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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 on Monday. 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 Plinius on July 13, 2016 at 12:38pm

How long are you hospitalized for a groin rupture operation in your country?  It was usually three or four days here in the Netherlands, but heavy cuts in medical care etc. have brought some changes.

Partner went this morning. There were more people in the waitingroom for similar operations - every ten minutes one of them was placed on the 'assembly line': form, blood pressure, medicine, pajama and within an hour in the OK. A few hours later their homes were called, when the patients awoke they were checked and given a meal - "Yes, you can go home." That was exactly SIX hours after admittance. I really admire the efficiency, but I'm also a bit startled...

Comment by Idaho Spud on July 13, 2016 at 9:32am

Sounds like a nice trip Randall.  I was way off in guessing how many pounds of blueberries you were going to get.  600 lbs is a lot of blueberries.

Comment by Randall Smith on July 13, 2016 at 6:32am

Nothing much going on around here, although "The Donald" was nearby (30 miles away) doing his shtick in Indiana with our goofy governor (Pence) at his side. It all makes me want to puke.

I rode up near South Bend, about 100 miles, with my farmer daughter to pick up 600 lbs of already picked blueberries to sell to customers back on the farm, CSA, and farmers market.  Buy for $2.80, sell for $5.50. Not bad. We had a good time talking all the way.

Comment by Loren Miller on July 9, 2016 at 7:40am

So ... what happens when you cross belief in a deity with a children's book author?  You really had to ask, didn't you?

Comment by Joan Denoo on July 4, 2016 at 4:00pm

I can't think of a better starburst than Cat's Eye Nebula. Happy 4th of July dear friends. 

Comment by Joan Denoo on July 4, 2016 at 3:47pm

Ruth, I am very glad to learn you are feeling better! It was cheeky of me to give you information because you know so much about healthy attitudes. You understand what works for you as much as anyone I know. I am comforted to realize that you have your husband as a sounding board, and Grinning Cat has such good insights and a great sense of humor. 

There is only one thing of which I am sure; I will have a down time, and I have you and the Atheist Nexus community to shore me up. 

The political news is enough to drag all of us into the Black Hole!

Comment by k.h. ky on July 4, 2016 at 12:54pm
Ruth, happy you're feeling better. I also get depressed from bad news overload. I swear it's used as a distraction from the crappy political front. Climate change disturbs me more than other news.
On the good side the ozone layer is beginning to heal. I try to stay away from the news for a few days at a time but it's everywhere.
Comment by Ruth Anthony-Gardner on July 3, 2016 at 6:27pm

Cat cat beard!

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Comment by Ruth Anthony-Gardner on July 3, 2016 at 6:22pm

There are also dog beards.

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Comment by Ruth Anthony-Gardner on July 3, 2016 at 5:17pm

Randall, too bad about the calf being too shy or afraid to take milk from you. The vet shows make it look easy too. Here's some advice from cattlemen and here. That doesn't sound easy either. There's one video, but the calf is probably younger than yours.

I'm already a chocoholic ( Lindt 85%). I can only eat 3 or 4 squares at a time, because of the sugar.

I'm feeling a bit more chipper today, thanks Joan and k.h.ky. <sigh> I've also shared my problem with my husband, and Grinning Cat, and got support from them too. Bergen suggested a hobby. I don't have much energy or time for one. Unless you count enjoying LOLcats.

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I appreciated your news about the Jet Stream. It is too soon to worry about that Equator crossing, unless a pattern develops over time. Don't forget the good Arctic Sea Ice news.

BTW, cat beard's whole genre.

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