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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 Burial Waltz

Started by Donatien Alphonse François. Last reply by Donatien Alphonse François Apr 26. 4 Replies

Hi everyone,It was almost a half-century ago, at age 15 or so, that I encountered one of the more important influences in my life: a crazy group of poets/musicians who called themselves The Fugs.They had a huge impact on me in that, though raised in…Continue

Some William Blake to Ponder

Started by Donatien Alphonse François. Last reply by Donatien Alphonse François Apr 25. 6 Replies

Hello all,I'm new here, and so hope this isn't old hat. But, I just had to point you toward a marvelous poem by William Blake in case you've never read it. Despite his sometimes heavily tinged biblical references in his other art and poetry, this…Continue

God's Not Dead - The Christian Persecution Complex (The Thinking Atheist)

Started by Loren Miller. Last reply by Annie Willis Apr 20. 7 Replies

Doubtless most if not all of you have heard about that sorry piece of cinema known as God's Not Dead, and perhaps its sequel, cleverly entitled: God's Not Dead 2 (wow, how original!).  Personally, I have wasted neither time nor money on either,…Continue

Tags: God's Not Dead, patheos, Neil Carter, The Thinking Atheist, Seth Andrews

Confirmed: flagged by religious people for "bullying."

Started by Joan Denoo. Last reply by Loren Miller Apr 19. 4 Replies

According to Seth Andrews @SethAndrewsTTA  Apr 16"Confirmed. TTA was flagged by religious people for "bullying." Apparently, criticism and skepticism = persecution. #GodHatesFacts"Others reported as "Flagged" and taken off line: @The Thinking…Continue

Tags: @SethAndrewsTTA, @morehead_sarah, @Matt_Dillahunty, @jteberhard, confirmed

The Value of Atheist Nexus ... and of Keeping Contact

Started by Loren Miller. Last reply by Joan Denoo Apr 17. 13 Replies

I don't know about you, but the last 24+ hours were VERY uncomfortable for me.  Why?  Because something I value a LOT, being Atheist Nexus and the people I care about on A|N were temporarily unavailable to me.  No, we're not Facebook; I don't think…Continue

Tags: maintenance, community, availability, Atheist Nexus

Atheist Pig STRIKES AGAIN!!!

Started by Loren Miller. Last reply by Qiana-Maieev Apr 5. 1 Reply

There's no getting around it, Atheist Pig is fast becoming my fave secular comic, and as evidence, I refer you to the following.  Jesus and Mo had better watch their respective asses, 'cuz they got a porker coming up on the outside, and I'm pretty…Continue

Tags: Atheist Pig

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Comment by Plinius on July 13, 2015 at 12:51am

Loren, the link goes to 11.000 blog posts, and I'm not sure which one you mean...

Joan, my husband works in the national Museum of Education. http://onderwijsmuseum.nl/  It was economised out of Rotterdam some years ago, but they were offered a renovated building in another town, where the museum was reopened last week. Displays are about history of education, starting in the Enlightenment, different sorts of teaching, all the varieties of education, etc. Husband made a big display of unica - artwork made for education, orreries, and other things - there was even a model guillotine for history lessons... 

Comment by Joan Denoo on July 12, 2015 at 3:20pm

Chris, seems like a good way to spend a day, mounting pictures and brushing the museum cat. What type of museum does your husband work in, and what are the displays. Some interesting new creators in your midst?

Comment by The Flying Atheist on July 12, 2015 at 2:31pm

Hi, Chris.  Just enjoying a lazy Sunday.  I think I'll take a little nap shortly.  I wanted to sit and read for a while, but I feel a little too drowsy for that.  See you in my dreams.......

Comment by Loren Miller on July 12, 2015 at 1:59pm

I'm doing well, Chris, though I'm not very pleased with my state's Attorney General at the moment.  It seems he's been a very naughty boy.

Comment by Plinius on July 12, 2015 at 1:43pm

Nobody here? How are you all?

Comment by Plinius on July 10, 2015 at 7:39am

Carol posted that book everywhere. Let's see if she can be part of a forum, apart from writing ads....

Comment by Randall Smith on July 10, 2015 at 7:21am

Ruth, I don't think Carl has a book out. Carol does.

Ian, I'm jealous! I'm sure Tony and LG were great. I visited Copenhagen and Tivoli in July, 1967. Wonderful place. 

Comment by sk8eycat on July 10, 2015 at 1:34am

In the 1980s, when both my parents were i need of emergency care, it was an entirely different group of paramedics....Vietnam vets, mostly...they were SO helpful and kind.  The 4 that tromped in today were borderline rude and chewed me out for wasting their time. Said "Take a taxi."  When I said I couldn't afford one, they said, "Don't you have any friends?" (Everyone I could depend on works during the day, or has moved out of California, or is worse off than I am physically.) 

They just went on and on, interrupting me when I tried to explain my situation (No car, neighbors have moved away, etc.).  Maybe I'll ask the veterinarians who just bought the house across the street.  This USED to be a real neighborhood, but it's now two blocks of strangers who don't talk to each other.  Or even speak the same language.

Oh, and the Armenian Avocado thieves are cruising our patio again, even though what's left on the tree are rotting. I hope they get sick..

Comment by Ruth Anthony-Gardner on July 9, 2015 at 9:51pm

You have to be dying for EMTs to take you to hospital now? I'm disgusted along with you, Felaine. Thanks for keeping us apprised. I've been on tenterhooks.

Sounds like an interesting book, Carl. Maybe you should advertise it here a month or so.

Ian, I'm happy that you're enjoying travel and visits. Thanks for sharing.

Comment by The Flying Atheist on July 9, 2015 at 8:08pm

Felaine, dear, if you sense your health is declining and is worrisome, by all means get to the emergency room by whatever way possible.  I don't wish to diminish the role of EMT's, but at hospital you'll actually be seen by a doctor and there are a lot more options available for running a myriad of tests to confirm or rule out different conditions.  I've spent a lot of time in the past year between five different hospitals and three emergency rooms.  The doctors were all very proactive concerning my health.  It's the reason why I'm able to be here today with my avatar smiling at you.

I also agree with Joan.  It's time to prioritize your own requirements over others.  You're worth it. 

 

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