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Come on in, pull up a chair!

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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Discussion Forum

The FLDS Cult Is Unraveling

Started by Joan Denoo. Last reply by Idaho Spud on Sunday. 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 Plinius on September 26, 2012 at 1:50am

Different and still Mozart! Thanks for the video Ian!

Comment by Joan Denoo on September 26, 2012 at 12:00am

This site, full of beautiful photos, funny animal shots, great stories, lovely music, refreshes my spirit. I'm off to bed with a light heart and happy thoughts. Good night all. 

Comment by Tony Carroll on September 25, 2012 at 11:37pm

Hey Steph. Yes, I do, but this song really gets to me for some reason. I've never been to the high country, but I can see it in my minds eye when I hear The Eagle and the Hawk.

Comment by Tony Carroll on September 25, 2012 at 11:34pm

 "Goll darn it Mr. Lamarr, you use your tongue prettier than a $20 whore".

One of my favorite movies of all time, Napoleon. Thanks.

Comment by Steph S. on September 25, 2012 at 11:27pm
Wish I was visiting with you in your yard Joan. Such a lovely place to be. Tony thanks for the song - I will listen to the song you posted. Do you like the song "Rocky Mountain High" by John Denver? I like that song.
Comment by Tony Carroll on September 25, 2012 at 11:05pm

This song, The Eagle and the Hawk, by John Denver, is as close to a "religious" feeling I have. I picture myself back in my youth, on the banks of the Mississippi, seeing red tailed hawks, owls, egrets, and getting that tingly, hair raising on my arms, eyes tearing up slightly feeling. I still get it now, and this is one of the things that does it to me. So my friends, please enjoy.

 

http://youtu.be/TC9FWwQ2ZrM

 

Comment by Ian Mason on September 25, 2012 at 10:53pm

Lovely pics, all. Every season has its charm.

Joan, thanks for proving that kindness is worthwhile.

Comment by Tony Carroll on September 25, 2012 at 10:43pm

Beautiful, Joan. Wish I was there with you.

Comment by The Flying Atheist on September 25, 2012 at 10:42pm

What a great neighbor you are, Joan.  Such a rewarding experience. 

Comment by Joan Denoo on September 25, 2012 at 10:26pm

I can honestly say this is the happiest year possible. Plants, animals, birds, children, neighbors, family all enjoy the garden and in the early photos, the Blue Spruce is three feet high. Now the spruce is so big, we have created a little lunch room under there for the kids. They bring their sack lunches over, sit on the soft needles under the tree and feed all the live things that come and go. I have never found so much as a straw, napkin, or pop can left behind. They very carefully clean up after themselves. While here, they fill little fruit boxes with whatever fruit is ripe and we enjoy a lovely dessert together. I could not have imagined such a fine "Golden Years".

 

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