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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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bending truth, or "We Can All Be Manipulated" (TheraminTrees)

Started by Loren Miller. Last reply by Loren Miller 1 hour ago. 39 Replies

The following is one of TheraminTrees' most thorough-going pieces, wherein he looks at the process and techniques whereby a "religious" organization (which will sound VERY familiar to most of us, once introductions are made!) takes a person who…Continue

Tags: indoctrination, truth, manipulation, TheraminTrees

punishing doubt (TheraminTrees)

Started by Loren Miller Sep 6. 0 Replies

If you are associated with religion and especially a fundamentalist religion, doubt is intolerable.  Certainty, however it may be achieved or imposed, becomes a necessary element, especially considering the utter dearth of any form of evidence or…Continue

Tags: religion, TheraminTrees, punish, doubt

We Don't Want Your (Atheist) Money! (The Thinking Atheist)

Started by Loren Miller. Last reply by Idaho Spud Sep 2. 17 Replies

I suppose I've heard stories like this before:Conscientious atheist donates money to worthy cause.Worthy cause initially accepts money.Worthy cause discovers source of donation.Worthy cause rejects donation.Swell, eh?  Well Matt Willbourne of…Continue

Tags: American Baptist Churches Association, Murrow Indian Children's Home, The Thinking Atheist, Seth Andrews

The Whole Bible in 30 Seconds (Betty Bowers)

Started by Loren Miller. Last reply by Randy Hatly Sep 2. 3 Replies

Ever decide that you wanted to read the whole bible, cover to cover, only to realize half-way through Deuteronomy that the darn thing is industrial-strength BORING?!?  Well, never fear!  America's Best Christian, Betty Bowers, has done the Cliff's…Continue

Tags: bible, America's Best Christian, Betty Bowers

Are You a Patriot? (Betty Bowers)

Started by Loren Miller. Last reply by Chris G Aug 29. 22 Replies

You might think that Betty Bowers, America's Best Christian, would be stepping outside of her comfort zone in tackling the concept of patriotism.  As it turns out, not only does she have a proper handle on the term and its implications, she also…Continue

Tags: patriot, America's Best Christian, Betty Bowers

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Comment by Plinius on October 14, 2012 at 9:42am

Perhaps the pc just decided to behave!

I vote for the ninja cats, Booklover, they are wonderful! So many expressions on those black faces! Here's one of Dido at that age.

Comment by Plinius on October 14, 2012 at 9:37am

Trying again. I don't use Chrome, but IE. In the last few days the pc got stuck after 20 seconds on AN, or else when I tried to scroll.. I've almost typed a message without getting stuck! And I still haven't got the foggiest idea what caused the problem. Try Add Comment:

Comment by Paula T. on October 14, 2012 at 12:08am

Chris, I have a problem with using the Chrome browser.  I can post a reply (as I am now), but cannot reply to another member's post within threads.  I am able to reply to those while using IE, but I really hate IE.  I hope someone else who has more tech knowledge may be able to offer another answer.

Comment by Plinius on October 13, 2012 at 11:49pm

Good morning! My pc gets stuck every time I visit AN - some reli influence perhaps? It's almost impossible to put up a message; are there more people with the same problem here? And how can I fix it?

Comment by Steph S. on October 13, 2012 at 8:57pm
Oh yay! Black cats - just what I love to look at! : ) just love animals!
Thanks so much Booklover and Tony.
Love black panthers - so cool!
Comment by Steph S. on October 13, 2012 at 8:55pm
Well Booklover you did the most important job of all and raised a wonderful family and also taking care of a home and all that good stuff. I think things will fall into place for you. You will find the career for you.
Paula good luck on your job hunt.
Comment by Tony Carroll on October 13, 2012 at 8:48pm

Now THIS is a real black cat!!!

Comment by Paula T. on October 13, 2012 at 8:05pm

Thanks, booklover!  I was at home while my sons were young and any work I did was around their school and sports schedules.

I sort of fell into the decision to become a librarian and am still looking for a full time position - hopefully one I had a phone interview for which is in the same academic library I work in now  *fingers crossed*  I hate the thought of paying back student loans for the rest of my life, but I knew I didn't want to file papers/answers phones or ask "paper or plastic" for the rest of my life!  Hopefully, you can find something you love to do and can make some $$!!

Comment by Paula T. on October 13, 2012 at 8:02pm

booklover, I read The Pillars of the Earth...it's a great book!  I watched the mini-series a couple of years ago and it was watch-worthy, but there were some major changes to the story.  Have you read the sequel to Pillars?

Comment by Paula T. on October 13, 2012 at 7:55pm

I know that feeling, booklover!  I love my work as a librarian, but some patrons can really test my patience.  I sometimes mutter under my breath "I hate people"  lol

We had quite a bit of rain here today, Steph.  Cold and windy.  At least we can assume it is warmer in Texas than in Detroit right now!

 

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