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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.

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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

Tags: surreal

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 November 7, 2013 at 10:27am

I thought so Carl! lol

Comment by The Flying Atheist on November 7, 2013 at 9:45am

Mindy, that Facebook comment is hilarious. 

Comment by booklover on November 7, 2013 at 9:33am

Here's a great reply from someone on Facebook. :)

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. 

 

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