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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 Randall Smith on March 25, 2016 at 8:00am

Thanks, Chris. So sad to hear about James' death. So many A/N members "disappear", and it makes one wonder how many actually die without anyone knowing about it. I mean, if I were to "pass on" (ugh-- I dislike that phrase), who in Nexus land would get the message? Is there a way that I don't know about?

By the way, thanks for the birthday wishes.

Comment by Plinius on March 25, 2016 at 4:33am

Message from Patricia:

Just to let you know that James M. Martin from A/N died in December after a short illness.

From J.W. Gaston--------------

Thank you for the kind lines about James M. Martin.  Mr. Martin's personal and literary works are archived in the University of Southern California library system.  As you know, he posted on numerous websites, and he was enormously erudite.  If you are members of any other web lists, especially Face Book, to which Mr. Martin also belonged, please be so kind as to alert the other web-list members who might be unaware of Mr. Martin's death, since I do not belong to other lists.  Mr. Martin was my best friend for 54 years and four-months.  I miss him very day of my life.  He was the only person in my life with whom I could discuss the technical effects of pointillism or impasto; the relation of the Italian Renaissance painters, Giotto and Fra Angelico, to the Paris modernists of the '20; the cinematography of S.M. Eisenstein to that of the French New Wave film-makers; the poetic style of the Symbolists writers to mid-century modernism; or the comparison of Max Reinhardt's production designs to those of Diaghilev's Ballets Russes.  I cannot tell you the loss I feel at his passing.  Mr. Martin died after a short illness, but in his last year of life, 2015,he completed almost all the goals and projects he had set for himself.  Only his three-act play and a film scenario were left un-revised. Sadly, he died 18-days before his announced retirement.  

Comment by Ruth Anthony-Gardner on March 24, 2016 at 4:02pm

LOL on free hugs, Ian.

Comment by Ian Mason on March 24, 2016 at 1:40pm

Happy Birthday, Randall. Have a great day.

Comment by Donald L. Engel on March 24, 2016 at 11:58am

Happy birthday, Randy.

Comment by Joan Denoo on March 24, 2016 at 8:17am

Happy Birthday, Randy! I hope you get some nice spring weather to help you celebrate. Apricots, fresh off the tree, makes a splendid treat. Let's hope no late spring frosts interfere with their growth. 

Comment by Randall Smith on March 24, 2016 at 7:44am

Spring here usually arrives right around my birthday (today, as a matter of fact). My apricot trees are in full pink bloom. Maybe, for once, I'll have some.

Comment by Ian Mason on March 23, 2016 at 3:38pm

I couldn't resist this.

Comment by Ian Mason on March 23, 2016 at 3:37pm

The Nederlands are far enough south of DK to make a difference. Usually about 3 weeks.

Comment by Plinius on March 23, 2016 at 2:32pm

Such a difference, Ian? Here the willows are tuening green.

 

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