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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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The Burial Waltz

Started by Donatien Alphonse François. Last reply by Donatien Alphonse François Apr 26. 4 Replies

Hi everyone,It was almost a half-century ago, at age 15 or so, that I encountered one of the more important influences in my life: a crazy group of poets/musicians who called themselves The Fugs.They had a huge impact on me in that, though raised in…Continue

Some William Blake to Ponder

Started by Donatien Alphonse François. Last reply by Donatien Alphonse François Apr 25. 6 Replies

Hello all,I'm new here, and so hope this isn't old hat. But, I just had to point you toward a marvelous poem by William Blake in case you've never read it. Despite his sometimes heavily tinged biblical references in his other art and poetry, this…Continue

God's Not Dead - The Christian Persecution Complex (The Thinking Atheist)

Started by Loren Miller. Last reply by Annie Willis Apr 20. 7 Replies

Doubtless most if not all of you have heard about that sorry piece of cinema known as God's Not Dead, and perhaps its sequel, cleverly entitled: God's Not Dead 2 (wow, how original!).  Personally, I have wasted neither time nor money on either,…Continue

Tags: God's Not Dead, patheos, Neil Carter, The Thinking Atheist, Seth Andrews

Confirmed: flagged by religious people for "bullying."

Started by Joan Denoo. Last reply by Loren Miller Apr 19. 4 Replies

According to Seth Andrews @SethAndrewsTTA  Apr 16"Confirmed. TTA was flagged by religious people for "bullying." Apparently, criticism and skepticism = persecution. #GodHatesFacts"Others reported as "Flagged" and taken off line: @The Thinking…Continue

Tags: @SethAndrewsTTA, @morehead_sarah, @Matt_Dillahunty, @jteberhard, confirmed

The Value of Atheist Nexus ... and of Keeping Contact

Started by Loren Miller. Last reply by Joan Denoo Apr 17. 13 Replies

I don't know about you, but the last 24+ hours were VERY uncomfortable for me.  Why?  Because something I value a LOT, being Atheist Nexus and the people I care about on A|N were temporarily unavailable to me.  No, we're not Facebook; I don't think…Continue

Tags: maintenance, community, availability, Atheist Nexus

Atheist Pig STRIKES AGAIN!!!

Started by Loren Miller. Last reply by Qiana-Maieev Apr 5. 1 Reply

There's no getting around it, Atheist Pig is fast becoming my fave secular comic, and as evidence, I refer you to the following.  Jesus and Mo had better watch their respective asses, 'cuz they got a porker coming up on the outside, and I'm pretty…Continue

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Comment by Derek Bly on September 7, 2012 at 11:29pm

Ruth, thank you for your comment.

I agree socializing is an important part of being human. But I came to realize the only reason I was attending the UUF was because i like the people . . . even though I wasn't on the same page about spirituality. In a way, I was pretending I was simply to hang out with them. I've let them know I still want to stay in touch, but I need to be true to myself and that means not attending their services anymore.

Comment by Steph S. on September 7, 2012 at 11:26pm
Yeah Ruth - I'm glad you got out of an abusive relationship early - you were so smart to see the signs. No one should take abuse of any kind. It is good to socialize - I agree. So, I am always here it seems - on the Nexus with all of you. So glad to have you!
Comment by Joan Denoo on September 7, 2012 at 11:18pm

Tony, lovely, evocative words and image. 

Comment by Joan Denoo on September 7, 2012 at 11:18pm

Ruth, thank you for telling your story and comments about socializing. You were wise, young. 

Comment by Steph S. on September 7, 2012 at 11:17pm
I love the poem you wrote Tony! Beautiful!
Lovely photo too!
Comment by Tony Carroll on September 7, 2012 at 11:12pm

Getting ready to go to sleep. Have to get up and go to work tomorrow. A little something for all of yoy, my friends.

28 Days

     He gathers. For 28 days he gathers. Roses, orchids, lilys, carnations, any and all flowers he can find. For Selene. His Selene.

     For he knows she is lonely. Achingly, torturedly, excrutiatingly lonely. And only his gift, lovingly offered, holds the pain in check, renews the spirit, allowing her to wax and wane, shining in the night sky.  For 28 days.

    For tonight he will gather his gift, mount the Pegasus and ride. Ride her moonbeam hair to her cold mansion of reflected glory, and lay, at her feet as she slumbers, his gift of renewal.

     Then to return, to rest but for a moment, only to gather again. For 28 days. For Selene. His Selene.

 

Comment by Ruth Anthony-Gardner on September 7, 2012 at 11:11pm

Derek Bly, I don't see socializing as a crutch. We human beings need to socialize, it's not a bad thing. However, Atheists haven't created a  huge variety of concrete opportunities to socialize. Were a UU church near enough, I'd be tempted to try. But woo might drive me out. I experimented with UU for a year as a college senior, but I'm more discriminating now.

Good for you sk8eycat, for bailing on the engagement. I bailed on my first engagement when my fiance showed symptoms of being an abuser after several months. Never regretted that either.

Comment by Tony Carroll on September 7, 2012 at 10:05pm

Joan, as usual, anytime. Whatever I have is yours, repost away.

I'm with the mule. I LOVE parfait!! LOL. :)

Comment by Joan Denoo on September 7, 2012 at 10:00pm

Tony, wonderful cartoon. I am reposting!

Comment by Steph S. on September 7, 2012 at 9:50pm

Patricia I love that rosary comic (on the rearview mirror) and the cat and dog picture!

Funny comic Tony!

 

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