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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

Seeing Things (TheraminTrees)

Started by Loren Miller. Last reply by Ruth Anthony-Gardner yesterday. 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 Ian Mason on August 11, 2012 at 3:28pm

Run your cursor over this and let your mind EXPLODE. Great for old hippies :D

Comment by Ruth Anthony-Gardner on August 11, 2012 at 12:37pm

Thanks for the LOLcat laugh to start my day, Steph.

Joan, when you said, "I don't have to pretend to be interested in a boring topic and I don't have to engage in small talk. If I am going to talk or read or write it is about something that is of interest to me." I  said, "Yeah! *fistpump*"

Comment by Steph S. on August 11, 2012 at 11:13am

Your welcome Ruth! I appreciate all of you. So glad to be a part of this group.

I see people texting instead of talking to each other in restaurants all the time. I have been guilty of this myself. Sometimes we should just unplug from the phones. Or, you will have someone at the restaurant talking loudly on their phone. Really annoying.

Comment by Plinius on August 11, 2012 at 1:41am

You're right Joan, and I'm happy for you and for the fact that life gets better when you grow older. I'm only 58 but I feel lots better already - all the sourfaced grumblers from my past never prepared me for this! Finally I'm getting the messages my cats sent me: Let go and stop worrying! Relax and enjoy yourself!

I'll practice some purring now with Luna on top of the bookcase. Have a wonderful weekend all of you!

Comment by Joan Denoo on August 10, 2012 at 5:13pm

I love the article, Ruth, about elderly are happier. That may be so, but for me, it is letting go of the little things. Everything doesn't have to be perfect, Just enough is good enough, dishes will wait and so will laundry. I don't have to have everything ready on time for everybody else's convenience. I am the master of my day and if I don't want to vacuum, I don't. I eat what I like and what is good for me and don't worry if other people like it. I don't give a damn what other people think, and when I encounter a jerk, I can make a decision to go the other way, or don't invite them to my place. If someone makes a racist or sexist or homophobic comment I find it my obligation to object, publicly. I don't like to shop and don't and my clothes closet is getting emptier and emptier. So I wear pants with holes in the knees, or shoes that aren't shined, they are comfortable. I don't have to pretend to be interested in a boring topic and I don't have to engage in small talk. If I am going to talk or read or write it is about something that is of interest to me. I love history and tracking down patterns over time.  These are the Golden Years.

Comment by Ruth Anthony-Gardner on August 10, 2012 at 4:28pm

Thanks for the quote, Booklover. That's a great restaurant policy, sk8eycat.

Your happy Friday doggie brought a smile, Steph. I recently read an article that the elderly are happier because they choose to look at pleasant stuff. It made me think of the great LOLcats and dogs you share, making all of us happier. :)

Comment by sk8eycat on August 10, 2012 at 4:18pm
Beats the sh*t out of restaurants giving discounts to people who bring in a church bulletin!

Unplugged: L.A. Restaurant Offers Discount to Customers Who Forfeit Phones at The Door


We've all sat with someone who's tethered to their email, frantically texting with their boyfriend, or obsessively running a Tweet-by-Tweet of a meal. It's annoying, and it can be awkward to have to bring those etiquette to your dining partner's attention. Thankfully, one L.A. restauranteur has taken matters into his own hands.


Eater LA reports that chef Mark Gold of Eva has instilled a new policy at his farm-to-table restaurant on Beverly, offering diners who leave their cell phones with the receptionist 5% off of their final check.


We wish that more establishments would offer such incentives. In fact, we wish there were hands free dining police in restaurants.


What are your thoughts? Do you feel that this is a service industry, and people should be free to do what they want? Or do you wish more diners were somehow incentivized to shut down during dinner hours?

Comment by Joan Denoo on August 10, 2012 at 2:41pm

Melinda, perfect quote. I am reposting on Facebook; may I attribute it to you or would you prefer I not?

Comment by Steph S. on August 10, 2012 at 1:13pm
Love that graphic with the quote. I'll have to download it. Thanks booklover.
Comment by Steph S. on August 10, 2012 at 8:45am

Going to make my coffee.

I hope everyone has a great Friday!


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