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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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Surreal, I haz it

Started by Ruth Anthony-Gardner. Last reply by booklover on Monday. 75 Replies

Surreal, not just found in art.Continue

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Poem - "Oh, Wait..."

Started by Loren Miller. Last reply by Luara Apr 11. 7 Replies

Before you ask, no, I didn't write this.  I discovered it in a comment on a Discovermagazine.com piece which…Continue

Tags: poem

Curious: Has anyone read the novel "Christian Nation"?

Started by Brent Feeney. Last reply by Plinius Apr 10. 11 Replies

So I've been thinking about this some lately, and I wanted to see what your thoughts were:I read a novel last fall that was making the rounds of Atheist blogs and what not called "Christian Nation", which is part alternative history and part…Continue

Stop the Religious Right. Four Steps You Can Take, Sean Faircloth.

Started by Joan Denoo. Last reply by Joan Denoo Apr 9. 2 Replies

Thanks to Grinning Cat via Loren Miller led me to this additional video by Sean Faircloth. He provides positive and powerful examples of thinking and acting. Continue

Science, Atheism & the Joyful Life -- by Sean Faircloth, Richard Dawkins Foundation

Started by Loren Miller. Last reply by Joan Denoo Apr 9. 6 Replies

Some speeches by atheists are factual and practical, dealing with the nuts and bolts of reality.  Some are diatribes against the superstitions we seek to overcome, pointing out the man behind the curtain and the fallacies and snake oil he tries to…Continue

Tags: life, joy, Richard Dawkins Foundation, Sean Faircloth

Bedtime Bible Stories (Betty Bowers)

Started by Loren Miller Apr 8. 0 Replies

Uh, oh!  America's Best Christian, Betty Bowers, is at it again, THIS time with bedtime stories!  Somehow with her retelling of some of the classics, I'm dubious that her versions would go over with the Brothers Grimm or Hans Christian Anderson,…Continue

Tags: stories, bedtime, Betty Bowers

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Comment by booklover on December 7, 2012 at 5:30pm

I just love your perspective Joan.  Thanks for sharing your thoughts and stories.  They always make me feel good. :)

Ruth, we have missed you too!  What you are working on is SO cool.  I would have no idea how to even start something like that.  I am amazed that I figured-out how to get an Atheist Nexus app. on my iPhone, and that was with help from Steph! lol.

My daughter left just now to go visit a friend for the weekend 2 1/2 hours away.  I hate that she's driving in the dark.  I made her take my car which is over a decade younger than her car, and much safer.  I will relax when she texts me that she is there safe and sound! :)

I hope everyone has a good weekend!  I just got back from visiting with 2 liberal, Atheist friends, so I feel 'up.' :)~ Melinda

Comment by Joan Denoo on December 7, 2012 at 3:42pm

Melinda, you wrote, "I lost a friend a month or so ago from me posting Atheist things, but, good riddance then!  Sounds cold, but I can't care anymore."

I don't think that is a cold response at all. If you write honestly, from your thinking and feeling, then those who don't like it don't need to read it. 

My cousin is a very devout born-again wife of a Lutheran minister. At some point a year or so ago, I wrote on Facebook that faith and belief in god and expecting answers to prayers may feel good, but I perceived that kind of god as too small. That hit a painful nerve in her and she started a deeply felt description and discussion about her god not being small, but very loving.

We set the ground-rules that either of us had the right to block or un-friend the other. Neither one of us persuaded the other to change our positions. I think that is just fine. No problem for me at all. But I held my position that if she opposed women's right to control her body, or if she wanted Intelligent Design in public school science classes, I would fight her with everything I have. What she believes is none of my business ... until and unless in imposes on my values. 

Just keep in mind, Melinda, there are 7,083,782,270 human beings on this Earth and a Net population growth this year of 70,982,729. So, you and I won't run out of people to talk to and who want to share ideas without fighting. 

Time and space expand at an ever increasing rate, with many other possibilities of life, probably not carbon based, or with a very different evolutionary development. The exciting thing to me is the realization that the human mind is capable of developing understanding about the processes of nature, and the absolutely splendid opportunity we have to participate in its development.

Thankfully, the Dark Ages and their associated beliefs fade into history as we gain knowledge, understanding and the most important thing to me is the realization that we are all on this tiny little planet, racing through space and there is no need to fight over boundary lines of nations, or killing others who disagree about god/no god. We are part of a web and we have the ability to solve problems, resolve conflict, and create a compassionate and caring civilization. Rejoice!

 

Comment by Future on December 7, 2012 at 2:23pm

I thought this was funny.  Never seen it before.

Comment by Chris Dodds on December 7, 2012 at 1:39pm

Whether you're a believer or a nonbeliever, there's something about the holiday season that just brings out the best in most people and I heard such a story this morning on the radio.

A Minnesota mother ordered an iPad for her son from Best Buy's website.  Best Buy messed up the order and sent her five iPads while only charging her for one.  Feeling honest, the mother contacted Best Buy to inform them of the error and return the four extra iPads.  Best Buy's executives were so touched by her honesty that they told her to keep the four extra iPads at no charge to her and give them to those less fortunate.

The only downside to this story is that now the son knows what he's getting from his mother for Christmas

Comment by Idaho Spud on December 7, 2012 at 1:13pm

"Join us on facebook" everywhere I look annoys me also Patricia.  I have a facebook page, but I give them the minimum personal information possible, and I'm still thinking of quitting.

"Fetch the cat" is surprising.

Comment by Patricia on December 7, 2012 at 12:33pm
Comment by Patricia on December 7, 2012 at 12:20pm

We can't even listen to tv news without being told after every broadcast to ''join us on facebook''. This damn thing is like a creeping parasite as far as I'm concerned. I keep in touch with email, which is quite sufficient as far as I'm concerned, without joining a smothering, invasive, ''social'' site like that.

Change of subject.....will be doing ''after'' photos later today after the firescreen is put in place.

Comment by Idaho Spud on December 7, 2012 at 9:46am

Steph, I love Grouch Potato Cat.  I reminds me of someone I know.  Hmmmmm, wonder who.

Comment by Idaho Spud on December 7, 2012 at 9:43am

Joan, I respond to my religious family the same as you do to yours, with one exception.  I don't find any enjoyment in visiting them or having them visit me because we don't have much in common anymore and it's like walking on eggshells.  

That is, I can't just say anything I want.  I have to make sure it's not something they can connect with religion.  They probably do the same thing.  Also, I get too sad for them when they do mention going to church or I see the religious paintings on their walls.  It deepens my depression.

Tony, that's the most attractive mary I've ever seen:)

Comment by Ruth Anthony-Gardner on December 7, 2012 at 9:32am

Hi, All! Sorry I haven't been to AN in days. Didn't look at email or news either. I've been putting all of my energy into a new short video. A huge learning curve for Movie Studio Platinum. Tutorials and help were inadequate, Had two false starts. *sigh* It should be done today. I missed you guys.

 

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