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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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Surreal, I haz it

Started by Ruth Anthony-Gardner. Last reply by Ruth Anthony-Gardner May 6. 82 Replies

Surreal, not just found in art.Continue

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Let's not define ourselves or others by our worst behaviors

Started by Ruth Anthony-Gardner. Last reply by Dominique Lutz Apr 16. 6 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

The FLDS Cult Is Unraveling

Started by Joan Denoo. Last reply by Idaho Spud Mar 29. 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

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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

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Comment by sk8eycat on August 29, 2012 at 10:37pm

Steph, I ignore the haters to their faces, but I think we should keep an eye on them...just because some day we're going to have to undo the damage they've done.  Prevention would be better.

I don't find the Crime Blotter quite so frightening because those people have been caught and punished.  I do find it appalling that many states don't give severe enough sentences to child rapists (IMO "child abuse" is too mild a euphemism for the lifelong pain they cause.  If I made the laws, pedophiles would be locked up for life.  I've never heard of a single one who was "cured.")

I do get a giggle out of church employees, especially the occasional nun, who embezzle large amounts of money from organizations that run the oldest scam in the world.  I hope they had fun with the loot before they were caught.  Either that, or used it to feed, clothe, and/or house the truly needy.  The Cr*p-Lick Crutch has more than enough already.

Comment by Steph S. on August 29, 2012 at 9:07pm

Right sk8eycat when you read the hate mail from the xtians in the "Freethought Today" newsletter you see their hatred! It is just sick!

I also am appalled by the "Crime Blotter" section that lists all the priests and ministers who are charged and convicted of crimes.

Comment by Steph S. on August 29, 2012 at 9:05pm

Wow Patricia! I love your flowers! Beautiful! You must have a really lovely garden. I also love the cute dog (who is not a morning person) and the unicorn picture. Very cool! I'm trying to get caught up here.

sk8eycat I love that you said this:

"Any amount of hate is incomprehensible to me; I can't even hate the haters.  For one thing it takes way too much energy.  I would much rather just ignore them, but they hurt people...animals, and the environment." Just ignore the haters! Good advise!

Comment by Steph S. on August 29, 2012 at 9:03pm

Thank you Patricia for the great elephant painting video and for also adding that video to my Wildlife group - many thanks!

Comment by The Flying Atheist on August 29, 2012 at 7:36pm

Patricia, BEAUTIFUL lilacs.  One of the great flowers of summer.  And yes....the scent of lilacs wafting through the air on a sunny summer day is incredibly pleasing.  

Comment by sk8eycat on August 29, 2012 at 7:09pm

Oh!  Lilacs!  They won't grow around here...too warm in winter, I think. 

Once I drove a co-worker to a grower to buy lilacs for his birthday present. It was about an hour and a half from here, at a higher elevation.  We filled up the entire back seat of the car; the drive home was incredible...and intoxicating.

Comment by sk8eycat on August 29, 2012 at 6:58pm

Any amount of hate is incomprehensible to me; I can't even hate the haters.  For one thing it takes way too much energy.  I would much rather just ignore them, but they hurt people...animals, and the environment.

The strange thing is that our mother was born and raised in Oklahoma, and did grow up with a lot of Buybull Belt prejudices, but she was very careful not to hand them down to me or my sister.  I know she sometimes used the "N-word," but never when she thought we could hear her.  I only heard her say it by accident...the walls where we were staying one summer vacation were thin.  If I had ever said it, I would have had a bar of Lifebuoy shoved in my mouth.

Comment by Ian Mason on August 29, 2012 at 2:46pm

That amount of hate is incomprehensible to most, sk8ey, Partricia and all. I would have said, just over a year ago, that here in N. Europe we were free of the worst of that but then came Utøya and Oslo.

Comment by sk8eycat on August 29, 2012 at 2:28pm

Steph, the FT "Crank Mail" scares the pee-turkey outta me sometimes. These people are not ashamed to use vicious, foul language like that, AND sign with their real names and home towns.  Either that, or they're too stupid to realize that their e-mails can be traced.

Even so, it frightens me that they are so insecure about their faith that they have to bolster it by insulting strangers who don't share their fantasies.

I do wonder if any of them are the types who turn violent...  I worry about that a LOT.

Comment by Steph S. on August 29, 2012 at 10:35am
Tony I love the picture that says that you are basically the person you are because of what you are taught by your parents. If you are taught hatred and sexism, etc. you learn that. Parents need to teach their children well. Great post!
Booklover I love the picture of the book that has no facts - the bible.
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