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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 Apr 14. 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 The Flying Atheist on June 11, 2013 at 12:23pm

Ruth, you're very talented.  I love it. 

Comment by Joan Denoo on June 11, 2013 at 12:11pm

Carl, Chris, Ian, Lillie, Loren, Mindy, Patricia, Ruth, sk8eycat, Steph, and all my Atheist Nexus friends, thank you so much for your kind words and great support. 

I'm off to the garden with a very pretty hat to hear the birds sing their bright songs, and see all the colors of my wildlife refuge.

Thoughts of peace, flourishing of all living things, tranquility, a place of thought and contemplation reside here. No faith in delusions or  prayers to a non-being  found here, only care, compassion, commitment, a community celebration on this patch of Earth. 

Comment by Grinning Cat on June 11, 2013 at 12:04pm

Ruth, I know several cats who would insist that no human could be "Queen of the Universe"!

But seriously, Joan, you are strong and beautiful, with or without hair, with or without photoshopped tributes!

(And I'll heartily second Ian's recommendation of American Gods.)

Comment by Ruth Anthony-Gardner on June 11, 2013 at 11:33am

Joan Denoo, you're my Queen!

Comment by booklover on June 11, 2013 at 5:36am

You are beautiful Joan! Inside and out!  So nice your cousins came to visit and you had a good time.  You are an inspiration. Hugs~ Mindy

Comment by Ian Mason on June 11, 2013 at 1:14am

While on holiday I finished reading "American Gods" by Niel Gaiman, which I can recommend. A fantasy/allegory that's very gripping. Also contains a joke:

Q. How can we be sure that the CIA wasn't involved in the Kennedy shooting?

A. He's dead.

Comment by Ian Mason on June 11, 2013 at 12:37am

Joan, Mussolini never had such a cheerful smile. Depending on the weather, you might want to protect your head. I'm starting to thin out a bit and have become aware of this over the past couple of years.

Comment by Joan Denoo on June 10, 2013 at 10:17pm

My cousins Ron and Carolyn from western WA, and Paula from northern Idaho came, full of cheer and stories of their winter adventures. Paula is a breast CA survivor and has been my inspiration through all of this process. We had so much to talk about we didn't get to shaving my head. After they left, Cary did the honors and I must say, those tufts of hair laying in the garden looked quite celebratory. 

All in all, it was a very fine day!

Yep! I have a Mussolini head and neck! 

I have to go to the hardware store tomorrow, let's see if anyone notices. 

Comment by Lillie on June 10, 2013 at 9:40pm

My daughter did not lose the hair at the very back of her head so when she wore her cute little caps there were little wisps of hair sticking out.  When her hair came back in, it was very dark whereas she had always been a blonde.  She decided she liked it short and dark.  My niece who had always had straight hair is now a curly top.  Very strange.

Comment by Ian Mason on June 10, 2013 at 11:23am

Nice one, Melinda.

 

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