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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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God's Annual Performance Review (Betty Bowers)

Started by Loren Miller. Last reply by Ruth Anthony-Gardner Mar 19. 6 Replies

I don't know about you guys, but there wasn't a performance review I had in 30 years of field service that I didn't LOATHE.  It seems as though Betty Bowers, America's Best Christian, is up for turning the tables on the person you would expect would…Continue

Tags: review, performance, god, American's Best Christian, Betty Bowers

Learning a Language as a Mature Adult

Started by Daniel W. Last reply by Joan Denoo Mar 2. 28 Replies

Trying to keep my mind exercised, and not interested in most of the reading materials that I can find.I decided to attempt to learn a language.  Actually, two.  The dilemma is, how do I do that without going to school - not an option - and without…Continue

The Playboy Interview: Richard Dawkins

Started by Loren Miller. Last reply by Chris Feb 19. 14 Replies

I suppose it was the news that Playboy magazine was returning nudes to its pages after a year's hiatus that sufficiently perked my curiosity to check them out again.  I hadn't looked at Playboy since perhaps 2008, when I began to recognize that I…Continue

Tags: Richard Dawkins, Playboy

Such Lyrics!

Started by Donatien Alphonse François. Last reply by Grinning Cat Feb 13. 9 Replies

Hello Friends,I was ruminating a bit today on my sixty-some years existence. My mind went back to teenage years when I first figured out religion is not only obnoxiously loud, but also nothing I wanted anything to do with. Truly. I knew by age 15…Continue

degrading love — part two (TheraminTrees)

Started by Loren Miller. Last reply by Joan Denoo Feb 11. 1 Reply

TheraminTrees set up religion with his left in Part One of his treatise on how religion demeans and degrades the value of love.  Here in Part Two, he brings in a devastating, "Mike Tyson" right, which negates and invalidates any claim that either…Continue

Tags: Christianity, Islam, TheraminTrees, god, love

Questions......

Started by Thomas Murray. Last reply by k.h. ky Feb 9. 6 Replies

   It has been 6 month now since I signed up for Atheist Nexus membership. The past year has been sort of a bi-polar wave of emotions for me. I hope I wasn't offensive to the folks on here and I think I have been but I don't know to who. My desire…Continue

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Comment by sk8eycat on December 31, 2014 at 10:04am

Mindy, that's hilarious, but ....Eww! 

Goes back to an animated film we were shown in kindergarten to publicize smallpox vaccine.  The "germs" were big spiders that were dropped like bombs from airplanes....it was the middle of WW2, and everything was "military" then. 

My class was too young to really grasp the purpose of the film, and many of us had nightmares about spiders for weeks (sometimes years) afterwards.  I don't know if any parents complained to the school; people didn't do that much back then. 

Comment by Joan Denoo on December 31, 2014 at 12:36am

Mindy, thanks to Bertold and Spud, I see your beautiful backdrop. I knew it would be pretty. 

Comment by sk8eycat on December 30, 2014 at 10:28pm

happ new year 2011 animated

Comment by sk8eycat on December 30, 2014 at 10:19pm

The dogs look like they're really having fun!  The Northern breeds I've met over the years LOVE to pull anything, or run alongside a bike-rider.  Or just laugh at the silly things people do.

Comment by Ian Mason on December 30, 2014 at 1:51pm

One for all you cat people.

Comment by The Flying Atheist on December 30, 2014 at 1:32pm

Joan, you should always take comfort in knowing that you are the person who broke the vicious cycle of abuse in your family.  You can't place the blame on yourself for what was, unfortunately, the common societal non-response for that era.  If anything, you should have satisfaction in knowing that you ultimately went against a terrible normative trend and positively changed the lives of yourself, your children and your children's children.  You have made a huge impact on so many lives.  I look to you in admiration.   

Comment by Idaho Spud on December 30, 2014 at 1:31pm

Comment by Ian Mason on December 30, 2014 at 1:19pm

Joan, guilt is a vindictive bastard that really knows how to trip you up just when you're feeling fine. I still feel terrible about what a terrible father I was when I drank (not abusive though). Your Yule get-together sounds wonderful so let that, and all the good you've done since those bad days tip the balance a long way over in your favour.

Carl, I hope you feel better soon.

Comment by Joan Denoo on December 30, 2014 at 1:16pm

Mindy, I used all the trick I know of, and could not get your photo. Would some third party please send me the shot. I know whatever Mindy chose for her remodel will look smashing and I want to see it. Thanks. 

Comment by Joan Denoo on December 30, 2014 at 1:11pm

I can't believe I went into that deep, deep depression, beginning when I saw Brooklyn. It wouldn't lift, until last night, writing about it. That seemed to break the awful spell. If I were a religious person, I would say the Devil had a spell over me. It was because of episodes such as this that got me out of the church, cursing and screaming ... I seem to do a lot of that. Religion plays a huge part in the ongoing abuse of children, women, and men. 

Thank you Chris, for the kind and wise words! Your wounds and mine and countless other grown women and men carry memories of abuse by parents. Boys suffered under the lash of abusive fathers and mothers as well.

Little girls and boys have more protections now. 

My three children and their families freed from family violence, flourish in a most remarkable way. I feel gratitude and hope. 

 

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