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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.

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Goodwill to Few Men (Betty Bowers)

Started by Loren Miller. Last reply by Donald R Barbera on Thursday. 3 Replies

Think Goodwill Industries does well by the poor?  Fact is, they do WAY BETTER for themselves, to the point where America's Best Christian, Betty Bowers, thinks they're ripping off the christian playbook a bit too well!  Have a look for yourself:…Continue

Tags: ripoff, Goodwill Industries, America's Best Christian, Betty Bowers

Your favorite photobombs?

Started by Ruth Anthony-Gardner. Last reply by Plinius Jul 10. 12 Replies

Running of the bulls photobomb.Continue

losing faith (TheraminTrees)

Started by Loren Miller Jul 5. 0 Replies

TheraminTrees has recently begun producing a new series of YouTube videos, which added to a wonderful library of earlier observations regarding his experience of religion. Good as all those pieces are, I personally think they pale against this…Continue

Tags: story, history, faith, TheraminTrees

Betty Explains Religious Freedom (Betty Bowers)

Started by Loren Miller. Last reply by Ruth Anthony-Gardner Jul 3. 10 Replies

Well, considering all the RFRA bills popping up all over the United States, plus all the fun and games ISIS is bringing to the good folks in Syria and Iraq, Betty Bowers, the epitome of well-dressed christianity, has decided to clarify the true…Continue

Tags: persecution, ISIS, Religious Freedom, America's Best Christian, Betty Bowers

Surreal, I haz it

Started by Ruth Anthony-Gardner. Last reply by Ruth Anthony-Gardner May 6. 82 Replies

Surreal, not just found in art.Continue

Tags: surreal

Let's not define ourselves or others by our worst behaviors

Started by Ruth Anthony-Gardner. Last reply by Dominique Lutz Apr 16. 6 Replies

My take on the recent melt down at Hang With Friends, of which I missed part, is that some of us were tripped up by a habit of thought. It's something we learn growing up, and use without realizing how much pain it can generate -  failing to…Continue

Tags: dispute at Hang With Friends

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Comment by Bertold Brautigan on April 2, 2015 at 7:58am

All Fridays are good :-)

Comment by Randall Smith on April 2, 2015 at 7:37am

Gee, I'd almost forgotten it is Easter time. Palm Sunday slipped by me, and tomorrow is "Good Friday". In the past, all these events get a lot of media coverage. Perhaps "the times, they are a-changin' ". we can only hope.

Comment by Plinius on April 2, 2015 at 2:34am

Sound like a nice tradition, Ian! Gaekkebrev - gekkenbrief - letter from a madman?

Comment by Ian Mason on April 2, 2015 at 2:18am

A happy Spring holiday/Easter/Peshak etc. etc. to you all.

Lovely music, Joan.

I've just got my first "gækkebrev" in years. A Danish tradition of sending an anonymus paperclip letter. If I don't guess who the sender is, I owe an Easter egg. I think it's my daughter as she'sdropping by tomorrow.

Comment by Joan Denoo on April 1, 2015 at 10:08am

Good morning, Earth! blue skies, frost on the garage roof, part of the living room clean, 99% of the rest to get attention. 

Comment by Randall Smith on March 31, 2015 at 8:09am

Joan, My son in law is very knowledgeble about soil science.  In fact, he's a featured speaker at Purdue and other gatherings. It just takes time to build the soil back up in a natural way. Fertilizer speeds up the process.

PBS showed part 1 of its cancer show last night (Part 2 tonight). Interesting. It's done by Ken Burns. Can anybody explain Burns' hair? It's grotesque!

Comment by Plinius on March 31, 2015 at 7:54am

It's a nice storm, Joan, I enjoyed it very much. Lots of fresh air. A bit difficult to walk in the wind but not a real problem. Some of the people in my course stayed home this morning, but they are a bit frailer than I am. The wind is still bellowing and whistling, the streets are full of broken twigs and some dead umbrellas, but all is ok.

Why I like the wind? This is the Randstad - a conglomerate of towns and villages from here to the north of Amsterdam. The rural areas between residential areas are filled up with industry, but if you look carefully you might find a few green patches with cows. The moment that there's no wind you can feel your lungs deteriorating, so I vote for wind every day and regular showers of rain.  

Comment by Joan Denoo on March 30, 2015 at 2:58pm

I'm not into parties, either. I like the idea of you becoming more active with your atheism. We need every effort that can happen. Do you have any ideas of how you will do that? You write powerfully, and I suspect you are a powerful speaker. I have a hunch you would be good with a college age group. You talk collegeze. 

Also, you have enough memory to be able to take on any challengers and do them one better. I love that about you. 

Reason Rally 2!!!!!!!!

I wonder where they consider holding it. 

When Silverman held American Atheists conference in Salt Lake City, I didn't like the idea at first. However, articles and videos revealed it to be a most interesting place to have serious discussions with believers, as well as debates and presentations. Getting into the middle of a hornet's nest offers some risks, as well as some surprising benefits. Remember the discussion panel with Mormons and atheists discussing differences and similarities and challenges?

I wonder how the numbers were for membership in American Atheists. I'll find out. 

That being the case, the deepest bible belt would be the identified hornet's nest. 

Comment by Loren Miller on March 30, 2015 at 2:33pm

I'm not much of a party animal, Joan.  My wife and I make our own fun for the large part.

I got with FFRF and the Northern Ohio Freethought Society (NOFS) because I wanted to do more with my atheism than I could just here on Atheist Nexus.  So far, the experience has been pretty good, and I'll be curious to see what comes down in the future.

Worthy of note, too: David Silverman is talking about 2016 being the year of Reason Rally 2!!!

Comment by Joan Denoo on March 30, 2015 at 2:18pm

Spud, how are things going for you? Are you into the hard physical labor yet in the garden or are you still able to sit and watch the soil thaw?

I forgot, do you have pets of your own? I remember you had visiting pets, as do I. 

Hope you are feeling well, with no unexpected aches and pains. 

 

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