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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.

Nobody here is into mind games. A discussion started with a loaded guilt-throwing question will be deleted.

This group is not intended to compete with other groups on topics they cover but to "fill in the cracks." Whenever a discussion dwells at length on a topic for which there's an existing group, we urge you to provide members a link to that group to continue along their tangent.

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The Ark Encounter: A Less than Grand Opening (The Thinking Atheist)

Started by Loren Miller. Last reply by Grinning Cat on Monday. 24 Replies

The day finally arrived.  Ken Ham's Ark Encounter opened on 7 July, 2016 ... to something a bit less than Disney-sized crowds, and more than a couple dissenting voices!  Seth Andrews has gathered a quartet of significant participants in the protest…Continue

Tags: Tracey Moody, Dan Broadbent, Seth Andrews, David Silverman, AronRa

Surreal, I haz it

Started by Ruth Anthony-Gardner. Last reply by Idaho Spud Aug 14. 91 Replies

Surreal, not just found in art.Continue

Tags: surreal

Wedding Haka - Subtitled & translated

Started by Joan Denoo Aug 13. 0 Replies

I ran across a video of a wedding in which a group of wedding guests celebrated with a performance of a traditional Māori ancestral war dance, called a Haka. It was intended for sons, however, the women have joined in a participation of…Continue

Tags: new, traditions., women, men, Haka

Onward (Unpaid) Christian Soldiers (Betty Bowers)

Started by Loren Miller. Last reply by Chris G Aug 13. 1 Reply

Proselytizing in the military is a dirty little secret most radical christians would rather didn't get out.  Well, never let it be said that America's Best Christian, Betty Bowers, was ever a wallflower where a pit bull was needed!  In the following…Continue

Tags: Military Religious Freedom Foundation, MRFF, America's Best Christian, Betty Bowers

grooming minds (TheraminTrees)

Started by Loren Miller. Last reply by Joan Denoo Aug 10. 20 Replies

There are likely very few among those who frequent Atheist Nexus who would argue against the idea that indoctrinating children with religion is at minimum less than moral or ethical and more likely considered child abuse. Personally, I have aligned…Continue

Tags: religion, TheraminTrees, child abuse, indoctrination, education

The Bourne Again Identity (Mr. Deity)

Started by Loren Miller. Last reply by Qiana-Maieev Aug 2. 2 Replies

There's a young man, unconscious, found tangled with the bushes which describe the edge of your property, late one evening.  Who is he?  Where did he come from?  These are the questions which confound Ward and Pam as they attempt to deal with a most…Continue

Tags: mystery, Bourne, Brian Dalton, Mr. Deity

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Comment by Plinius on August 4, 2014 at 8:13am

He is six years older than I am and steadily drinking on as far as I know, Joan. Nice character traits dissolve in alcohol, and he had not much to start with. I saw him last year for the first time in thirty years, and decided that that meeting will do for the next thirty years as well.

Comment by Randall Smith on August 4, 2014 at 8:00am

Frank, welcome to the Friends group!

Carl, growing up in South Bend, I used to walk to the corner store to buy baseball cards. I still have my collection from the 50's, worth a considerable amount! I thank my mother (Dorothy, or Dottie) for not throwing them away while I was off to college and California to teach.

And, rather than multiple posts (bad Carl!), let me add that after 3 days, I'm extremely pleased and happy with dog Dot. I'll post a photo soon, whether you care or not (I'm guessing you do)!

Comment by Joan Denoo on August 4, 2014 at 7:58am

Chris, how old was your brother at that time? What a terrible thing to ask a sister to do. How is he doing now? 

Comment by Plinius on August 4, 2014 at 1:04am

When I was eight I bought bottles of gin for my alcohol addicted brother, brought back the empties and bought myself a present with the deposit money. Nobody ever asked what I was doing. Today you must be 18 even to handle alcohol...

Comment by k.h. ky on August 3, 2014 at 7:38pm
Carl, I walked to the store for my mom at that age too. That would be unheard of now. And for good reason.
I wonder if all children have fond memories of that age or if some of us were just luckier than others.
Comment by Joan Denoo on August 3, 2014 at 4:53pm

Randy, very good news about your new dog, a two yr old boxer-lab mix. How nice to get an older dog so you don't have to go through the puppy phase. Her mix must make a nice personality. She'll keep you energized for a few more years. Is Dot the dog that has the same name as your mother, Dorothy? 

Comment by Joan Denoo on August 3, 2014 at 4:49pm

Carl, I used to go to Arlie's Table Supply and get groceries and cigarettes for my mother, too. I pulled a little red wagon. Arlie and his wife are long gone, as is their butcher, Ed Froats. The store is now a service station. Jeez, that was about 60 years ago.

Comment by Joan Denoo on August 3, 2014 at 4:45pm

Hello, Frank. Welcome to Atheist Nexus and Hang with Friends. It looks like you live in a hot and moist part of the southern U.S. Franklinton, LA, How is your weather at this time of year, and is it a "normal" year, whatever that is? 

Comment by The Flying Atheist on August 3, 2014 at 4:42pm

Times sure have changed.  I even remember being 5 or 6 years old and walking to the corner pharmacy with a neighbor friend.  Her mother would pin an envelope to her shirt filled with money and a list for the pharmacist.  We would leave the store with the purchased items......including a carton of cigarettes! 

Comment by Joan Denoo on August 3, 2014 at 4:32pm

sk8eycat, I share your warm memories of the old mom and pop grocery stores and tradespeople. Those days were special. Some of them continue and I like to support them, even though their prices have to be higher because they don't get the price breaks the big stores get. You got lots of service out of your "1979 Pontiwreck"! 

Do you have Community Supported Agriculture in your area? I subscribed a few years ago, but the local ones closed their doors for lack of support. I liked the produce, it was freshly picked and boxed up according to the size of my weekly order. 

 

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