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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 Playboy Interview: Richard Dawkins

Started by Loren Miller. Last reply by Chris on Sunday. 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

Proud Dad is REALLY Proud Now!

Started by Loren Miller. Last reply by Chris Jan 31. 15 Replies

As some of you may or may not know, my daughter is a television news producer, currently working in Nashville, Tennessee.  Her assignment is the morning news, which means she blasts herself up at umpti-ump in the morning to organize and prepare a…Continue

Tags: Emmy, news, television, daughter, dad

Men who challenge men to stop violence

Started by Joan Denoo. Last reply by Idaho Spud Jan 9. 19 Replies

Many men join in the effort to reduce violence against women and children and other men. He speaks of the need to place responsibility on men instead of focusing on women to stop violence. He offers a breath of fresh air, as do so many of the men on…Continue

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Comment by Joan Denoo on April 5, 2016 at 2:26am

Carl, you are an inspiration to me. Your resilience and positive attitude encourage me to remember to live in the present moment, finding the pleasures that come from simple things; a great family and friends, delicious food carefully prepared. Each breath and each day are a triumphal declaration of being alive, expressing joy and anger, gratitude and sorrow, hope and grief. 

I like Ian's "Personalized" walker. It stimulated the imagination. 

Comment by Ian Mason on April 5, 2016 at 1:21am
Comment by Ian Mason on April 5, 2016 at 12:42am

Personalize!

Comment by The Flying Atheist on April 4, 2016 at 10:27pm

It's been 4-1/2 months since my transplant.  I may not have my physical mobility back but I have so much more energy and stamina than in the previous few years.  That makes a huge difference in my attitude.  I'm back in the kitchen doing more cooking, which I love to do, and taking care of many previously neglected activities around the house, both business and fun.  I use a cane for outside only.  Inside is all flat floor surfaces and plenty of items around me to touch for keeping balance.  I own a walker which I used for a short time after one of my hospital stays but it's not currently needed. 

Comment by Bertold Brautigan on April 1, 2016 at 12:40pm

Carl - I'm really sorry to hear of your latest setback. You've had so much crap thrown at you and you maintain an admirable equilibrium in the face of it all. You're an inspiration for all of us.

Comment by Joan Denoo on March 31, 2016 at 8:10pm

Carl, bad news, indeed! I just Googled it, and there is no known prevention or treatment. Given such discouraging news, be sure to develop a strategy to deal with your reality. Find all the things that you enjoy that you will be able to do and focus on your abilities.Your disabilities exist as a fact that is beyond your control. You have a choice about how you react, and that decision will mean misery or gratitude. 

You have every right and need to grieve. The individuals in this group are strong enough to listen. As we are not able to change your reality, we can share the process with you as you find your new normal. 

Carl, you know I have a particular fondness for you. Being the same age as my three children and your enthusiasms ring my bells. Do take good care of yourself. 

Comment by The Flying Atheist on March 31, 2016 at 4:32pm

Thanks, everybody, for your comments.  My attitude is actually very good.  I don't have much control over what happens to me so all I can do is continue forward and enjoy life. 

If I recall correctly, I think it was Joan who mentioned some time back that as we grow older or when we have certain restrictions placed upon us, we need to adjust to the standards of our new "normal" and move on from there.  Words of wisdom, indeed.

All of you are so inspirational in your unique and various ways.     

Comment by Grinning Cat on March 31, 2016 at 1:36pm

What Loren said, Carl! Shit happens... We're here to listen and give whatever support we can.

I hope the light exercise keeps up your strength, and that you get to participate in promising clinical trials -- and that the research progresses quickly into useful treatments!

Comment by Ruth Anthony-Gardner on March 31, 2016 at 1:36pm

Sorry to hear hear about Inclusion Body Myositis, Flying Atheist. I's never heard of it before. Stem cell treatments are advancing. Hopefully the FDA will approve that new medicine before things get too serious.

Comment by Ruth Anthony-Gardner on March 31, 2016 at 1:31pm

Hey, Bertold, thanks for the link. I didn't know there were an estimated 5,000 gods and goddesses worshiped by humanity. And good quote. I also appreciated this.

 

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