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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 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

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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

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Comment by Joan Denoo on September 16, 2014 at 12:02pm

Good morning everyone! Another beautiful day with nice working temperatures. The beds slowly become readied for winter. Today, I am concentrating on the west garden. The garden has past its summer peak and an autumn one quickly approaches. I spend every minute I can out there.

Ian, I looked up "Time Team" and it looks like exactly the kind of subject I enjoy watching. I have save as many as I could find and will watch them after I come in from the garden. 

So, it is off to the garden and I won't be back in until the cold chases me in. Remember when it was the heat that drove me in? 

I hope each one of you has a very special day, full of beautiful sights, delightful sounds, aromatic smells, delicious tastes in the company of very special family and friends and that ever refreshing time of solitude. 

Take good care of yourselves, Daniel and Carl. I am thinking of each of you, knowing you are turning your enforced idleness into a time of healing. That is work, too.

Comment by Idaho Spud on September 16, 2014 at 11:04am

That's an interesting response to putting tape on cats, but I wouldn't do it.  I agree with Chris.  It seems a little mean to me.

Comment by Grinning Cat on September 16, 2014 at 12:19am

I hope they didn't put anything stickier than Post-It tape on those cats!

Comment by Plinius on September 15, 2014 at 11:44pm

That's no way to treat cats! Not funny to me and not strange either; the cats behave naturally. The commercial talks about sensitive cats, but doesn't show how they like it when they remove the tape!

Comment by The Flying Atheist on September 15, 2014 at 7:31pm

I'm not quite sure what to make of this commercial.  It's both funny and really strange. 

Comment by Ian Mason on September 15, 2014 at 2:12pm

Love the story about your young ones, Joan. If you ever get the chance there's a British T.V. series called "Time Team" which shows archeology and explains it in layman's terms.

That picture of the Riverwalk makes me want to go and see for myself. Could be interesting.

Comment by sk8eycat on September 15, 2014 at 12:13pm

Joan, imagine seeing hordes of crickets on ice that you need to glide on....while wearing an enormous hoop skirt that drags on the ice.

I freak when I see anything with more than four legs...even photos of them in magazines give me the creeps.  So my imagination would run wild thinking about those damn things crawling up the inside of my skirt....

Comment by sk8eycat on September 15, 2014 at 12:07pm

Carl, I haven't seen the Riverwalk since 1960...we always changed trains in San Antonio on our way back from Mexico.  It is MUCH more attractive now than it was all those years ago...not that it was ever ugly, but the mature greenery really makes a difference.

Comment by Idaho Spud on September 15, 2014 at 12:02pm

That's a good story Joan.  Tiny little scientists.

Comment by Joan Denoo on September 15, 2014 at 10:30am

Carl, yes, the San Antonio river walk is so lovely. We were stationed at Brooke Army Medical Center. There was a market in San Antonio, a galleria, that had a lot of Mexican nationals there with their families. It was an excellent opportunity to meet and talk with Mexican mothers and their children. Very friendly, and generous people, good bargainers as I remember. I enjoy Mexican food music, colors, architecture, and history. 

While there, my three children were pre-school age and I became acquainted with a curator of Witte Museum. He gave me a map to a dig they were working on. To get there, I had to drive on dirt roads, open and close barbed wire fences, and stare at those huge beasts that they grow in Texas, the famous beef steak providers.

When I got to the dig, a group of archeologists were in the pits with dental scrapers working on individual bones of the pre-christian native population. My three 3-year old children observed this for a while and then occupied themselves under the shade of a tree. One of the archeologists came to me and asked if I knew what my kids were doing. Investigating, I found them burying sticks in the dirt in the form of human bones, covering them, and then "doing" a dig. It was a most precious moment. Their education in archeology began in a dry, dusty, scorpion and rattler infested ancient graveyard. 

 

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