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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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The Burial Waltz

Started by Donatien Alphonse François. Last reply by Donatien Alphonse François on Wednesday. 4 Replies

Hi everyone,It was almost a half-century ago, at age 15 or so, that I encountered one of the more important influences in my life: a crazy group of poets/musicians who called themselves The Fugs.They had a huge impact on me in that, though raised in…Continue

Some William Blake to Ponder

Started by Donatien Alphonse François. Last reply by Donatien Alphonse François on Tuesday. 6 Replies

Hello all,I'm new here, and so hope this isn't old hat. But, I just had to point you toward a marvelous poem by William Blake in case you've never read it. Despite his sometimes heavily tinged biblical references in his other art and poetry, this…Continue

God's Not Dead - The Christian Persecution Complex (The Thinking Atheist)

Started by Loren Miller. Last reply by Annie Willis Apr 20. 7 Replies

Doubtless most if not all of you have heard about that sorry piece of cinema known as God's Not Dead, and perhaps its sequel, cleverly entitled: God's Not Dead 2 (wow, how original!).  Personally, I have wasted neither time nor money on either,…Continue

Tags: God's Not Dead, patheos, Neil Carter, The Thinking Atheist, Seth Andrews

Confirmed: flagged by religious people for "bullying."

Started by Joan Denoo. Last reply by Loren Miller Apr 19. 4 Replies

According to Seth Andrews @SethAndrewsTTA  Apr 16"Confirmed. TTA was flagged by religious people for "bullying." Apparently, criticism and skepticism = persecution. #GodHatesFacts"Others reported as "Flagged" and taken off line: @The Thinking…Continue

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The Value of Atheist Nexus ... and of Keeping Contact

Started by Loren Miller. Last reply by Joan Denoo Apr 17. 13 Replies

I don't know about you, but the last 24+ hours were VERY uncomfortable for me.  Why?  Because something I value a LOT, being Atheist Nexus and the people I care about on A|N were temporarily unavailable to me.  No, we're not Facebook; I don't think…Continue

Tags: maintenance, community, availability, Atheist Nexus

Atheist Pig STRIKES AGAIN!!!

Started by Loren Miller. Last reply by Qiana-Maieev Apr 5. 1 Reply

There's no getting around it, Atheist Pig is fast becoming my fave secular comic, and as evidence, I refer you to the following.  Jesus and Mo had better watch their respective asses, 'cuz they got a porker coming up on the outside, and I'm pretty…Continue

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Comment by Ian Mason on February 23, 2014 at 4:00pm

Joan, is this you?

Comment by Ian Mason on February 23, 2014 at 12:34pm

Would welcome the chance to turn down pain signals in cases of toothache!

Comment by Idaho Spud on February 23, 2014 at 11:17am

Realistically, I would like the ability to turn-off pain signals and have them come back automatically after a certain amount of time, or if they increased in intensity.

I think scientists will find a way to let us do that in the not too distant future.

Comment by Idaho Spud on February 23, 2014 at 11:14am

Joan, I sometime wish I had no pain signals, but I can see where it can cause the loss of limbs and even be life threatening.

I thought it was interesting when I learned years ago that part of the reason people with Leprosy loose limbs is because they can become too damaged before the person realizes it.

Sounds like it's time for me to get some seeds for gardening.

Comment by Ian Mason on February 23, 2014 at 11:01am

Thanks for your support. I'm glad to have you as friends.

Glad to hear that your nerves are coming back online, Joan and that the pain in your fingers has gone. Hope the feet wake up soon. Happy sowing and planting :-)

Comment by sk8eycat on February 23, 2014 at 10:57am

Ummmm....please remember that some unions don't do Jack Schidt except collect dues from the members.  When I was in Holiiday, our union was in cahoots with the brass, and we got NO help.  It would have been a joke except that our dues were taken out of our paychecks without our permission, and the contracts we signed were NOT with Holiday, but with AGVA...giving us their permission to skate with HOI for peanuts and occasional cheese sandwiches on Saturdays.

