Hang With Friends

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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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Ignorance is Bliss: Why Religious People Seem Happier Than the 'Nones'”.

Started by Joan Denoo. Last reply by kathy: ky Aug 9. 4 Replies

“Highly Religious Volunteer More, Lie Less, and Claim to Be Happier”~ Houston Chronicle; “Strongly Religious People are Happier than Non-Religious”  ~ Christian Daily."The study determined that 40 percent of highly religious adults—defined as those…Continue

Tags: Nones, happiness, non-religiosity, religiosity, bliss

If you could rid the world of one thing, what would it be?

Started by Idaho Spud. Last reply by Jonathan Simeone Aug 5. 29 Replies

Today, I heard Seth Andrews talk about the question, "If you could rid the world of one thing, what would it be?"  My first thought was religion, but after a few seconds I decided it would be irrational or anti-scientific thinking.  That would take…Continue

Tags: anti-scientific, irrational

The Bourne Again Identity (Mr. Deity)

Started by Loren Miller. Last reply by Loren Miller Aug 3. 3 Replies

There's a young man, unconscious, found tangled with the bushes which describe the edge of your property, late one evening.  Who is he?  Where did he come from?  These are the questions which confound Ward and Pam as they attempt to deal with a most…Continue

Tags: mystery, Bourne, Brian Dalton, Mr. Deity

Where The Buffalo Roam AGAIN - Allan Savory Institute

Started by Joan Denoo. Last reply by Daniel W Jul 31. 3 Replies

Where The Buffalo Roam AGAIN - Allan Savory InstituteI have followed the Justin Rhodes family for many months and each videa is unique. this one is about their adventures in Colorado, and…Continue

Tags: restore, water, soils, bison, Rhodes

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Comment by kathy: ky on July 18, 2017 at 1:07pm
Joan, Congress and Senate can afford it. They tried to cram their crappy insurance plan on us while they continued to get nothing but the best. McConnell made a remark years ago that his family was almost ruined by his medical bills when he had polio as a child. Now that he's worth over 25 million he doesn't give a damn about people who are facing the same problems he and his family went through. McConnell went to warm springs,on the March of Dimes money, now he's voted to cut their funding. What an ungrateful bastard. I really detest him.
Comment by Joan Denoo on July 18, 2017 at 11:39am

Who Can Afford McCain’s Surgery?

"Without insurance, the surgery would cost the patient around $100,000.

"An estimated 29 million American residents are currently uninsured, 845,000 of whom live in Arizona. The Congressional Budget Office had projected that an additional 22 million Americans would lose their health insurance over the next decade under the Senate Republicans’ initial health care legislation. The release of a new CBO estimate of the Senate GOP’s latest draft has been postponed indefinitely."

Comment by Thomas Murray on July 15, 2017 at 7:22pm


We used to have a cat just like the white on in the pix. Her name was Ivory, left eye blue and the right eye was green.... she was also deaf.

Comment by Joan Denoo on July 15, 2017 at 4:43pm

Randy, phones don't make very good manure for the bean field, do they! I'd say that you chose a dumb option. What options did you have? 

Comment by Randall Smith on July 15, 2017 at 7:39am

Ian, I hope the jazz is to your liking. I'm rather picky about what jazz I enjoy listening to. Have fun!

While taking my usual after supper walk last night, I came across a smashed "smart phone" (or whatever). I picked it up to take home to throw in the trash. Then, it rang! And beeped. Loud. I thought this won't do, ringing in my house. So, after pondering what to do with it, I tossed it several rows into the bean field. Big mistake! 3 minutes later, a young woman drove and stopped by me asking if I'd seen a phone. After telling her what I'd done, she said she had to find it because it had important stuff on it. (Evidently, her boyfriend set the phone on the trunk and it fell off later as she drove down the road.)

She hunted for over an hour using another phone to call for it (which she was doing when it rang on me). I don't know if she ever retrieved it. I hope so.The episode has haunted me. I feel so guilty tossing it away like I did.

Comment by Joan Denoo on July 15, 2017 at 12:15am

Ian, here are Tea, cake, and company to go with the music! 

Comment by Ian Mason on July 14, 2017 at 10:37pm

It's the time of year when I'm spoiled for choice. The Proms season began yesterday and Århus Jazz festival begins today so the coming week will be filled with music, on the radio or live. Give me tea and cake to make heaven complete.

Comment by The Flying Atheist on July 14, 2017 at 9:11pm

Joan, I'm glad Laura and Larry got home safely.  They perform a very vital and dangerous function.  My brother used to work for the Bureau of Land Management as a forest fire fighter in South Dakota, Idaho, and California.  That type of work is extremely dangerous and physically exhausting.

You are correct.  As much as there is to lament and distress about in the world, there's also much to celebrate, and it's important to seek out those stories.    

Comment by Joan Denoo on July 14, 2017 at 8:23pm

There is so much good in the world, and we celebrate that fact on Atheist Nexus!

Laura and Larry, Michelle and Jared reveal that every day. These four people have busy lives with home, maintaining the property where I now live, Michelle and Jared each coach a  separate soccer team, Laura and Larry each has businesses of their own and work together as a team on other efforts, such as volunteering for Dist 8 Volunteer Fire Dist. 

The call came in about a fire in this district a couple of hours ago. They immediately drop what they are doing, get into their gear and race to the fire or emergency. If it is a medical emergency, Laura and Michelle have EMR training and they take their medical bags along.

When a health emergency happens it is most often helping people get up from a fall, or in the case heart attacks and strokes, they are trained to stabilize the patient and call in for an ambulance or a helicopter and usually return home with an hour or two.

They have been gone for so long, I suspect this call is a fire. The house to which they were called live as we do, surrounded by forest. They all have GPS on their cars and I can track where their cell phones are. Using that technology, I follow them live via satellite. 

They just got home. It was a small wildland fire near a home and it was in peril. They knocked down the fire and kept it from spreading to the house. All returned safely.  

Comment by The Flying Atheist on July 14, 2017 at 7:25pm

Bertold, that's some very rock-solid, rational thinking!!  Especially when the bible is "explicitly clear" on the matter, you can't go wrong!


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