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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 Apr 26. 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 Apr 25. 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

Tags: @SethAndrewsTTA, @morehead_sarah, @Matt_Dillahunty, @jteberhard, confirmed

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

Tags: Atheist Pig

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Comment by Plinius on November 25, 2014 at 9:36am

We'll have a good party then!

Comment by Ian Mason on November 25, 2014 at 9:10am

It seems that Hell doesn't discriminate; anyone and everyone can get in.

Comment by Randall Smith on November 25, 2014 at 7:35am

One good thing about living alone is you don't have to talk, period (except to the dog). For some reason, I despise talking on the phone, even to my own children. They know it and don't call much. Once I got a cell phone (last April) and dropped my land line, the phone seldom rings. When it does, Bach's Orchestral Suite plays. That helps.

Comment by Plinius on November 25, 2014 at 6:15am

Have a happy reading time with Ishiguro, Ian! And be sure also to read his Never let me go.

Comment by Idaho Spud on November 24, 2014 at 5:08pm

Beautiful picture of Charlie Girl.

Comment by Deidre on November 24, 2014 at 4:33pm

Sorry to hear that, Patricia. I hope you get to feeling better, soon. For now, ((hugs))

Comment by Ian Mason on November 24, 2014 at 12:36pm

That's a nasty thing for a firm to do, Felaine. An ice-skate slice to the shin would be well deserved.

Discovering a new author is like making a new friend. I'm absorbed by "When We Were Orphans" by Kazuo Ishiguro.

https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/28923.When_We_Were_Orphans

Comment by sk8eycat on November 24, 2014 at 11:35am

Felaine sez "Hay" back at Charlie Girl!  WHAT a sweet face!

Carl, I have read about at least one motel (in Wisconsin, I think) that does have (free) cats for guests that want one to keep them company.  It started out by accident at least 20 or 30 years ago, and now they adopt rescue cats from local shelters because so many people go out of their way to stay there. 

I used to house-dog-sit for some friends who had Boston bull terriers that snored softly when they slept.  I found myself nodding off to the sound ALL the time.

Comment by Idaho Spud on November 24, 2014 at 6:43am

Nice train layout Patricia.  Those cows were making quite a ruckus. : )

May have told this story before:  When I was a youngster, I wanted a train set, so when a paint the food products contest came along with a train set as second prize, I colored them all, and was disappointed when I won first prize, a bicycle.

I won first because mom helped me, and she was a good amateur artist.

Comment by The Flying Atheist on November 24, 2014 at 2:01am

Felaine and Patricia, you've given me a wonderful idea.  Set up and run a boutique hotel that has a cat available to stay with the guests in each room for the night. 

 

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