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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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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

The Playboy Interview: Richard Dawkins

Started by Loren Miller. Last reply by Chris Feb 19. 14 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

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 Ian Mason on August 27, 2012 at 2:58am

A great little selection, Patricia. The practical and the ornamental.

That left-out chick will need psychoanalysis later in life, Joan.

Comment by Joan Denoo on August 27, 2012 at 1:26am

Good morning Chris. I am just getting ready to turn off the light for the night. Hope your day is full of wonder and joy. 

Comment by Plinius on August 27, 2012 at 12:59am

Good morning, I've just had breakfast. I like your text very much Joan, especially about living in the questions.

Comment by Steph S. on August 26, 2012 at 10:34pm

Oh I love that cute LOLcat Ruth! Thanks and everyone sleep well tonight.

Comment by Ruth Anthony-Gardner on August 26, 2012 at 10:23pm

Happy thoughts as you drift off to sleep tonight.

Comment by Steph S. on August 26, 2012 at 6:06pm
Joan I am enjoying your posts and I love the cartoon and your tomato picture.
You are right that no one can define you - even though they want to pigeon hole you into a category or label - you are you and unique!
I know I am not like anyone else. And it is my responsibility to define myself. No one else can define me - but me.
You are right those bigots are hateful to other people and act like they know everything. They are just puppets!
Wonderful words Joan!
Comment by Ian Mason on August 26, 2012 at 5:21pm

Thanks for those posts, Joan. I think you're right about those people who are so damn sure they "know" all the answers. Their thinking has become part of the "fossil record" of human society.

The CRS pic is great and I am stealing it. You've even given instructions how to.

Comment by Joan Denoo on August 26, 2012 at 3:42pm

My response to a newly "come out of the closet homosexual:"

you take on two very formidable foes, religion and gender orientation. Expect a rough ride! People who hate people who are different seem to love their "god" whatever that is.

You are on a track that holds great promise for humanity and the Earth. Have you noticed how people with such strong hate-values also do terrible things to other people and to the planet? They feel entitled! They "know " the right answer and seem unable to consider other options. 
Living in the answer means being a puppet to some ideology. 
Living in the questions means looking, asking, inquiring, exploring, experimenting,, being, doing, belonging, thinking and participating. There is no one who can define you. That is your job. You are the scion of a long line of successfully reproducing parents with living children. You are part of that long line and it is your responsibility to define yourself to the world.

Please let me know if you disagree with my statement and why.

Comment by Joan Denoo on August 26, 2012 at 2:34pm

Red Brandywine tomatos can bear fruit up to 1.5 lbs (0.7 kg), requiring 80 to 100 days to reach maturity, making it among the slowest maturing varieties of common tomato cultivars. I am unable to grow it in Spokane without early and late season protection. I shall try again next year.

Comment by Joan Denoo on August 26, 2012 at 2:09pm

" incipient CRS (Can't Remember Shit). " Oh yes, I know the feeling.
via Emmette Hutto

 

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