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

Started by Ruth Anthony-Gardner. Last reply by Dominique Lutz on Thursday. 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

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

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Comment by Joan Denoo on March 30, 2013 at 2:46pm
Of course we share concern about dumbing down of USA and loss of vital research. Some people believe the Earth is 6,000 years old, that dinosaurs and Homo sapiens co-existed, that a super-human energy created all that is in six days, and some external being answers prayers, etc.
I am faced now with people saying they will pray for me. I don't need prayers, I need well trained scientists to facilitate management of my cancer. I need assurance that all have licenses and have credentials testifying to their knowledge, that they are held accountable when/if mistakes occur, that test equipment is sterile and does not infect me, that people know, based on evidence, what to do.
Yes, there is an emotional aspect of cancer, however emotional needs can be met by family and friends who express care for my wellbeing. I live abundantly in well educated, thoughtful, kind, compassionate members of my support team. All is well.
"Scientific Savvy? In U.S., Not Much"
"Dr. Miller, who was raised in Portsmouth, Ohio, when it was a dying steel town, attributes much of the nation's collective scientific ignorance to poor education, particularly in high schools. Many colleges require every student to take some science, but most Americans do not graduate from college. And science education in high school can be spotty."

http://www.nytimes.com/2005/08/30/science/30profile.html?pagewanted...
Comment by Joan Denoo on March 30, 2013 at 12:54pm

Thanks to Krozan Darshandhari, from Lalitpur, Nepal.

Secular Holidays by Season

Comment by Ian Mason on March 30, 2013 at 11:55am

Breakfast? Having lived in Denmark for 27 years I've become a convert to good, dark rye bread and probably eat more than most Danes now. If I've been to the gym on the way home from work in the morning, then porrige, boiled with skimmed milk and as a little treat pineapple chunks. A good breakfast should keep your mouth shut and your bowels open.

Comment by Steph S. on March 30, 2013 at 10:42am

Oh I love that Melinda! I need to do that with the real life ones too.

I am glad you are feeling better Joan. I am thinking of you and wish the best for you.

Comment by Steph S. on March 30, 2013 at 10:40am

Comment by Idaho Spud on March 30, 2013 at 9:00am

Have faith.  Good one Melinda.

Comment by Idaho Spud on March 30, 2013 at 8:39am

Love apricots!  Not impressed with apples unless they are picked green or crab. Just like me :)

Comment by Joan Denoo on March 30, 2013 at 3:53am

I feel wonderful Chris. The back of winter begins to break, a few nights  with 40 degrees F temperatures and I can put some things in. I will be out of business for a little while, but the imperative to not use my arm means I can sit in the garden with the birds, squirrels and neighbors' cats in addition to just absorb all that loveliness.  Like you, Chris, I feel better when I eat lower on the food chain. Your menu sounds perfect to me. I love raw, unsalted nuts that I roast myself. Especially walnuts! Nothing better than a handful of nuts. Thanks for asking. 

I Googled Frans de Waal's "The bonobo and the atheist" for videos, and there are many! I watched these short one:

Incredible new spider with an absolutely astonishing skill

Morals Without God? Frans de Waal and Jeff Schloss discuss at Emory...

Comment by Plinius on March 30, 2013 at 2:39am

It is, and the more basic I eat the better I feel. For the rest of the day: lots of veg and a little salmon, with a few nuts to snack.

How do you feel, Joan?

Comment by Joan Denoo on March 30, 2013 at 1:55am
Chris, your breakfast sounds delicious.
 

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