After I left Holiday, Bobby Kennedy (then JFK's Atty. General) investigated AGVA because their membership also included strippers and "B-Girls."  (American Guild of Variety Artists) 

Someone tried to start a union for skaters only, but it didn't work until competitive "amateur" skaters started winning money and huge endorsements in addition to those tacky gold-plated medals.  By then all the big professional shows were dead.

Comment by Joan Denoo on February 23, 2014 at 12:01am

Ian, your working conditions sound very unfavorable. I can see why you would want to find a new position. If there were good management, so much would be better. I wish you could get the position, if that is what you want.

My neuropathy is from diabetes, exacerbated by cancer treatment. My chemo doctor has been keeping track of its development as it slowly moves up my legs and fingers.

There is no pain in my feet. That is the problem, it affects the nerve endings and the brain doesn't get a sensation transmission. There is no feeling. I could step on a nail and not feel it. Or put my hands or feet in boiling water and have no pain sensation.

When the dr. started me on this new medication she told me there would be a strange feeling that she couldn't describe. The pharmacist said the same thing. I took the first pill and could describe the feeling exactly: it was like every synaptic connection shot off sparks all over my body. They were not painful at all, but I sure didn't get any sleep the first night.

I started out by taking on pill a day for three days, then two for three days and then three for the rest of the Rx. After that, the dr. re-evaluated me and started me on upping the dosage by one a day for three day, two a day for three days and three a day for the rest of that Rx. We keep doing that until we can get feeling back into my feet.

My finger tips were hurting when I typed before I started the Rx, and that pain is completely gone.  

All the Rx's continue to keep me in a fatigue state but with spring coming on, I feel excited about doing something productive. I now have all my seed starting supplies, including seeds, ready to plant inside. I am ready!

Comment by Ian Mason on February 22, 2014 at 10:20pm

Not my photo, Felaine. It's something a niece posted on FB.

Joan, it's not unusual in elderly care for the worker to get the kicks. The people who have been complaining about me are the family of that particular resident and the boss won't/can't say that "the problem with your husband/father is that he's a huge pain in the arse". It's so much easier to drop the shit further down the hierarchy onto those at the bottom. I think the family might have problems themselves, perhaps guilt about having him put in a care unit and/or some anger that his illness has plagued their lives for 40 years so they also want a scapegoat.

To be honest, I'm tired of this line of work. I was over 13 years at one very good place but when that closed I was moved around and around until I ended where I am now, a place with a bad reputation,well justified as it turned out, even though the present boss is the 4th in the 2 years I've been there. In a way I was hoping that I would get the same offer as the last person to get sacked: leave now without speaking to colleagues and get paid for the next 5 months. I'm looking for other jobs but they're not out there. Ah well, something will turn up. Or not. It won't stop me from enjoying the greater part of my life.

Joan, is it "post-theraputic neuralgia" you're suffering from? It sounds really unpleasant. I hope the pain-management works.

Comment by sk8eycat on February 22, 2014 at 7:02pm

Speaking of Bunnies...Bunny Luv is having a CUPCAKE PARTY fundraiser next month...the ads are making me drool.

March 15th, Van Nuys, CA

Comment by Joan Denoo on February 22, 2014 at 6:52pm

When I was in Hyde Park in London I saw people painting for public sale, others stood on boxes and lectured the crowd on one subject or another, there were very many groups of Arab men dressed in white dresses that went to the ground and following them in compact order were Arab women in burquas and small children. I did not see one Arab man with one or more child.

In contrast there were many men and women walking together with their children. I talked to several of them, curious about who were the family gatherings. Many of them were Scandinavians.

In Oslo, Norway I visited Vigelandsparken in Frogner Park, with many sculptures by Gustav Vigeland. Many of his pieces were of men and boys. 

The attitude Scandinavian men hold toward women and children is very different than the Arab countries. 

Vigelandsparken in Frogner Park

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