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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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Seth Andrews' Rebuttal to "10 Women Christian Men Shouldn't Marry" (The Thinking Atheist)

Started by Loren Miller. Last reply by Grinning Cat Jan 22. 13 Replies

It seems as though some numb-nuts New York pastor by the name of Stephen Kim has written two marriage advice pieces for christian men and women.  Not surprisingly, his suggestions come straight out of his never-fail magic book.  Seth Andrews of The…Continue

Tags: advice, marriage, The Thinking Atheist, Seth Andrews, Stephen Kim

Living in the Answers

Started by Joan Denoo. Last reply by Patricia Jan 18. 13 Replies

I am weary of those who declare they understand all the answers to the creation of the universe and Earth. They claim they know the answers to the questions of life, meaning, death, and the afterlife. Those with all the answer speak with confidence,…Continue

Tags: confidence, education, government, family, afterlife

Twin terrorists caught

Started by Patricia. Last reply by Patricia Jan 11. 7 Replies

Canada: twin terrorists caught before going to Mideast Saturday, January 10, 2015 By Martin Barillas L-R: Carlos and Ashton Larmond The Royal Canadian Mounted Police arrested and charged a pair of 24-year-old identical twin brothers on…Continue

Betty Bowers Best of 2014

Started by Loren Miller. Last reply by Loren Miller Jan 4. 33 Replies

Happy New Year, everyone!  Now that we're off on another 365-day stint of sniping at believers, leave it to America's Best Christian, Betty Bowers, to sum up the year past from her holier-than-EVERYBODY point of view! Have You had YOUR Betty today?!?Continue

Tags: 2014, America's Best Christian, Betty Bowers

Christmas: Behind the Curtain (The Thinking Atheist)

Started by Loren Miller. Last reply by booklover Dec 28, 2014. 23 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 Dec 24, 2014. 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

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Comment by Joan Denoo on April 8, 2014 at 12:03am

It is nice to learn of your life has improved through the years and you are much better. I expect you will be scooting around town all in purple. A very sweet image. 

Comment by Arp on April 7, 2014 at 11:27pm

Patricia, I'm very saddened to know what you experienced as a child. No child deserves that. May you have all the happiness now!

Comment by Arp on April 7, 2014 at 10:46pm

Hello comrades! Its nice to know many of you including Joan agree with my point of view.

Comment by Brent Feeney on April 7, 2014 at 10:09pm

Thanks Patricia! =)

Comment by Brent Feeney on April 7, 2014 at 8:20pm

Hey gang, long time no see! 

I know it's been quite a while since I posted here, but I took an extended break from the Nexus for reasons having to do with a weekly commentary I'd been posting at the Water Cooler section of the forum and also promoting a weekly Internet radio broadcast the author of the commentary had been doing (the radio show ended back in late November when the station that had handled the broadcast went off the air).

Someone (who, apparently, is no longer on the Nexus) had been threatening to report me for spamming and it scared me enough to take a breather until now. I knew I hadn't been spamming, but I guess the thought of a drawn-out argument on-line was somethng I didn't have a stomach for.

Many things have happened since I was last here; back in October, my mom had a stroke which, fortunately, wasn't bad as these things go. She was in hospital for several weeks but was OK. She can still speak clearly, though she slurs a few words and forgets some others; she can still walk with help of a cane and she can still use her right arm, though it's been weakened.

Not long after that, I got a job at one of the local Walmarts as a grocery stocker, but that job didn't last very long. I was there right before Thanksgiving until early February, when I was told I had to take a transfer into maintenance or be fired. I took the transfer but found I couldn't do maintenance work (I was doing all right stocking groceries). 

Right before I left, though, mom was back in hospital with what turned out to be a case of congestive heart failure. She was in hospital again for a couple of weeks, but she's doing much better now.

Since then, I've been shuttling back and forth between my place in south St. Louis city and the rest of my family's place (my mom, two sisters, niece and nephew) on the Illinois side of the St. Louis area helping to take care of her. It's not a long trip mile-wise, but does take a bit of time because I have to travel by bus and light-rail as I have no car.

It's been a good thing helping mom out; I get her breakfast and lunch and make sure she gets her medicine taken and anything else she needs. It can be a pain sometimes, but not anything I hadn't been expecting.

I'm gonna try to be more active here as I was previously. I have been keeping up with the posts via e-mail; looks like it's been a pretty active time for everyone.

Hope all of you have been well; talk to you all later.

Comment by Joan Denoo on April 7, 2014 at 8:17pm

Patricia, I am so very sorry to learn of your responsibilities imposed on your childhood. It is amazing you have been able to overcome those memories and develop a very funny and friendly side. I am delighted you are here on AN and contributing your humor and wisdom. Very sad news that your brother and you barely know each other. 

Comment by Joan Denoo on April 7, 2014 at 8:12pm

Oh gosh! Loren, I can't wait for your report. Just have a wonderful time. I hope you get an autograph and a handshake. May the power be with you. 

Comment by Joan Denoo on April 7, 2014 at 7:36pm

Comment by Idaho Spud on April 7, 2014 at 7:27pm

Joan, I used to visit quite often, but now it's very uncomfortable, sad, and depressing.  I'm not good at socializing under normal conditions, and this family just seems too much for me.

Comment by Joan Denoo on April 7, 2014 at 7:08pm

Spud, do you have opportunity to be with your nieces and nephews from time to time? The good news is, one day they will be grown and able to seek out other options, if they have an inkling there are others. Plant seeds when you can. 

All the neighbor kids spend a big part of their summers in my back yard with me. It was tough at first because two mormon families with large families, wouldn't let their kids come over because they know I am a non-believer. With all the other kids here, it became pretty hard for them to keep their kids away. The kids and I just enjoyed the garden and its critters and we didn't talk about beliefs, unless they asked me. I was honest with them about how I think, and I am sure they were questioned by their parents about our conversations. It worked out fine for me and the kids.

They are all growing up now and finding interests with their peers. I don't see them as much anymore. However, they do come by for a visit and "chin wag".  The next generation is still pretty young, just out of diapers, so I don't expect to see them here for another year or so. 

 

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