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Hang With Friends

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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

bending truth, or "We Can All Be Manipulated" (TheraminTrees)

Started by Loren Miller. Last reply by Compelledunbeliever 19 hours ago. 37 Replies

The following is one of TheraminTrees' most thorough-going pieces, wherein he looks at the process and techniques whereby a "religious" organization (which will sound VERY familiar to most of us, once introductions are made!) takes a person who…Continue

Tags: indoctrination, truth, manipulation, TheraminTrees

punishing doubt (TheraminTrees)

Started by Loren Miller Sep 6. 0 Replies

If you are associated with religion and especially a fundamentalist religion, doubt is intolerable.  Certainty, however it may be achieved or imposed, becomes a necessary element, especially considering the utter dearth of any form of evidence or…Continue

Tags: religion, TheraminTrees, punish, doubt

We Don't Want Your (Atheist) Money! (The Thinking Atheist)

Started by Loren Miller. Last reply by Idaho Spud Sep 2. 17 Replies

I suppose I've heard stories like this before:Conscientious atheist donates money to worthy cause.Worthy cause initially accepts money.Worthy cause discovers source of donation.Worthy cause rejects donation.Swell, eh?  Well Matt Willbourne of…Continue

Tags: American Baptist Churches Association, Murrow Indian Children's Home, The Thinking Atheist, Seth Andrews

The Whole Bible in 30 Seconds (Betty Bowers)

Started by Loren Miller. Last reply by Randy Hatly Sep 2. 3 Replies

Ever decide that you wanted to read the whole bible, cover to cover, only to realize half-way through Deuteronomy that the darn thing is industrial-strength BORING?!?  Well, never fear!  America's Best Christian, Betty Bowers, has done the Cliff's…Continue

Tags: bible, America's Best Christian, Betty Bowers

Are You a Patriot? (Betty Bowers)

Started by Loren Miller. Last reply by Chris G Aug 29. 22 Replies

You might think that Betty Bowers, America's Best Christian, would be stepping outside of her comfort zone in tackling the concept of patriotism.  As it turns out, not only does she have a proper handle on the term and its implications, she also…Continue

Tags: patriot, America's Best Christian, Betty Bowers

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Comment by Ian Mason on March 25, 2016 at 10:57pm

A good quote. Bertold. Odd that it somes from someone that was such a strict Xtian.

Comment by Ruth Anthony-Gardner on March 25, 2016 at 8:05pm

Astute quote, Bertold.

Comment by Ruth Anthony-Gardner on March 25, 2016 at 8:05pm

I hadn't known about James Martin's death. Thanks. An notification is an "in case of death" list is a great idea.

Comment by Bertold Brautigan on March 25, 2016 at 3:32pm

Comment by Plinius on March 25, 2016 at 9:00am

Perhaps you've got a list of things to be done in case of death - you could put your inlog and a message on the list. I hope my partner remembers my list... 

Comment by Randall Smith on March 25, 2016 at 8:00am

Thanks, Chris. So sad to hear about James' death. So many A/N members "disappear", and it makes one wonder how many actually die without anyone knowing about it. I mean, if I were to "pass on" (ugh-- I dislike that phrase), who in Nexus land would get the message? Is there a way that I don't know about?

By the way, thanks for the birthday wishes.

Comment by Plinius on March 25, 2016 at 4:33am

Message from Patricia:

Just to let you know that James M. Martin from A/N died in December after a short illness.

From J.W. Gaston--------------

Thank you for the kind lines about James M. Martin.  Mr. Martin's personal and literary works are archived in the University of Southern California library system.  As you know, he posted on numerous websites, and he was enormously erudite.  If you are members of any other web lists, especially Face Book, to which Mr. Martin also belonged, please be so kind as to alert the other web-list members who might be unaware of Mr. Martin's death, since I do not belong to other lists.  Mr. Martin was my best friend for 54 years and four-months.  I miss him very day of my life.  He was the only person in my life with whom I could discuss the technical effects of pointillism or impasto; the relation of the Italian Renaissance painters, Giotto and Fra Angelico, to the Paris modernists of the '20; the cinematography of S.M. Eisenstein to that of the French New Wave film-makers; the poetic style of the Symbolists writers to mid-century modernism; or the comparison of Max Reinhardt's production designs to those of Diaghilev's Ballets Russes.  I cannot tell you the loss I feel at his passing.  Mr. Martin died after a short illness, but in his last year of life, 2015,he completed almost all the goals and projects he had set for himself.  Only his three-act play and a film scenario were left un-revised. Sadly, he died 18-days before his announced retirement.  

Comment by Ruth Anthony-Gardner on March 24, 2016 at 4:02pm

LOL on free hugs, Ian.

Comment by Ian Mason on March 24, 2016 at 1:40pm

Happy Birthday, Randall. Have a great day.

Comment by Donald L. Engel on March 24, 2016 at 11:58am

Happy birthday, Randy.

 

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