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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 Burial Waltz

Started by Donatien Alphonse François. Last reply by Donatien Alphonse François on Wednesday. 4 Replies

Hi everyone,It was almost a half-century ago, at age 15 or so, that I encountered one of the more important influences in my life: a crazy group of poets/musicians who called themselves The Fugs.They had a huge impact on me in that, though raised in…Continue

Some William Blake to Ponder

Started by Donatien Alphonse François. Last reply by Donatien Alphonse François on Tuesday. 6 Replies

Hello all,I'm new here, and so hope this isn't old hat. But, I just had to point you toward a marvelous poem by William Blake in case you've never read it. Despite his sometimes heavily tinged biblical references in his other art and poetry, this…Continue

God's Not Dead - The Christian Persecution Complex (The Thinking Atheist)

Started by Loren Miller. Last reply by Annie Willis Apr 20. 7 Replies

Doubtless most if not all of you have heard about that sorry piece of cinema known as God's Not Dead, and perhaps its sequel, cleverly entitled: God's Not Dead 2 (wow, how original!).  Personally, I have wasted neither time nor money on either,…Continue

Tags: God's Not Dead, patheos, Neil Carter, The Thinking Atheist, Seth Andrews

Confirmed: flagged by religious people for "bullying."

Started by Joan Denoo. Last reply by Loren Miller Apr 19. 4 Replies

According to Seth Andrews @SethAndrewsTTA  Apr 16"Confirmed. TTA was flagged by religious people for "bullying." Apparently, criticism and skepticism = persecution. #GodHatesFacts"Others reported as "Flagged" and taken off line: @The Thinking…Continue

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The Value of Atheist Nexus ... and of Keeping Contact

Started by Loren Miller. Last reply by Joan Denoo Apr 17. 13 Replies

I don't know about you, but the last 24+ hours were VERY uncomfortable for me.  Why?  Because something I value a LOT, being Atheist Nexus and the people I care about on A|N were temporarily unavailable to me.  No, we're not Facebook; I don't think…Continue

Tags: maintenance, community, availability, Atheist Nexus

Atheist Pig STRIKES AGAIN!!!

Started by Loren Miller. Last reply by Qiana-Maieev Apr 5. 1 Reply

There's no getting around it, Atheist Pig is fast becoming my fave secular comic, and as evidence, I refer you to the following.  Jesus and Mo had better watch their respective asses, 'cuz they got a porker coming up on the outside, and I'm pretty…Continue

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Comment by Idaho Spud on March 27, 2015 at 10:12am

80 years is still longer than average for people born in that era.

Comment by Plinius on March 27, 2015 at 10:09am

You have got such old parents! Mine died when they were about 80, fifteen years ago.

Comment by Idaho Spud on March 27, 2015 at 10:03am

Wow Randy!  97 years and still going.  I thought my dad was doing great living 95 years.  Of course, my mother is still in the running.  She's 95 and still going.  Maybe she'll beat your dad in longevity. : )

Comment by Randall Smith on March 27, 2015 at 8:19am

Speaking of being old, I'm reading an interesting book--Being Mortal by Atul Gawande--"one not just about dying and the limits of medicine, but about living to the last with autonomy,dignity and joy".  With my father being "up there", and me not so young anymore, it's something worth paying attention to.

Comment by Randall Smith on March 25, 2015 at 7:55am

Glad you pointed that out, Chris. I would have missed it.

I'm taking my father out for lunch today. It's his 97th birthday. He's doing great, by the way. 15 minutes later, and I would have shared birthday dates with him. Thanks for the warm wishes, all.

Comment by Plinius on March 25, 2015 at 1:15am

The Milky Way from a geyser, a spectacular pic!

Comment by Joan Denoo on March 24, 2015 at 3:02pm
Comment by Ian Mason on March 24, 2015 at 2:16pm

Happy birthday, Randy and many more of them. I hope the organic venture goes well and that you enjoy your trip over to this side of the big pond. Will you be cruising down the Danube? Perhaps waltzing to a famous Strauss tune too?

Comment by Joan Denoo on March 24, 2015 at 12:16pm

Chris, thanks for the lead to Szpilman. 

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/W%C5%82adys%C5%82aw_Szpilman 

Comment by Joan Denoo on March 24, 2015 at 12:13pm

Randy, a very Happy Birthday! I hope your day is full of loving faily and friends, great food, pleasant sights, and excitement about investing in the future. Your land, expanding organic farming, and your family will give thoughtful care of your investment. 

 

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