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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 Playboy Interview: Richard Dawkins

Started by Loren Miller. Last reply by Chris on Sunday. 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

Proud Dad is REALLY Proud Now!

Started by Loren Miller. Last reply by Chris Jan 31. 15 Replies

As some of you may or may not know, my daughter is a television news producer, currently working in Nashville, Tennessee.  Her assignment is the morning news, which means she blasts herself up at umpti-ump in the morning to organize and prepare a…Continue

Tags: Emmy, news, television, daughter, dad

Men who challenge men to stop violence

Started by Joan Denoo. Last reply by Idaho Spud Jan 9. 19 Replies

Many men join in the effort to reduce violence against women and children and other men. He speaks of the need to place responsibility on men instead of focusing on women to stop violence. He offers a breath of fresh air, as do so many of the men on…Continue

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Comment by Bertold Brautigan on October 2, 2014 at 8:34am

I don't know if it's actually true, but I read somewhere once that the average life span of 14 years for cats is tweaked by the fact that so many cats die of non-natural causes like collisions with vehicles or predators. While 14 is the actual average, it's not at all unusual for a cat to live to 19 or 20.

Comment by Plinius on October 2, 2014 at 8:08am

I love them too Randall, but I still wish I didn't live in the brightest spot in the Netherlands...

Comment by Randall Smith on October 2, 2014 at 7:44am

Chris, I love nighttime photos. Benelux countries with a little England I recognize.

Joan, I always enjoy reading your reminisces. I'm not quite as old as you, but it brings back childhood memories.

Carl, great autumn photos.

Comment by Idaho Spud on October 2, 2014 at 5:49am

Mindy, I'm so glad your daughter surprised you.  Sounds like a wonderful day.  Also like the encouraging news about Dale. 

Carl, thanks for the beautiful October forest.  I love forests.

Comment by Plinius on October 2, 2014 at 5:39am

And I really put the lights out!

Comment by Plinius on October 2, 2014 at 1:28am

Have a good trip, Ian! I begin to understand you better now that we've got two adults to take care of. There are good sides but it wears you out.

I'm glad Dale is doing better! I get the feeling he ate something that didn't agree with him - a piece of a toy perhaps? Then you get such a pattern.

Light grey autumn here and still high temperatures. But I feel ready for colder weather.

Comment by Ian Mason on October 1, 2014 at 11:00pm

Comment by Ian Mason on October 1, 2014 at 10:59pm

That looks like a really substantial pro-democracy movement building up in Hong Kong. I think Carl is right that Bejing has a terrible record as regards such things. The West will, of course, only make a token protest if shooting starts.

Glad to hear that Dale is perking up a little, Mindy.

Autumn. "Season of mists and mellow fruitfulness". Every season has its beauties.

I'm off to England again tomorrow. A niece getting married and things to decide and sign about my dement Mum. To be honest, I'm getting tired of airports and 'planes. Although I've enjoyed this year's holidays and family visits, I feel that I've reached my limit for the time being.

Be well, everyone.

Comment by Joan Denoo on October 1, 2014 at 9:02pm

I found this about the drone video Dramatic aerial drone footage of Hong Kong protests

"Aerial footage filmed by a drone shows the large number of people joining pro-democracy protests in Hong Kong. Protest leaders have threatened to step up their campaign if the region's chief executive does not meet them by midnight on Tuesday, after he insisted that Beijing would not retreat on limits to voting reforms."

I was in Hong Kong in the 1980s. The masses of people were everywhere. The tall buildings that we call apartment houses, they called estates. The estates I went to, to interview women, consisted of one room for each apartment. They had community bathrooms and elevators that stopped at every other floor ... If I remember correctly they stopped at every 4th floor, but memory could be fading. 
I had fantastic meals in these one room apartments; how they did it I cannot tell. They had fold down beds on all four walls, and these were fastened up to the wall during the day and a big table was unfolded out to the center of the room. Folding chairs appeared from nooks. In one room, it was not uncommon to have a family of one or two small children, a mother and father, and a grandmother and grandfather. Often there was another child of the grandparents.

I was told it took four adults to raise one child. Everyone worksed men and women of all ages. The elders assumed childcare duties as a normal situation. There were child care facilities paid for by the government and the business. These were called Crèche.

A working mother had a month off after the birth of a baby and then had a year of release time so she could nurse her baby while working. She was not penalised for that lost work.  Most women I talked to did not want more than one child. 

It was in China that I saw the first contraceptive inserts into the arms of young women. 

Comment by The Flying Atheist on October 1, 2014 at 7:55pm

Happy October!

 

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