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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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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

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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

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Comment by Plinius on September 13, 2015 at 5:41am

Are you all right, Ian? Have you got help? I hope you don't feel very bad.

Falling ----- yesterday I took Auntie for a short walk, I knew she fell over twice last month, but she was much more unbalanced and fragile than before. When I helped her step from the last kerb in front of the care home she fell again and I could do nothing to stop her. Luckily help was at hand and the damage wasn't serious, but she was sore and black and blue. I daren't risk another walk outside with her...  

Comment by Ian Mason on September 13, 2015 at 5:00am
Comment by Ian Mason on September 13, 2015 at 4:53am

Carl, I broke a leg falling in the bathroom. No audience but I did feel silly. It's great to hear that your transplant is a 'go'. Please keep us informed as far as possible. 

Comment by Randall Smith on September 12, 2015 at 7:36am

Hey Carl, don't feel bad. I saw where the Cubs Kyle Schwarber hit a home run and did a belly flop rounding first base! He had millions watching that fall. Keep us up to date on your kidney transplant process. Glad you enjoyed reading about my "farm kids".

Comment by Joan Denoo on September 11, 2015 at 10:20pm

Carl, it is very good news, indeed, that your kidney transplant can take place now and your heart is strong enough. 

Falls seem to happen to people when we are the most vulnerable.

I am certain your audience identified with you and your fall. Were you able to get up and go about your business? Hopefully, you had compassionate and effective help.  

Comment by The Flying Atheist on September 11, 2015 at 7:45pm

I'm so behind here and needed to catch up with this group!

Randy, I finally was able to peruse you're family's website and watch your video.  Very impressive!  You must all be very proud of what you accomplish.  I know it's extremely hard work, and your family's dedication shows through.  What a wonderful operation.  My hat's off to you.

I had to laugh at the postings about Spike Jones.  Believe it or not, I grew up listening to Spike Jones because as a kid, I was in possession of my Grandmother's 78-rpm record collection, which included quite a few Spike Jones.  Cocktails For Two and The William Tell Overture were two of my favorites.  

Spud, I feel bad a cable company has taken advantage of your trust.  I'm glad you took a stand, even though it involves lugging a computer back and forth to the library.  Now that's persistence!  I hope you can have an in-home remedy soon.  I would be lost without access to the world at my fingertips.  

Hex, welcome to Hang With Friends.  It's always nice to meet someone new. 

Ruth, the condition we have brought upon our plant is indeed depressing.  What I find most frustrating is that people actually fight against having clean air, clean water, and a sustainable future.  Do these people really have no sense of ethics?  I'm at a loss trying to understand their mindset. 

An update on me:  I was just cleared last week by my cardiologist to proceed with my kidney transplant.  To quote him, I've had a "remarkable" recovery from my valve replacement.  Hopefully that will happen within the next 30 to 60 days. 

But not all news is good.  Two weeks ago I fell due to my weak knees and I'm now nursing a small fracture next to my right big toe.  I'm wearing a surgical boot and my foot and leg is wrapped up for stability for four to six weeks.  I'm not in any pain, however.  But this shouldn't delay my transplant.  I fell downtown on my way home from a medical appointment.  Of course this had to happen on a bright, sunny day at two in the afternoon right in front of Chicago's famed Water Tower on Michigan Avenue.  Needless to say, I had a big audience.  :)

Comment by Randall Smith on September 11, 2015 at 7:03am
There always seems to be a trade-off when it comes to health issues. Hopefully, Chris, you'll find the right combination. I reckon you can be thankful for the good news.
Ruth, that drought map IS scary. I think it immediately applies.
Hope everyone has a good weekend. I have a birthday party to attend--granddaughter's third!
Comment by Plinius on September 11, 2015 at 1:50am

Stupid me! I have been back on a strict diet for health and weight loss for some five months now: the doctor who treats my worn knees told me again about the importance of weight loss. And it took me all that time to realize that the injections they gave me PREVENT weight loss.... oh well, I can walk better and with less pain.

Comment by Ian Mason on September 10, 2015 at 9:16pm

There's always time for books, Ruth.

I understand your worries for the future and share them. The problems in this part of the world will probably be different but the root cause is the same.

Comment by Ruth Anthony-Gardner on September 10, 2015 at 3:55pm

Glad that works out for you at the library, Idaho spud.

When will you have time for all of those DVDs, CDs and books, Ian?

I'm being lazy today. It's raining. Not an excuse for skipping the gym.

Did you guys see the news about the flooding in Japan (including groundwater around the reactor flooding into the ocean)?

I've been a bit depressed about future drought projections for the Americas.

Worried About Refugees? Just Wait Until We Dust-Bowlify Mexico And ...

... here is what a 2015 NASA study projected the normal climate of North America will look like. The darkest areas have soil moisture comparable to that seen during the 1930s Dust Bowl.

Even though I'll be long dead, this is such a depressing prospect. I keep imagining all of the Americas' population trying to squeeze into ... damn there's nothing left is there? The drought goes right up to the Arctic.

 

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