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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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White House Petition: Change National Motto Back to "E Pluribus, Unum"

Started by Loren Miller. Last reply by k.h. ky Jan 22. 8 Replies

There is a petition being sponsored by whitehouse.gov to remove "in god we trust" as the national motto and replace it with the original: "E Pluribus, Unum" or "Out of Many, One."  As of this writing, there are around 11,000 signatures on it, with…Continue

Tags: E Pluribus, Unum, in god we trust, petition

There Is Only One Way to Destroy ISIS

Started by Joan Denoo. Last reply by Loren Miller Dec 24, 2015. 3 Replies

There Is Only One Way to Destroy ISISGrowth in population, policies and practices that create a gap between the typical person and the wealthy,…Continue

coming out (TheraminTrees)

Started by Loren Miller. Last reply by Atheist in FundyLand Dec 23, 2015. 6 Replies

Whether as atheist, agnostic, gay / Lesbian or whatever, the process of coming out has been a repeated topic of discussion here on Atheist Nexus and for good reason: it is at once a necessary yet potentially supremely painful process, depending on…Continue

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If God Exists (DarkMatter2525)

Started by Loren Miller. Last reply by Loren Miller Dec 23, 2015. 4 Replies

"Practice makes perfect."  That's the concept, isn't it?  Work diligently at something, especially something you enjoy and are adept at, and your skills sharpen, your judgment improves, and the product of your efforts demonstrate that improvement. …Continue

Tags: religion, YouTube, god, DarkMatter2525

Mental health in the age of violence: Dr. Elliott Ingersol

Started by Loren Miller. Last reply by Randall Smith Dec 1, 2015. 1 Reply

I literally just discovered Dr. Elliott Ingersol yesterday, as a part of a discussion I had with other members of the Northern Ohio Freethought Society.  Dr. Ingersol is a licensed psychologist and clinical counselor in Ohio, as well as a professor…Continue

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Comment by Ian Mason on January 16, 2015 at 10:34pm

Have we had this before?

Comment by Ian Mason on January 16, 2015 at 10:34pm

"Patience is a virtue/posess it if you can/Seldom in a woman/never in a man. One of the truisms I heard so many times as a child. Turned out to be true for me.

I'm a skeptic about these hasty police raids. Whenever something nasty happens there seems to be a great rush to close stable doors after the horses have bolted. I know that the rash of raids/arrests in Britain in 2005 turned up very little.

Comment by Joan Denoo on January 16, 2015 at 6:08pm

When we go to the store, Cary does the shopping list while I putter through the organic and the greengrocer sections. He gets furious with me as I waddle along, reading labels, comparing prices, looking at options, talking to fellow shoppers. I go up and down each isle, eating free samples and discussing them with the demonstrators. The fellow in the organic section is a real dear! He is a refugee from Iraq or Iran. We have nice little conversations if he isn't busy. 

I enjoy the outing when I go by myself, usually a day or two after we have done the household shopping. Simple pleasures for simple minds. 

When he and I go, it takes about 45 minutes in an out with a full load of groceries in the trunk. When I go alone, I might have a few little items but it takes me a couple of hours. 

I dread the time when I can't drive to the store. 

Comment by Oxyaena on January 16, 2015 at 6:04pm

More suspected terrorist cells found in Belgium. Additionally, I don't believe in greater mass surveillance as some idiots politicians want. "Anyone who wants to sacrifice their liberty in favor of increased safety and security doesn't deserve liberty." -- paraphrasing Benjamin Franklin.

Comment by Joan Denoo on January 16, 2015 at 5:53pm

Here comes the sun! Days get longer, nights shorter. What a great time to be alive!

Comment by The Flying Atheist on January 16, 2015 at 12:52pm

Both my parents are almost 80.  I had the pleasure of being with them this past fall on a grocery shopping trip.  Yes, patience is needed.  The slow pace and the back-and-forth from one end of the store to the other for forgotten items got to the point of being downright comical.  At least they both have a good sense of humor and can laugh at themselves.   

Comment by Plinius on January 16, 2015 at 10:33am

And patience is a beautiful gift from you to your father. Enjoy your time together!

Comment by Randall Smith on January 16, 2015 at 7:44am

Joy of joys--I get to take my near 97 yr old father grocery shopping today. He dawdles, perusing every item in the store. I guess that's what old people do. I'm also taking him to lunch. He wants a pizza. That's another hour. The key word is patience. At least he's never grumpy--always upbeat. It's the least I can do. I owe him a lot.

Comment by Bertold Brautigan on January 14, 2015 at 7:50am

Good video, Joan. I've seen the video of Neil's conversation in the church as well, and I was really impressed with how soft-spoken yet unyielding he was.

Comment by Randall Smith on January 14, 2015 at 7:35am

Wow--thanks for the outpouring of sympathy. I'm not depressed or in mourning, but it's hard to quit thinking about it. It was from his wife that I received the news of my friend's suicide. She used many "god knows best" type cliches. But, if it helps her deal with his death, then I'm okay with that.

 

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