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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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Seeing Things (TheraminTrees)

Started by Loren Miller. Last reply by Ruth Anthony-Gardner yesterday. 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 Joan Denoo on December 5, 2012 at 2:20pm

Patricia, great news! A Yule Log ready to warm and brighten Winter Solstice? 

Ian, I can hear your frustration and need to get some reasonable service at a reasonable price. I do hope you get to your Mum and can sort things out. My thought go with you. 

Melinda, I love these "perspective" photos. The cat really does look drunk! Your aging comment rings a great big bell for me, with even a drum roll and blast of a bugle: "I am getting old!" My youngest granddaughter was going through some rough time appropriate for a young woman of her age and I was going through some rough time appropriate for my age ... but there isn't as much fun to look forward to going on the down-hill slide. 

So, I guess the best plan, at least for me, is to be a "participant observer" and observe my aching joins, tired back, weariness, disinterest in doing anything productive, and just soak up those delicious naps, and happily accept offers to open doors or carry heavy packages. One little old lady offered to help me get a jar off the top shelf of a grocery store and I asked her how tall she was ... she was an inch shorter than I am. Oh dear! when little short old ladies offer to help me, I must look pretty old. 

Well, the fun things are visiting with you guys each day, doing a bit of reading and writing, finding pleasure in my local grocery store and hardware store, and gleefully trek off to all those doctors' appointments. I even had the great excitement of having my yearly "serious" talk with my financial advisor this morning. Yippee!!

I planned to go testify against coal trains coming through Spokane last night and I was just too tired. I could have given such a strong speech that the plan would have been scuttled at once. Oh! Well! Someone else has to do the work now. I am too busy napping. 

Comment by Steph S. on December 5, 2012 at 8:15am
It's sad that people don't know the meaning of occupied Flying Atheist.
I have a "No Soliciting" sign on my door and apparently some people don't know the meaning of the word.
I hope everyone is doing well today.
Love the drunk cat Melinda and good luck on your lab work.
Enjoy being with all of you!
Comment by Steph S. on December 5, 2012 at 5:27am
Melinda cute cat picture!
Joan I am reading the story about your kids and enjoying your photos!
I hope everyone has a good day!
Ruth I hope you are doing well. Miss you!
Comment by Steph S. on December 5, 2012 at 5:25am
Felaine I hope you get better soon!
Your doormat sory is really funny.
Congrats on your sister making the frontpage of the Cheezburger site!
Comment by Joan Denoo on December 5, 2012 at 3:38am

Felaine, I have been trying to figure out who you are. I couldn't remember anyone by that name or a story to go with it. Now, I realize you are sk8eycat. Right? 
I am very sorry, I must have missed something and didn't make the connection. Indeed, I do wish you well; I would be "scared shitless" too.  Do get well soon. 

 

Comment by sk8eycat on December 5, 2012 at 2:33am

Melinda, we have TWO doormats (front & back) that say, in very large letters, "OH NO not YOU again!" Nobody has ever noticed them. (It's kinda scary when some solicitor comes to the front door, we ask him/her to please leave, and they walk around the corner to the back door and ring that bell.)

Re: that Siamese kitten...my sister made the Cheezburger Front Page today (Tuesday) with that one captioned, "I smell nice!

I wish you well with your new doctor.

@Everybody: Thank you all for your kind thoughts.  I must confess that I'm scared sh^tless; I'm either going to have to have surgery (on my NECK!), or there's a 75%% chance that I'm going to end up like poor Christopher Reeve.  I've put things off too long.

I really wish I could give myself the monodigital salute.  Maybe I can learn to do it left-handed... 

Comment by Joan Denoo on December 5, 2012 at 1:39am

booklover, I love your sox photo. Are they your pets? 

Hope you have good outcome on your doctor's reports and really sorry you have to go back for labs. Keep us posted, and I am thinking of you. 

Comment by Joan Denoo on December 5, 2012 at 1:34am

The Flying Atheist, I tried to find a funny "occupied" sign but the only thing I could find was this one: 

You must have some interesting stories to tell about your work experience. 

Comment by Joan Denoo on December 5, 2012 at 1:18am

sk8eycat. I hope you recover full use of you hand. Sounds serious. I am thinking of you. 

Comment by Joan Denoo on December 5, 2012 at 12:58am

Melinda, I will be thinking of you as you have your medical procedures and hope all goes well. 

 

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