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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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Seth Andrews' Rebuttal to "10 Women Christian Men Shouldn't Marry" (The Thinking Atheist)

Started by Loren Miller. Last reply by Grinning Cat on Thursday. 13 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

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

Twin terrorists caught

Started by Patricia. Last reply by Patricia Jan 11. 7 Replies

Canada: twin terrorists caught before going to Mideast Saturday, January 10, 2015 By Martin Barillas L-R: Carlos and Ashton Larmond The Royal Canadian Mounted Police arrested and charged a pair of 24-year-old identical twin brothers on…Continue

Betty Bowers Best of 2014

Started by Loren Miller. Last reply by Loren Miller Jan 4. 33 Replies

Happy New Year, everyone!  Now that we're off on another 365-day stint of sniping at believers, leave it to America's Best Christian, Betty Bowers, to sum up the year past from her holier-than-EVERYBODY point of view! Have You had YOUR Betty today?!?Continue

Tags: 2014, America's Best Christian, Betty Bowers

Christmas: Behind the Curtain (The Thinking Atheist)

Started by Loren Miller. Last reply by booklover Dec 28, 2014. 23 Replies

Well, it's that time of year again.  Time to gird our loins, put on our battle armor and join the (dah-dah DAAAAAH!) WAR AGAINST CHRISTMAS!!! [groan!] Yeah, most of us have heard that crap before, probably too many times, in fact, how atheists are…Continue

Tags: Christmas, The Thinking Atheist, Seth Andrews

Seth Andrews - The Copycats: How Christianity Steals The Best Ideas

Started by Loren Miller. Last reply by Loren Miller Dec 24, 2014. 11 Replies

Many of us have observed or learned how christianity shamelessly borrows from other sources to bolster its position and show off its supposed wonderfulness.  Well, Seth Andrews of The Thinking Atheist podcast has compiled some of the more modern-day…Continue

Tags: steal, borrow, copycat, The Thinking Atheist, Seth Andrews

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Comment by booklover on December 5, 2012 at 2:55pm

Felaine!  Awesome way to get your name!  I always liked that it reminded me of feline! :)

Joan, I LOVE your outlook on life!  How funny the shorter lady offered to help you get something off the shelf.  Interesting how people see themselves.  I don't mind getting older I guess.  I just hope I don't get sicker.  I have 'conditions' I guess, not illnesses.  Just chronic things to live with.  I am just grateful for my family , pets, and friends (ESPECIALLY you friends here in this group.  Very comforting!)  I love that you have decided to let others do the work when you feel like napping!  Naps are great!  I need to move on to a different phase in life now that my kids are adults.  Still deciding what.  I'm grateful I don't have to be in a rush to decide.  Just going to enjoy the Winter Solstice, having my daughter home until next semester, snuggling with my pets, and eating the delicious food available this time of the year!  Hugs to everyone~ Melinda

Comment by sk8eycat on December 5, 2012 at 2:28pm

Ian, can you go by rail to the Chunnel, and get to England that way?  Or would that require too many train changes, visas and other gov't red tape?

Joan, yes, Sk8eycat and Felaine are the same split personality. My first name is the same as my mother's (Frances), so I've been called by my middle name (Elaine) all my life to avoid confusion in the house...I never bothered to ask my parents why they did that to me, and it's way too late to do it now.  It's caused all kinds of problems with tax returns Social Security, Medicare, contracts, etc., etc.

When I started working for The Pet Press (at home, via e-mail), Lori wanted to put my name on the masthead.  I was on Disability at the time, and I didn't want anyone to know I was doing any work at all, so I came up with a serendipitous nom de plume that was close enough to "feline" to make me happy.

An' dat's de trooooffff!

>^,.^/p>

Comment by Joan Denoo on December 5, 2012 at 2:20pm

Patricia, great news! A Yule Log ready to warm and brighten Winter Solstice? 

Ian, I can hear your frustration and need to get some reasonable service at a reasonable price. I do hope you get to your Mum and can sort things out. My thought go with you. 

Melinda, I love these "perspective" photos. The cat really does look drunk! Your aging comment rings a great big bell for me, with even a drum roll and blast of a bugle: "I am getting old!" My youngest granddaughter was going through some rough time appropriate for a young woman of her age and I was going through some rough time appropriate for my age ... but there isn't as much fun to look forward to going on the down-hill slide. 

So, I guess the best plan, at least for me, is to be a "participant observer" and observe my aching joins, tired back, weariness, disinterest in doing anything productive, and just soak up those delicious naps, and happily accept offers to open doors or carry heavy packages. One little old lady offered to help me get a jar off the top shelf of a grocery store and I asked her how tall she was ... she was an inch shorter than I am. Oh dear! when little short old ladies offer to help me, I must look pretty old. 

Well, the fun things are visiting with you guys each day, doing a bit of reading and writing, finding pleasure in my local grocery store and hardware store, and gleefully trek off to all those doctors' appointments. I even had the great excitement of having my yearly "serious" talk with my financial advisor this morning. Yippee!!

I planned to go testify against coal trains coming through Spokane last night and I was just too tired. I could have given such a strong speech that the plan would have been scuttled at once. Oh! Well! Someone else has to do the work now. I am too busy napping. 

Comment by booklover on December 5, 2012 at 2:13pm

Ian, sorry about your cancelled flight and having to pay way more for another one!  SO frustrating when there's nothing you can do about it!

Comment by Steph S. on December 5, 2012 at 8:15am
It's sad that people don't know the meaning of occupied Flying Atheist.
I have a "No Soliciting" sign on my door and apparently some people don't know the meaning of the word.
I hope everyone is doing well today.
Love the drunk cat Melinda and good luck on your lab work.
Enjoy being with all of you!
Comment by booklover on December 5, 2012 at 7:42am

Comment by booklover on December 5, 2012 at 7:41am

Carl, isn't that sad that people don't know what occupied means? Wow.

Felaine, have that surgery!  I know, easier said than done, but if it is going to keep you from a terrible way of living life... We are all here rooting for you!  I love your doormat.  I've seen one that says "Go Away" and one that says "Warning: Dog can't hold his licker" lol.

Thanks Joan.  I feel like I turned 45 and fell apart!  It's like the doctors have to play a game called "What's wrong with Melinda now?"  I was always such a healthy and athletic young person.  Ain't life grand? ;)  Wow, 3 babies at once!  Love the baby bird photo that goes with your story! :)  And, no, those aren't my pets.  Just another photo I found on the internet.

Have a good middle-of-the-week everyone! :)

Comment by Steph S. on December 5, 2012 at 5:27am
Melinda cute cat picture!
Joan I am reading the story about your kids and enjoying your photos!
I hope everyone has a good day!
Ruth I hope you are doing well. Miss you!
Comment by Steph S. on December 5, 2012 at 5:25am
Felaine I hope you get better soon!
Your doormat sory is really funny.
Congrats on your sister making the frontpage of the Cheezburger site!
Comment by Joan Denoo on December 5, 2012 at 3:38am

Felaine, I have been trying to figure out who you are. I couldn't remember anyone by that name or a story to go with it. Now, I realize you are sk8eycat. Right? 
I am very sorry, I must have missed something and didn't make the connection. Indeed, I do wish you well; I would be "scared shitless" too.  Do get well soon. 

 

 

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