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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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What Annoys God Most? (Betty Bowers)

Started by Loren Miller. Last reply by Chris on Thursday. 9 Replies

Long story short, it's those near misses, the almost-but-not-quite, close but no cheroot moments, or, would you believe ... Near Death Experiences!  So what's the big deal?  Betty Bowers, America's BEST Christian and self-proclaimed expert on such…Continue

Tags: Near Death Experiences, America's Best Christian, Betty Bowers

degrading love — part one (TheraminTrees)

Started by Loren Miller. Last reply by Grinning Cat Nov 22. 11 Replies

Love is by many considered among the highest of positive emotions.  Yet when love of the type offered by deities is examined, something seems to go seriously wrong.  The love of Yahweh seems less a gift than a demand, not so much beneficence as a…Continue

Tags: TheraminTrees, god, love

Ning, Error 500s, and Whether to Migrate

Started by Loren Miller. Last reply by Joan Denoo Nov 13. 47 Replies

I just got the following notice from Ning yesterday, (31 October, 2016), in the wake of this latest website outage:As some of you may be aware, we experienced a system outage earlier this morning. The cause was due to a specific network…Continue

Tags: downtime, Atheist Nexus, Ning

Introducing Douglas Murray

Started by Loren Miller. Last reply by Loren Miller Nov 7. 4 Replies

Most of us who have been around atheism for a while know the heavyweights of our ilk.  Names like Hitchens, Dawkins, Dennett, Harris, Dillahunty and AronRa get nearly daily mention in posts and discussions on Atheist Nexus.  One name I was…Continue

Tags: Agatan Foundation, Douglas Murray

If There's a God - She's a Woman - The Author T

Started by Joe. Last reply by Chris Nov 3. 4 Replies

I came across this story and thought some here might find it interesting and humorous.It’s titled:If There’s a GodShe’s a WomanFrom the Series:Things You Can Learn from a VaginaIts on the website TheAuthorT.com under the tab, “Free to Read…Continue

His Dark Materials and the Catholic Church

Started by Tonya R. Wheeler. Last reply by k.h. ky Oct 30. 35 Replies

I recently watched the movie, "The Golden Compass" and since I could not find the sequels, I read the books. I enjoyed them, and I will be reading the first one, Northern Lights, starting tomorrow, since it just arrived via inter-library…Continue

Tags: Fantasy, Catholic, Religion, Atheist, Pullman

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Comment by Plinius on November 20, 2016 at 8:09am

You could call yourself a realist, Randall, because the news ís depressing. I skim the news, I read background regularly, but I don't want to know about the daily bitching and biting. Much healthier...

Comment by Randall Smith on November 20, 2016 at 7:54am

While I don't suffer from clinical depression, local and worldly news does depress me. Therefore, I've made a decision to avoid the news and remain ignorant of all the negativity going on "out there". I know it's wrong, but for my own sanity, my head is in the sand.

Kathy, I admire your boldness (wearing the FFRF shirt)! And I thought I was being bold wearing a Bernie t-shirt.

Comment by Joan Denoo on November 19, 2016 at 11:59pm

Ruth, I wrote my comment about depression about the same moment as you wrote yours. I hear you and know of which you write. How to shuffle off the coil of depression with all the chaos enveloping us, I too, wonder about those others before us who faced sudden change in their lives caused by events beyond their control to change. 

Comment by Joan Denoo on November 19, 2016 at 11:04pm

Ah! depression! A useless emotion; it gets in the way of joy and adventure! It takes over and impedes thinking and laughing and crying and all other emotions that are so much friendlier. It covers one with a black cloud that blocks out the sun and moon and stars. It distorts even the most routine of pleasures, i.e. the first sip of coffee in the morning, the greeting across the fence with a lovely neighbor, the sound of a loved one who calls to see if I am OK. 

Finally, shed of the fog, I can imagine a preferred future, one that does not exist, but never will if we don't remember the possibility of a better life for us all. 

Comment by Ruth Anthony-Gardner on November 19, 2016 at 11:01pm

k.h. ky, I'm also struggling to deal with the news, both political and (related) climate change. Mild depression. <sigh> I spend more time reading news on these topics, and articles/interviews from people I respect. Trying to see my way forward. I try to think about how many people who lived through frightening changes in the past. Lots of people right now live in great insecurity. Other people seem to have coped, so surely you and I will also find a way.

Comment by Joan Denoo on November 19, 2016 at 10:54pm

Oh, we can have great fun, poking a finger in the eye of some pompous principal who cannot live up to his proclaimed principles. I'm glad you talked to him, Kathy, and that he saw your FFRF shirt. 

Comment by Qiana-Maieev on November 19, 2016 at 10:39pm

About wearing the shirt to the oh so christian school?

Comment by k.h. ky on November 19, 2016 at 10:37pm
Depresses me is a more apt description.
Comment by k.h. ky on November 19, 2016 at 10:34pm
And I still can't tolerate the news. The insanity of the situation still frightens me.
Comment by Qiana-Maieev on November 19, 2016 at 10:34pm

GOOD FOR YOU, Kathy!!!

 

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