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Come on in, pull up a chair!

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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The Most Hated Woman in America (The Thinking Atheist)

Started by Loren Miller. Last reply by Gary S Apr 19. 7 Replies

Before Aron Ra and Matt Dillahunty, before Dawkins or Dennett or Harris or even Hitchens, there was Madalyn Murray O'Hair.  In the midst of an America where Christianity was being flaunted as a defense against the godless communists of the Soviet…Continue

Tags: Frank Zindler, The Thinking Atheist, Seth Andrews, Madalyn Murray O'Hair

Proud Dad is REALLY Proud Now!

Started by Loren Miller. Last reply by Todd Williams Apr 12. 16 Replies

As some of you may or may not know, my daughter is a television news producer, currently working in Nashville, Tennessee.  Her assignment is the morning news, which means she blasts herself up at umpti-ump in the morning to organize and prepare a…Continue

Tags: Emmy, news, television, daughter, dad

attacking ideas (TheraminTrees)

Started by Loren Miller. Last reply by Grinning Cat Apr 4. 1 Reply

Attacking ideas is a considerable portion of what we as atheists do.  Why attack ideas?  Ideas earn attack when they don't serve people, not just us but those who adopt said ideas, mistakenly thinking that they have value when they don't.  Our…Continue

Tags: ideas, Islam, TheraminTrees

bending truth, or "We Can All Be Manipulated" (TheraminTrees)

Started by Loren Miller. Last reply by Grinning Cat Apr 4. 40 Replies

The following is one of TheraminTrees' most thorough-going pieces, wherein he looks at the process and techniques whereby a "religious" organization (which will sound VERY familiar to most of us, once introductions are made!) takes a person who…Continue

Tags: indoctrination, truth, manipulation, TheraminTrees

The Playboy Interview: Richard Dawkins

Started by Loren Miller. Last reply by Loren Miller Mar 28. 16 Replies

I suppose it was the news that Playboy magazine was returning nudes to its pages after a year's hiatus that sufficiently perked my curiosity to check them out again.  I hadn't looked at Playboy since perhaps 2008, when I began to recognize that I…Continue

Tags: Richard Dawkins, Playboy

God's Annual Performance Review (Betty Bowers)

Started by Loren Miller. Last reply by Ruth Anthony-Gardner Mar 19. 6 Replies

I don't know about you guys, but there wasn't a performance review I had in 30 years of field service that I didn't LOATHE.  It seems as though Betty Bowers, America's Best Christian, is up for turning the tables on the person you would expect would…Continue

Tags: review, performance, god, American'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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