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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.

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Discussion Forum

Ode to Yahweh (Non Stamp Collector & 43alley)

Started by Loren Miller. Last reply by Joan Denoo on Tuesday. 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

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

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Comment by Idaho Spud on December 12, 2012 at 10:53am

Ian, glad to know I can ignore that rule (I was going to anyway:)  

Grinning cat, thanks for the interesting article.  I often get technical and nit-picky, but I don't think I'm a pedant (new word for me), as I'm not trying to put anyone down.  I just appreciate accuracy and precision.  However, I'm far from perfect, so I try not to nit-pick too often and be called a hypocrite :)

That reminds me of a post I responded to on the Peanuts Comic Strip 2 days ago.  One guy said he had "winter for a month now", and was corrected by another that said "You’ve had extremely cold weather for a month. You haven’t had ANY Winter yet."  It irritated me, so I responded with "Some people may have a need for an official (arbitrary) start of winter, but not me. Winter starts when I say it does. Don’t give a harry rat’s patootie when the arbitrary one starts."

That started me thinking.  Is there a practical reason for a set time to start winter?

Comment by Steph S. on December 12, 2012 at 10:30am

Oh noes! It's 12-12-12 the end of the world! And we are still here.

Ha!
They were wrong. No end of the world.

Cool booklover! Love the LOLcat.

Hope everyone is doing well.

Comment by Ian Mason on December 12, 2012 at 6:41am

I don't know, Felaine. No-one has ever proposed to me.

Off to England again on Friday. The good news is that the hospital will be transfering my Mum to a care facility for longer-term asessment, giving us (family) time to organise what has to be done in the future: sale of her upstairs flat, power of attorney to my brother etc.

Comment by Plinius on December 12, 2012 at 2:39am

Wonderful! One animal decides to watch the tourists and everything stops! Good for her!

Comment by sk8eycat on December 12, 2012 at 1:22am

I'm off to bed now, but this is what I will see first thing in the morning:

Comment by Joan Denoo on December 12, 2012 at 1:16am
Ian, thank goodness. I don't think I could keep up the "no preposition rule for the rest my life. I will dump it unless someone will have a porcupine over it.
Comment by Joan Denoo on December 12, 2012 at 1:12am

sk8eycat It came through! and STUNNING! I can't even imagine how the people in that car felt and the other people in the caravan! Now that is the way to bring home the wildlife! Thanks so much. 

Comment by sk8eycat on December 12, 2012 at 1:10am

Ian, is it correct grammar to end a sentence with a proposition?

[ducks and runs for the kitchen]

Comment by sk8eycat on December 12, 2012 at 1:05am

I don't know if this link will work from here; you may have to Copy and Paste it in your browser, but it's WORTH it!  SPEK-TACK-YOU-LER!

http://link.brightcove.com/services/player/bcpid621950116001?bckey=...

Comment by Ian Mason on December 12, 2012 at 12:28am

Such cats, Steph! Put a big smile on my morning.

The "do not end a sentence with a preposition" rule has little to do with original English grammar. It's an import from Latin and was imposed "from above" at some comparatively late date to poshen things up.

 

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