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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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A Prayer for Our Nation (Betty Bowers)

Started by Loren Miller. Last reply by Patricia yesterday. 1 Reply

I'm going to keep this one short and sweet.  Mrs. Betty Bowers, America's Best Christian, has seen what is going on with the current occupant of the Oval Office, and my impression is that she is not at all happy with it.  True to her citizenship,…Continue

Tags: prayer, Donald Trump, Oval Office, America's Best Christian, Betty Bowers

Any Babymetal Fans Here?

Started by Bruce Carroll. Last reply by Idaho Spud Sep 12. 5 Replies

Any Babymetal fans here besides me? I have to ask because 1) I really like Babymetal and 2) Babymetal unknowingly played a role in my journey out of religion.For those who are unfamiliar with Babymetal, here is a link to one of their most popular…Continue

Tags: Japanese Idol, Babymetal

If you could rid the world of one thing, what would it be?

Started by Idaho Spud. Last reply by Ruth Anthony-Gardner Sep 11. 30 Replies

Today, I heard Seth Andrews talk about the question, "If you could rid the world of one thing, what would it be?"  My first thought was religion, but after a few seconds I decided it would be irrational or anti-scientific thinking.  That would take…Continue

Tags: anti-scientific, irrational

Ignorance is Bliss: Why Religious People Seem Happier Than the 'Nones'”.

Started by Joan Denoo. Last reply by Idaho Spud Sep 11. 16 Replies

“Highly Religious Volunteer More, Lie Less, and Claim to Be Happier”~ Houston Chronicle; “Strongly Religious People are Happier than Non-Religious”  ~ Christian Daily."The study determined that 40 percent of highly religious adults—defined as those…Continue

Tags: Nones, happiness, non-religiosity, religiosity, bliss

Eating Our Own: How You Can Save the Movement (David Smalley | The Thinking Atheist)

Started by Loren Miller. Last reply by Daniel W Aug 27. 11 Replies

While I've been peripherally aware of him for a while, David Smalley has not spent much time in the center of my focus when it came to scoping out atheist material on YouTube or elsewhere ... at least up until now.  His talk – Eating Our Own – came…Continue

Tags: Seth Andrews, The Thinking Atheist, Eating Our Own, David Smalley

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Comment by Joan Denoo on August 22, 2013 at 8:56pm

Patricia, I really like PZ Meyers. He says a lot with few words. 

"Religious beliefs are lazy jokes with bad punch lines."

~ PZ Myers

Probulos, I. M. (2012-12-03). Over 365 Quotations for Atheists Agnostics and Secular Humanists (Quote Books) (Kindle Locations 297-298). I. M. Probuluos. Kindle Edition.

Comment by Richard C Brown on August 22, 2013 at 8:19pm

I just want to Hang Out for awhile.

Comment by sk8eycat on August 22, 2013 at 6:05pm

Patricia, I loved the article, but I don't know anybody to send it to.  I've been an open atheist for so long that all my "friends" who couldn't handle that vanished years ago.  99.9% of my friends are also atheists, or indifferent to religion but are afraid of the "A"-word.

I guess that's a project I could get into...getting rid of the undeserved, old Cold War baggage that a simple little word carries around.  Now, how do I start?

Comment by Ruth Anthony-Gardner on August 21, 2013 at 7:44pm

Thanks for sharing your therapeutic cat sitting experience, sk8eycat. Did you see hummingbirds at any of the feeders?

Comment by Idaho Spud on August 21, 2013 at 5:00pm

Mindy, I'm pleased that you and daughter are excited and happy.

For quite a while after I joined Atheist Nexus, I kept seeing a place to create a badge.  Seems like it was near the top of the page.  I was always thinking about creating one, but Patricia's post got me going.  It was difficult finding where to go this time, but once I got there, creating the badge was easy.

The place to click on is now found at the bottom of the page towards the right.  It says "Badges".

Comment by Grinning Cat on August 21, 2013 at 1:45pm

Felaine, I'm glad to hear that your catsitting "vacation" did some good!

Road Rage Cat reminds me of a joke article I saw years ago, about new cars that run not on gasoline/petrol but on vitriol. They convert anger into energy, and unlike other cars, they're actually most efficient on clogged streets and highways during rush hour.

Comment by Lillie on August 21, 2013 at 10:50am

Thanks for the update, Ian.  I can relate to caring for elderly parents.  It is classic role reversal.

Comment by sk8eycat on August 21, 2013 at 10:28am

LMAO!  In my neighborhood, Wednesday is also Trash Day.

Comment by sk8eycat on August 21, 2013 at 2:01am

Ian, I really needed to spend a few days in somebody else's house with a big fat cat, and a fantabulous modern kitchen. I didn't do any real cooking this time...it was "salad weather"...but I did boil up a quart of hummingbird syrup, and filled the feeders.

I just needed to spend some time in a place where everything didn't reminded me of Hairy Jerry. It worked.  I'm not kicking myself anymore.

Now I have to get out my Mac laptop and learn how to use it. The difference between that and Microsoft scares me.

Comment by Joan Denoo on August 20, 2013 at 11:55pm

Mindy, I am very happy to learn of the developments for your daughter and you. Seems like positive steps toward growth. Being excited about changing events and looking toward possibilities can be so very uplifting. Taking new directions and going into the unknown can awaken unrealized interests. Good for both of you. Please keep us posted on the outcomes. 

 

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