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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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Yasmine Mohammed - Confessions of an Ex-Muslim (The Thinking Atheist)

Started by Loren Miller. Last reply by Idaho Spud Jul 7. 6 Replies

Yasmine Mohammed is not your average ex-Muslim.  Not only did she get shut of Islam, she also managed to escape what was at one time the most notorious of radical Islamist organizations: Al Qaeda.  She has since documented the story of her apostasy…Continue

Tags: Islam, Al Qaeda, Yasmine Mohammed, The Thinking Atheist, Seth Andrews

Ignorance is Bliss: Why Religious People Seem Happier Than the 'Nones'”.

Started by Joan Denoo Jul 6. 0 Replies

“Highly Religious Volunteer More, Lie Less, and Claim to Be Happier”~ Houston Chronicle; “Strongly Religious People are Happier than Non-Religious”  ~ Christian Daily."The study determined that 40 percent of highly religious adults—defined as those…Continue

Tags: Nones, happiness, non-religiosity, religiosity, bliss

Afrodisiacs – African Aphrodisiacs

Started by Joan Denoo. Last reply by Joan Denoo Jun 26. 4 Replies

Am I so old and not know the definition of aphrodisiac, and its historical definition being based on Aphrodite, that her name came from the African drugs that Egyptians, Greeks, and Romans used for sexual enhancement? Dhu!  Aphrodite, ancient Greek…Continue

Tags: Africa, Lady, Victorian

Degrees of Doubt: The Claims and Credentials of Ravi Zacharias (The Thinking Atheist)

Started by Loren Miller. Last reply by Chris May 17. 1 Reply

Anyone here ever run onto an apologist by the name of Ravi Zacharias?  I've seen his name dropped multiple times on YouTube as supposedly being THE ONE APOLOGIST that no atheist wants to cross swords with, because of his facility with christian…Continue

Tags: Ravi Zacharias, Steve Baughman, The Thinking Atheist, Seth Andrews

The Most Hated Woman in America (The Thinking Atheist)

Started by Loren Miller. Last reply by Gary S Apr 19. 7 Replies

Before Aron Ra and Matt Dillahunty, before Dawkins or Dennett or Harris or even Hitchens, there was Madalyn Murray O'Hair.  In the midst of an America where Christianity was being flaunted as a defense against the godless communists of the Soviet…Continue

Tags: Frank Zindler, The Thinking Atheist, Seth Andrews, Madalyn Murray O'Hair

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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 kathy: 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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