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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 Grinning Cat yesterday. 10 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

Tags: Agatan Foundation, Douglas Murray

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 Lillie on May 5, 2013 at 12:21am

Patricia and Joan, had my mammo two weeks ago with no problems, (other than gravity) thank goodness. 

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.   

 

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