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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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Are You a Patriot? (Betty Bowers)

Started by Loren Miller. Last reply by k.h. ky on Saturday. 20 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

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

Started by Loren Miller. Last reply by Grinning Cat on Thursday. 11 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 Ark Encounter: A Less than Grand Opening (The Thinking Atheist)

Started by Loren Miller. Last reply by Grinning Cat Aug 21. 24 Replies

The day finally arrived.  Ken Ham's Ark Encounter opened on 7 July, 2016 ... to something a bit less than Disney-sized crowds, and more than a couple dissenting voices!  Seth Andrews has gathered a quartet of significant participants in the protest…Continue

Tags: Tracey Moody, Dan Broadbent, Seth Andrews, David Silverman, AronRa

Surreal, I haz it

Started by Ruth Anthony-Gardner. Last reply by Idaho Spud Aug 14. 91 Replies

Surreal, not just found in art.Continue

Tags: surreal

Wedding Haka - Subtitled & translated

Started by Joan Denoo Aug 13. 0 Replies

I ran across a video of a wedding in which a group of wedding guests celebrated with a performance of a traditional Māori ancestral war dance, called a Haka. It was intended for sons, however, the women have joined in a participation of…Continue

Tags: new, traditions., women, men, Haka

Onward (Unpaid) Christian Soldiers (Betty Bowers)

Started by Loren Miller. Last reply by Chris G Aug 13. 1 Reply

Proselytizing in the military is a dirty little secret most radical christians would rather didn't get out.  Well, never let it be said that America's Best Christian, Betty Bowers, was ever a wallflower where a pit bull was needed!  In the following…Continue

Tags: Military Religious Freedom Foundation, MRFF, America's Best Christian, Betty Bowers

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Comment by Tony Carroll on December 20, 2012 at 5:45am

Comment by Ian Mason on December 20, 2012 at 3:29am

Have a great bibliophilic time, Felaine.

Comment by sk8eycat on December 20, 2012 at 1:05am

O, hai!  I found splits of one of my favorite brands at the grocery store!  Yum-yum-yum.

Comment by Plinius on December 20, 2012 at 12:59am

Nice to find de Montaigne here, Joan! I loved to read his essays, they give you the feeling of a friend who tells you about his world during a walk - quite something, that the Montaigne is able to bridge 400 years in such an easy going manner.

Comment by sk8eycat on December 19, 2012 at 4:39pm

Hey, y'all!  I'm not leaving YET!  I'll be right here till some time Saturday afternoon.  I just wanted to give you advance notice that you won't be hearing from me for a couple of weeks, and that it's nothing purr-sonal.

I am a little busy, doing laundry and trying to figure out how much I can squeeze into my smallest "wheelie" suitcase.  I always do this, and then end up only using about half of what I've packed.

As I said before, Sue doesn't have a computer, BUT she has more books than I do (and that's saying something), so I think I'll reread my way through her Tony Hillerman and Dick Francis collections.  (I miss both those men SO much!)

I will be snooping in here as much as I can before I leave. I've "disconected" myself from all my other AN groups for the time being; I just couldn't keep up with all of them.

Now I have to e-mail all my friends who aren't AN members, and and ask them to PLEASE not fill up my in-box while I'm gone.  A couple of them keep lists that forward stuff automatically to everyone they have addys for...gets to be a bit much after a while.  I "tailor" the joke and photo emails I send out to people I know will enjoy them.  Not everyone laughs at the same things.  Not even Kitteh-pics.  Of course.

Comment by Idaho Spud on December 19, 2012 at 3:53pm

Thanks Joan.  Going to save that quote.

Comment by Joan Denoo on December 19, 2012 at 3:39pm

Thanks to Madhukar:

"Oh these foolish men! They could not create so much as a worm, but they create gods by the dozens."

Michel de Montaigne

"Montaigne is a great French Renaissance thinker who took himself as the great object of study in his Essays. In studying himself Montaigne is studying mankind. He attempted to weigh or 'assay' his nature, habits, his own opinions and those of others. He is searching for truth by reflecting on his readings, his travels as well as his experiences both public and private."

MICHEL EYGUEM DE MONTAIGNE (1533-1592)

Comment by The Flying Atheist on December 19, 2012 at 11:20am

Sk8eycat, I'll miss you while you're disconnected from us.  While you're house sitting, I hope you don't get into trouble like in the movie Home Alone.  Steak and asparagus?  That's sound REALLY delicious.  What was that address again?  And any liquor store will have splits of sparkling wine.  Make sure you stock up to make it through the duration.  A Merry Solstice to you!  --Carl

Comment by Idaho Spud on December 19, 2012 at 10:09am

Love your food jokes Felaine.  I'm not going to stuff myself either, but sure would like to, especially with potatoes and gravy.

LOL Lillie. Good idea, but I don't think I'm that ambitious.

Oodles of squirrels in Pocatello.  Not as cheeky as the ones in London park, but they do love to torture dogs & cats.  One day I saw one messing with a cat on a telephone pole.  The cat finally reached the top of the pole and watched as the squirrel pranced down the wires.

Comment by Steph S. on December 19, 2012 at 8:29am
Lillie that's so funny! I'm laughing!
Booklover cute squirrel and cake pic!
Tony I enjoyed your squirrel story, very amusing.
 

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