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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 on Wednesday. 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 on Tuesday. 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 Ruth Anthony-Gardner on November 3, 2014 at 6:38pm

Sorry the weather made trick-or-treating in Chicago a downer, Flying Atheist. We were more lucky in PA.

Love the "God hates facts" sign and the repo comic.

Comment by The Flying Atheist on November 3, 2014 at 6:29pm

The weather in Chicago on Halloween was very nasty.  High winds, rain and some sleet/snow flurries.  Not one trick-or-treater came to my door for the Smarties I had ready for them. 

Smarties are made with Dextrose instead of sugar, so I don't feel so bad having the whole bag for myself.  Yeah, that's my rationale,

Also, always purchase Halloween candy that you like. 

Comment by Idaho Spud on November 3, 2014 at 2:14pm

Good one Cat Lover.  That's a keeper.

Comment by Ian Mason on November 3, 2014 at 11:15am

Joan, FB is where I took it from. And it's not Danish, as far as I know.

Mindy and Randall, how lovely.

Here's one for all of you in the U.S.

Comment by Plinius on November 3, 2014 at 8:57am

Lovely, Mindy and Randall, mixing with the family and organizing help - really wonderful!

Comment by Randall Smith on November 3, 2014 at 7:43am

I was able to meet my one year old granddaughter for the first time yesterday. She took to me immediately. It was wonderful seeing my son and second daughter who flew in from Calif.. It's been two and a half years. Going golfing with son Darin today (he's 31, Laura 39). My oldest daughter is arriving tomorrow.

I'll try to find time to vote Tues., not that there's anything worth voting for. Indiana has no senate or governor races. No TV ads which is good! I'm still tired of hearing about all the races in other states. It's not going to make a whit of difference as to which party controls the Senate. In my "old age", I've become quite cynical and less interested. I've learned politics is cyclical and will be the "same ol', same ol' continuence.

Comment by Randall Smith on November 2, 2014 at 7:44am

Noting the absence of Patricia, I'll say that I have a list sitting by the computer informing my "next of kin" to email them when I "go missing". A/N is on the list, but it doesn't include groups. I'll rectify that.

I'm still "fighting" my cell phone, Felaine. Like how do I change the time now that DST has ended? I thought it was automatic. Not.  I woke up at the regular time this morning, so I have an extra hour of "play time" (and fixed pancakes). 

Comment by Plinius on November 2, 2014 at 2:31am

A help sign that works better is a sign that you change every day as long as you need no help. Could be flags or cards in the window, e.g. card 2 on even days and card 1 on odd days. Now you only need a neighbour who'll check the sign every day....

I'd love to send you a cellphone, Felaine, but I have no idea if a European cellphone works over there. 

Comment by Joan Denoo on November 2, 2014 at 2:29am

I can't imagine being out on a surf board in that weather. Well, the fact is, I wouldn't be on the board in 75 degrees in Hawaii. I don't get a big thrill out of adrenaline charges. 

Thanks Carl. I hope I am not too pedantic. I love life, and I want to know what is going on. 

Good health, dear friend. Take care. 

Comment by The Flying Atheist on November 2, 2014 at 1:59am

Yes, Joan, on Halloween we had very strong winds and big waves that crashed ashore.  It's been all over the national news which is rather ridiculous because that kind of weather event is commonplace here.  I don't know why the media is making such a huge deal about it.  The lakefront bike and jogging path has been closed and parts of Lake Shore Drive is flooded with water but is still open to traffic.  This is nothing out of the ordinary, as it happens several times a year, be it with rain or snow.  We've always had days like this. 

P.S.  I don't see you as a negative person either, Joan.  Quite the opposite.  In fact you are an inspiration to me. 

 

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