Hang With Friends

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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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Issues Atheist, Feminist, GLBTQ, Climate Change

Started by Joan Denoo. Last reply by BenGee yesterday. 3 Replies

This is a test Continue

The Whole Bible in 30 Seconds (Betty Bowers)

Started by Loren Miller. Last reply by Randy Hatly on Thursday. 15 Replies

Ever decide that you wanted to read the whole bible, cover to cover, only to realize half-way through Deuteronomy that the darn thing is industrial-strength BORING?!?  Well, never fear!  America's Best Christian, Betty Bowers, has done the Cliff's…Continue

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

punishing doubt (TheraminTrees)

Started by Loren Miller. Last reply by Joan Denoo Oct 17. 2 Replies

If you are associated with religion and especially a fundamentalist religion, doubt is intolerable.  Certainty, however it may be achieved or imposed, becomes a necessary element, especially considering the utter dearth of any form of evidence or…Continue

Tags: religion, TheraminTrees, punish, doubt

A moment to relax and see the Earth from space; some how this comforts me.

Started by Joan Denoo. Last reply by Qiana-Maieev Oct 16. 3 Replies

All the squabbles and struggles that I have do not compare with those of some others on this great planet. There are no boundary lines, no political arguments, no up or no down. What is, is. For right now, the scenes offer tranquility. Just the…Continue

Tags: and, wonder, awe, of, space

His Dark Materials and the Catholic Church

Started by Tonya R. Wheeler. Last reply by Plinius Oct 16. 27 Replies

I recently watched the movie, "The Golden Compass" and since I could not find the sequels, I read the books. I enjoyed them, and I will be reading the first one, Northern Lights, starting tomorrow, since it just arrived via inter-library…Continue

Tags: Fantasy, Catholic, Religion, Atheist, Pullman

bending truth, or "We Can All Be Manipulated" (TheraminTrees)

Started by Loren Miller. Last reply by Loren Miller Sep 29. 39 Replies

The following is one of TheraminTrees' most thorough-going pieces, wherein he looks at the process and techniques whereby a "religious" organization (which will sound VERY familiar to most of us, once introductions are made!) takes a person who…Continue

Tags: indoctrination, truth, manipulation, TheraminTrees

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Comment by Randall Smith 1 hour ago

Joan, indeed, I'm saddened by your loss. I take your words to heart on appreciating my family. I've often wondered how I would react if I lost a child or grandchild. It was hard enough losing parents.

Comment by Loren Miller 3 hours ago

Joan, my deepest condolences.  Seems to be a lousy time, as my best friend Rich just lost his brother to a combination of a stroke and Alzheimer's.  It never rains but what it pours...

Comment by Joan Denoo 7 hours ago

Ruth, thanks for the beautiful card! I like the expressions of your care.

Kathy, I agree with you about Ruth's card being beautiful. Ruth has a way with creating visuals that express deeper meanings than words alone.

Chris, your words always calm me and give me strength. I was not surprised that my family remained loving to Cary through the years and appreciative of him during these recent years. They expressed their love for him in very moving ways yesterday and Cary had no language to respond except his eyes and his hands. He spoke volumes and we knew, without a doubt, what he wanted. That gives me peace.  

Comment by Ian Mason 7 hours ago

Joan, that is such sad news. My condolences to you. Your family is a loving one and all of you will care for each other in this very hard situation. Being with a loved one at the end and being able to say goodbye helps, I know. And yes, the memories and love live on.

Comment by BenGee 7 hours ago

Joan, thank but... the point of my statment is no one should ever grow up feeling unwanted or alone, and um, I'm not sure how to put it. I think that giving someone a home, making them feel wanted and loved is the greatest gift anyone could have ever received. I would imagine that anyone being on the receiving end of your kindness would feel the same way. I know its a hard situation so this might not be the best time but, as far as I'm concerned that makes you and everyone in your family hero's

Comment by Plinius 9 hours ago

Sad news, Joan, I'm so sorry for your loss. And I'm very happy how you all stayed with Cary and helped him through the weeks.

Take good care of yourself now! It's very hard to survive your child - I've seen that in my parents-in-law - but I know you can work it out with the help of your special family. Cary will be remembered here, from your stories and from your deep love for him shining through.


Comment by k.h. ky 9 hours ago
Ruth, that is beautiful
Comment by Ruth Anthony-Gardner 10 hours ago

Joan, sorry I'm late. A bit out of touch.

My deepest concern. It seems the whole family came together well, supporting Cary's choice. Hugs.

Comment by Joan Denoo 12 hours ago

BenGee, I recognized from your first comment that you have unhappy memories of your family. It is an honor to include you in our family. This is a safe place to discuss, disagree, and discover our world. The only requirement of Atheist Nexus is that you do not find evidence of god. 

Comment by Joan Denoo 12 hours ago

Randy, one more thought. Yes! grandparents exist "to work on table manners, however. That's what grandparents do!"


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