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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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Discussion Forum

What Annoys God Most? (Betty Bowers)

Started by Loren Miller. Last reply by Chris on Thursday. 9 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

degrading love — part one (TheraminTrees)

Started by Loren Miller. Last reply by Grinning Cat Nov 22. 11 Replies

Love is by many considered among the highest of positive emotions.  Yet when love of the type offered by deities is examined, something seems to go seriously wrong.  The love of Yahweh seems less a gift than a demand, not so much beneficence as a…Continue

Tags: TheraminTrees, god, love

Ning, Error 500s, and Whether to Migrate

Started by Loren Miller. Last reply by Joan Denoo Nov 13. 47 Replies

I just got the following notice from Ning yesterday, (31 October, 2016), in the wake of this latest website outage:As some of you may be aware, we experienced a system outage earlier this morning. The cause was due to a specific network…Continue

Tags: downtime, Atheist Nexus, Ning

Introducing Douglas Murray

Started by Loren Miller. Last reply by Loren Miller Nov 7. 4 Replies

Most of us who have been around atheism for a while know the heavyweights of our ilk.  Names like Hitchens, Dawkins, Dennett, Harris, Dillahunty and AronRa get nearly daily mention in posts and discussions on Atheist Nexus.  One name I was…Continue

Tags: Agatan Foundation, Douglas Murray

If There's a God - She's a Woman - The Author T

Started by Joe. Last reply by Chris Nov 3. 4 Replies

I came across this story and thought some here might find it interesting and humorous.It’s titled:If There’s a GodShe’s a WomanFrom the Series:Things You Can Learn from a VaginaIts on the website TheAuthorT.com under the tab, “Free to Read…Continue

His Dark Materials and the Catholic Church

Started by Tonya R. Wheeler. Last reply by k.h. ky Oct 30. 35 Replies

I recently watched the movie, "The Golden Compass" and since I could not find the sequels, I read the books. I enjoyed them, and I will be reading the first one, Northern Lights, starting tomorrow, since it just arrived via inter-library…Continue

Tags: Fantasy, Catholic, Religion, Atheist, Pullman

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Comment by The Flying Atheist on January 20, 2014 at 5:41pm

Patricia, what an adorable photo!  :)

Comment by The Flying Atheist on January 20, 2014 at 3:59pm

While web surfing the other day, I surprisingly stumbled upon a Facebook page that had two photos of me from my college days.  I thought I'd share them with you.  The first photo was taken in May of 1983.  My 19th birthday would be two months later.  The second photo was taken in February 1985.  I'm second from the left.  

  

Comment by Steph S. on January 20, 2014 at 11:47am

I know the band - thank you Napoleon.

Comment by sk8eycat on January 19, 2014 at 11:07pm

OMNERRRVZ!  I love punz!  Whoopie!

That Guard Cat looks like a Spotted Bengal.....If I could afford another Fur-friend, I'd like a Maine Coon...or a Ragdoll. Or an Egyptian Mau.  There are several people in Cairo and Alexandria who rescue feral Maus from the streets, get them healthy and people-friendly, and then adopt them out all over the world. This is just one org: http://www.emaurescue.org/

I can't believe that these cats, who used to be worshiped by the ancient Egyptians, are now neglected, abandoned, poisoned, etc. by the current population of a land that used to have one of the greatest civilizations of the ancient world.  (During the time of Cleopatra, and earlier, it was a capital offense to harm one of these cats....even accidentally.)

Oh, I also love the "We All Live Without God" painting, too.  I've always wanted to change it so that a large ORNJ kitty is sniffing Adam's finger. Or maybe with Adam holding out a fish to the cat. The old man with the beard in the original painting doesn't do anything for me, but I doubt the Vatican would appreciate any alterations...

Pity.

Comment by Ian Mason on January 19, 2014 at 3:21pm

A plethora of puns.

Comment by Ian Mason on January 19, 2014 at 1:32am

Comment by Ian Mason on January 19, 2014 at 1:13am

A fun video, Felaine.

I wouldn't argue with that cat, Steph.

Comment by Steph S. on January 18, 2014 at 10:26pm

Hope everyone is having a good weekend.

Comment by sk8eycat on January 18, 2014 at 8:33pm

Okayyyy.  Somebody posted a link to "space music."  Now...here's how a wet washcloth behaves in zero-gee (Inside the space station):

http://apod.nasa.gov/apod/ap130424.html

Comment by Plinius on January 18, 2014 at 11:58am

Thank you all, and I do remember to take care of myself - or I wouldn't hang out here! We begin to learn what it is to belong to an almost extinct family; it's funny. There's husband and me (both with healthproblems), brother-in-law (brain damage), his cat (scaredy)  and aunt (Alzheimer's). Our own two cats are the most normal characters in the group! No way to shift the responsibility to someone else, so I work on, but slowly, so I can manage.

 

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