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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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What Annoys God Most? (Betty Bowers)

Started by Loren Miller. Last reply by Chris on Thursday. 9 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

degrading love — part one (TheraminTrees)

Started by Loren Miller. Last reply by Grinning Cat Nov 22. 11 Replies

Love is by many considered among the highest of positive emotions.  Yet when love of the type offered by deities is examined, something seems to go seriously wrong.  The love of Yahweh seems less a gift than a demand, not so much beneficence as a…Continue

Tags: TheraminTrees, god, love

Ning, Error 500s, and Whether to Migrate

Started by Loren Miller. Last reply by Joan Denoo Nov 13. 47 Replies

I just got the following notice from Ning yesterday, (31 October, 2016), in the wake of this latest website outage:As some of you may be aware, we experienced a system outage earlier this morning. The cause was due to a specific network…Continue

Tags: downtime, Atheist Nexus, Ning

Introducing Douglas Murray

Started by Loren Miller. Last reply by Loren Miller Nov 7. 4 Replies

Most of us who have been around atheism for a while know the heavyweights of our ilk.  Names like Hitchens, Dawkins, Dennett, Harris, Dillahunty and AronRa get nearly daily mention in posts and discussions on Atheist Nexus.  One name I was…Continue

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If There's a God - She's a Woman - The Author T

Started by Joe. Last reply by Chris Nov 3. 4 Replies

I came across this story and thought some here might find it interesting and humorous.It’s titled:If There’s a GodShe’s a WomanFrom the Series:Things You Can Learn from a VaginaIts on the website TheAuthorT.com under the tab, “Free to Read…Continue

His Dark Materials and the Catholic Church

Started by Tonya R. Wheeler. Last reply by k.h. ky Oct 30. 35 Replies

I recently watched the movie, "The Golden Compass" and since I could not find the sequels, I read the books. I enjoyed them, and I will be reading the first one, Northern Lights, starting tomorrow, since it just arrived via inter-library…Continue

Tags: Fantasy, Catholic, Religion, Atheist, Pullman

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Comment by The Flying Atheist on August 30, 2013 at 11:17am

Mindy, sounds like you have a wonderful evening planned.  Some "me" time is always nice.  I should know......I live alone. 

Patricia, thanks for posting the train videos.  They were fun to watch. 

Ian, I like your comic.  Today I slept in.  Must have been very tired.  It's 11 AM and I just got up about 15 minutes ago.  I'm having my morning coffee right now.  Can't get started without it. 

Now that I think about it, my morning coffee is a daily tribute to our president, Barack Obama.......it's from Kenya.  lol

Comment by Ian Mason on August 30, 2013 at 9:29am

Found it! Stephen Fry "The secret life of the manic-depressive!

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=rGDl6-lyfMY

Comment by Ian Mason on August 30, 2013 at 9:12am

There are films available of various train routes taken from the cab. German TV often send them late at night.

Here's something for all us slow starters:

Comment by Ian Mason on August 30, 2013 at 1:35am

That's rough, Mindy. Bipolar can be a real bastard.I know a few people with the problem. Stephen Fry (the actor) made a documentary about his (ando thers) experiences with it that, I think, can be found on YouTube. With the right kind of help it is possible to learn to live with it but it's an uphill struggle. When I was younger and had a diagnosis of angst my family just said that I should "pull myself together". That was FUCK ALL HELP! All I got was guilt feelings about being so "weak". I feel for you and your friend.

I love trains too, so much that I tend to fall asleep in them.

Comment by sk8eycat on August 30, 2013 at 1:33am

Thinking, or saying, that someone with a bi-polar condition should "snap out of it" is unbelievably cruel. 

My sister is an Aspie, and I'm still hearing "friends" tell me that she's been spoiled, enabled, etc. They haven't lived with her for 69 years...I HAVE!  My parents tried everything, but nobody had even heard of Asperger's Syndrome when we were kids, and psychologists of those days had pretty weird ideas about any  form of autism.  They usually blamed the mother for being "cold."  I remember seeing my mother crying because even as an infant my sister hated to be cuddled and held the way most babies do. 

Mom loved babies and children, she bugged me about giving her some grandchildren until I (joyfully) told her that I had hit menopause. (I never told her about the abortions.)

Comment by Joan Denoo on August 30, 2013 at 1:13am

sk8eycat , love the 5s and 10s with the cat! 

I remember train rides as a child and loved it. The rhythm makes for nice relaxation exercises ... Not so good for walking and swaying. I felt like a klutz. 

Napoleon, I do not like to care for long-haired cats. They get so many mats and resist any attempt to get rid of them. I would too, if I had long tangled hair. 

Comment by Joan Denoo on August 30, 2013 at 1:07am

Brain/Mind disorders present terrible challenges. I am so sorry to learn of your friend, Mindy, and her struggles. Trying to help seems fruitless, especially when the whole body influences what the brain/mind does. "Snapping out of it" requires more than possibly can be handled by some. If she feels helpless, with no options, she is indeed, stuck. With all the different protocols she had must leave her in utter chaos, or a zombie. I don't know which is worse. 

Comment by Plinius on August 30, 2013 at 12:39am

Bi-polar can be bearable with the right treatment, but some sufferers I've seen also incurred two or three drug addictions, and that's another way of steadily getting worse. But ´snapping out of it´, what a crazy thing to demand!

Comment by sk8eycat on August 29, 2013 at 6:07pm

booklover...OMG! That's frightening!  Meds can't help?

Comment by sk8eycat on August 29, 2013 at 5:59pm

PS: IMO the best long train ride in the US is the Coast Starlight...Los Angeles to Seattle...or the reverse.  Beautiful, historical scenery once you get out of Los Angeles County.

I mentioned before that I love trains...my ideal vacation is just to get on a train and just RIDE!  I don't care where, and I really don't want to have to debark anywhere.

 

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