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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 Loren Miller yesterday. 16 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

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

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 Ruth Anthony-Gardner on December 9, 2013 at 6:32pm

Cute motivational LOL, Joan.

Sk8eycat, I have that “why did I come into this room?” experience about twice a week. BTW, I just read that omega-3s cross the blood-brain barrier and help to prevent Alzheimer’s. I loathe crosswords.

Flying Atheist, your washing machine story is funny. A couple of days ago I forgot to put something back into the freezer after taking out one portion, till several hours later. *groan*

Comment by sk8eycat on December 9, 2013 at 4:58pm

I am constantly stresses...trying to stay out of debt on nothing but Social InSecurity.  I just paid my property taxes online, and am wondering how much longer I can keep my house (and fuerte' avocado tree).

California used to have a law that allowed seniors and low income homeowners to postpone the annual taxes until the property was sold, but Der Governator did away with it after he ruined our economy by giving tax breaks to all his wealthy friends.  

I would go back to work if I could...even part time...but I quit driving 2 years ago, and public transportation around here sux.

Everyone I know who is my age or older complains of memory problem...not big ones, like forgetting where you live, or who you are.  Just the occasional word or two.  I have read that things like crossword puzzles help keep the brain active, and I am a Constant Reader. I can't function without a book nearby.

But, yes...getting too old to be productive is a constant source of stress.  I should have planned better, but I honestly didn't think I would live this long...or be physically disabled as a result of injuries from ballet and skating, which I loved. I thought I was a tough kid...I was mistaken.

Comment by Idaho Spud on December 9, 2013 at 4:33pm

I forget words too Mindy.  I'll be talking and want to say for example "fingernail clippers", but can't remember it, so I'll say "that tool that snips your fingernails off", and continue speaking.  It seems to amuse people.

Comment by The Flying Atheist on December 9, 2013 at 4:15pm

Comment by Idaho Spud on December 9, 2013 at 3:40pm

I have the same memory problems and have had for as long as I can remember (which isn't that long--ha!)

Comment by Joan Denoo on December 9, 2013 at 3:21pm

Yes, I will chime in with similar experiences. Frustating is just too weak a word for the feelings it evokes in me. Trying to remember who said what or to search for an idea that came through AN eats up lots of time. I join with the forgetters of the world in a massive, communal moan!

For those who have a photographic memory, give thanks to whatever energy seems appropriate.

Comment by Plinius on December 9, 2013 at 2:24pm

More confessions? It seems we all have the same problem...

Comment by The Flying Atheist on December 9, 2013 at 1:55pm

Sk8eycat, it doesn't sound like you have Alzheimer's.  I'm 49 and do the exact same sh*t you do.....forgetting words, forgetting what I went into a different room to do, etc.  Twice in recent years I've started the washing machine only to discover at the end of the wash cycle that I forget to put the clothes in. 

Comment by Plinius on December 9, 2013 at 1:52pm

How stressed are you Sk8eycat? Stress could cause all that - as I experienced...

Comment by sk8eycat on December 9, 2013 at 12:54pm

I meant to comment on "memory problems" last night, and forgot to do it. I forget words that I know I've known for years...usually in the middle of a conversation, or when I'm trying to write something.  It's maddening, and frightening.

Or sometimes I'll go into another room (usually the kitchen) and forget what I went there for. 

Is it age?  I'm terrified of developing Alzheimer's even though nobody on either side of my family has ever had anything like it. 

I try to do as many crossword puzzles as I have time for...especially the "cryptic" (British-style) ones.  That's supposed to keep the brain/memory tuned up, but I still forget names and technical words, and have to stop and try to dig them up.

Frustrating.

 

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