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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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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 April 2, 2015 at 2:34am

Sound like a nice tradition, Ian! Gaekkebrev - gekkenbrief - letter from a madman?

Comment by Ian Mason on April 2, 2015 at 2:18am

A happy Spring holiday/Easter/Peshak etc. etc. to you all.

Lovely music, Joan.

I've just got my first "gækkebrev" in years. A Danish tradition of sending an anonymus paperclip letter. If I don't guess who the sender is, I owe an Easter egg. I think it's my daughter as she'sdropping by tomorrow.

Comment by Joan Denoo on April 1, 2015 at 10:08am

Good morning, Earth! blue skies, frost on the garage roof, part of the living room clean, 99% of the rest to get attention. 

Comment by Randall Smith on March 31, 2015 at 8:09am

Joan, My son in law is very knowledgeble about soil science.  In fact, he's a featured speaker at Purdue and other gatherings. It just takes time to build the soil back up in a natural way. Fertilizer speeds up the process.

PBS showed part 1 of its cancer show last night (Part 2 tonight). Interesting. It's done by Ken Burns. Can anybody explain Burns' hair? It's grotesque!

Comment by Plinius on March 31, 2015 at 7:54am

It's a nice storm, Joan, I enjoyed it very much. Lots of fresh air. A bit difficult to walk in the wind but not a real problem. Some of the people in my course stayed home this morning, but they are a bit frailer than I am. The wind is still bellowing and whistling, the streets are full of broken twigs and some dead umbrellas, but all is ok.

Why I like the wind? This is the Randstad - a conglomerate of towns and villages from here to the north of Amsterdam. The rural areas between residential areas are filled up with industry, but if you look carefully you might find a few green patches with cows. The moment that there's no wind you can feel your lungs deteriorating, so I vote for wind every day and regular showers of rain.  

Comment by Joan Denoo on March 30, 2015 at 2:58pm

I'm not into parties, either. I like the idea of you becoming more active with your atheism. We need every effort that can happen. Do you have any ideas of how you will do that? You write powerfully, and I suspect you are a powerful speaker. I have a hunch you would be good with a college age group. You talk collegeze. 

Also, you have enough memory to be able to take on any challengers and do them one better. I love that about you. 

Reason Rally 2!!!!!!!!

I wonder where they consider holding it. 

When Silverman held American Atheists conference in Salt Lake City, I didn't like the idea at first. However, articles and videos revealed it to be a most interesting place to have serious discussions with believers, as well as debates and presentations. Getting into the middle of a hornet's nest offers some risks, as well as some surprising benefits. Remember the discussion panel with Mormons and atheists discussing differences and similarities and challenges?

I wonder how the numbers were for membership in American Atheists. I'll find out. 

That being the case, the deepest bible belt would be the identified hornet's nest. 

Comment by Loren Miller on March 30, 2015 at 2:33pm

I'm not much of a party animal, Joan.  My wife and I make our own fun for the large part.

I got with FFRF and the Northern Ohio Freethought Society (NOFS) because I wanted to do more with my atheism than I could just here on Atheist Nexus.  So far, the experience has been pretty good, and I'll be curious to see what comes down in the future.

Worthy of note, too: David Silverman is talking about 2016 being the year of Reason Rally 2!!!

Comment by Joan Denoo on March 30, 2015 at 2:18pm

Spud, how are things going for you? Are you into the hard physical labor yet in the garden or are you still able to sit and watch the soil thaw?

I forgot, do you have pets of your own? I remember you had visiting pets, as do I. 

Hope you are feeling well, with no unexpected aches and pains. 

Comment by Joan Denoo on March 30, 2015 at 2:12pm

Loren, you have such nice opportunities in your community to enrich your social life and learn from others first hand. Having fun all the while. 

In relation to your experiences as an atheist, what things are most fun for you? Where do you go to laugh, celebrate, and share?

Dan Barker appears to be a genuinely happy man, at peace with himself and provides positive experiences for others. 

Comment by Joan Denoo on March 30, 2015 at 2:09pm

Randy, the wind map looks like your wind has subsided; is that your experience? It is about time that huge flow of air from the Arctic gave way to gentler spring patterns.

Exciting news that your kids and their farming operation has the data on soil analysis and can make adjustments. Are they familiar with permaculture and the rotation of chickens, ducks, goats, cattle over the land to replenish the soils? 

I like Geoff Lawton's videos because of the principles he teaches. Not everyone's needs are the same, but learning principles can make gardening easier and more productive. I am currently making a food forest on my 50' x  185' city lot, using his principles and others, such as 

Advanced Cell Grazing

Chicken Tractor on Steroids

 

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