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.

Nobody here is into mind games. A discussion started with a loaded guilt-throwing question will be deleted.

This group is not intended to compete with other groups on topics they cover but to "fill in the cracks." Whenever a discussion dwells at length on a topic for which there's an existing group, we urge you to provide members a link to that group to continue along their tangent.

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Discussion Forum

The Whole Bible in 30 Seconds (Betty Bowers)

Started by Loren Miller. Last reply by Randy Hatly yesterday. 15 Replies

Ever decide that you wanted to read the whole bible, cover to cover, only to realize half-way through Deuteronomy that the darn thing is industrial-strength BORING?!?  Well, never fear!  America's Best Christian, Betty Bowers, has done the Cliff's…Continue

Tags: bible, America's Best Christian, Betty Bowers

punishing doubt (TheraminTrees)

Started by Loren Miller. Last reply by Joan Denoo on Tuesday. 2 Replies

If you are associated with religion and especially a fundamentalist religion, doubt is intolerable.  Certainty, however it may be achieved or imposed, becomes a necessary element, especially considering the utter dearth of any form of evidence or…Continue

Tags: religion, TheraminTrees, punish, doubt

A moment to relax and see the Earth from space; some how this comforts me.

Started by Joan Denoo. Last reply by Qiana-Maieev on Sunday. 3 Replies

All the squabbles and struggles that I have do not compare with those of some others on this great planet. There are no boundary lines, no political arguments, no up or no down. What is, is. For right now, the scenes offer tranquility. Just the…Continue

Tags: and, wonder, awe, of, space

His Dark Materials and the Catholic Church

Started by Tonya R. Wheeler. Last reply by Plinius on Sunday. 27 Replies

I recently watched the movie, "The Golden Compass" and since I could not find the sequels, I read the books. I enjoyed them, and I will be reading the first one, Northern Lights, starting tomorrow, since it just arrived via inter-library…Continue

Tags: Fantasy, Catholic, Religion, Atheist, Pullman

Issues Atheist, Feminist, GLBTQ, Climate Change

Started by Joan Denoo. Last reply by Joan Denoo Oct 6. 2 Replies

This is a test Continue

bending truth, or "We Can All Be Manipulated" (TheraminTrees)

Started by Loren Miller. Last reply by Loren Miller Sep 29. 39 Replies

The following is one of TheraminTrees' most thorough-going pieces, wherein he looks at the process and techniques whereby a "religious" organization (which will sound VERY familiar to most of us, once introductions are made!) takes a person who…Continue

Tags: indoctrination, truth, manipulation, TheraminTrees

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Comment by Plinius on August 24, 2016 at 11:56am

Thanks Carl! I knew she was coming, the Natural History Museum in Leiden gave her a lot of publicity in the last few years. We'll have to wait some time until she's put together again, but I'll be in Leiden when the show opens!

Comment by Randall Smith on August 24, 2016 at 11:47am
Yes, Carl, my physical (and mental) well-being improved dramatically when I retired from teaching middle school. It was very stressful. I know where you're coming from. It's great you're doing so well.
I also concur that Joan (along with Ruth) is the "matriarch of A/N". She is so knowledgable. But best of all, she's understanding and compassionate.

Spud, it's wonderful you're able to comment all the time now!
Comment by The Flying Atheist on August 24, 2016 at 11:43am

Chris, you have a new immigrant arriving in the Netherlands today.  She's from our state of Montana, and flew out of Chicago yesterday.

Trix the Tyrannosaurus Rex is about to fly from Chicago to the Neth...

A T. Rex Is Flying From O'Hare To The Netherlands Today

Comment by Idaho Spud on August 24, 2016 at 11:39am

Carl, I can imagine the stress of dealing with the crazy public.  That's why I've never went for that kind of a job. 

Comment by The Flying Atheist on August 24, 2016 at 11:34am

Joan, thank you for the very heartfelt expressions toward me.  You know, you're a very special person at Atheist/Nexus, not only for me but I know for others here as well.  Personally, I highly regard you as the matriarch of A/N. 

I hope your recent surgery went well and that you will have positive results.  

Regarding my positive outlook, to be honest I feel quite happy and content at this time despite all the hurdles I've been through (or should I say 'over'?)  Now that I'm not working, I no longer have the incredible stresses of strict timetables, ever-looming security issues, and dealing with the crazy general public.  It was a fun job which I loved but it was indeed stressful.  I feel as if I can now relax and enjoy life much more. 

Comment by Idaho Spud on August 24, 2016 at 10:18am

Joan, I thought you might appreciate this article and videos.  It's about a female scientist that just died.  The was in a leadership position for a time and those she led had wonderful things to say about her.  Made me tear-up.

Comment by Joan Denoo on August 24, 2016 at 12:25am

Loren, grand news about your wife's son's wedding. You must have enjoyed the secular nature of the ceremony. I feel encouraged that the celebrant reported more requests for godless ceremonies. 

Did the father "give" his daughter to her husband, or did she present herself as joining with him for life's journey? I hate that property stuff. 

Comment by Qiana-Maieev on August 24, 2016 at 12:19am

How are you feeling, Joan?

Comment by Joan Denoo on August 24, 2016 at 12:12am

Randy, I am a curious little old lady that can't stand to have an unsolved question. Inquisitive is my nature, that is why I went on that round the world adventure and talked to women about their lives.

Comment by Joan Denoo on August 21, 2016 at 3:01pm

Carl, given that this is the best it is going to get for you, and because you have no control over the natural processes of your body, the only thing that can improve or get healthy is what you already have, a positive outlook on life and a celebration of what you do have. I support you in that, even as I acknowledge down times do occur, emotionally. We offer a place to unwind, to feel weak and strong, out of control and in control, discouraged and encouraged, alone and in a community. Whatever you feel, we stand with you. 

As for myself, I can say with full honesty I love you as I love my children. You are the age of my three children and my heartstrings reach to you. I know you have a strong family who supports you and you have the friends we share here. You are never alone.


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