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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.

This group is not intended to compete with other groups on topics they cover but to "fill in the cracks." Whenever a discussion dwells at length on a topic for which there's an existing group, we urge you to provide members a link to that group to continue along their tangent.

A comment is a shout-out, which will get lost in a few days, because the comment wall is just a random stack.

Please start a discussion to share stories, photos, and videos. Replies will pop up in your "latest activity" and a conversation can develop from the feelings and thoughts you contributed. Groups are built on discussions.

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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

Ian, a beautiful New Years blessing.

Started by Joan Denoo. Last reply by Chris Jan 5. 7 Replies

Ian, for some reason, my comment would not "send" on Hang with Friends; perhaps it will here!Ian, a beautiful New Years blessing. It goes in my file. I especially like the thought of surprising myself. Laura made a special trip to my Spokane home to…Continue

degrading love — part two (TheraminTrees)

Started by Loren Miller Jan 1. 0 Replies

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

The Ark Encounter: A Less than Grand Opening (The Thinking Atheist)

Started by Loren Miller. Last reply by Idaho Spud Dec 31, 2016. 27 Replies

The day finally arrived.  Ken Ham's Ark Encounter opened on 7 July, 2016 ... to something a bit less than Disney-sized crowds, and more than a couple dissenting voices!  Seth Andrews has gathered a quartet of significant participants in the protest…Continue

Tags: Tracey Moody, Dan Broadbent, Seth Andrews, David Silverman, AronRa

Learning a Language as a Mature Adult

Started by Daniel W. Last reply by Idaho Spud Dec 14, 2016. 27 Replies

Trying to keep my mind exercised, and not interested in most of the reading materials that I can find.I decided to attempt to learn a language.  Actually, two.  The dilemma is, how do I do that without going to school - not an option - and without…Continue

What Annoys God Most? (Betty Bowers)

Started by Loren Miller. Last reply by Grinning Cat Dec 7, 2016. 10 Replies

Long story short, it's those near misses, the almost-but-not-quite, close but no cheroot moments, or, would you believe ... Near Death Experiences!  So what's the big deal?  Betty Bowers, America's BEST Christian and self-proclaimed expert on such…Continue

Tags: Near Death Experiences, America's Best Christian, Betty Bowers

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Comment by Grinning Cat on April 1, 2014 at 4:02pm

Arpan, I don't have much to add, except Welcome! (Joan's right, we really are like a herd of cats... and a few of us literally resemble that remark!)

Mindy, how wonderful to hear that you made up with your oldest friend!

(Years ago I heard a sermon about the power of forgiveness, the real kind that people give each other. If you can forgive someone, it lets you take the relationship with them from that point forward, rather than having it be defined only by the past.)

Comment by The Flying Atheist on April 1, 2014 at 2:10pm

Hi, Arpan.  Welcome to Atheist/Nexus and to our friendly group.  Diversity is wonderful.   As the saying goes.....variety is the spice of life. 

Comment by Arp on April 1, 2014 at 1:55pm

Thanks Idaho Spud, Patricia and Joan Denoo. I'm glad to be a part of this place.

From your comments, I find this place extremely warm and friendly. If the whole human society was like this, the human civilization would be progressing at a much faster rate. Each of us would have been able to witness much more new stuff in our short human lives than we currently do.

Comment by Joan Denoo on April 1, 2014 at 1:31pm

Arpan, Exactly, we value DIVERSITY. We really are like a herd of cats, with no one able to the lead and everyone leading from their perspective. It really is a very stimulating place to participate. 

This is also a place where you can express your ideas and get feedback from others who may or may not agree with your statement. We don't do the usual name calling and put-downs. The power of feedback is it gives you a reason to rethink an issue. You may continue to think as you do and you have a strong reason to back up your thinking. 

There is no belief or faith here. There is thoughtful consideration of whatever topic in which you are interested. 

Jump in, the water's fine, the participants are thoughtful and funny. I think you will enjoy sharing your thoughts.  

Comment by sk8eycat on April 1, 2014 at 12:03pm

The Earth MOVES!  An intelligent review of a play about Copernicus

.http://thinkbannedthoughts.wordpress.com/2014/04/01/and-the-sun-sto...

Comment by Idaho Spud on April 1, 2014 at 11:56am

Welcome Arpan. I can relate to the complication of Atheist Nexus.  It took me quite a while to find my way around.

Comment by Plinius on April 1, 2014 at 9:36am

Congrats, Mindy! It's often not possible tp patch up old friendships, but I'm glad you succeeded!

Comment by Arp on April 1, 2014 at 2:56am

Hello people, just wanted to say hi!

Actually, I find Atheist Nexus much more complicated than I thought initially with so many groups, blogs, and a vast number of members. It is such a diverse network. Reminds me of the diversity of life!

Comment by Joan Denoo on March 31, 2014 at 11:58pm

Here is a badly worded sentence that does not say what I intended to say. 

" It seems proofreading fails to catch those mistakes when the material is old."

I meant to say, when I proofread something, I assume all the right words are in place and express my meaning. It is only later, when re-reading something I have written, I realize the wrong word or the wrong phrasing does not reveal my intention. 

Comment by Grinning Cat on March 31, 2014 at 11:52pm

Joan, sometimes I too catch misteaks after submitting the comment... and if it's soon enough, I might copy-and-paste, fix it, add it as a new comment, and quietly delete the old.

"A Freudian slip is when you say one thing but mean your mother."

 

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