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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 Playboy Interview: Richard Dawkins

Started by Loren Miller. Last reply by Loren Miller 11 hours ago. 16 Replies

I suppose it was the news that Playboy magazine was returning nudes to its pages after a year's hiatus that sufficiently perked my curiosity to check them out again.  I hadn't looked at Playboy since perhaps 2008, when I began to recognize that I…Continue

Tags: Richard Dawkins, Playboy

God's Annual Performance Review (Betty Bowers)

Started by Loren Miller. Last reply by Ruth Anthony-Gardner Mar 19. 6 Replies

I don't know about you guys, but there wasn't a performance review I had in 30 years of field service that I didn't LOATHE.  It seems as though Betty Bowers, America's Best Christian, is up for turning the tables on the person you would expect would…Continue

Tags: review, performance, god, American's Best Christian, Betty Bowers

Learning a Language as a Mature Adult

Started by Daniel W. Last reply by Joan Denoo Mar 2. 28 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

Such Lyrics!

Started by Donatien Alphonse François. Last reply by Grinning Cat Feb 13. 9 Replies

Hello Friends,I was ruminating a bit today on my sixty-some years existence. My mind went back to teenage years when I first figured out religion is not only obnoxiously loud, but also nothing I wanted anything to do with. Truly. I knew by age 15…Continue

degrading love — part two (TheraminTrees)

Started by Loren Miller. Last reply by Joan Denoo Feb 11. 1 Reply

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

Questions......

Started by Thomas Murray. Last reply by k.h. ky Feb 9. 6 Replies

   It has been 6 month now since I signed up for Atheist Nexus membership. The past year has been sort of a bi-polar wave of emotions for me. I hope I wasn't offensive to the folks on here and I think I have been but I don't know to who. My desire…Continue

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Comment by k.h. ky on November 19, 2016 at 10:37pm
Depresses me is a more apt description.
Comment by k.h. ky on November 19, 2016 at 10:34pm
And I still can't tolerate the news. The insanity of the situation still frightens me.
Comment by k.h. ky on November 19, 2016 at 10:31pm
I finally found one thing that entertained me this week. My daughter got me a FFRF T-shirt. AND, I wore it to the elementary school family fun night with my youngest granddaughter. This is the same school that has a club called athletes christian something? Which is illegal. The principal is always talking about how 'blessed' we are. Found out he was doubly 'blessed' last year because he was caught having an affair with one of the young teachers. Lol. These are the good Christan values they brag about so much :)
I made it a point to speak to him. Yes, he noticed my shirt but didn't comment ;(
Comment by Daniel W on November 19, 2016 at 1:14pm

Chris, thanks.  Retirement was not the goal or expectation this soon, but we have to do what we have to do.  There is more solitude and less sense of purpose, but I feel lucky and like maybe I did plan ahead responsibly.  I have not adjusted to the solitude, strange because Im no comfortable around most people.

Joan, I bet they will love the pickled beets!  Some family time will be good.

Comment by Plinius on November 19, 2016 at 10:49am

Joan, don't worry, I know it when you talk to me, thát is important! People call me so many different names, and that is not even behind my back!

Daniel takes the kitchen troubles in his stride - he couldn't have done that when he worked, I think. So congrats, Daniel, retirement works well for you!

Comment by Joan Denoo on November 19, 2016 at 2:13am

Chris, I am sorry, I misspelled your name again. I try to double check to make sure I spell it correctly and missed that one. 

Comment by Joan Denoo on November 19, 2016 at 1:35am

Your kitchen has a fine arrangement for cooking, I can tell a chef designed the space. Your food will taste as good, and your kitchen will be as it should be and this time next year we will all be laughing about Daniel's remodel-remodel. That is after you have spent all the blood, sweat, tears during the redo. 

Jut a thought, if the specs have changed, can you get grandfathered in under the old rules?

No, I don't get on a ladder to reach the top shelf. It is reserved for things that Laura and Larry and Craig can reach. I do have a bowl my grandmother made her pie dough in, on that shelf, but I don't make pie dough anymore. 

Tomorow, I am going to make some pickled beets to take to L & L Paradise Acres for Thanksgiving. My granddaughter, Laurie, is going to cook the meal. 

Comment by Daniel W on November 18, 2016 at 10:45pm

Ruth, I asked about that.  I have about 1/2 inch that I could lower.  But, the spec states the cabinets need to be 18 inches above the counter, not the stove.  I even called the stove manufacturer.  No go.

As for getting a different stove, this was a floor model, half price. We would not have bought it at full price.  We had to deliver it ourselves.  No way can we get it back onto the pickup truck ourselves.  It's worth the modification, nothing happens without some effort or struggle.  It's worth the effort, even though this was not anticipated.

The good news, actually amazing news, is I went to the tile place today, with a sample tile.  Not only were they able to match the backsplash tile, which is a tumbled travertine, but they gave me a box of the tiles for no charge.  I was stunned.  Very nice!  Now I can make up the difference in backsplash height.

Since I am doing the work, it is not that much expense.  I have left over drywall that should be enough, and if not, it's not that costly.  The framing is cheap.  I already have primer and paint.  There will be some challenges, but it's worth it.  I spend 2 or 3 hours a day in the kitchen.  Sometimes more.  It's nice when you created the room yourself.

Comment by Ruth Anthony-Gardner on November 18, 2016 at 3:26pm

Daniel, wouldn't it be easier to lower the stove? Or just bite the bullet and get a shorter one? That's way too much work an cost.

Comment by Daniel W on November 18, 2016 at 2:54pm

Joan, be careful on the stepladder!  Do you need to use those top shelves, or can they just be kept empty?

 

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