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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.

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What Annoys God Most? (Betty Bowers)

Started by Loren Miller. Last reply by Grinning Cat yesterday. 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 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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