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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 Grinning Cat on Friday. 99 Replies

Surreal, not just found in art.Continue

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A Powerful Message from an old wise teacher :

Started by Joan Denoo. Last reply by Plinius Sep 28. 8 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 Donald R Barbera Sep 27. 5 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

10 Things About Patriotism (Betty Bowers)

Started by Loren Miller. Last reply by Plinius Sep 26. 2 Replies

It seems as though lately, Mrs. Betty Bowers, America's Best Christian, is evolving into America's Best Patriot.  She has recently been taking some fairly well-aimed shots at a certain Orange Nightmare and his sycophantic hangers-on, regarding the…Continue

Tags: patriotism, Donald Trump, America's Best Christian, Betty Bowers

A Prayer for Our Nation (Betty Bowers)

Started by Loren Miller. Last reply by Ruth Anthony-Gardner Sep 21. 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

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Comment by Ian Mason 16 hours ago

Just had a visit from my daughter and her bump-that's-going-to-be-my-first-grandchild. Lovely. She's doing well apart from acid indigestion and a bit of backache. The big date is the 19th of Feb.

Comment by Idaho Spud 16 hours ago

It could be working out the bugs is easier in a small community.  For one thing, the complaints would be less.  So far, I've only seen one or two days when it didn't work.

Comment by The Flying Atheist 17 hours ago

I imagine setting up this type of service is easier to do in smaller communities where the mail volume is less.  Just a thought.

Comment by Idaho Spud 17 hours ago

I've had this service for about 2 months now.

Comment by Idaho Spud 17 hours ago

That's strange that the service would be available in Podunk Pocatello before major cities.

Comment by The Flying Atheist 17 hours ago

Spud, I heard about this postal service a few months ago and attempted to sign up, but it is not yet available in my area.  I think it's a great thing.

Comment by Idaho Spud 17 hours ago

I was amazed when USPS started photographing all letters and sending the photo to my email box, so I could know what to expect and be surer everything was getting to me.  It's also very nice that I can go to their site and see when packages are expected. As usual, I now want more.  I'm hoping they start sending pix of all my packages, magazines, and catalogs.

I'm also surprised no one on AN has mentioned it yet.

Comment by The Flying Atheist 21 hours ago

Chris (Plinius), I've had two minor strokes.  I'm so lucky that I've had no residual mental or physical damage.  Unfortunately, the odds of having additional strokes increases every time you suffer a stroke.  I can honestly say that my biggest health fear at this time is having another stroke that will take away or diminish some of my motor or mental skills.  Currently my blood pressure is fantastic due to medications. 

As was stated in the video, surgeries like that help further our medical knowledge to help people in the future.  Folks like your brother-in-law and his friends would benefit.  We can only hope our species' ignorance will not win the time race against our ability to apply our phenomenal medical and scientific advancements. 

Comment by The Flying Atheist 22 hours ago

Chris (Napa), I'm not sure about other countries, but I know Ireland passed legislation in the past year or two that makes organ donation the default for its citizens.  You have the choice to opt out.  This will make a huge, positive impact for those waiting for lifesaving organs.  I wish that was the law here as well.  If it was, I imagine it would be left up to individual states.  I can't imagine something like that passing on a federal level.  Idiots here complain about the fed mandating the coverage of birth control.

I was previously on kidney dialysis.  Luckily it was only for nine months in 2015.  It's a very time-consuming process that zaps all energy from you.  I was equally lucky to have a sister offer me a kidney that was a match. 

Comment by Plinius yesterday

Thanks for the video, Carl! I think it's great when one's speciality is saved this way! When I visit my brother-in-law I see him and his companions - all with brain damage  - struggling with their handicaps; blindness, aphasia, motor disabilities or simply an IQ that has plummeted. It makes me aware every time how precious our brains are..

 

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