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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 Burial Waltz

Started by Donatien Alphonse François. Last reply by Donatien Alphonse François on Wednesday. 4 Replies

Hi everyone,It was almost a half-century ago, at age 15 or so, that I encountered one of the more important influences in my life: a crazy group of poets/musicians who called themselves The Fugs.They had a huge impact on me in that, though raised in…Continue

Some William Blake to Ponder

Started by Donatien Alphonse François. Last reply by Donatien Alphonse François on Tuesday. 6 Replies

Hello all,I'm new here, and so hope this isn't old hat. But, I just had to point you toward a marvelous poem by William Blake in case you've never read it. Despite his sometimes heavily tinged biblical references in his other art and poetry, this…Continue

God's Not Dead - The Christian Persecution Complex (The Thinking Atheist)

Started by Loren Miller. Last reply by Annie Willis Apr 20. 7 Replies

Doubtless most if not all of you have heard about that sorry piece of cinema known as God's Not Dead, and perhaps its sequel, cleverly entitled: God's Not Dead 2 (wow, how original!).  Personally, I have wasted neither time nor money on either,…Continue

Tags: God's Not Dead, patheos, Neil Carter, The Thinking Atheist, Seth Andrews

Confirmed: flagged by religious people for "bullying."

Started by Joan Denoo. Last reply by Loren Miller Apr 19. 4 Replies

According to Seth Andrews @SethAndrewsTTA  Apr 16"Confirmed. TTA was flagged by religious people for "bullying." Apparently, criticism and skepticism = persecution. #GodHatesFacts"Others reported as "Flagged" and taken off line: @The Thinking…Continue

Tags: @SethAndrewsTTA, @morehead_sarah, @Matt_Dillahunty, @jteberhard, confirmed

The Value of Atheist Nexus ... and of Keeping Contact

Started by Loren Miller. Last reply by Joan Denoo Apr 17. 13 Replies

I don't know about you, but the last 24+ hours were VERY uncomfortable for me.  Why?  Because something I value a LOT, being Atheist Nexus and the people I care about on A|N were temporarily unavailable to me.  No, we're not Facebook; I don't think…Continue

Tags: maintenance, community, availability, Atheist Nexus

Atheist Pig STRIKES AGAIN!!!

Started by Loren Miller. Last reply by Qiana-Maieev Apr 5. 1 Reply

There's no getting around it, Atheist Pig is fast becoming my fave secular comic, and as evidence, I refer you to the following.  Jesus and Mo had better watch their respective asses, 'cuz they got a porker coming up on the outside, and I'm pretty…Continue

Tags: Atheist Pig

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Comment by Lillie on May 4, 2013 at 11:53pm

Sounds like a perfect day, Ian, and congratulations on your sobriety milestone.  I have a few one day at a times myself.

Comment by Ian Mason on May 4, 2013 at 11:33pm

Glad to hear that things are going well, Joan and that other are following your lead in regular exams.

Yes, that's the stuff. Eaten with meat and cheese mostly but nice with stews too. There are no limits except your own preference. The last time I tried to take some with me from England, airport security confiscated it. Very popular in their canteen, I bet. My daughter has been able to find an outlet in Denmark that stocks it.

Thanks for all the good wishes. It's very kind of you. Today returns to the mundane - the housework needs doing. The sun is shining so I can see all the dust indoors and the dirt on the windows but such a positive day yesterday will bear me through.

Comment by Joan Denoo on May 4, 2013 at 6:53pm
Patricia and Melinda, good jobs! We an lick this demon in the bud.
Comment by Joan Denoo on May 4, 2013 at 5:26pm

I had a procedure done yesterday that was virtually painless; drawing a hematoma in my breast that required long needles and I got to watch on the ultra-sound equipment. I was so eager to watch, I wore myself out, turning and twisting to see what was going on. It was odd watching the pool of blood disappear through the needle into vials. Not a bit of pain but I imagined the sucking sound of the Titanic going underwater. There was no sound; I just imagined it.

Laura and Laurie went with me and kept me cheered up. I came home and slept the rest of the day. 

Chemo starts next week.

Remind your loved ones to get regular exams.  

Comment by Joan Denoo on May 4, 2013 at 5:15pm

Ian, I respect your life's journey, and your ability to overcome an addiction. The brain is a difficult thing to master when it acts against your interests. Congratulations. 

Your day with your daughter and her friend sounds very special and may you have many more such days. 

Is this the brand and style you enjoy? 

Comment by Loren Miller on May 4, 2013 at 4:29pm

Hey, gang.  Sorry if I haven't been around much, but the display on my laptop crapped out during my trip to Dallas, and there wasn't much I could do about it.

My time there was hardly boring, though ... and for more reasons than one!

Comment by The Flying Atheist on May 4, 2013 at 3:28pm

Ian, what a fabulous day!  You must be worn out.  That is one FULL schedule.  That's like a weeks worth of activities crammed into one day.  I had to google "Branston pickle."  Sounds tasty.  What are some of your favorite ways to use it? 

And congratulations on 10 years of sobriety.  Milestones like that are worthy of recognition.   --Carl

Comment by Ian Mason on May 4, 2013 at 3:13pm

Just got home from a really nice afternoon evening. 1) visit to an art gallery and enjoyed coffee and a (very young) music student concert in their cafe. 2) concert hall for Mahler's 8th symphony for 2 orchertras, 6 choirs and a bunch of solo singers, a mammoth work. 3) out to eat with my daughter and met her boyfriend for the first time. He seems like a nice young man. 4) got a present from my daughter ( a jar of Branston pickle) on the occasion of my being 10 years sober.

If any of you have had a day half as good as mine you are a very lucky person. This is one very happy man signing off and going to bed.

Comment by The Flying Atheist on May 4, 2013 at 10:31am

Tony, I enjoyed the pipers.  I actually learned to play saxophone in a program that was part of a pipers, drums and regimental marching band when I was 13 yrs old.  We used to march in tons of parades in the Chicago area.   

Comment by Steph S. on May 4, 2013 at 10:01am

Melinda that sounds like a wonderful day with your Atheist friend. I love the lolcat too. Flying Atheist those are great singing and dancing cats.

Ruth thanks for the coffee cup pic.

I actually love tuna. : ) Cats love it too.

Hope everyone has a wonderful weekend.

 

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