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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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A Powerful Message from an old wise teacher :

Started by Joan Denoo. Last reply by Thomas Murray on Saturday. 5 Replies

I received a gift this morning from a virtual friend, Pamela Smith:A Powerful Message from an old wise teacher :" One day an old wise teacher was walking through a village. A very angry and rude young man came up and began insulting him. "You have…Continue

Speak English? YOU FIRST! (Betty Bowers)

Started by Loren Miller. Last reply by Thomas Murray on Friday. 4 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 on Friday. 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

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Comment by Randall Smith 1 hour ago

Chris, I used to belong to the Unitarian Universalist Church solely for the fellowship. Sometimes, I miss it. The older I get, the more I value my isolation from my fellow man. I live alone, but I don't get lonely. Of course, it helps to have all my friends here at A/N.

Carl, great pictures! 

Comment by Patricia 7 hours ago

We get both morons, young men in pairs, & jws, 2 or 3 adults with a pre-teen.

Comment by Joan Denoo 8 hours ago

Thanks, Carl, it is an extraordinary time of year for me and with Randy and other gardeners here as well. Mid-latitude gardeners seem to have a rhythm of the seasons, in particular for those of us living in the four seasons, in the northern and southern latitudes, roughly midway between the poles and the equator. 

Your beautiful photos of autumn scenes with the fields of gold, harvest time, lots of hard work with sweat running into our eyes and onto our clothes, coupled with sweet memories of shared effort and a time of gratitude make life unusually vibrant for me. 

Comment by The Flying Atheist 8 hours ago

The Jehovah Witnesses who come door to door here are relatively young.  It's usually Spanish-speaking Latin-American women in their 30's and 40's. Sometimes they'll have teenage or college-age kids with them.  When I see those young people, my heart aches thinking about the horrible indoctrination they're going through, and if there's something I could do to save them.

I can't say I've ever been visited at the door by Mormons.  It's always the JW's.  Funny thing about the JW's.  They walk extremely slow, sauntering from place to place, seemingly wasting as much time as possible between door knocks.  I honestly think they hate having to perform such an excruciatingly horrible task as door-to-door evangelizing.  I really do feel sorry for them.  They've been so brainwashed.  

Comment by Ian Mason 10 hours ago
Comment by Ian Mason 10 hours ago

Thanks for the songs and pictures, friends. Really lovely.

Chris, my limited adult experience of churches has been that they provide a gathering place for groups of like-minded people. In my teen years I had a girlfriend whose family were 'High Church', sometimes called 'the Tory Party at prayer' and that was at least partly true. The church where my daughter was married, the 'English church' in Copenhagen used to be the place to go for British embassy staff who wanted to suck up to the ambassador for promotion. A lot of churches here in Denmark have a volunteer driver service to collect the elderly for that one day out a week. So yes, an alternative social service but also a gathering of like-minded to cultivate the idea that they are right, deserving and chosen.

I've also noticed that the Jehova's Witnesses who come knocking are quite old. Panic before closing time, I think.

Comment by The Flying Atheist 12 hours ago

Joan, thanks for posting Eva Cassidy's rendition of Fields of Gold.  Beautifully sung!

Joan, with that post and with Randy's description below of farm duties in Autumntime, you both provoke lovely images of the season.

 

Comment by Joan Denoo 13 hours ago

Eva Cassidy - Fields of Gold

Eva's life, cut short by that demon, cancer, sings these words that move me to sweet memories of a lost loved one. 

Comment by Thomas Murray 16 hours ago

Plinius,

That church you went to sounds like a Universal Church.

Comment by The Flying Atheist 19 hours ago

 

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