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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 The Flying Atheist on October 10, 2016 at 7:32pm

For your pleasure here's some cool photos of Paris, old and new, juxtaposed.  http://golem13.fr/paris-fenetres-histoire/

A sample:

Comment by Idaho Spud on October 10, 2016 at 5:21pm

I haven't watched the debates for the same reason you gave Ian.  Oh, out of curiosity, I did scan through the channels to see how many had the last debate on, and saw a few seconds of it.  I saw Trump standing half way between the podiums glaring at Hillary while she was speaking, and thought what a juvenile bully!

If I were Hillary, I might just say "What are you doing skulking around behind me?  Trying to intimidate me?

Comment by Idaho Spud on October 10, 2016 at 5:12pm

Welcome April.

Comment by Ian Mason on October 10, 2016 at 2:19pm

I haven't watched the debates - too afraid of kicking the TV and breaking it. The thought has occured to me though: what happens if a substantial minority vote "independant"? If no candidate gets a clear majority? Can there be a president who only gets 45% (or whatever)?

I do try to have fun and good experiences. It's panic before closing time. I'll be 60 next birthday. I'm also aware of all the time that's been wasted during all those years as a depressive alcoholic.

Today I've been to an event at the local library, part of Mental Health Day and it's been great seeing so many young people who are coping with their problems and living full lives despite a psychiatric diagnosis. There are still a lot of problems with the health service in that area but the subject is no longer taboo so many more are seeking help at an age when help is more effective. There was even a high-school class that turned up and were invited to ask the panel of three any question at all. So much openness was unheard of when I was a teenager. And there was live music, coffee and cake (Big Smiley Face)

Comment by The Flying Atheist on October 10, 2016 at 1:56pm

Glad the site is back online.  These outages are frustrating and more frequent these days.  Something needs to be done.

Hi, April.  Welcome to our friendly group and to Atheist Nexus.

Randy, my high school class had a ten-year reunion and it was pretty much a waste of time for me.  We haven't had another reunion since.  At the time I was still in contact with my classmate friends and didn't much care to mingle with the folks a didn't like in high school. 

I agree with others here.  Ian, you're always doing fun, varied and interesting activities. 

Kathy, the dismal state of our political race is beyond words.  When the debate ended last night I actually felt sorry for Hillary Clinton for being subjected to such a maniacal display.

Comment by Ruth Anthony-Gardner on October 10, 2016 at 1:50pm

The debate disappointed me too. I'd expected Hilary to wipe the floor with him.

"The language and content of one of Trump’s debates during the Republican primary season was scientifically analyzed and determined to be at the fourth-grade level. One of his public news conferences was determined to be at the third-grade level."

 "If Trump were a person of high intelligence who was only playacting to appeal to voters of low intelligence, he would still be able to communicate at a higher level as well. But Trump has never been able to communicate at a sophisticated level." From Alternet

I didn't expect they'd talk about pussygate up front and then just move on as if case closed, nothing to see here folks.

Also barely any mention of Climate Change.

Comment by Plinius on October 10, 2016 at 1:41pm

A very quiet weekend without you all! And the debate was really appalling, I've seen just enough to be disgusted and wouldn't see more. Once upon a time there were politicians who discussed their plans for the well being of the people in an educated manner and you can fill in the rest for yourself.

Comment by k.h. ky on October 10, 2016 at 1:22pm
We're back! The debate last night was sad. Trump skulking around behind Hillary on stage. Seems he likes stalking and intimidating women too.
Comment by Plinius on October 8, 2016 at 8:26am

Have fun, Randall! I stopped going to reunions after one - in which my former classmates made a spectacle of themselves, showing off husbands, jobs and whatever they had. Rather disgusting I thought, but I shouldn't have gone in the first place. I hope you have a nice meeting!

Comment by Randall Smith on October 8, 2016 at 7:29am

Yes, welcome April!

Last night, I went to the informal "pre-reunion" weinie roast gathering of my Class of '61. Joan, you are so right! Everyone looked so old and decrepit. Not to brag, but they all marveled at how good I looked and "haven't changed". I honestly believe that I'll be the "last man standing" unless I get hit by a car or something. I'll report on tonight's big affair tomorrow.

 

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