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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 Apr 14. 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 Ruth Anthony-Gardner on September 7, 2012 at 2:58pm

Thanks, Flying Atheist. Yes, our Hang With community is a great way to be connected no matter where you are.

So, Derek Bly, are you saying that you just became a "born again" atheist this week? I'd be uncomfortable especially with astrology in my social group. Some versions of spirituality completely leave out ghosts, so those wouldn't bother me. Welcome here! We're happy to have you  aboard.

Comment by Derek Bly on September 7, 2012 at 1:13pm

Thanks, Melinda. And thanks for the 'Friend' request!

Comment by booklover on September 7, 2012 at 12:02pm

Derek, so glad you found what you really believe (I mean, don't believe! lol ;)  Have a great weekend!~ Melinda

Comment by Derek Bly on September 7, 2012 at 10:22am

It's a fabulous Friday here in sunny southern Alberta! I'm at work, looking forward to a great weekend with temps in the high 20s. That's celsius, of course!

This was a big week for me. My 'spiritual' journey of the past 30 years took a huge step forward. I've gone full circle from being an out-and-out atheist, through fundie Christianity, liberal Christianity, New Thought, Unitarian Universalism to being a born-again atheist. A few days ago, I advised the wonderful people at our UU Fellowship that I would not be attending any longer.

I appreciate their approach to seeking the truth and leaving it up to the individual to determine what that may be. Their openness and acceptance of anyone and everyone is refreshing. But most still have some kind of belief in spirituality. Some are pantheists. Some follow wiccan practices. Some are into astrology.

Me? I find wonder and beauty in science and the natural world. My attendance at the UUF had come down to being one of social connection. I've faced that and realized I didn't subscribe to any of the beliefs expressed at each meeting. So, here I am . . . a happy atheist who say I am a secular humanist.

Comment by The Flying Atheist on September 7, 2012 at 9:33am

Good morning to everyone.  I haven't said it before, but I have the same sentiments expressed by Melinda (booklover) yesterday.  I really enjoy getting up in the morning, drinking my coffee, and catching up on all the comments from all the wonderful people here.  Since I travel for a living, I'm gone for a few days at a time.  That's why I pop in and out.  But I ALWAYS enjoy catching up with the goings-on.  Thanks for all the photos, videos, jokes, comments and rants.....I enjoy them all.     

Comment by booklover on September 7, 2012 at 8:36am

Wow, I cannot believe that 'vote'.  I'm glad I wasn't watching the Convention at the time. 

Tony, I read your goodnight post as you would be 70 in the a.m., lol.
 Are you trying to tell us to have Froot-Loops for breakfast in your a.m. post? ;)  Just teasing, beautiful Tucan!

Joan, your cat video is great! lol

Sk8eycat, glad you got away and that you and Chris both unlearned all that junk!

Steph, you are a sweetheart as usual!

{{{{hugs to all the friends on here}}}}} Melinda

Comment by Plinius on September 7, 2012 at 6:58am

Ha Sk8eycat, that sounds like a 'loving xtian husband' to me - the arrogance of those types! Small wonder that you didn't stomach the doormat-training! I got a doormat-training from my fundie parents - rebelled, of course, but later I had to unlearn quite a lot!

Comment by Tony Carroll on September 7, 2012 at 6:00am

Morning all. Hope you had a good nights sleep. Ready to head out to work. Will see ya'll later. Have a good day.

Comment by sk8eycat on September 7, 2012 at 4:04am

Chris, surprisingly, it wasn't painful at all.  By that time I was SO angry at him ...he was trying to control practically every move I made; where I went, who I talked to, even what I talked about.  And I was angry at myself for trying to be his doormat.  It was a relief.  Similar to the feeling years later when I finally got the 100-pound bag of buybull manure off my back.

Comment by Plinius on September 7, 2012 at 3:33am

Thanks for sharing Sk8eycat, I love escape stories! But it must have been painful to walk out.

 

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