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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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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 Joan Denoo on September 29, 2016 at 11:17pm

Ruth, dreadful news, and so many things causing you a new normal; I know what you mean about tired, and you do remarkably well. I just am a slug, and I can enjoy it. 

I agree with you about the importance of unionization; more workers will understand the value as incomes decline and prices inflate. Not knowing what is happening cause some to work harder and not get organized with a union. 

Do you have a good support system to help and encourage you? 

It is brain-dead that is hard for me. A lot of things don't make any sense ... Oh! That isn't me; it's because a lot of things don't make any sense. 

I like the message from the grumpy, irritable cat. 

Comment by Ruth Anthony-Gardner on September 29, 2016 at 10:56pm

Oh, Flying Atheist, thanks for sharing the pictures of your parents anniversary. Very nice.

Comment by Ruth Anthony-Gardner on September 29, 2016 at 10:55pm

Plinius, I empathize with your needing two days of rest and recuperation after working two days. I'm soooo glad I have adequate retirement from teaching. That was due to unionization. Since I left the profession, most teachers get short shrift in private schools and academies.

To update everyone on my situation: During August my husband got a shoulder replacement, and I only got to the gym 12 times. My blood sugar and blood pressure both got out of control. I'm on three BP medications now. My endocrinologist wanted me to see if exercise and diet would be adequate, with my current medication. I had to change my whole lifestyle around to go to the gym for an hour, 6 days a week, before breakfast. I'm not used to it yet, even after a month. My blood sugar keeps getting worse, in any case, and she's not returning my calls or email. Mostly I'm so achy and tired and brain dead that I've fallen behind in everything. Haven't lost any weight either. I've been irritable, grumpy.

image source, captions mine

Comment by Loren Miller on September 29, 2016 at 9:49pm

Best wishes to your folks, Carl!

Comment by The Flying Atheist on September 29, 2016 at 8:22pm

I've been very busy lately.  This past weekend we celebrated my parent's 60th (!) wedding anniversary.  Family started arriving in town the Wednesday before from Virginia, Florida, Pennsylvania, Iowa, California, and Washington states.  We had a very nice Italian buffet on Saturday and then dessert at an Aunt's house afterward.

My out-of-town family are Cubs fans, so attending a game is often on the agenda during the summer.  The Cubs won 9-2 over the Cincinnati Reds.  Wrigley Field is always a fun and festive ballpark.  We walked there from my sister's house which is only four blocks away.  Convenient with no transportation worries. 

Comment by The Flying Atheist on September 29, 2016 at 7:57pm

Hello and happy Autumn to all of you.  I'm finally catching up here.  I think I've been missing in action for about one week.  I did try to sign on a couple days ago but was getting an error message.  I see that's already been discussed here.

Chris, I'm very sorry to hear about your recent health issues.  Is this all newly diagnosed?  I don't recall any mention of this in the past.  Of course I wish you well. 

I'm in the same situation of trying to avoid any falls.  I just saw my neurologist yesterday and he was quite surprised at my confidence, "normal" gait, and the speed of my walking.  I don't use a cane indoors because all the surfaces are flat.  However, I never go anywhere outside without it.  And I purposefully walk slower outside for safety.

Comment by k.h. ky on September 29, 2016 at 1:58pm
Thank you Loren. You always answer my question
Comment by Ian Mason on September 29, 2016 at 1:12pm

Comment by Loren Miller on September 29, 2016 at 11:39am

My apologies if I wasn't more clear, Kathy.  By "browser-dependent," I meant that the site may behave differently when accessed by different browsers, whether MS Edge, Firefox, Chrome, Safari, or some other application.  Right now, the more I look, the less I think that's the case, though I am not 100% sure.

I should also say that I don't think this is a malware issue.  I think that there are problems with the Ning engine (Ning is the base site which supports Atheist Nexus and a LOT of other websites).  A week or so ago, the problem got so severe that it took Ning.com down, which took us and everyone else with it.  Right now, I think we're still looking at the fallout from that original incident.  Indeed, our little home here is currently behaving better, POSSIBLY because Ning woke up and smelled the coffee.  My problem is that I remember this past May, when things were a LOT worse.

All I ask is that, if you experience a problem, use the "Report an Issue" link and give me a shout as well.

Comment by k.h. ky on September 29, 2016 at 11:33am
Loren, can you please add more information. Browser dependent is? Is this like a virus thing or troll thing? I'm not tech savvy.

Is suspicious when a member goes through and 'likes' everything to the point that's all I can see in the Latest Activity? A member im not familiar with did that a week or so ago.
 

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