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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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What Annoys God Most? (Betty Bowers)

Started by Loren Miller. Last reply by Chris on Thursday. 9 Replies

Long story short, it's those near misses, the almost-but-not-quite, close but no cheroot moments, or, would you believe ... Near Death Experiences!  So what's the big deal?  Betty Bowers, America's BEST Christian and self-proclaimed expert on such…Continue

Tags: Near Death Experiences, America's Best Christian, Betty Bowers

degrading love — part one (TheraminTrees)

Started by Loren Miller. Last reply by Grinning Cat Nov 22. 11 Replies

Love is by many considered among the highest of positive emotions.  Yet when love of the type offered by deities is examined, something seems to go seriously wrong.  The love of Yahweh seems less a gift than a demand, not so much beneficence as a…Continue

Tags: TheraminTrees, god, love

Ning, Error 500s, and Whether to Migrate

Started by Loren Miller. Last reply by Joan Denoo Nov 13. 47 Replies

I just got the following notice from Ning yesterday, (31 October, 2016), in the wake of this latest website outage:As some of you may be aware, we experienced a system outage earlier this morning. The cause was due to a specific network…Continue

Tags: downtime, Atheist Nexus, Ning

Introducing Douglas Murray

Started by Loren Miller. Last reply by Loren Miller Nov 7. 4 Replies

Most of us who have been around atheism for a while know the heavyweights of our ilk.  Names like Hitchens, Dawkins, Dennett, Harris, Dillahunty and AronRa get nearly daily mention in posts and discussions on Atheist Nexus.  One name I was…Continue

Tags: Agatan Foundation, Douglas Murray

If There's a God - She's a Woman - The Author T

Started by Joe. Last reply by Chris Nov 3. 4 Replies

I came across this story and thought some here might find it interesting and humorous.It’s titled:If There’s a GodShe’s a WomanFrom the Series:Things You Can Learn from a VaginaIts on the website TheAuthorT.com under the tab, “Free to Read…Continue

His Dark Materials and the Catholic Church

Started by Tonya R. Wheeler. Last reply by k.h. ky Oct 30. 35 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

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Comment by Joan Denoo on November 1, 2014 at 8:14pm

Felaine, I don't see any  "Halloween Leftover"

Comment by sk8eycat on November 1, 2014 at 7:53pm

Just got this "Halloween Leftover" from my favorite former skating partner...I howled with laughter

the ice bucket challenge can be deadly, watch out!

Comment by Joan Denoo on November 1, 2014 at 6:35pm

I know, the Golden Years aren't so golden for too many people. You stay so cheery on this site and bring so much joy and laughter, the kind that one feels in the belly. It is hard for me to imagine you being depressed. 

I am glad you have your fur-people, and have your project with the newsletter. 

Well, for whatever it is worth, I count you as a dear and trusted friend and hope you find ways to feel the joy that you want and need. I have to borrow from a piece my daughter sent this past week; this is just for you.

Comment by sk8eycat on November 1, 2014 at 5:53pm

Joan, if I didn't have two cats to support, I would take an overdose the next time I get my Rx refilled.  I don't really give a damn about my twisted sister....but the cats are another matter.

I have never wanted to live a long life...I did what I really wanted to do before I was 30.  All I am doing right now is surviving, and it isn't much fun...or even comfortable.

PS: Clinical depression runs in both sides of our family....both parents felt they had lived too long....dad had major strokes before he finally left the building at 82, and mother had operations, radiation, chemo, all in one year.  They cured her cancer, but the rest of her body slowly fell apart...for the next 9 years.  It was horrendous.  I don't want to do that.  But I can't abandon my fur-people....

Comment by Joan Denoo on November 1, 2014 at 5:39pm

Felaine, we have fire in our bellies, common sense in our brains, a lifetime of experience and know how outrageous this Boom and Bust economy is. We can work on campaigns, have the party put up yard signs, Offer a class in geriatrics at your local school, Do some awareness building with your neighborhood doctors and dentists, develop a reputation as a no-nonsense person. 

Some of my ideas will surely make matters worse, so into the trash bin they go. I know I am not going to do some of the things I did as a young woman on a mission. 

Comment by sk8eycat on November 1, 2014 at 5:11pm

Our closest neighbors are either older and more frail than we are, or have abandoned their houses (to move in with offspring, or into an assisted-living building) because they can't get a decent price for them....and this is a "good" neighborhood!  Elementary school one block up the hill, convenience stores and some doctors and dentists' offices one block down the hill....

BUT the resale value of our house has dropped from $700,000 to $550,000 in the past six or seven years, and all our neighbors are in a similar fix.. F*CK you so much, Mr. Bush!

Comment by Joan Denoo on November 1, 2014 at 5:08pm

Mindy, I forgot to mention what a great idea to get your house all ready for the retirement years. New counter tops! That must bring some cheer as you go about your chores. 

I wonder if someone can get a message to A/N if they wanted to send us information? Do they have to be a member to have access to our group? 

Mindy, thank you so much for telling me that I don't come across as bad-news-only. I want everyone to know what I have learned and that is not available in the commercial news sources. I check my sources every morning, first thing. And then start corresponding. 

Comment by sk8eycat on November 1, 2014 at 5:03pm

I just checked the phone, and it's working now, but it feels like another storm is on the way.  Bog know we need the rain, but I think I need to do something about contacting the police or fire dept if we ever need to.  WITHOUT BUYING A DAMNED CELL PHONE! 

(I worked in the accounting office of a retail electronics store when cell phones were just becoming smaller and slightly lighter than a brick...the Motorola Flip Phone was the first one....and I swore 'd never buy one. I still find cell/text phone users annoying; they seem to live in a different world.  One that they are the center of.)

Comment by Joan Denoo on November 1, 2014 at 5:00pm

Felaine, do you have neighbors close by that you could get to in case of problems? You have a lot of responsibility taking care of your sister and having to carrying the load for the two of you. 

The neighborhood had an agreement with an elderly neighbor that lived next door to me. If she needed help, she would put a little flag out. Well, she needed help and couldn't get the flag out. Bummer!

Another thing we have in Spokane, the mailperson is to keep track if the mail isn't picked up regularly. 

I can't think of any other alternatives. Anyone come up with an idea? 

Comment by sk8eycat on November 1, 2014 at 1:52pm

Joan, I get emails (I suppose all A/N members do) when anyone posts something to a discussion I have joined, or posted to.  I have seen NOTHING from Patricia in several weeks. 

At first I thought it was because I couldn't get at my email for nearly a month....I still haven't read or deleted everything that came in during that time.  Yahoo Mail is not the easiest thing to deal with.
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Now we are having weather "fun."  It finally rained a little last night, and I'm getting nothing but static when I pick up the phone (we have ONE land-line.  Period.  Can't afford an additional cell phone account.)  Squirrels and birds chew holes in the insulation around the outside (copper) wires, then water seeps in when it rains, and we have to wait for the phone company to install new wires, or for the sun to come out and dry everything.... till the next storm comes along.  It's been overcast all morning, but I see a bit of blue sky to the east now.

I guess my DSL, or whatever it is, still works because those lines are fiberglass.  I don't really know. 

If one of us gets sick or injured, there's NO WAY we can contact the city emergency services unless we go looking for a neighbor who has a cell phone.  There is NO setup for emergency emails.  But the city keeps raising the rates for everything.

I'm feeling somewhat abandoned right now.  I can email my cousins and their adult children in Arizona, but I can't phone anybody for help if I need it.

 

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