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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 Playboy Interview: Richard Dawkins

Started by Loren Miller. Last reply by Chris yesterday. 14 Replies

I suppose it was the news that Playboy magazine was returning nudes to its pages after a year's hiatus that sufficiently perked my curiosity to check them out again.  I hadn't looked at Playboy since perhaps 2008, when I began to recognize that I…Continue

Tags: Richard Dawkins, Playboy

Such Lyrics!

Started by Donatien Alphonse François. Last reply by Grinning Cat Feb 13. 9 Replies

Hello Friends,I was ruminating a bit today on my sixty-some years existence. My mind went back to teenage years when I first figured out religion is not only obnoxiously loud, but also nothing I wanted anything to do with. Truly. I knew by age 15…Continue

degrading love — part two (TheraminTrees)

Started by Loren Miller. Last reply by Joan Denoo Feb 11. 1 Reply

TheraminTrees set up religion with his left in Part One of his treatise on how religion demeans and degrades the value of love.  Here in Part Two, he brings in a devastating, "Mike Tyson" right, which negates and invalidates any claim that either…Continue

Tags: Christianity, Islam, TheraminTrees, god, love

Questions......

Started by Thomas Murray. Last reply by k.h. ky Feb 9. 6 Replies

   It has been 6 month now since I signed up for Atheist Nexus membership. The past year has been sort of a bi-polar wave of emotions for me. I hope I wasn't offensive to the folks on here and I think I have been but I don't know to who. My desire…Continue

Proud Dad is REALLY Proud Now!

Started by Loren Miller. Last reply by Chris Jan 31. 15 Replies

As some of you may or may not know, my daughter is a television news producer, currently working in Nashville, Tennessee.  Her assignment is the morning news, which means she blasts herself up at umpti-ump in the morning to organize and prepare a…Continue

Tags: Emmy, news, television, daughter, dad

Men who challenge men to stop violence

Started by Joan Denoo. Last reply by Idaho Spud Jan 9. 19 Replies

Many men join in the effort to reduce violence against women and children and other men. He speaks of the need to place responsibility on men instead of focusing on women to stop violence. He offers a breath of fresh air, as do so many of the men on…Continue

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Comment by sk8eycat on May 30, 2014 at 10:13am

Speaking of prayers at public events...A rather crass event took place about a mile from us last night.  A "Mall Treasure Hunt," or "social media cash grab."  It started some time during the afternoon/evening commute, tied up traffic on the I-5, and surrounding surface streets, and lasted till close to 10 PM.

Thousands of idiots dashing through the parking lot(s), checking their phones for Twitter clues....and every media outlet PLUS the Burbank PD had choppers in the air....circling, circling.  My ears are still ringing.

Google # Hidden Cash.  Or something like that.

We ARE doomed!

Comment by Loren Miller on May 30, 2014 at 8:37am

I quite purposefully SKIPPED the invocation, Randall.  Given the opportunity NOT to listen to something like that, I quite naturally don't (the MUTE button is a wonderful thing!).

I much more enjoyed 150 laps of yellow-flag-free racing (would that it could have been 200!) and that great sprint to the finish.  Those two reasons by themselves made this year's Indy 500 one of the best I've ever watched.

Comment by Randall Smith on May 30, 2014 at 7:39am

I'm still pondering Ian's Emily Dickinson quote. Deep.

Did anyone hear the invocation given before the Indy 500 race? It was so preposterous, I almost gagged. It was full of the normal "thanks for a beautiful day" and "watch over the drivers", etc. The worse part was the "Can I hear an amen?" repeatedly directed to the fans. I was almost wishing a horrible accident would occur just to "show them" (but glad there was none).

Comment by Loren Miller on May 30, 2014 at 6:54am

A beautiful sentiment, Ian.  Thanks for posting that!

Comment by Ian Mason on May 30, 2014 at 6:42am

Comment by Joan Denoo on May 29, 2014 at 12:37pm

Ruth, I am very sorry to learn of your continuing back problems. Your comments offer very fine material for thought and action. Is there such a thing as voice activation so that you can talk about your ideas and concerns with us?

Probably the best thing is for you to do exactly what you need to do and we can seek out the material ourselves. I realize you don't do commentary when you point out a topic and I like what commentary you do offer.  

Comment by Joan Denoo on May 29, 2014 at 12:31pm

Chris, I do hope this part of your life ends soon ... not wishing ill for your BIL. It is kind of like having buckets of challenges and this particular one seems bottomless. Makes it difficult to get on with your own affairs. My visual image of such formidable challenges is grit my teeth, bow my neck, clinch my fists, dig my feet in the ground and do what is necessary. AND RELAX. 

Easy to say! Impossible at time, to do! 

2 Hour Deep Meditation: Relax Mind Body, Spa Music, Background Musi...

I know, you don't have two hours to listen, however, you can listen for as long as you have time.

Sounds from nature

Comment by Joan Denoo on May 29, 2014 at 11:34am

sk8eycat I am with you on answering in four rings. Why hurt myself for a nonsense call. My phones were installed forty years ago; they are ancient by modern terms, but at least I can hear what people say to me, unless their phone, usually cell, is out of range to pick up their signal. Years ago, I took the phone apart and disconnected the ringer in my bedroom. There is a volume control on the living room phone and I turn it off when I have company or don't want to be disturbed.  

Comment by sk8eycat on May 29, 2014 at 10:00am

Patricia, most of the time, we let the answering machine pick up...unless we're expecting a call from someone.  If a caller can't be bothered to leave a message, then I can't be bothered to make a mad dash across loose throw rugs and stuff to catch the phone by the 4th ring. 

Before answering machines, cordless phones (and aggressive telemarketing), it used to be considered "only polite" for a caller to listen for 6 rings before hanging up.  Now 4 rings seems to be the maximum.  (Like I'm gonna take a cordless phone into the bathroom with me.  Eye.  Emm.  Sew.  Shurrrrr!)

Comment by Plinius on May 29, 2014 at 1:26am

I love your family stories, Joan! Wonderful how positive these people are!

I'm sorry about your back, Ruth! Like sciatica, I guess. I hope you feel better soon.

 I can imagine you're worried about a BFF with an addiction, Booklover. But your daughter is a sensible person, who'll be careful.

Can you get a secret telephone number, Patricia? It helps a lot.

Husband and I are still working hard at brother-in-law's problems. We're still waiting for him to get a place in a care home, then we can move his stuff and his cat and sell his apartment. We're getting very tired of this job - there's not much left of our lives apart from working and sleeping. But perhaps the bulk of it can be finished before August.

 

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