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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 Grinning Cat on Thursday. 10 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 Steph S. on August 25, 2012 at 9:42am
I'm drinking Hawaiian chocolate macadamia coffee this morning while reading through the posts. Cool squid picture Tony! Patricia and sk8eycat are right on about true friendships and moving on from toxic "friends". If they make you feel bad and mentally exhausted all the time (emotional vampire) then they aren't worth your time and it's time to let them go (dump them).
I have a huge book collection myself - one room in my house is a library devoted to books. I'm always buying new ones. Now I just need more time in the day to do everything!
Oh and cool video Patricia!
Everyone have a great weekend!
Thinking of all of you!
Comment by Ian Mason on August 25, 2012 at 9:41am

Some English classics.

Comment by Ian Mason on August 25, 2012 at 9:37am

The only one that might be worth money. A "Sam Weller" by Beswick.

Comment by Ian Mason on August 25, 2012 at 9:35am

There were one or two here (mad fools!) that wanted to see some of my teapot collection. Prepare to be dazzled by a few of the 80+

The first one ever. I was recovering from my last relapse (alcohol) when I wandered into a second-hand sale. As soon as i saw this, i remembered when I'd first seen one like it. At my great-aunt's house when I was about 4 years old.

Comment by Idaho Spud on August 25, 2012 at 6:40am

I wonder if Snoopy was raised in a Mormon household.

http://www.gocomics.com/peanuts

Comment by Tony Carroll on August 25, 2012 at 5:46am

Hey everyone. Been working alot, so I haven't been able to ost alot, but this is just to let you know I'm thinking of you. When I do get home at night, I ty to go throught the posts, but I usually glance at them and go to bed. Work will moderate some this week, so that will be better. 5:30 a.m. here, getting ready to go to work now, wom't be home until around 9:00 tonight. Found this picture I, newly hatched squid. Cute and eeewkey at the same time. Everyone have a great weekend.

Comment by sk8eycat on August 25, 2012 at 2:22am

Booklover: An occasional rant is necessary for your/our mental health. Sometimes you just need to.

If you recall, I did a lot of ranting 2 months ago about my "friend" who wore me out for more than two years with 2 or 3 phone calls a week, and most of the time she was NOT sober. When I was in ACA (Adult Children of alcoholics), we had a term for a certain type of irritating person, "Emotional Vampire."  Anyway, the "friend" finally committed suicide, and I felt sad, but also terribly betrayed because she had so much talent and so much to live for.  And I kept telling her so.

Anyway, this week I finally deleted all her e-mail addys from my address book.  I don't know why it took me so long to do that, but when I finished, it was like a breath of fresh air.  When a friendship becomes toxic, the only thing to do is DUMP them!  Save your own sanity.

{{{{Booklover}}}}

PS: I'm a booklover, too.  My collection is crowding me out of the house, but I don't care.  Hairy Jerry-Cat loves to rub his chops on certain books...Dan Barker's Godless seems to be his fave.

Comment by Plinius on August 25, 2012 at 1:30am

Very special music, Patricia! There were all sorts of styles mixed in, reminding me of about everything between Beethoven and jazz and it was all harmonious and without hesitation! Not even sure if I can believe what he said about ´make it up as I go´.

Comment by Ruth Anthony-Gardner on August 24, 2012 at 11:32pm

You mean Romney doesn't use the royal "we"?
Thanks for all the cute picture, y'all.

Comment by Ian Mason on August 24, 2012 at 10:22pm

Booklover. Having a good rant and rave is (or should be) a human right. The only problem is when people such as your alcoholic friend get stuck there. So enjoy 5 minutes of blowing your top now and again.

 

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