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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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Surreal, I haz it

Started by Ruth Anthony-Gardner. Last reply by booklover on Monday. 75 Replies

Surreal, not just found in art.Continue

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Poem - "Oh, Wait..."

Started by Loren Miller. Last reply by Luara Apr 11. 7 Replies

Before you ask, no, I didn't write this.  I discovered it in a comment on a Discovermagazine.com piece which…Continue

Tags: poem

Curious: Has anyone read the novel "Christian Nation"?

Started by Brent Feeney. Last reply by Plinius Apr 10. 11 Replies

So I've been thinking about this some lately, and I wanted to see what your thoughts were:I read a novel last fall that was making the rounds of Atheist blogs and what not called "Christian Nation", which is part alternative history and part…Continue

Stop the Religious Right. Four Steps You Can Take, Sean Faircloth.

Started by Joan Denoo. Last reply by Joan Denoo Apr 9. 2 Replies

Thanks to Grinning Cat via Loren Miller led me to this additional video by Sean Faircloth. He provides positive and powerful examples of thinking and acting. Continue

Science, Atheism & the Joyful Life -- by Sean Faircloth, Richard Dawkins Foundation

Started by Loren Miller. Last reply by Joan Denoo Apr 9. 6 Replies

Some speeches by atheists are factual and practical, dealing with the nuts and bolts of reality.  Some are diatribes against the superstitions we seek to overcome, pointing out the man behind the curtain and the fallacies and snake oil he tries to…Continue

Tags: life, joy, Richard Dawkins Foundation, Sean Faircloth

Bedtime Bible Stories (Betty Bowers)

Started by Loren Miller Apr 8. 0 Replies

Uh, oh!  America's Best Christian, Betty Bowers, is at it again, THIS time with bedtime stories!  Somehow with her retelling of some of the classics, I'm dubious that her versions would go over with the Brothers Grimm or Hans Christian Anderson,…Continue

Tags: stories, bedtime, Betty Bowers

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Comment by Steph S. on October 22, 2012 at 11:03pm

hey booklover - yeah Sesame Street is great stuff.

how nice - cute story

Comment by Steph S. on October 22, 2012 at 7:43pm

Just able to sit down finally - ok - now to catch up.

Comment by booklover on October 22, 2012 at 7:39pm

Comment by Joan Denoo on October 22, 2012 at 7:06pm

For all of us who have been responsible for changing diapers, we didn't realize those sweet little faces had such evil intent, did we?

Comment by Paula T. on October 22, 2012 at 7:05pm

AND guilt people into digging deeper into their pockets...

Comment by Paula T. on October 22, 2012 at 7:04pm

I am so glad to be done with church services...except for the very occasional wedding or funeral.  I won't be going to the service when my boyfriend's 13 year old makes her Confirmation next spring.

All the kneeing, holding hands, bowing of heads, etc.  UGH!  As if any of that makes anyone a better person.  Oh no!  Gawd is gonna strike me down cuz I didn't really bow my head during the consecration of the crackers and vino!  I really believe now that it is all for show.  Like the church papers I found in the ceiling of my basement years ago - they had the parishioners listed WITH THE AMOUNT THEY DONATED!!  Talk about trying to outdo the Jones'!

Comment by sk8eycat on October 22, 2012 at 6:43pm

Chris and Sk8eycat, the constipated protestant men is an interesting and funny observation

I first noticed that when I was still going to church...the men who were the most vocal about Jeebus would always put their heads on their fists and scrunch their faces up when they prayed (you can tell I seldom bowed my head), and I always wondered why.  Were they trying to force the prayer out of the tops of their heads? Or were they showing off (like Tebow)?

I've seen pics of Shrub in that position when he made his cabinet pray with him...

Gross.

Comment by Joan Denoo on October 22, 2012 at 5:51pm

Ian Mason, good for you! All kids really need, aside from basic food, shelter, protection, is to feel loved, cared for, and heard.
When I moved here 38 years ago I decided my three ten-year old children were going to define themselves and not have a definition placed on them. They blossomed, with a few side trips into alcohol land, but have become their own persons and I am so happy I made the choices I did.  I believe children have desire to be part of family and want to be accepted. 
I wish you well with your daughter with a relationship filled with respect and compassion. 

Comment by Idaho Spud on October 22, 2012 at 4:48pm

Green fire Jack-O-Lanterns & other Halloween ideas:

http://chemistry.about.com/od/halloweenchemistry/tp/Cool-Jack-O-Lan...

Comment by Ian Mason on October 22, 2012 at 4:35pm

Joan Denoo, you make me go all misty-eyed. Children recognise love and support and thrive when they get it.

Just been to the theatre with my 24 year old daughter. We're friends these days. I'm afraid that depression and alcohol marred things in her childhood. No grandchildren yet but that may happen at some point.

 

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