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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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Yasmine Mohammed - Confessions of an Ex-Muslim (The Thinking Atheist)

Started by Loren Miller. Last reply by Idaho Spud Jul 7. 6 Replies

Yasmine Mohammed is not your average ex-Muslim.  Not only did she get shut of Islam, she also managed to escape what was at one time the most notorious of radical Islamist organizations: Al Qaeda.  She has since documented the story of her apostasy…Continue

Tags: Islam, Al Qaeda, Yasmine Mohammed, The Thinking Atheist, Seth Andrews

Ignorance is Bliss: Why Religious People Seem Happier Than the 'Nones'”.

Started by Joan Denoo Jul 6. 0 Replies

“Highly Religious Volunteer More, Lie Less, and Claim to Be Happier”~ Houston Chronicle; “Strongly Religious People are Happier than Non-Religious”  ~ Christian Daily."The study determined that 40 percent of highly religious adults—defined as those…Continue

Tags: Nones, happiness, non-religiosity, religiosity, bliss

Afrodisiacs – African Aphrodisiacs

Started by Joan Denoo. Last reply by Joan Denoo Jun 26. 4 Replies

Am I so old and not know the definition of aphrodisiac, and its historical definition being based on Aphrodite, that her name came from the African drugs that Egyptians, Greeks, and Romans used for sexual enhancement? Dhu!  Aphrodite, ancient Greek…Continue

Tags: Africa, Lady, Victorian

Degrees of Doubt: The Claims and Credentials of Ravi Zacharias (The Thinking Atheist)

Started by Loren Miller. Last reply by Chris May 17. 1 Reply

Anyone here ever run onto an apologist by the name of Ravi Zacharias?  I've seen his name dropped multiple times on YouTube as supposedly being THE ONE APOLOGIST that no atheist wants to cross swords with, because of his facility with christian…Continue

Tags: Ravi Zacharias, Steve Baughman, The Thinking Atheist, Seth Andrews

The Most Hated Woman in America (The Thinking Atheist)

Started by Loren Miller. Last reply by Gary S Apr 19. 7 Replies

Before Aron Ra and Matt Dillahunty, before Dawkins or Dennett or Harris or even Hitchens, there was Madalyn Murray O'Hair.  In the midst of an America where Christianity was being flaunted as a defense against the godless communists of the Soviet…Continue

Tags: Frank Zindler, The Thinking Atheist, Seth Andrews, Madalyn Murray O'Hair

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Comment by Thomas Murray on July 15, 2017 at 7:22pm

Joan,

We used to have a cat just like the white on in the pix. Her name was Ivory, left eye blue and the right eye was green.... she was also deaf.

Comment by Joan Denoo on July 15, 2017 at 4:43pm

Randy, phones don't make very good manure for the bean field, do they! I'd say that you chose a dumb option. What options did you have? 

Comment by Lilac on July 15, 2017 at 1:04pm

So you'd rather litter than tolerate a ring tone, or try to turn it in to the police maybe? 

Comment by Randall Smith on July 15, 2017 at 7:39am

Ian, I hope the jazz is to your liking. I'm rather picky about what jazz I enjoy listening to. Have fun!

While taking my usual after supper walk last night, I came across a smashed "smart phone" (or whatever). I picked it up to take home to throw in the trash. Then, it rang! And beeped. Loud. I thought this won't do, ringing in my house. So, after pondering what to do with it, I tossed it several rows into the bean field. Big mistake! 3 minutes later, a young woman drove and stopped by me asking if I'd seen a phone. After telling her what I'd done, she said she had to find it because it had important stuff on it. (Evidently, her boyfriend set the phone on the trunk and it fell off later as she drove down the road.)

She hunted for over an hour using another phone to call for it (which she was doing when it rang on me). I don't know if she ever retrieved it. I hope so.The episode has haunted me. I feel so guilty tossing it away like I did.

Comment by Joan Denoo on July 15, 2017 at 12:15am

Ian, here are Tea, cake, and company to go with the music! 

Comment by Ian Mason on July 14, 2017 at 10:37pm

It's the time of year when I'm spoiled for choice. The Proms season began yesterday and Århus Jazz festival begins today so the coming week will be filled with music, on the radio or live. Give me tea and cake to make heaven complete.

Comment by The Flying Atheist on July 14, 2017 at 9:11pm

Joan, I'm glad Laura and Larry got home safely.  They perform a very vital and dangerous function.  My brother used to work for the Bureau of Land Management as a forest fire fighter in South Dakota, Idaho, and California.  That type of work is extremely dangerous and physically exhausting.

You are correct.  As much as there is to lament and distress about in the world, there's also much to celebrate, and it's important to seek out those stories.    

Comment by Joan Denoo on July 14, 2017 at 8:23pm

There is so much good in the world, and we celebrate that fact on Atheist Nexus!

Laura and Larry, Michelle and Jared reveal that every day. These four people have busy lives with home, maintaining the property where I now live, Michelle and Jared each coach a  separate soccer team, Laura and Larry each has businesses of their own and work together as a team on other efforts, such as volunteering for Dist 8 Volunteer Fire Dist. 

The call came in about a fire in this district a couple of hours ago. They immediately drop what they are doing, get into their gear and race to the fire or emergency. If it is a medical emergency, Laura and Michelle have EMR training and they take their medical bags along.

When a health emergency happens it is most often helping people get up from a fall, or in the case heart attacks and strokes, they are trained to stabilize the patient and call in for an ambulance or a helicopter and usually return home with an hour or two.

They have been gone for so long, I suspect this call is a fire. The house to which they were called live as we do, surrounded by forest. They all have GPS on their cars and I can track where their cell phones are. Using that technology, I follow them live via satellite. 

They just got home. It was a small wildland fire near a home and it was in peril. They knocked down the fire and kept it from spreading to the house. All returned safely.  

Comment by The Flying Atheist on July 14, 2017 at 7:25pm

Bertold, that's some very rock-solid, rational thinking!!  Especially when the bible is "explicitly clear" on the matter, you can't go wrong!

Comment by Thomas Murray on July 14, 2017 at 6:57pm

Joan,

Looking at your pictures of your garden I felt like a kid again exploring bugs and insects in a magical forest....

 

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