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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.

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Discussion Forum

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

Started by Loren Miller. Last reply by Compelledunbeliever 20 hours ago. 37 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

punishing doubt (TheraminTrees)

Started by Loren Miller Sep 6. 0 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

We Don't Want Your (Atheist) Money! (The Thinking Atheist)

Started by Loren Miller. Last reply by Idaho Spud Sep 2. 17 Replies

I suppose I've heard stories like this before:Conscientious atheist donates money to worthy cause.Worthy cause initially accepts money.Worthy cause discovers source of donation.Worthy cause rejects donation.Swell, eh?  Well Matt Willbourne of…Continue

Tags: American Baptist Churches Association, Murrow Indian Children's Home, The Thinking Atheist, Seth Andrews

The Whole Bible in 30 Seconds (Betty Bowers)

Started by Loren Miller. Last reply by Randy Hatly Sep 2. 3 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

Are You a Patriot? (Betty Bowers)

Started by Loren Miller. Last reply by Chris G Aug 29. 22 Replies

You might think that Betty Bowers, America's Best Christian, would be stepping outside of her comfort zone in tackling the concept of patriotism.  As it turns out, not only does she have a proper handle on the term and its implications, she also…Continue

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

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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. 

Comment by Idaho Spud on August 3, 2014 at 3:33pm

Felaine, I agree with Carl about you amusing names for things.  Pontiwreck is a good one.

Randy, I'm glad you've got a new companion.  Should be good for you as well as Dot.

 

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