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Come on in, pull up a chair!

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 Grinning Cat on Thursday. 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

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 Joan Denoo on November 9, 2013 at 1:30pm
Mindy, your "Spin the bottle" photo came as far as my Inbox and I was able to retrieve it. Funny, I can remember feeling, "Not him! Not him!"
The image did not open. I always check the Inbox and sometimes I can get the image and sometimes not. Fickle machine! There are other little gremlins in my MacBook and I need to get a check up. I wonder if computers get cancer?
Comment by Plinius on November 9, 2013 at 1:17pm

Thanks, Ian, but it's really easy: use your empathy and don't be afraid to look like a fool.

Comment by Ian Mason on November 9, 2013 at 1:00pm

Laughing while you learn sounds great and I take my hat off to anyone who can create that kind of atmosphere.

Here's something I think is funny and makes a point:

Comment by Plinius on November 9, 2013 at 11:42am

You make me blush, Mindy! But we could have fun - if you needed a course in beginners' English? And it's good fun too to meet you here!

Comment by Tony Carroll on November 9, 2013 at 10:53am

Hey guys. Come along and have some fun.  It' the annual Sarah Palin game. Please check all reason and logic at the door. Thanks for playing.

Bwahahahahahahahaha!  Click on the ornaments and have the sound up for a large, heaping bowlful of stupid inanity! http://nymag.com/daily/intelligencer/2013/11/sarah-palin-war-christmas-book-good-tidings-great-joy.html?mid=twitter_nymag
The Sarah Palin War-on-Christmas Soundboard
nymag.com
Listen to her rail against the liberal atheist heathens.
Comment by Plinius on November 9, 2013 at 1:04am

I googled the Perils of Pauleen, but I don't understand the connection.

The plant is still there, four floors down. When I'll go out in an hour or two I'll check what they've done to it.

And laughter is absolutely necessary for learning! I have got one class in a bible belt village half an hour from here. Started that class a year ago: and they wouldn't laugh! And had trouble learning!

Now they're getting used to me and gradually allowing some fun. I'll get them there...

Comment by Joan Denoo on November 9, 2013 at 12:46am

Chris, I love your experience with your students. Clearly they respect and like you a lot. Laughter! Excellent atmosphere for teaching. 

How is your plant in the common area doing? Kind of a "Perils of Pauleen" mystery. 

Comment by Plinius on November 9, 2013 at 12:38am

Thanks for all your comments! Yesterday I worried too much, but your kindness helped, two neighbours sent love and today I can face anything again.

A nice description of how you speak, Carl, and I'm just the same! The people I teach know me and often find my mistakes, and I'm the first to laugh and say:" Watch out, I'm going to say something really stupid in a minute." 

How that helps? They build up the self-confidence they sorely need: you don't have to be perfect to try another language! Chris stumbles around like a madwoman and she's a teacher! It makes learning a language a good and happy experience for them.

In the community centre I work in they often ask me why my classes so often roar with laughter. I say I don't know why, they're funny people.

Comment by Joan Denoo on November 8, 2013 at 11:43pm

Patricia, Spud, Mindy, and Carl. Each one of you has great writing and thinking ability. Each very different from the other. Each of you writes from your compassion and disgust about the wonderful and stupid things people do. Each of you writes about your feelings in ways with which I resonate. I read your comments, feel your pain, rejoice in your joys, share in your disagreement with foolishness, and you reveal your concerns about all the things that concern me. 

Your treasures of mindfulness come through the computer screen revealing great jewels. Write on, my hearty companions!  

Mindy, thanks for that lovely photo of painted body art and thanks to Patricia for passing it along. I did not receive it. The patterns amaze me; a fine collection. 

Comment by The Flying Atheist on November 8, 2013 at 10:52pm

Patricia, I'm so much better at expressing myself in written form than verbally.  In particular, when speaking about passionate issues, complicated subjects, or in the heat of the moment, I often struggle to express myself clearly.  I stumble and hesitate, trying to spit out a previously known perfect word or phrase that has somehow eluded me at the most inopportune time.  I'm one of those people who fifteen minutes later says, "Oh, I should have said......"

What's funny, I don't really have a fear of speaking in front of crowds or even one-on-one.  I just get major "senior moments" trying to cough up a word I know I want to say but can't remember.   I would be a horrible defense attorney or public debater.  

Leisurely writing down my thoughts allows me to organize and to express myself much more clearly and eloquently. 

 

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