Hang With Friends

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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.

Nobody here is into mind games. A discussion started with a loaded guilt-throwing question will be deleted.

This group is not intended to compete with other groups on topics they cover but to "fill in the cracks." Whenever a discussion dwells at length on a topic for which there's an existing group, we urge you to provide members a link to that group to continue along their tangent.

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The Whole Bible in 30 Seconds (Betty Bowers)

Started by Loren Miller. Last reply by Randy Hatly yesterday. 15 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

punishing doubt (TheraminTrees)

Started by Loren Miller. Last reply by Joan Denoo on Tuesday. 2 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

A moment to relax and see the Earth from space; some how this comforts me.

Started by Joan Denoo. Last reply by Qiana-Maieev on Sunday. 3 Replies

All the squabbles and struggles that I have do not compare with those of some others on this great planet. There are no boundary lines, no political arguments, no up or no down. What is, is. For right now, the scenes offer tranquility. Just the…Continue

Tags: and, wonder, awe, of, space

His Dark Materials and the Catholic Church

Started by Tonya R. Wheeler. Last reply by Plinius on Sunday. 27 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

Issues Atheist, Feminist, GLBTQ, Climate Change

Started by Joan Denoo. Last reply by Joan Denoo Oct 6. 2 Replies

This is a test Continue

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

Started by Loren Miller. Last reply by Loren Miller Sep 29. 39 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

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Comment by Plinius on December 25, 2015 at 4:10am

Glad to hear that, Ian!

Comment by Ian Mason on December 25, 2015 at 2:24am

Love the cats, Chris and Carl.

Now it really is the holiday season: just finished my last shift ever in elderly care after more than 18 years. I feel so happy and alive again.

Hope you're all enjoying youreslves as much as I am.

Comment by Joan Denoo on December 25, 2015 at 2:17am

Dear friends of Atheist Nexus, I hope each and every one of you have lots of rest, renewal, and relaxation during this darkest time of the year. In a day or two, our days will begin to get longer, and we can wipe away the dumps with the sweep of a broom and hands in the soil or whatever revs your energy. 

According to my weather report, at 10:28 Newport time, our temperature is 28, Vancouver is 39, Philadelphia and Bensalem are 63, Chicago is 43, and Cleveland is 48 degrees F. 

Whether with family, friends, strangers, or alone, may your time be filled with delicious food, beautiful sounds, pleasing smells, inspiring sights, and happy thoughts. 

One year at this season I realized my children would be going with their friends, and I knew I would have to learn how to celebrate without them. So, I told them I wanted to conduct an experiment to see if I could enjoy my time with them growing up and away. They each had friends and made plans to spend the holidays with them. 

I planned my meals, picked out my favorite music, selected a book to read and settled in for a pleasant time alone. I had a very nice time, the kids did too, and we were all happy. 

Comment by The Flying Atheist on December 24, 2015 at 11:50pm

Whatever your plans may be tomorrow, I hope the day goes well for you.  I'll be with my family having good food and once a year baked treats during the day and then with my extended family of aunts, uncles and cousins in the evening for more indulgence.  We all get along well, so it should be pleasant.

The ground is dry and not a flake of snow is anywhere in the forecast, so her in Chicago we will just have to pretend.


Comment by Plinius on December 24, 2015 at 11:39pm

Comment by The Flying Atheist on December 24, 2015 at 6:10pm

Comment by Joan Denoo on December 24, 2015 at 5:18pm

Sierra Nevada Snowpack at 500-Year Low

In 2015, researchers reported that snowpack in the Sierra Nevada Mountains of California was at its lowest ever recorded level. But the official record only went back about 80 years.

TROUET: “We’ve been working with tree-ring data from California and we realized that we can reconstruct that snowpack number back to the early 1500s.”

Comment by Ruth Anthony-Gardner on December 24, 2015 at 2:22pm

I've been marveling at the Phila green grass, until I just saw a Canadian news broadcast showing green grass in Ottawa now.

Comment by Randall Smith on December 23, 2015 at 7:30am

Daniel, I just read about your endoscopy results (cancer group), and that's great news! Really great news! Hope you're feeling good. Retirement is just around the corner!

Comment by Joan Denoo on December 22, 2015 at 6:32pm

Randy, I haven't sent cards for at least thirty years, probably more. My life was so hectic, trying to get the kids through puberty, keeping a roof over our heads and food on the table, I decided to cut out any and all stress-makers. Sending cards was one. We kept the big feasts and it was about that time that I blasted anything religious out of my life.  It was about the time I wrote "Toward a Theory of Family Violence: its Antecedents, Treatment, and Prevention" and "A Splendid Heresy: the Role of Religion in Maintaining and Perpetuating Family Violence". 


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