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Come on in, pull up a chair!

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.

This group is not intended to compete with other groups on topics they cover but to "fill in the cracks." Whenever a discussion dwells at length on a topic for which there's an existing group, we urge you to provide members a link to that group to continue along their tangent.

A comment is a shout-out, which will get lost in a few days, because the comment wall is just a random stack.

Please start a discussion to share stories, photos, and videos. Replies will pop up in your "latest activity" and a conversation can develop from the feelings and thoughts you contributed. Groups are built on discussions.

Discussion Forum

Speak English? YOU FIRST! (Betty Bowers)

Started by Loren Miller 5 hours ago. 0 Replies

Honestly, the title to this piece is badly under-representative of the content.  To be far more accurate, what we have here is Mrs. Betty Bowers, America's Best Christian, going on a rant.  Before you say it ... Say WHAAAA?  Betty Bowers ranting? …Continue

Tags: America's Best Christian, Betty Bowers

A Prayer for Our Nation (Betty Bowers)

Started by Loren Miller. Last reply by Ruth Anthony-Gardner 6 hours ago. 2 Replies

I'm going to keep this one short and sweet.  Mrs. Betty Bowers, America's Best Christian, has seen what is going on with the current occupant of the Oval Office, and my impression is that she is not at all happy with it.  True to her citizenship,…Continue

Tags: prayer, Donald Trump, Oval Office, America's Best Christian, Betty Bowers

Any Babymetal Fans Here?

Started by Bruce Carroll. Last reply by Idaho Spud Sep 12. 5 Replies

Any Babymetal fans here besides me? I have to ask because 1) I really like Babymetal and 2) Babymetal unknowingly played a role in my journey out of religion.For those who are unfamiliar with Babymetal, here is a link to one of their most popular…Continue

Tags: Japanese Idol, Babymetal

If you could rid the world of one thing, what would it be?

Started by Idaho Spud. Last reply by Ruth Anthony-Gardner Sep 11. 30 Replies

Today, I heard Seth Andrews talk about the question, "If you could rid the world of one thing, what would it be?"  My first thought was religion, but after a few seconds I decided it would be irrational or anti-scientific thinking.  That would take…Continue

Tags: anti-scientific, irrational

Ignorance is Bliss: Why Religious People Seem Happier Than the 'Nones'”.

Started by Joan Denoo. Last reply by Idaho Spud Sep 11. 16 Replies

“Highly Religious Volunteer More, Lie Less, and Claim to Be Happier”~ Houston Chronicle; “Strongly Religious People are Happier than Non-Religious”  ~ Christian Daily."The study determined that 40 percent of highly religious adults—defined as those…Continue

Tags: Nones, happiness, non-religiosity, religiosity, bliss

Eating Our Own: How You Can Save the Movement (David Smalley | The Thinking Atheist)

Started by Loren Miller. Last reply by Daniel W Aug 27. 11 Replies

While I've been peripherally aware of him for a while, David Smalley has not spent much time in the center of my focus when it came to scoping out atheist material on YouTube or elsewhere ... at least up until now.  His talk – Eating Our Own – came…Continue

Tags: Seth Andrews, The Thinking Atheist, Eating Our Own, David Smalley

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Comment by Ruth Anthony-Gardner on May 16, 2011 at 7:34pm
Thanks, Eric but not for me. Ever so long ago I was a Lutheran. No paperwork, just stopped going. If you want to create a discussion, which will last longer than a comment and get more attention, try sharing your personal story and adding a link to your group. Others who've had similar experiences can then reply, or just people who sympathize. Nice of you to join us. :)
Comment by Ian Mason on May 16, 2011 at 1:59pm

Thanks Ruth. A good suggestion. Actually, Google have been treating AN as spam recently, which I've now corrected.

 

Recently single again, own choice. The plants on my balcony are doing well: honeysuckle, mint, lavender and tomato. It's been raining here in Denmark, which is good as he farmers have been spreading pig slurry and it stinks. Off to work soon. My first night-shift alone in a new job. Should be interesting.

Comment by Ruth Anthony-Gardner on May 16, 2011 at 11:48am
Hi, paul babcock. Yes, sharing stuff from our lives is one of the things we do here, but I'd really rather people started a discussion about whatever their topic is the way Colby Whitlock started "Showing of my little herb garden." That way people can reply specifically to her, and the reply will pop up in latest activity on her page. The replies will stick together, and become part of our group culture. People can add to them much later and bring them to the front of the discussion list. If you post here in comments it's a grab bag and stuff gets lost as soon as it moves off of the front page. We also share silly stuff, and quite serious topics too. We are whole, complex people. :)
Comment by paul babcock on May 16, 2011 at 10:34am
So I joined this sub group just this minute and I have this question. So the idea here is that we post things like,"Hey. How are you? What are you up to? I have been doing this and that.", as in I donot have to have anything of any great impotence or significance than that to make a post.?

And if so, am I doing it correctly in the correct spot and everything?
Comment by Tara on May 16, 2011 at 10:17am
Thank you for the invite, Ruth. :)
Comment by Brent Feeney on May 16, 2011 at 9:48am
Nice to be here - from St. Louis myself. Love to talk and meet new folks and see what's on their minds and what makes them tick. Hope to get to know everyone!
Comment by Sarah Rizzuto on May 16, 2011 at 12:40am
Nice to meet you all!  I love people who have both insightful comments and like to stir the pot, where nothing is taboo.  Tacky not welcomed, but breaking down taboos is great.
Comment by Marissa Michael on May 15, 2011 at 10:22pm
Hi all, from gorgeous Denver, Co. :)
Comment by Chris on May 15, 2011 at 9:52pm

Thanks for the invite. 

Comment by David Rogala on May 15, 2011 at 8:53pm
Hello everyone.  Like someone earlier mentioned I spend most of my online time on facebook.  It turns out that this site is blocked by our firewall at work.  I'm an Air Force Senior Non-commissioned Officer living in San Antonio, TX though we'll probably be moving (again) next year to what should be my last assignment.  I'm married and a father of two teenage boys.  Glad to be part of the community.
 

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