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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.

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

Started by Loren Miller. Last reply by Joan Denoo yesterday. 22 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

Fan.tasia – A Disney Mashup by Lindsey McCutcheon

Started by Loren Miller. Last reply by Idaho Spud on Monday. 8 Replies

Any of you remember that Hollywood musical dance number mashup that Nerd Fest UK created put together some months back?  Well, someone by the name of Lindsey McCutcheon has…Continue

Tags: Lindsey McCutcheon, animation, Disney

The Gun Industry's Killing in Killing (Betty Bowers)

Started by Loren Miller. Last reply by Chris G Jul 20. 15 Replies

America's Best Christian has finally acknowledged that there may be one outfit which has her belief system beat for it's leverage on the government.  No great surprise, it's the NRA and the gun industries.  Betty's a good loser, though.  She's made…Continue

Tags: NRA, guns, America's Best Christian, Betty Bowers

The God of Cancer (The Thinking Atheist)

Started by Loren Miller. Last reply by Joan Denoo Jul 18. 10 Replies

Seth Andrews has been through the mill as it comes to dealing with those who insist that their faith in a deity is not just valid but necessary to their lives and to all lives.  Having dealt with that gauntlet and come out the other side an atheist,…Continue

Tags: cancer, god, The Thinking Atheist, Seth Andrews

We Are America / Love Has No Labels (John Cena - Ad Council)

Started by Loren Miller. Last reply by Joan Denoo Jul 10. 3 Replies

It seems to be a repeating pattern: I wander around the internet and inevitably, I stumble onto all manner of stuff.  It happens all the time on YouTube, and as you doubtless have deduced, yours truly tripped over something a couple minutes ago,…Continue

Tags: patriotism, labels, love, Ad Council, John Cena

In God We Trust? (Betty Bowers)

Started by Loren Miller. Last reply by Qiana-Maieev Jul 4. 4 Replies

HEY, gang!  Your favorite America's Best Christian, Betty Bowers is BACK and just in time for the Fourth of July!!!  This time, she's hit it big, coming to us live and in color from the Capitol!  Seems as though she's as upset about this whole "In…Continue

Tags: congress, god, Jesus, America's Best Christian, Betty Bowers

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Comment by Joan Denoo on November 7, 2013 at 12:15am
Chris, I agree, wholeheartedly! So many people eagerly intrude on one's time and space proselytizing, and if one objects, some just can't seem to handle it. I figure if they can tell their story, I have an obligation to tell mine.
Comment by Joan Denoo on November 7, 2013 at 12:09am

To my dear friends here, I have a question for you. A very fine and decent friend cautioned me to focus on atheism because of all the different issues I bring up may pull the Atheist Nexus group into factions. I see his point, and it is valid. 

Please advise me how you fell about my posts. If my topic has to do with economics, politics or religion I post it on my site. There are not many members, and I have no interest in numbers, just that people who want that kind of information can access it. 

So, advise me what you would like me to do, stop posting social issues or continue. I post all this material on Twitter and Facebook. 

I do like his suggestion that I could move away from the problem statements and provide more options exploration. I can do that. Just let me know if you have an opinion.  

Thanks ... we are a team of people trying to sort out some complex concepts and I welcome comments. 

Comment by Plinius on November 7, 2013 at 12:09am

Let go, Mindy! When people try their utmost NOT to agree with you and NOT to understand you, let them go, even if they're family. I did the same and I was never happy about it, but I was and still am convinced that there was no other option.

Comment by Joan Denoo on November 7, 2013 at 12:01am

Patricia, love your purple walker! It looks really cool and just right for you!. Walk on dear one. 

Also like your migrating birds!

Comment by Joan Denoo on November 6, 2013 at 11:59pm
Mindy, that fellow follows the old trick of making someone feel bad for telling the truth. You have choices:
*Pay attention to what he says and feel guilty or bad.
*Try to appease him with compromise.
*Tell your truth, stand on principle, and know a bigot when you see one. Be competent, confident, and clear!
I think you made the best choice that could be made.
Comment by Joan Denoo on November 6, 2013 at 10:24pm

Ruth, I love the British beer bottle blowers! Nice sound and rhythm 

Patricia, how dreadful! I can't even imagine having to deal with steel wool textured hair ... I have a hard enough time with what feels like horse hairs. The family teases me because it is growing out at different lengths and this hedgehog continues to be my best avatar representation. 

Comment by The Flying Atheist on November 6, 2013 at 8:39pm

Cute video, Ruth. 

Comment by Ruth Anthony-Gardner on November 6, 2013 at 6:53pm

Wow, I never heard of chemo turning hair into steel wool texture, Patricia.

Here's a well tuned beer bottle performance to cheer up everyone.

Comment by Grinning Cat on November 6, 2013 at 1:36pm

Great news on Illinois! Marriage equality will only begin in June, since advancing the date would have required 70 votes in the state House (it passed with 61).

Comment by The Flying Atheist on November 6, 2013 at 12:02pm

Joan, you mention your hair is coming back as it was originally:  straight, not curly.  Is it common for hair to become curly after radiation?  I'm lucky that I've never had a close friend/relative go through this experience, so I'm a little naive on the details.  

I'm glad to hear that you've managed so well through all of this. 

 

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