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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 Apr 25. 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

Tags: @SethAndrewsTTA, @morehead_sarah, @Matt_Dillahunty, @jteberhard, confirmed

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 Steph S. on October 2, 2013 at 4:34pm

What cool pics - Ruth I love the Spock one - Very big Star Trek fan and I really like the cute animal pics posted here.

So how is everyone doing? I can't believe Oct is here already! Where has the year gone?

Comment by Ruth Anthony-Gardner on September 30, 2013 at 7:51pm

Have a happy October, Everyone!

Comment by Ruth Anthony-Gardner on September 30, 2013 at 2:01pm

Good luck with your new cat, sk8eycat. I hope Pumpkin lives long and prospers with Fred.

Comment by Joan Denoo on September 30, 2013 at 12:33pm

Mindy, I know the angst! My greatest hope was that I could teach my kids independence and self-reliance before I died. Damn! they are so independent I need not have worried. Those early 20s are a tough time, but then, so were the 10s and 30s.  

Jeez! Cary turned 50 in Sept and the twins will be 50 in Feb. They all survived and flourished. Just think of all those years I fussed and stressed out. To be honest, I was scared to death I would not be able to raise responsible adults. 

If I had it to do over, I would worry less and enjoy more. I would make sure they had basic interpersonal skills of communication, problem solving, conflict resolution and tools to empower their self-sufficiency. 

We raised all our own vegetables and fruits from the time they were 10 until they left home. They learned how to fix all kinds of household appliances and make repairs on equipment. They bought and supported their first cars themselves and had to support their clothing purchases from 16 years on. They participated in household chores until the day they left my household. 

I was forced into these tactics because of my divorce when they were 10. Looking back, I should have had them doing these things when we had way more money than we needed to survive. As it turns out, they were able and willing to participate during their growing,  and now raise their kids with responsibilities as well as right. 

If I learned anything in all this, is the overrating of "obedience" as a rule of life. It teaches dependence. One has to look for direction outside oneself in order to be obedient. Not a good value system. 

Well, there is no comfort for you in my mini-lecture, just some ideas about letting go and trusting your kids to learn what they need in order to fully function as a flourishing adult. I don't have any knowledge about depression to offer. 

Comment by Ian Mason on September 30, 2013 at 1:00am

Enjoy the new house-mate, Felaine.

Comment by The Flying Atheist on September 29, 2013 at 10:47pm

Hey, Steph.  Were you recently in Chicago waiting for the train?

Comment by Joan Denoo on September 29, 2013 at 8:14pm

I wonder how Pumpkins and Fred would do with a wind up mouse, or a ball of yarn? Would they fight? or participate? Or perhaps a group of boxes, big and small? 

Comment by sk8eycat on September 29, 2013 at 7:40pm

I don't know why, but "Fred" is a good cat name...IMO, anyway.  We had a (male) Fred when I was in my 20s...he was red, so he was "Red Fred."

Heard some hisses, and Pumpkin came out to complain about the interloper.  Fred is half-hiding in a cardboard carton that's lying on its side by the window wall.

Maybe I should put her personal litter box out there...

Comment by sk8eycat on September 29, 2013 at 7:34pm

Joan, there's also Bob, the Rain God...only sends rain when you don't need it or want it.  Oh, about 20 years ago the bishop or archbishop of San Francisco led a special service to pray for rain (there was a terrible drought) and a couple of days later it SNOWED in SF!  First time in 50 or 75 years. 

Everybody laughed.

Comment by Joan Denoo on September 29, 2013 at 7:30pm
I like Fred and Ginger! Well, maybe Freda
 

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