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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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Discussion Forum

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 Tony Carroll on August 23, 2012 at 5:43am

Good Morning! Getting ready to go to work, will see all tonight. Have a good one.

Comment by Grinning Cat on August 23, 2012 at 2:23am

Paula, I'm sorry to hear of your father's passing. His memories and influence, and that bond of love, will continue to be a part of your lives.

Comment by Ian Mason on August 23, 2012 at 1:54am

Noli me tangere

Comment by Plinius on August 23, 2012 at 1:36am

Patricia, such a break in your family is so painful, I'm happy that you found what you need somewhere else!

Thanks for sharing Paula! My condolences, and best wishes for your speech.

Comment by Ian Mason on August 23, 2012 at 1:01am

Paula, my condolences. I can't add anything to the words others have shared. I hope all goes well on Saturday.

Patricia, glad to hear that you had support from people who really care. They are the ones who matter and who will return the favour by asking for your support when they need it.

Just come home from a night's work and this is the first place I look. Fun pics and kind words that create a good feeling. Thanks, all. Won't wear ANY of the hats though.

Comment by Joan Denoo on August 23, 2012 at 12:48am

Patricia, The pain you experience with your mother runs deep; that is the bad news. The good news is I hear you have spunk, and loving family and friends around you and I celebrate that with you. We are on this Earth for such a small period of time; being with toxic people, even if they are family, is just not worth it. The sun comes up and sets and you can enjoy it with or without the poison of others. I do hope you have peace and comfort knowing that you are special, unique, and can be happy, even as you need to protect yourself from toxic relationships 

Comment by Tony Carroll on August 22, 2012 at 10:47pm

Paula, my sincere condolences to you and your family, and to all those who loved your father. May your speech give aid and comfort to all, particularily to you. To speak of the person that you so obviously loved dearly, and to share him with others is to renew that bond of love. A bond that you will continue to share during the rest of your life. Yes, he will be missed, but he will continue to be loved, and his love will continue to be active in your life, spreading joy (and yes, some pain), throughout your remaining years. As you have so rightfully said, his part in the cosmic dance will continue, his presence in the universe unfolding is as it should be. His energy, 'essence' if you will, cannot be destroyed, but will take part the continuing existence and evolution of the cosmos. I will be thinking of you. Peace to you and yours.

Comment by Steph S. on August 22, 2012 at 10:43pm

Condolences Paula.

Sorry to hear about your dad.

My thoughts are with you.

Comment by Steph S. on August 22, 2012 at 10:34pm
I love the dog with subwoofers Tony!
Thanks!
Comment by Paula T. on August 22, 2012 at 10:28pm
My dad passed away almost 6 weeks ago and his memorial is this Saturday. I've decided to speak, along with one of my sisters. I doubt my other sister and brother will do so and that's ok. I'm used to talking in front of crowds and feel I'd like to share a few memories and how important it is to say three simple words - I love you - with your loved ones. My most cherished memory is that during my dad's last months is that he started to say "I love you". Knowing that, hearing that, was incredibly rewarding. My dad wasn't one to share his feelings.

It is also incredibly comforting to think my dad is still part of the universe, rather than sitting on a cloud, waiting for us to join him.
 

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