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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 - The Copycats: How Christianity Steals The Best Ideas

Started by Loren Miller. Last reply by Soren Sagan on Wednesday. 9 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 on Tuesday. 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

Christmas: Behind the Curtain (The Thinking Atheist)

Started by Loren Miller. Last reply by sk8eycat Dec 12. 11 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

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 booklover on November 7, 2013 at 9:32am

Patricia, I love the bird-formation cartoon, and COOL purple walker!

Carl, thanks for the cupcake advice (yum!) and the understanding.

Chris, you are right!

Joan, thanks for the support and wisdom.  I Love all the stuff you post here on AN!  I learn a lot from you.

Comment by The Flying Atheist on November 7, 2013 at 2:51am

Joan, we are all living as part of one global community that has endless diversity and issues.  As far as I'm concerned, any topic of discussion affects all of us either directly or indirectly in some manner, however small or large.  With that in mind, I say to you, keep posting just as you have been.  A variety of topics is an important part of human discourse.  Let the information flow! 

Comment by Plinius on November 7, 2013 at 2:18am

Joan, I enjoy your posts! I read the different issues you bring up and it gives me food for thought. I don't follow everything, and I often feel too uneducated to join in the discussion but I never feel that the discussions divide us.

Comment by The Flying Atheist on November 7, 2013 at 1:46am

Mindy, as you know, you're always welcome to rant and rave here and let off some steam.  We've all been there and totally understand. 

Comment by The Flying Atheist on November 7, 2013 at 1:23am

Patricia, we're living in a wonderful era.  I suspect that prior to about 20 or 25 years ago a purple walker wasn't even available for purchase.  Glad you're able to accessorize with your own personal style. 

Comment by Joan Denoo on November 7, 2013 at 12:15am
Chris, I agree, wholeheartedly! So many people eagerly intrude on one's time and space proselytizing, and if one objects, some just can't seem to handle it. I figure if they can tell their story, I have an obligation to tell mine.
Comment by Joan Denoo on November 7, 2013 at 12:09am

To my dear friends here, I have a question for you. A very fine and decent friend cautioned me to focus on atheism because of all the different issues I bring up may pull the Atheist Nexus group into factions. I see his point, and it is valid. 

Please advise me how you fell about my posts. If my topic has to do with economics, politics or religion I post it on my site. There are not many members, and I have no interest in numbers, just that people who want that kind of information can access it. 

So, advise me what you would like me to do, stop posting social issues or continue. I post all this material on Twitter and Facebook. 

I do like his suggestion that I could move away from the problem statements and provide more options exploration. I can do that. Just let me know if you have an opinion.  

Thanks ... we are a team of people trying to sort out some complex concepts and I welcome comments. 

Comment by Plinius on November 7, 2013 at 12:09am

Let go, Mindy! When people try their utmost NOT to agree with you and NOT to understand you, let them go, even if they're family. I did the same and I was never happy about it, but I was and still am convinced that there was no other option.

Comment by Joan Denoo on November 7, 2013 at 12:01am

Patricia, love your purple walker! It looks really cool and just right for you!. Walk on dear one. 

Also like your migrating birds!

Comment by Joan Denoo on November 6, 2013 at 11:59pm
Mindy, that fellow follows the old trick of making someone feel bad for telling the truth. You have choices:
*Pay attention to what he says and feel guilty or bad.
*Try to appease him with compromise.
*Tell your truth, stand on principle, and know a bigot when you see one. Be competent, confident, and clear!
I think you made the best choice that could be made.
 

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