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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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bending truth, or "We Can All Be Manipulated" (TheraminTrees)

Started by Loren Miller. Last reply by Compelledunbeliever yesterday. 37 Replies

The following is one of TheraminTrees' most thorough-going pieces, wherein he looks at the process and techniques whereby a "religious" organization (which will sound VERY familiar to most of us, once introductions are made!) takes a person who…Continue

Tags: indoctrination, truth, manipulation, TheraminTrees

punishing doubt (TheraminTrees)

Started by Loren Miller Sep 6. 0 Replies

If you are associated with religion and especially a fundamentalist religion, doubt is intolerable.  Certainty, however it may be achieved or imposed, becomes a necessary element, especially considering the utter dearth of any form of evidence or…Continue

Tags: religion, TheraminTrees, punish, doubt

We Don't Want Your (Atheist) Money! (The Thinking Atheist)

Started by Loren Miller. Last reply by Idaho Spud Sep 2. 17 Replies

I suppose I've heard stories like this before:Conscientious atheist donates money to worthy cause.Worthy cause initially accepts money.Worthy cause discovers source of donation.Worthy cause rejects donation.Swell, eh?  Well Matt Willbourne of…Continue

Tags: American Baptist Churches Association, Murrow Indian Children's Home, The Thinking Atheist, Seth Andrews

The Whole Bible in 30 Seconds (Betty Bowers)

Started by Loren Miller. Last reply by Randy Hatly Sep 2. 3 Replies

Ever decide that you wanted to read the whole bible, cover to cover, only to realize half-way through Deuteronomy that the darn thing is industrial-strength BORING?!?  Well, never fear!  America's Best Christian, Betty Bowers, has done the Cliff's…Continue

Tags: bible, America's Best Christian, Betty Bowers

Are You a Patriot? (Betty Bowers)

Started by Loren Miller. Last reply by Chris G Aug 29. 22 Replies

You might think that Betty Bowers, America's Best Christian, would be stepping outside of her comfort zone in tackling the concept of patriotism.  As it turns out, not only does she have a proper handle on the term and its implications, she also…Continue

Tags: patriot, America's Best Christian, Betty Bowers

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Comment by Joan Denoo on May 21, 2013 at 10:59pm

Thanks for your support friends on Atheist Nexus. I am feeling just fine and in good spirits. I feel well supported and encouraged. I have a cloud of supporters.

Comment by Steph S. on May 21, 2013 at 10:46pm

Comment by Joan Denoo on May 21, 2013 at 10:41pm

Carl, so, you are moving into the high tech age with gusto. My daughter and son-in-law use them in their businesses; Remarkable what information they can carry with them. 

Comment by Steph S. on May 21, 2013 at 10:40pm

Joan I am glad to hear the surgery went well.

You have been in my thoughts.

I am thinking about you.

Comment by Joan Denoo on May 21, 2013 at 10:38pm

Hi! a quick update. Surgery went very well, Had very little pain that responded to a little medication. My daughter and granddaughter, Michelle, were with me and brought me home and had a beautiful break-the-fast lunch. I feel great. 
Ruth, thank you so much for the information on parsley, celery and chamomile tea. I have lots of parsley growing in my garden, I love celery and I have the tea available and love it. Glad the list didn't include such things as cod liver oil. 

Ian, the stages of life your Mum and step-Mum are in is not easy on you. Please do take good care of yourself and keep positive thoughts going, for yourself and for them. Perhaps your Mum could hear your voice, even if she couldn't respond. It doesn't hurt to talk to her; she may not hear and if she does, at least you do what you can. I remember the helpless feeling of not being able to help. Thankfully, there are medications that can keep her free of pain. The happy photo looks great. Nice to see you and your new hat.

A very heavy rain started this afternoon with lots of lightning and thunder. The air looks and smells scrubbed, and green as Ireland. A perfect sight to come home to.     

Comment by The Flying Atheist on May 21, 2013 at 10:29pm

Wow, Joan.  That rising tide video is scary.  I can't imagine having to put myself in such continuous danger to collect food for survival.  If I was in desperate need and there was a large abundance of food available to collect during a short period of time, I would think it would be difficult making the decision when to stop gathering.  When is just one more piece too much before it's too late and you are helplessly trapped?  It must be scary to have literally tons of unstable ice shifting above and around you and an unstoppable tide moving in to drown you. 

Comment by Joan Denoo on May 21, 2013 at 9:57pm

Race against the Tide

Thanks Ed. 

Comment by Steph S. on May 21, 2013 at 6:22pm

Oh cool - glad that worked for you Carl. I use it myself all the time when I am away from my computer.

Comment by The Flying Atheist on May 21, 2013 at 2:04pm

Thanks, Steph.  That worked!

Comment by Ian Mason on May 21, 2013 at 1:59pm

Just returned from England so still trying to catch up.

Great to hear that you're keeping chipper, Joan. Good luck with the cell-stomping to you and your team. And yes, you've persuaded me: I've started a round of "given up smoking" check-ups to see if there's any permanent damage or latent consequences.

Things in England were a bit mixed. My step-Mum is still in hospital after her COPD attack but has been moved to a physio unit and is just starting to make some progress. She managed to stand up yesterday, with support, for the first time in 12 weeks. Me and a step-sis were there to cheer her on and that seemed to help, plus I told her that the sooner she gets back on her feet, the sooner she can use the WC instead of a pot, which is a great motivator for here.

Visited my Mum in her care home. The first time I was there she was fairly lucid and only a bit doolally but the second time she was miles away and kept falling asleep. Later that day the home rang and said that they were getting a doctor to see her as she wasn't even able to stand up any more. I have a suspicion that her repeated urinary tract infections have become chronic and may have spread further around the pelvic/kidney region.

Apart from that, it was great to see family. Went to a country show with my brother and his family: saw old-fashioned steam and vintage tractors, wood-turning, a falconry show, various dog and horse events plus ate venison sausage rolls and home-made jam sponge. We even bought hats! I'm the one with the tea mug.

 

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