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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.

This group is not intended to compete with other groups on topics they cover but to "fill in the cracks." Whenever a discussion dwells at length on a topic for which there's an existing group, we urge you to provide members a link to that group to continue along their tangent.

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The FLDS Cult Is Unraveling

Started by Joan Denoo. Last reply by Idaho Spud yesterday. 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

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

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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.

Comment by Grinning Cat on October 22, 2012 at 4:14pm

why do so many protestant men look like they're constipated when they pray? ... They cannot stand the thought that [Jesus] could come while they're having a poo.

They believe in a god who created us humans with a need to pee and poop, yet somehow would have a problem with that!

Then again, I'm hardly the first to point out that if the persons of the Christian trinity really are the same god, then according to the story, Jesus impregnated his own mother.

Comment by Joan Denoo on October 22, 2012 at 2:16pm

You are each one so great. It really lightens my day to read this site. Thanks again to Ruth for keeping it fun! 

Comment by Idaho Spud on October 22, 2012 at 1:32pm

Booklover, Thanks for the concern and I like the cute kitty in the pumpkin.

Steph, thanks for the concern and “Mah littul box” is funny.  It’s also a puzzlement.  Do you know why they love boxes so much?  My guess is it’s a sense of security, but it’s quite funny if that’s the reason they like such small boxes.

Ruth, “Hairbll koffs up kitteh” is funny.

Patricia, I like the cute black kittens with the blinking eyes, and I love your science vs religion comparison through the years.  A definite keeper.

Sk8eycat, the “lame neighbors” cat is funny and your comment about Cat Fu is hillarious.

Joan, the “Cat Fish Baby” made me smile, and the Incomplete data cat is amusing.  I’ve seen your science vs religion flow chart before, but it’s worth seeing again.

Tony, thanks for the memory.  Good Morning StarShine was popular during my dating years, but I’ve not thought of it since.

Chris and Sk8eycat, the constipated protestant men is an interesting and funny observation.  Please jebus, don’t come while I’m having a poo in the loo.  LOL!

Comment by The Flying Atheist on October 22, 2012 at 1:26pm

Joan, your main point was not lost on me.  I commend you for your active participation in your family.....however it's defined.  Participation is so important.  As I said, I don't have children myself, but I still hope that my personal conduct in life has had a positive influence, not only on my own family....however that is defined....but also with my friends and associates. 

Comment by sk8eycat on October 22, 2012 at 12:44pm

Tony, or anybody, do you know what this means: -"this content cannot be displayed in a frame"

I sent the link to "Good Morning Starshine" to a friend who still works for PBS, and that's what she got when she clicked on the link.  I also sent her a different YouTube link to the same clip, and she got the same message. 

Is it her computer, or what?  Does anybody know.  (Her ISP is AOL...which sux as much ... in different ways...as mine does. AT&T/Ya-effing-hoo.)

Comment by Joan Denoo on October 22, 2012 at 12:40pm

The Flying Atheist, I hope I made the point that it wasn't that I had given birth to children, but that I participated with them that brings me so much joy. Community and family comes in so many sizes and descriptions, I honor those who choose not to have children, or those who cannot. My message to you is the importance of community for mental health. You create that by surrounding yourself with people who love you and who you love. 

Comment by The Flying Atheist on October 22, 2012 at 12:21pm

Joan, what a wonderful post.  I don't have children myself, but I can readily imagine the great satisfaction of seeing your own children as adults and knowing how much of a positive influence you had on them.  The world needs more mother's like you.  The kind of happiness you speak of is absolutely priceless.  Please accept my internet virtual hug.  :)

 

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