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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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Surreal, I haz it

Started by Ruth Anthony-Gardner. Last reply by Grinning Cat 9 hours ago. 99 Replies

Surreal, not just found in art.Continue

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A Powerful Message from an old wise teacher :

Started by Joan Denoo. Last reply by Plinius Sep 28. 8 Replies

I received a gift this morning from a virtual friend, Pamela Smith:A Powerful Message from an old wise teacher :" One day an old wise teacher was walking through a village. A very angry and rude young man came up and began insulting him. "You have…Continue

Speak English? YOU FIRST! (Betty Bowers)

Started by Loren Miller. Last reply by Donald R Barbera Sep 27. 5 Replies

Honestly, the title to this piece is badly under-representative of the content.  To be far more accurate, what we have here is Mrs. Betty Bowers, America's Best Christian, going on a rant.  Before you say it ... Say WHAAAA?  Betty Bowers ranting? …Continue

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10 Things About Patriotism (Betty Bowers)

Started by Loren Miller. Last reply by Plinius Sep 26. 2 Replies

It seems as though lately, Mrs. Betty Bowers, America's Best Christian, is evolving into America's Best Patriot.  She has recently been taking some fairly well-aimed shots at a certain Orange Nightmare and his sycophantic hangers-on, regarding the…Continue

Tags: patriotism, Donald Trump, America's Best Christian, Betty Bowers

A Prayer for Our Nation (Betty Bowers)

Started by Loren Miller. Last reply by Ruth Anthony-Gardner Sep 21. 2 Replies

I'm going to keep this one short and sweet.  Mrs. Betty Bowers, America's Best Christian, has seen what is going on with the current occupant of the Oval Office, and my impression is that she is not at all happy with it.  True to her citizenship,…Continue

Tags: prayer, Donald Trump, Oval Office, America's Best Christian, Betty Bowers

Any Babymetal Fans Here?

Started by Bruce Carroll. Last reply by Idaho Spud Sep 12. 5 Replies

Any Babymetal fans here besides me? I have to ask because 1) I really like Babymetal and 2) Babymetal unknowingly played a role in my journey out of religion.For those who are unfamiliar with Babymetal, here is a link to one of their most popular…Continue

Tags: Japanese Idol, Babymetal

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Comment by kathy: ky on December 26, 2015 at 12:07am
I'm happy it's over. I very much enjoy the family get together but am sick of the Merry Christmas. And that's only because people here are so serious about it. I say Happy Holidays just to piss them off. Work's at least half of the time. Lol
To my friends here l say let's make the most of what remains of 2015 and may the coming year bring us good health and wonderful gardens.
Comment by Bertold Brautigan on December 25, 2015 at 2:48pm

There is no competition anywhere; Betty is without a shred of doubt America's BEST Christian.

Comment by Loren Miller on December 25, 2015 at 2:24pm

That Betty, she's SUCH a charmer!

Comment by Pat on December 25, 2015 at 1:36pm

Happy Holidays.  Oooops. Maybe I shouldn't have said that. I'm reminded of the lovely greeting from America's best Christian. Geared to all of us who don't use the politically correct language this time of year

Comment by Loren Miller on December 25, 2015 at 1:03pm

Merry Christmas, everybody, from America's BEST Christian, Betty Bowers!



Have You Had YOUR Betty Today?

Comment by Ruth Anthony-Gardner on December 25, 2015 at 11:01am

Joan, I thought El Nino had brought more snow this Winter in the Sierra Nevadas. Cleveland's temperature is about the same as Moscow 47.3°F.

Weather in Moscow and surrounding regions has been abnormally warm in recent days, with historic temperature records broken every day of the past week, the latest on Thursday with 8.5 degrees Celsius in Moscow.

... bees left their beehives and snowdrops suddenly bloomed in Moscow's parks.

Russia most hit by climate change

My own garden has emerging Spring bulbs 2 to 3 " high already. Not blooming, though. Still, they're a gonner as soon as Winter weather returns.

Thanks for your story of your first Winter holiday without your kids.

Your groaner LOL woke me up, Carl. Very funny.

Plinius, your cat LOL was also great.

Horray, Ian! Work done. Feeling alive and happy. <sigh> Brings back good memories of my retirement.

Randall, we didn't even bother with gift exchange this HumanLight.  My birthday also looms, and we're not really celebrating. I actually prefer the quiet, calm home life such as you described. At my age, I don't need anything personal.

Comment by Randall Smith on December 25, 2015 at 8:03am

In one big summation: Hurray Ian(!), thanks Joan, so happy to read positive news, Carl. And to everybody else, Merry Christmas, whether you celebrate or not.

I'll be staying home with nothing out of the ordinary happening. I'll go for a walk (with my dog), read some, eat , nap, watch a little TV, play some piano, etc. The usual. My ex-wife joins my daughter's family on Christmas morning. I don't think it's right, but that's just me. I've opened my one present from my daughter--a hand blender. Sweet!

Comment by Plinius on December 25, 2015 at 4:10am

Glad to hear that, Ian!

Comment by Ian Mason on December 25, 2015 at 2:24am

Love the cats, Chris and Carl.

Now it really is the holiday season: just finished my last shift ever in elderly care after more than 18 years. I feel so happy and alive again.

Hope you're all enjoying youreslves as much as I am.

Comment by Joan Denoo on December 25, 2015 at 2:17am

Dear friends of Atheist Nexus, I hope each and every one of you have lots of rest, renewal, and relaxation during this darkest time of the year. In a day or two, our days will begin to get longer, and we can wipe away the dumps with the sweep of a broom and hands in the soil or whatever revs your energy. 

According to my weather report, at 10:28 Newport time, our temperature is 28, Vancouver is 39, Philadelphia and Bensalem are 63, Chicago is 43, and Cleveland is 48 degrees F. 

Whether with family, friends, strangers, or alone, may your time be filled with delicious food, beautiful sounds, pleasing smells, inspiring sights, and happy thoughts. 

One year at this season I realized my children would be going with their friends, and I knew I would have to learn how to celebrate without them. So, I told them I wanted to conduct an experiment to see if I could enjoy my time with them growing up and away. They each had friends and made plans to spend the holidays with them. 

I planned my meals, picked out my favorite music, selected a book to read and settled in for a pleasant time alone. I had a very nice time, the kids did too, and we were all happy. 

 

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