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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.

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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 8, 2012 at 9:28pm

Yay, I'm getting a day off! Sorry I haven't been around as much as usual, just been very busy, but I've been thinking of you guys, and reading the posts.

Patricia, I'm so sorry to hear of the problems you're having. I will be thinking of you, and if you ever need to vent or just talk, go to my page. Will be happy to listen/commiserate/laugh/cry with you. You do indeed have friends here.

Melinda & Steph, what can I say other than thank you both for your concern. Big warm fuzzy bear hugs to you both. Your friendship, heck everyones friendship here means so very much to me.Even when I'm too busy to respond back or be as active as I want, you're all in my thoughts.

Be well everyone. Take care.

Comment by Steph S. on August 8, 2012 at 6:18pm

I love the lolcat picture booklover!

Yes, be glad the friendship is over. Now you can move on with your life in a positive way. That person was not a true friend.

Comment by Steph S. on August 8, 2012 at 6:09pm

I am so glad all of you are here too!

It is wonderful to come here and talk. : )

Comment by The Flying Atheist on August 8, 2012 at 5:55pm

Patricia, I'm sorry to hear so much pain and stress has come upon you....and in such a short period of time.  Please know that my well wishes for you are indeed sincere.  We're all glad to have you here.....no matter what mood you're in. 

Comment by The Flying Atheist on August 8, 2012 at 5:35pm

Melinda, I had a friend in college who was very demanding and manipulative.  During one of our many altercations I remember finally saying to her, "I've never had to work so hard to be somebody's friend!"  And that's the point.  True friendship should never be hard work or cause you unwanted and constant grief.  I have a VERY small circle of friends, but boy-o-boy, they are THE BEST.  About ten or so years ago I made a conscious decision to rid myself of "toxic" associations and of people that had nothing positive to offer.  As a result I have fewer friends but I'm much happier with the friends I do have.    

Comment by Steph S. on August 8, 2012 at 5:07pm

That's a really pretty GIF Ruth.

Patricia sorry to hear about your hubby.

And Ian I am sorry to hear your battles with depression.

I'll be thinking of you.

Comment by Steph S. on August 8, 2012 at 5:04pm

booklover (Melinda) I don't keep friends who are stressful to me either. It's not worth it. It's better to have no friends than friends like that. I also know some people who claim they keep all their friends - I'm not sure if I believe them. Doesn't seem possible to me. People grow apart and evolve.

Comment by Ruth Anthony-Gardner on August 8, 2012 at 5:04pm

Thanks, Ian. I'm sorry to hear about your depression. Your contributions here are delightful.

Thanks for sharing, Patricia. It's so sad to have the love of your life struggling so.

Comment by Steph S. on August 8, 2012 at 5:01pm

Cool Mars picture Tony.

So how are you all doing today?

booklover - that was not a true friend if they left you because of your Atheism. You are better without them. Be glad she is gone.

Comment by Idaho Spud on August 8, 2012 at 4:45pm

Wow Tony, what a great message from Mars!

 

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