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

Started by Loren Miller. Last reply by Grinning Cat on Thursday. 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 Randall Smith on August 4, 2014 at 8:00am

Frank, welcome to the Friends group!

Carl, growing up in South Bend, I used to walk to the corner store to buy baseball cards. I still have my collection from the 50's, worth a considerable amount! I thank my mother (Dorothy, or Dottie) for not throwing them away while I was off to college and California to teach.

And, rather than multiple posts (bad Carl!), let me add that after 3 days, I'm extremely pleased and happy with dog Dot. I'll post a photo soon, whether you care or not (I'm guessing you do)!

Comment by Joan Denoo on August 4, 2014 at 7:58am

Chris, how old was your brother at that time? What a terrible thing to ask a sister to do. How is he doing now? 

Comment by Plinius on August 4, 2014 at 1:04am

When I was eight I bought bottles of gin for my alcohol addicted brother, brought back the empties and bought myself a present with the deposit money. Nobody ever asked what I was doing. Today you must be 18 even to handle alcohol...

Comment by k.h. ky on August 3, 2014 at 7:38pm
Carl, I walked to the store for my mom at that age too. That would be unheard of now. And for good reason.
I wonder if all children have fond memories of that age or if some of us were just luckier than others.
Comment by Joan Denoo on August 3, 2014 at 4:53pm

Randy, very good news about your new dog, a two yr old boxer-lab mix. How nice to get an older dog so you don't have to go through the puppy phase. Her mix must make a nice personality. She'll keep you energized for a few more years. Is Dot the dog that has the same name as your mother, Dorothy? 

Comment by Joan Denoo on August 3, 2014 at 4:49pm

Carl, I used to go to Arlie's Table Supply and get groceries and cigarettes for my mother, too. I pulled a little red wagon. Arlie and his wife are long gone, as is their butcher, Ed Froats. The store is now a service station. Jeez, that was about 60 years ago.

Comment by Joan Denoo on August 3, 2014 at 4:45pm

Hello, Frank. Welcome to Atheist Nexus and Hang with Friends. It looks like you live in a hot and moist part of the southern U.S. Franklinton, LA, How is your weather at this time of year, and is it a "normal" year, whatever that is? 

Comment by The Flying Atheist on August 3, 2014 at 4:42pm

Times sure have changed.  I even remember being 5 or 6 years old and walking to the corner pharmacy with a neighbor friend.  Her mother would pin an envelope to her shirt filled with money and a list for the pharmacist.  We would leave the store with the purchased items......including a carton of cigarettes! 

Comment by Joan Denoo on August 3, 2014 at 4:32pm

sk8eycat, I share your warm memories of the old mom and pop grocery stores and tradespeople. Those days were special. Some of them continue and I like to support them, even though their prices have to be higher because they don't get the price breaks the big stores get. You got lots of service out of your "1979 Pontiwreck"! 

Do you have Community Supported Agriculture in your area? I subscribed a few years ago, but the local ones closed their doors for lack of support. I liked the produce, it was freshly picked and boxed up according to the size of my weekly order. 

Comment by Idaho Spud on August 3, 2014 at 3:33pm

Felaine, I agree with Carl about you amusing names for things.  Pontiwreck is a good one.

Randy, I'm glad you've got a new companion.  Should be good for you as well as Dot.

 

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