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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

Tags: Atheist Pig

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Comment by Steph S. on January 17, 2013 at 9:22pm

Patricia those examples of how America does things is so true. Why don't we look at the other countries who are successful in their endeavors? We are doing things backwards. I agree with all those statements.

Ruth I just love your secret to happiness picture. I agree that you should enjoy the simple things.

Comment by Ruth Anthony-Gardner on January 17, 2013 at 9:08pm

Hey, Patricia. What great examples! I love all of them.

Comment by Steph S. on January 17, 2013 at 5:20pm

Comment by Steph S. on January 17, 2013 at 5:18pm

Cool that you met Moon Zappa sk8eycat - how awesome. I know that song you are talking about.

Comment by Steph S. on January 17, 2013 at 5:17pm

Cute loldog booklover. Very funny.

Comment by sk8eycat on January 17, 2013 at 4:49pm

Ahhhh, yessss.  The way I heard it was, "...cats have staff."

I have taken care of lots of different breeds of dogs in my life as a pet-sitter, and the ones I like best are the large breeds...Samoyeds, shepherds, weimaraners, Sibeians.  THEY aren't as worshipful as cocker spaniels and other medium-to-small breeds. 

I find being worshipped very distasteful, and that was one of many things that solidified my lack of faith.

I just kept wondering how there could be a being/creature, with the intelligence and power to create an entire universe, who wanted to be worshipped. Gag me with a spoon!

Felaine, the genuine (old) Valley Girl  (I met Moon Zappa when I was working in a small electronics store back in the 1980s.  She was a hoot!)

Comment by Joseph Corder on January 17, 2013 at 1:20pm

Rawhide! I love it!!  sk8eycat,  I agree with you!  Didn't mean to label the whole world bad.  And now for something completely different.  Do you know the difference between how a cat and a dog view their owners?  Dogs have masters and cats have servants!!!!

Comment by Joan Denoo on January 17, 2013 at 2:39am

It has to be more than 65 years ago I sat in a theater and saw films of out expected future, with cars flying between sky scrapers, and huge highways carrying vast numbers of people to and from their activities, robots doing the work that humans were doing, and all kinds of gadgets would be made available to make life easier for everyone.
WW II had just ended, we still were on sugar and fat rations, and we still were trying to repair our home that burned during the war. Our bathroom and kitchen fixtures were old beat up pieces of pot-metal plumbing but that was all we could get at that time. It took a couple more years before we could replace the electrical and plumbing with fixtures with new modern ones. We had a washer with a wringer on it and there was no such thing as a dryer. 
I remember watching the film thinking that with all those modern conveniences like a washer and dryer and dishwasher and vacuum and new tools shown for carpenters and plumbers and electricians it seemed that everyone could just sit ... we didn't even have TV in those days. The vision was that all the work would be done, toil of trade labor and homemaking left a lot of time for pleasure in the new cars and toys that would be coming onto the market. Ronald Reagan was beginning to plug electric appliances of every kind and we all wanted everything. 
The movie didn't tell that robots would replace workers on the assembly line, thus reducing the need for human labor. Machines would do the work of keeping inventory and checking out at the grocery story and a lot of them had to be laid off. Cheap clothes started coming into stores and dressmakers were no long needed. Manufacture of shoes went overseas and shops closed their doors. Fast foods came along and many mom and pop restaurants closed down. One by one, the commerce of our nation changed, the main streets changed, beautiful old commercial buildings were torn down and monstrous bank building grew to change our skyline. 
That was the end of the "ball bearing era" and the beginning of a new technological era.
Today, we are at the end of an era and I don't know what to call it, and going into a new age with computers, world-wide trade, opening opportunities for those who are prepared, and closing doors on many of the old ways of making a living. Kind of like the end of the horse and buggy era when we needed black smiths, and an ice man. 
When my mother was a little girl, my father was her family's ice man in a little farming town. No electricity, outdoor plumbing, no phones, few cars, the "Green Hornet" bus took us from Tekoa to Spokane, or we took the train. Both are gone now. The first airplane came through doing stunts.
What is the name of the new era? What will our coming generations do for a living? How will we find work for all the unemployed workers? How will our graduating college kids find work? How will we take care of our children and elderly? With all these questions, that implies opportunities for innovation. Are we prepared for that?
  

Comment by Steph S. on January 17, 2013 at 12:39am
Wow - I'm like 3 pages behind. I love all the pictures and life stories. I'll come back here and post more. It's past my bed time.
Have a wonderful day!
Comment by Joan Denoo on January 17, 2013 at 12:31am

Loca the Pug singing 'The pug that couldn't run'

"I'm bouncing, flouncing, falling all around the show..."

Loca, the pug that couldn't run.

 

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