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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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Optical Illusions

Started by Ruth Anthony-Gardner. Last reply by Ruth Anthony-Gardner on Monday. 66 Replies

This one seems a bit creepy, like the middle one shouldn't be able to change rotation like that. from Cheezburger.comContinue

White House Petition: Change National Motto Back to "E Pluribus, Unum"

Started by Loren Miller. Last reply by k.h. ky Jan 22. 8 Replies

There is a petition being sponsored by whitehouse.gov to remove "in god we trust" as the national motto and replace it with the original: "E Pluribus, Unum" or "Out of Many, One."  As of this writing, there are around 11,000 signatures on it, with…Continue

Tags: E Pluribus, Unum, in god we trust, petition

There Is Only One Way to Destroy ISIS

Started by Joan Denoo. Last reply by Loren Miller Dec 24, 2015. 3 Replies

There Is Only One Way to Destroy ISISGrowth in population, policies and practices that create a gap between the typical person and the wealthy,…Continue

coming out (TheraminTrees)

Started by Loren Miller. Last reply by Atheist in FundyLand Dec 23, 2015. 6 Replies

Whether as atheist, agnostic, gay / Lesbian or whatever, the process of coming out has been a repeated topic of discussion here on Atheist Nexus and for good reason: it is at once a necessary yet potentially supremely painful process, depending on…Continue

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If God Exists (DarkMatter2525)

Started by Loren Miller. Last reply by Loren Miller Dec 23, 2015. 4 Replies

"Practice makes perfect."  That's the concept, isn't it?  Work diligently at something, especially something you enjoy and are adept at, and your skills sharpen, your judgment improves, and the product of your efforts demonstrate that improvement. …Continue

Tags: religion, YouTube, god, DarkMatter2525

Mental health in the age of violence: Dr. Elliott Ingersol

Started by Loren Miller. Last reply by Randall Smith Dec 1, 2015. 1 Reply

I literally just discovered Dr. Elliott Ingersol yesterday, as a part of a discussion I had with other members of the Northern Ohio Freethought Society.  Dr. Ingersol is a licensed psychologist and clinical counselor in Ohio, as well as a professor…Continue

Tags: talk, psychotropic, therapy, psychology, Elliott Ingersol

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Comment by Loren Miller on March 24, 2014 at 2:00pm

sk8ey, the only way I would amend Kennedy's statement is to recognize that we do have to look behind, at least to know and acknowledge what has happened before us.  Too well do I know the famous statement made by George Santayana about those not knowing the past being condemned to repeat it.  I think we have to act with the consciousness of the past and awareness of the present in order to address the future.  We can't afford the blinders that others would superimpose on us.

And I think I speak for all here when I say we won't wear 'em.

Comment by sk8eycat on March 24, 2014 at 12:32pm

Mindy, I don't know what "spirituality" means anymore...and I'm sure that most people who use any form of it don't know what they're talking about, either.  Here's a more concise version of the same statement:

Comment by sk8eycat on March 24, 2014 at 12:30pm

Randall, I want daylight in the morning so I can see where stuff is without turning on every light in the house...(It doesn't "save" energy...it just shifts the time of peak usage.)

I really want to know the rationale for the whole thing...

Do farm animals set their internal clocks ahead on someone's say-so?  Of course not!  Same goes for wild animals, and the ones who live with us...."Why are you feeding/walking me now?"  (Of course most dogs I've known will eat and go "walkies" any time.)

Comment by Randall Smith on March 24, 2014 at 8:28am

Indiana succumbed to DST a few years back. I hate it. I'll skip all my reasons, but basically, it has to do with me being a morning person. And I want daylight in the morning, darkness after supper. It's the opposite now.

Comment by The Flying Atheist on March 23, 2014 at 9:21pm

Elaine and Joan, love the information the two of you posted about cats.  Those are beautiful creatures, both the wild and domestic cats. 

Comment by sk8eycat on March 23, 2014 at 9:19pm

Patricia, Arizona doesn't change their clocks, either.  Sensible.

50+ years ago, when I was with Holiday, we toured by rail 90% of the time, and ALL the railroads everywhere in the US stayed on Standard Time all year.  Now that all passenger travel is via AMTRAK, they follow the crowd.

Disgusting.

(My first year with HOI, we rehearsed in Minot ND, and they were trying Daylight time...it was twilight till almost midnight.  The local yayhoos drove around and around the town all bloody night.

We hated it; we had to be on the ice at 8:30AM....that meant getting up around 6AM if we wanted to get any breakfast in the hotel's tiny coffee shop.

Comment by Joan Denoo on March 23, 2014 at 8:24pm

Comment by Joan Denoo on March 23, 2014 at 8:19pm

Felaine, I enjoyed the photos of those cats very much. The Fishing Cat (Prionailurus viverrinus) rang a few bells in my head, so I looked them up and went back and reread the information about the Bengal cat. They look alike, their characteristics are alike. Here is a little blurb on Bengal cats, the domestic kind. Notice the markings on their heads and their love of water. 
Domestic Bengal Cats: an Exotic Cat Breed

Notice its facial markings and compare them to the Fishing Cat. 

Comment by sk8eycat on March 23, 2014 at 8:04pm

I'm still trying to get used to Daylight Squandering Time; I have always hated it.  I mean, HOW are we "saving" anything, and what good does it do, except give after-work golfers an extra hour to play? All it ever did for me was blind me as I was driving home from work...facing directly west.

Comment by Ruth Anthony-Gardner on March 23, 2014 at 6:01pm

Apparently dogs can have parasomnias too. That looked a lot like sleepwalking when the "running" dog got up and crashed right into the wall. I had a few brief episodes jumping out of bed from nightmares. Apparently grinding your teeth during sleep is also a parasomnia, which I do nightly.

That Napoleon penguin gif is a tad creepy.

I hope all of you in the Northern Hemisphere enjoyed the first Spring weekend.

 

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