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Hang With Friends

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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.

Nobody here is into mind games. A discussion started with a loaded guilt-throwing question will be deleted.

This group is not intended to compete with other groups on topics they cover but to "fill in the cracks." Whenever a discussion dwells at length on a topic for which there's an existing group, we urge you to provide members a link to that group to continue along their tangent.

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Christmas: Behind the Curtain (The Thinking Atheist)

Started by Loren Miller. Last reply by booklover 6 hours ago. 21 Replies

Well, it's that time of year again.  Time to gird our loins, put on our battle armor and join the (dah-dah DAAAAAH!) WAR AGAINST CHRISTMAS!!! [groan!] Yeah, most of us have heard that crap before, probably too many times, in fact, how atheists are…Continue

Tags: Christmas, The Thinking Atheist, Seth Andrews

Seth Andrews - The Copycats: How Christianity Steals The Best Ideas

Started by Loren Miller. Last reply by Loren Miller on Wednesday. 11 Replies

Many of us have observed or learned how christianity shamelessly borrows from other sources to bolster its position and show off its supposed wonderfulness.  Well, Seth Andrews of The Thinking Atheist podcast has compiled some of the more modern-day…Continue

Tags: steal, borrow, copycat, The Thinking Atheist, Seth Andrews

Finding Your Roots

Started by Randall Smith. Last reply by Chris G Dec 15. 9 Replies

I've been into genealogy for a long time. It's fun, especially with internet help, but increasingly frustrating. You see, I've hit "brick walls". And being a Smith doesn't make research any easier.Wouldn't you think I could find the death date and…Continue

Secular and Reclaimed Winter Holiday Songs

Started by Grinning Cat. Last reply by sk8eycat Nov 26. 41 Replies

This is an appropriate day of the year for this subject...What are some of your favorite winter holiday songs?It would be especially good to share powerful new secular lyrics to tunes that have become associated with Christmas.…Continue

Tags: singing, lyrics, reclaimed, reclaiming, HumanLight

Aljam

Started by Randall Smith. Last reply by Grinning Cat Nov 24. 4 Replies

I'm not a news hound by any stretch, but I do like to stay informed about what's going on in the world. (I despise "local" news with all the reports of murders, robberies, fires, etc.)The national "evening" news shows really irritate me. I hate…Continue

Surreal, I haz it

Started by Ruth Anthony-Gardner. Last reply by Ruth Anthony-Gardner Nov 22. 79 Replies

Surreal, not just found in art.Continue

Tags: surreal

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Comment by deepthought42 on April 2, 2014 at 10:01pm

Oh goodness, I haven't been on here in a long time! Hmm, not much going on at the moment. Ok, not true. My little sister is in treatment for multiple issues and I had to break up with my boyfriend. But, I am ready to shake off the negative feelings and just enjoy my own company (and everyone here). :) I'm a bit anti-social (shy, introverted loner) as well.

Comment by booklover on April 2, 2014 at 9:03am

Okay Carl, and I wondered why you called me Melinda.  Maybe Sybil is a better name, but I don't have different personalities, I just morphed from social to anti-social! ;)  You crack me up. :)

I agree Joan, I am anti-social now.  Except here.  You guys are friends that I look forward to talking with!

Comment by Joan Denoo on April 1, 2014 at 9:03pm

Carl, you are sweet! 

Melinda, I join you in enjoying being a curmudgeon. It is a whole lot more fun than swallowing all that garbage. 

Comment by The Flying Atheist on April 1, 2014 at 9:00pm

Mindy, I just realized I called you Melinda.

Maybe I'll just call you Sybil

Comment by The Flying Atheist on April 1, 2014 at 8:52pm

I'll be your best friend, Melinda.  

Comment by booklover on April 1, 2014 at 7:57pm
Thanks Grinning. :). I went back over our conversation, we had texted for an hour last night, and I realized she had never actually acknowledged her part in our break- up, or said a word about being sorry about it when I reiterated (sp?) what had happened between us. I just had to laugh and realize, she's pretty much a narcissist, and that is NEVER going to change. Oh well. I will be friends, but a disillusioned one. It's better than trying to avoid someone who lives in the same city and knows half the people you do! We still can have laughs and remember our teenage years together occasionally.
You know, I'm past the point of having to have a "best friend" right there all the time. I like my curmudgeonly lifestyle now. Lol
Comment by Grinning Cat on April 1, 2014 at 4:02pm

Arpan, I don't have much to add, except Welcome! (Joan's right, we really are like a herd of cats... and a few of us literally resemble that remark!)

Mindy, how wonderful to hear that you made up with your oldest friend!

(Years ago I heard a sermon about the power of forgiveness, the real kind that people give each other. If you can forgive someone, it lets you take the relationship with them from that point forward, rather than having it be defined only by the past.)

Comment by The Flying Atheist on April 1, 2014 at 2:10pm

Hi, Arpan.  Welcome to Atheist/Nexus and to our friendly group.  Diversity is wonderful.   As the saying goes.....variety is the spice of life. 

Comment by Arp on April 1, 2014 at 1:55pm

Thanks Idaho Spud, Patricia and Joan Denoo. I'm glad to be a part of this place.

From your comments, I find this place extremely warm and friendly. If the whole human society was like this, the human civilization would be progressing at a much faster rate. Each of us would have been able to witness much more new stuff in our short human lives than we currently do.

Comment by Joan Denoo on April 1, 2014 at 1:31pm

Arpan, Exactly, we value DIVERSITY. We really are like a herd of cats, with no one able to the lead and everyone leading from their perspective. It really is a very stimulating place to participate. 

This is also a place where you can express your ideas and get feedback from others who may or may not agree with your statement. We don't do the usual name calling and put-downs. The power of feedback is it gives you a reason to rethink an issue. You may continue to think as you do and you have a strong reason to back up your thinking. 

There is no belief or faith here. There is thoughtful consideration of whatever topic in which you are interested. 

Jump in, the water's fine, the participants are thoughtful and funny. I think you will enjoy sharing your thoughts.  

 

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