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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Issues Atheist, Feminist, GLBTQ, Climate Change

Started by Joan Denoo. Last reply by BenGee on Saturday. 3 Replies

This is a test Continue

The Whole Bible in 30 Seconds (Betty Bowers)

Started by Loren Miller. Last reply by Randy Hatly on Thursday. 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 Oct 17. 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 Oct 16. 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 Oct 16. 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

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 Randall Smith on August 6, 2014 at 8:10am

It's true tht black dogs abound in a shelter. The people there said so. That's one reason I chose Dot. Another statement of antiestablishmentarianism! Glad you all approve of my choice. 

Comment by Loren Miller on August 6, 2014 at 5:41am

Toledo's water problems are pretty much local to that city, but if they can't deal with the fertilizer run-off issue, that problem could become others' as well.  For what I hear, they currently have the algae bloom under control, but the issue remains ongoing.

Thanks for your concern, Carl.

Comment by The Flying Atheist on August 6, 2014 at 2:08am

I hope Napoleon is all right as well.  I like him because he's a rebel and a lightning rod for tender emotions.  lol 

Comment by Plinius on August 6, 2014 at 2:03am

Good you're back Ian, and I like the poem!

Napoleon has disappeared from AN. I hope he's all right.

Comment by The Flying Atheist on August 5, 2014 at 11:52pm

Loren, I hope you aren't in danger of having water problems like they are having in Toledo.  They were even testing the water here in Chicago from Lake Michigan as a result. 

Hello, Ian.  I noticed you've been absent, but you have redeemed yourself with a thought-provoking poem.  I hope all is well with you.

Seems we haven't heard from Steph or Napoleon in quite some time.  Perhaps they have been active in other groups on Atheist/Nexus, but I haven't seen their names popping up elsewhere. 

Comment by Joan Denoo on August 5, 2014 at 11:00pm

Patricia, there is whimsey in the pictures you share. 

Comment by Joan Denoo on August 5, 2014 at 10:57pm

Carl, thanks for the memories! 

My very favorite cat was black, named Ebony. She came to our door as a very young cat, malnourished, had infected eyes and had been mauled by something. We nursed her back to health and she turned out to be the best cat I ever enjoyed. She was an excellent mother and adopted all the kittens that our calico cat abandoned at birth. Ebony and Calico made the journey with us 2,000 miles, each with a new litter of kittens. They seemed to have kittens at the same time and Ebony nursed both litters each time. Ebony became very cranky and after I had her spayed, she was a playful cat again. Too much raising young can be hard on cats as well as human women. We never had problems finding good homes for all the kittens. 

Comment by Joan Denoo on August 5, 2014 at 10:48pm

Patricia, it is so much fun seeing your new computer's abilities and you doing so much that is interesting. You would make a good graphic designer! 

Comment by Ian Mason on August 5, 2014 at 10:32pm

Hello folks. I hope all are well. I've been doing other things for a while so haven't been here.

Found this poem that I'd like to share.

Humanity by Gregory Corso

What simple profundities 
What profound simplicities 
To sit down among the trees 
and breathe with them 
in murmur brool and breeze — 

And how can I trust them 
who pollute the sky 
with heavens 
the below with hells 

Well, humankind, 
I’m part of you 
and so my son 

but neither of us 
will believe 
your big sad lie

Comment by Loren Miller on August 5, 2014 at 8:55pm

Meant to put this up earlier today, but what the heck.  Here's something to wake you up Tuesday morning - a little Don Ross:


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