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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 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

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 Steph S. on September 23, 2012 at 5:58pm

That's a funny lol booklover!! Love it!

I agree sk8eycat - the country is nuts with all the airport searches and scans. Craziness!

You have a point - they want their "minions" to not use their brains and just do what they are told to do. They do not give any thought to it at all. Have you also noticed that they pat down 4 year-olds? I've seen them search preschoolers  - as if they are a threat to the passengers. All insanity.

Comment by sk8eycat on September 23, 2012 at 4:22pm

Pat, I think the people they hire for these jobs are so stupid and inflexible that the only way they can function is "by the book."  In everything.  Maybe that's the way the Powers That Be want it.

Comment by Pat on September 23, 2012 at 12:30pm

sk8eycat, it's not confined to the US. A few years ago, when Shrub II was the Prez, I was at Heathrow Airport in London. A British lady, who appeared to be around 80, and in a wheel chair, was being yelled at and publicly humiliated for trying to bring one bottle each of shampoo and conditioner in her carry on luggage. Yeah, she posed a real threat to me and all the other passengers!!!

Comment by sk8eycat on September 22, 2012 at 10:29pm

Pat, re: airport paranoia  The previous administration used fear to control people.  The "Security" people were so inept and ill-trained (I don't know if they still are) that they would have qualified for one of those "Priceless" jokes that floats around the net.  They wouldn't have recognized a terrorist wannabe if one whacked them over the head with a Qu'ran.

One woman I know, who was almost 80 years old at the time, 4'11", and legally blind, was pulled out of line and searched (this was before they installed pornograph machines).  She was with a group of LA Dodger fans who were flying from Chicago to Denver to go to an effing baseball game! 

Oh, and she's Nisei...spent a good part of her childhood behind a barbed wire fence due to another brand of good old USA patriotic paranoia.  It's a wonder she didn't flip out, or have a stroke.

This country has gone totally nucking futz.

Comment by Steph S. on September 22, 2012 at 4:34pm
Sk8eycat I hope you feel better soon!
Glad you don't have to go to that reunion. They are a waste of time in my opinion. You can find better things to do with your time.
Comment by Pat on September 22, 2012 at 3:04pm

sk8eycat - I can't blame you on the Vaterland, intimate, reach around, pat downs. Though, occasionally, I do get a thrill. No - just kidding! I'm not a pervert! Well, at least not that kind.

Comment by sk8eycat on September 22, 2012 at 2:24pm

LOL! I love you guys!

I am NOT going...I don't know if it's nerves, or something I ate, but my stomach has been doing rood things all night, and a hotel-catered banquet is the last thing I need today. So I have a "legitimate" excuse.

And, like the rest of you, I have kept in touch with my friends...the ones who are still alive.  I don't see much point in dining with a room full of people I have nothing in common with, and don't recognize anymore. (And who might mistake me for the sappy little xian wannabe that I was 55 years ago!)

Pat, some of my frieinds from my post-high school skating years have already bought retirement property in Costa Rica. The only problem is that I can't get there from here by train. I don't mind flying, too much, but I refuse to put up with the Homeland (Vaterland?) Insecurity crap in the airports.

Comment by Pat on September 22, 2012 at 9:00am

sky8ecat - There'a always Costa Rica. Last time I checked, the US doesn't have an extradition treaty with that country, and I've heard it's a beautiful place to live. Your choice of the Caribbean or Pacific costs, rain forests, volcanoes, and one of the few countries than has no standing army.

Comment by The Flying Atheist on September 22, 2012 at 8:34am

Sk8eycat, my 30-year high school reunion was just last week.  I declined to go because I really didn't have ANY desire to see people that I didn't care for 30 years ago.  My best friend from high school is STILL my best friend today, and that's good enough for me and all I need.  I went to my 10-year reunion, and it was nothing special.  I guess for you it's a good thing that other people WANT you there and are willing to make that happen.  So....I hope you enjoy your evening. 

Comment by sk8eycat on September 22, 2012 at 1:40am
I'm being Shanghaied! 
 
I got a call this morning from Martha, the classmate I've been doing all the typing and printing for the 55-year reunion this weekend.  She said, "No excuses!  Jacquie [our class president's widow] will pick you up Saturday, and bring you to the Holiday Inn for the dinner, and I will drive you home.  Period. It's been paid for, so shut up and dress up!" Then she hung up before I could protest.
 
I've never been to one of these things, and I didn't really want to go to this one. I don't know what to do, unless I can manage to break a leg tonight ... or something....
 
 
I'll let you know if I survive.
 

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