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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 on Thursday. 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 Joan Denoo on June 17, 2013 at 11:27pm
Wow "'Ride of the Valkyries' rouses Caltech students for finals" should get the grey matter stimulated!
Comment by Loren Miller on June 17, 2013 at 10:55pm

Pardon my interruption here ... but I wanted to interject something truly beautiful ... something poetic, flowing and profound.  That something came from the pen of Maurice Ravel, and I truly believe it encompasses all the qualities I listed above:



What that is ... is Ravel's "Pavane pour un infante defunte."  It is among the most beautiful pieces of classical music that I am aware of ... and I invite you:

Please listen.  Please enjoy.

Comment by Ruth Anthony-Gardner on June 17, 2013 at 8:05pm

Patricia, I had no idea you’d undergone such suffering and surgery. My spine has been degenerating more rapidly lately. Today my orthopedist prescribed sleeping in a back brace. Hopefully I’ll be able to use fewer Lidoderm patches to get to sleep. My pain is nothing compared to what you describe.*shudder* Doctors not taking your pain seriously, I hear you.

When it came to the point where I could not get off the floor, then I was classed as an 'emergency case' & got in within a week.

Your two year recovery does, however, also sound daunting.

Here's a zero calorie "box of sunshine".

Comment by Ruth Anthony-Gardner on June 17, 2013 at 7:22pm

How to fold a shirt in 20 seconds. I've been doing it wrong all of my life.

 

Comment by sk8eycat on June 17, 2013 at 4:18pm

More music...IF the link works

as Dan’s song about Rick Perry puts it, :

Get Off Your Knees and Get to Work”? 

 

(Piety is like garlic, a little goes a long way.)

Comment by Plinius on June 17, 2013 at 12:18pm

;-D   Nobody can resist strawberry ice cream!

Comment by Steph S. on June 17, 2013 at 11:34am

Comment by sk8eycat on June 17, 2013 at 3:08am

Oh, WOW!  I wanna skate to THAT!

Thanks.

Comment by Ian Mason on June 17, 2013 at 2:42am

I was once on a TU course at a place that used this as wake-up music: Sibelius: Karelia Suite - Intermezzo. I love it.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=XtIw5AkUEsE

Comment by Plinius on June 17, 2013 at 1:24am

Thanks for the link, Joan! I often use these exercises and most of the time they work well. But even so I'm getting shorter all the time; I lost about 6 cm. And the exercise, the painkillers and a little pampering calmed down the nerve and I'm almost back to normal again!

That is good news that you get a grip on your well-being through diet!

Take care of yourself, Ian, while taking care of others! It's hard when there is no comfort except friendship. I'll think of you.

 

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