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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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Optical Illusions

Started by Ruth Anthony-Gardner. Last reply by Ruth Anthony-Gardner Jan 31. 66 Replies

This one seems a bit creepy, like the middle one shouldn't be able to change rotation like that. from Cheezburger.comContinue

White House Petition: Change National Motto Back to "E Pluribus, Unum"

Started by Loren Miller. Last reply by k.h. ky Jan 22. 8 Replies

There is a petition being sponsored by whitehouse.gov to remove "in god we trust" as the national motto and replace it with the original: "E Pluribus, Unum" or "Out of Many, One."  As of this writing, there are around 11,000 signatures on it, with…Continue

Tags: E Pluribus, Unum, in god we trust, petition

There Is Only One Way to Destroy ISIS

Started by Joan Denoo. Last reply by Loren Miller Dec 24, 2015. 3 Replies

There Is Only One Way to Destroy ISISGrowth in population, policies and practices that create a gap between the typical person and the wealthy,…Continue

coming out (TheraminTrees)

Started by Loren Miller. Last reply by Atheist in FundyLand Dec 23, 2015. 6 Replies

Whether as atheist, agnostic, gay / Lesbian or whatever, the process of coming out has been a repeated topic of discussion here on Atheist Nexus and for good reason: it is at once a necessary yet potentially supremely painful process, depending on…Continue

Tags: Lesbian, agnostic, gay, atheist, TheraminTrees

If God Exists (DarkMatter2525)

Started by Loren Miller. Last reply by Loren Miller Dec 23, 2015. 4 Replies

"Practice makes perfect."  That's the concept, isn't it?  Work diligently at something, especially something you enjoy and are adept at, and your skills sharpen, your judgment improves, and the product of your efforts demonstrate that improvement. …Continue

Tags: religion, YouTube, god, DarkMatter2525

Mental health in the age of violence: Dr. Elliott Ingersol

Started by Loren Miller. Last reply by Randall Smith Dec 1, 2015. 1 Reply

I literally just discovered Dr. Elliott Ingersol yesterday, as a part of a discussion I had with other members of the Northern Ohio Freethought Society.  Dr. Ingersol is a licensed psychologist and clinical counselor in Ohio, as well as a professor…Continue

Tags: talk, psychotropic, therapy, psychology, Elliott Ingersol

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Comment by Bertold Brautigan on September 12, 2014 at 10:28am

@sk8eycat - so true. I can understand hating someone because they've done something to you, but I don't understand hating people for who they are. It makes absolutely no sense. I did not put in an order to be born of an alcoholic father and a black sheep mother in 1950 in the beefheart of the Midwest. No one gets to choose who they are; we're all "thrown" into this world.

A big part of the problem is certain manipulative types are masters at deflecting blame and getting the public to attribute all the ills of the world to people unlike themselves. It's a sad state of affairs.

Comment by Plinius on September 12, 2014 at 10:27am
Comment by Plinius on September 12, 2014 at 10:25am

Some people are working hard to spread the hate, but we keep on weeding...

Comment by sk8eycat on September 12, 2014 at 10:18am

Joan, I think that racial nastiness is coming to the surface again...it's never really gone away...because certain bigots a) never expected Obama to be re-elected 2 years ago, and b) DID expect him to fall on his face trying to clean up the Cheney-Bush mess. (And I also suspect they expected him to be assassinated long before now.) 

They are taking their frustrations out on anyone with dark skin... especially the helpless ones.  And they have never, ever figured out that neither skin nor culture have anything to do with intelligence and ability, no matter what their eyes and ears tell them.

It's going to take several more generations to weed out the hatefulness, if it can be done at all.  We won't live to see it happen.

Comment by The Flying Atheist on September 12, 2014 at 9:54am

It's seems most everybody loves trains so I thought I'd post this story about new limited train service between Chicago and Madison, Wisconsin on restored Pullman railroad cars.  Very cool. 

Pullman Cars Connect Madison, Chicago by Train for First Time in 40...

https://www.travelpullman.com/Varsity

Comment by Plinius on September 12, 2014 at 9:48am

They call them vari-focals here, and they're easy to get used to. I've had them for some years, and the only fault I find is that the ´window´ for reading is very small, so I use reading glasses too. I got my first pair of glasses when I was three: astigmatism and a ´lazy eye´. With good glasses you don't notice my squint, and I have to use less energy to see well.

I hope you get used to your glasses soon, Carl!

Comment by The Flying Atheist on September 12, 2014 at 8:33am

Randy, I didn't even know tri-focals existed.  Yes, that has got to be difficult getting used to. 

Good morning, all my friends!  It's a bit chilly here today.  50-degrees/10-celcius with a little bit of rain early this morning.  The beautiful season of Fall is definitely waiting in the wings and ready for the curtain to go up. 

Comment by Randall Smith on September 12, 2014 at 8:01am

Carl, you think bifocals are difficult, you should TRI-focals! After 40 years, I'm still not comfortable with them. But, they're helpful in computer monitor and car dashboard reading, etc.

It appears I'm going to have to find out why my computer speakers don't work (the light doesn't even come on). I think it's more than a sound card needed. I'm missing out on all the fun and/or informative videos. 

Comment by Joan Denoo on September 12, 2014 at 1:31am

For a shorter version, and only a teaser, here is 

Comment by Joan Denoo on September 12, 2014 at 1:28am

OOHH Oh! I forgot that I deleted the faith article because the video started half way through the film and I didn't want that. So, I deleted it, intending to repair it and send if off. However, Carl's article on footbinding popped up and I forgot about my faith article. Here it is. 

 

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