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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.

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Discussion Forum

Are You a Patriot? (Betty Bowers)

Started by Loren Miller. Last reply by Bertold Brautigan 2 hours ago. 13 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

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

Started by Loren Miller. Last reply by Grinning Cat yesterday. 11 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 Ark Encounter: A Less than Grand Opening (The Thinking Atheist)

Started by Loren Miller. Last reply by Grinning Cat on Monday. 24 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

Surreal, I haz it

Started by Ruth Anthony-Gardner. Last reply by Idaho Spud Aug 14. 91 Replies

Surreal, not just found in art.Continue

Tags: surreal

Wedding Haka - Subtitled & translated

Started by Joan Denoo Aug 13. 0 Replies

I ran across a video of a wedding in which a group of wedding guests celebrated with a performance of a traditional Māori ancestral war dance, called a Haka. It was intended for sons, however, the women have joined in a participation of…Continue

Tags: new, traditions., women, men, Haka

Onward (Unpaid) Christian Soldiers (Betty Bowers)

Started by Loren Miller. Last reply by Chris G Aug 13. 1 Reply

Proselytizing in the military is a dirty little secret most radical christians would rather didn't get out.  Well, never let it be said that America's Best Christian, Betty Bowers, was ever a wallflower where a pit bull was needed!  In the following…Continue

Tags: Military Religious Freedom Foundation, MRFF, America's Best Christian, Betty Bowers

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Comment by The Flying Atheist on June 11, 2013 at 3:02pm

Joan, your recent picture reminds me of the famous quote:  "Atheism is a religion like baldness is a hair color." 

Comment by The Flying Atheist on June 11, 2013 at 12:23pm

Ruth, you're very talented.  I love it. 

Comment by Joan Denoo on June 11, 2013 at 12:11pm

Carl, Chris, Ian, Lillie, Loren, Mindy, Patricia, Ruth, sk8eycat, Steph, and all my Atheist Nexus friends, thank you so much for your kind words and great support. 

I'm off to the garden with a very pretty hat to hear the birds sing their bright songs, and see all the colors of my wildlife refuge.

Thoughts of peace, flourishing of all living things, tranquility, a place of thought and contemplation reside here. No faith in delusions or  prayers to a non-being  found here, only care, compassion, commitment, a community celebration on this patch of Earth. 

Comment by Grinning Cat on June 11, 2013 at 12:04pm

Ruth, I know several cats who would insist that no human could be "Queen of the Universe"!

But seriously, Joan, you are strong and beautiful, with or without hair, with or without photoshopped tributes!

(And I'll heartily second Ian's recommendation of American Gods.)

Comment by Ruth Anthony-Gardner on June 11, 2013 at 11:33am

Joan Denoo, you're my Queen!

Comment by Ian Mason on June 11, 2013 at 1:14am

While on holiday I finished reading "American Gods" by Niel Gaiman, which I can recommend. A fantasy/allegory that's very gripping. Also contains a joke:

Q. How can we be sure that the CIA wasn't involved in the Kennedy shooting?

A. He's dead.

Comment by Ian Mason on June 11, 2013 at 12:37am

Joan, Mussolini never had such a cheerful smile. Depending on the weather, you might want to protect your head. I'm starting to thin out a bit and have become aware of this over the past couple of years.

Comment by Joan Denoo on June 10, 2013 at 10:17pm

My cousins Ron and Carolyn from western WA, and Paula from northern Idaho came, full of cheer and stories of their winter adventures. Paula is a breast CA survivor and has been my inspiration through all of this process. We had so much to talk about we didn't get to shaving my head. After they left, Cary did the honors and I must say, those tufts of hair laying in the garden looked quite celebratory. 

All in all, it was a very fine day!

Yep! I have a Mussolini head and neck! 

I have to go to the hardware store tomorrow, let's see if anyone notices. 

Comment by Lillie on June 10, 2013 at 9:40pm

My daughter did not lose the hair at the very back of her head so when she wore her cute little caps there were little wisps of hair sticking out.  When her hair came back in, it was very dark whereas she had always been a blonde.  She decided she liked it short and dark.  My niece who had always had straight hair is now a curly top.  Very strange.

Comment by Ian Mason on June 10, 2013 at 11:23am

Nice one, Melinda.

 

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