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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 on Thursday. 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 9, 2012 at 12:16am
Patricia and sk8eycat thanks for sharing your beautiful cats with us!
Joan I love the evolution joke you posted!
I'm enjoying reading what everyone has posted today.
Always nice to be here.
Comment by Steph S. on September 9, 2012 at 12:13am
Lovely cat and daughter photo Booklover - I'm reading back through these and getting caught up.
Comment by Steph S. on September 8, 2012 at 11:54pm

Good night and sweet dreams! Now I need to go and read through the posts for the day. : )

Comment by Ruth Anthony-Gardner on September 8, 2012 at 11:34pm

Good one, Joan. I shared it. As a retired biology teacher I was ROFL. Booklover, how did you get Dorka's eyes to glow. They're so sharp and the focus of the picture, which is otherwise soft. Was it Photoshopped for this effect?

Comment by The Flying Atheist on September 8, 2012 at 10:22pm

So far, I've gone through my entire life laughing all along way.  I laugh at work, at home, with family and with friends.  It sure makes life so much better. 

Comment by Derek Bly on September 8, 2012 at 10:13pm

A silly voice, you say? I always told my kids that it was the responsibility of parents to embarrass them in public. It builds character. 

Years ago in Disneyland, when my eldest was about 14, we came upon the Sword in the Stone display. I was hauled out of the audience to show that the sword could not be pulled from the stone. Then a little kid comes up and pulls it out. Of course, the fellow dressed up as Merlin trips lock to release it. My son was embarrassed to see me up there, striking a knightly pose. 

Ah, but then the fun began. Merlin proclaimed the little kid could be king, but I would remain a knight. So I said, "Once a king, always a king," which Merlin repeated with his mike so everyone could hear. Then I added, "But once a knight is enough." Merlin started to repeat that, too, but went silent when he realized what he was saying.

The adults all got a good laugh, but my son was mortified!

Comment by The Flying Atheist on September 8, 2012 at 7:32pm

Sk8eycat, thanks so much for sharing your recipe.  I'm gonna have to make it one of these days soon.  

Everybody, has such beautiful cats.  I wish I could have one.  Years ago I had a roommate that had two.  They were so adorable and much fun.  Great personalities.  Tigger and Shorty.  

Booklover, do you embarrass your teen-age son?  Stop that!!!!!  lol  My parents intentionally liked doing that to me when I was their last child living at home.  It sure brought them some laughs.  lol     

Comment by Joan Denoo on September 8, 2012 at 5:57pm

ryan leman, I am so far behind, I wonder if I will ever have time to read them all. However, when I do have time, there are so many fun and funny pictures and stories, I look forward to seeing them all. Winter is coming and that is a good time to be at the computer. This season is a very busy one, getting ready for frost warnings any day now. Earlier than usual, according to weather reports. 

Comment by Joan Denoo on September 8, 2012 at 5:52pm

sk8eycat, I corrected some mistakes. Yes, of course you may use it. 

"I don't understand evolution!"?

Why is it easier to believe that some sky spirit created Earth and all that inhabit it in six days and took the seventh off? Or believe dinosaurs and homo sapiens co-existed? Or believe the Earth is 6,000 years old, +-, whatever? Or believe that man was created to obey "god"; how do you know which god? Or believe that Noah's flood created the Grand Canyon, or that some poor bloke lived inside the belly of a whale, or stones talk, or a man named Jesus is the son of god, born of a virgin, was crucified, died, was resurrected and ascended into heaven? or god punishes all who do not obey him and sends them to eternal damnation in a lake of fire and rewards those sheep who follow him with eternal life with relatives who make no sense, or that one must be "born-again" to satisfy some un-seeable being, or that there is no moral or ethical code without religion. 

You folks just make no sense to me and I am not interested in your people knocking on my door or calling me. I have very low regard for those who manipulate and exploit others using fear as a weapon instead of thinking reasonably. And above all else, keep your damnable beliefs out of science schoolrooms. Your message is just plain child abuse. 

 

Comment by Joan Denoo on September 8, 2012 at 5:17pm

sk8eycat, I understand your feeling; reading the buybull is the best remedy for religiosity I know of, other than sermons and buybull study. The phrase that got me was being told to "crucify yourself daily in imitation of the crucified christ." If Christ was crucified for my sins, why do I have to do it too? 

 

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