the owner/madam, sued the church, the preacher and the entire congregation on the grounds that the church ... "was ultimately responsible for the demise of her building and her business -- either through direct or indirect divine actions or means."
 
In its reply to the court, the church vehemently and voraciously denied any and all responsibility or any connection to the building's demise.
 
The crusty old judge read through the plaintiff's complaint and the defendant's reply, and at the opening hearing he commented, "I don't know how the hell I'm going to decide this case, but it appears from the paperwork, that we now have a whorehouse owner who staunchly believes in the power of prayer, and an entire church congregation that thinks it's all bullshit!"
Comment by Ruth Anthony-Gardner on April 7, 2013 at 3:55pm

I'll be thinking of you on April 16th, Joan. Good luck.

Thanks for introducing me to IZ. One thing that struck me, as the wife of someone with emphysema, was IZ wearing an oxygen cannula. Sharing this with your fans is coming out, for an entertainment celebrity, as bold as declaring oneself atheist or gay.

I try to avoid looking at needles going into my body. I did read that people report less pain when they don't look.

 

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