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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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An AN member passed away

Started by Deidre. Last reply by Deidre Aug 18. 4 Replies

Went into the chat room last Friday night, for the first time in a while, and learned that Mequa passed away. I had been good friends with him for a time, but we had differences and stopped talking back in the spring of this year. I knew however,…Continue

A Parable by Mrs. Betty Bowers

Started by Loren Miller Aug 17. 0 Replies

Betty Bowers is becoming SO GOOD at delivering as America's Best Christian, she now does 30-second parables!  (Okay, 32 seconds!  Picky, picky!) Have You Had YOUR Betty Today?Continue

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

Goodwill to Few Men (Betty Bowers)

Started by Loren Miller. Last reply by Michael Penn Aug 16. 8 Replies

Think Goodwill Industries does well by the poor?  Fact is, they do WAY BETTER for themselves, to the point where America's Best Christian, Betty Bowers, thinks they're ripping off the christian playbook a bit too well!  Have a look for yourself:…Continue

Tags: ripoff, Goodwill Industries, America's Best Christian, Betty Bowers

Steven Weinberg on his anti-theism

Started by Joan Denoo. Last reply by Loren Miller Aug 2. 4 Replies

I like the sound of Steven Weinberg's voice. He has a calming impact on me as I rush to get my home of 41 years ready to sell and plan and put into motion the new garden at my daughter's home. My home is full o empty boxed quickly filling with the…Continue

Your favorite photobombs?

Started by Ruth Anthony-Gardner. Last reply by Plinius Jul 10. 12 Replies

Running of the bulls photobomb.Continue

losing faith (TheraminTrees)

Started by Loren Miller Jul 5. 0 Replies

TheraminTrees has recently begun producing a new series of YouTube videos, which added to a wonderful library of earlier observations regarding his experience of religion. Good as all those pieces are, I personally think they pale against this…Continue

Tags: story, history, faith, TheraminTrees

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Comment by Plinius on December 9, 2013 at 2:24pm

More confessions? It seems we all have the same problem...

Comment by The Flying Atheist on December 9, 2013 at 1:55pm

Sk8eycat, it doesn't sound like you have Alzheimer's.  I'm 49 and do the exact same sh*t you do.....forgetting words, forgetting what I went into a different room to do, etc.  Twice in recent years I've started the washing machine only to discover at the end of the wash cycle that I forget to put the clothes in. 

Comment by Plinius on December 9, 2013 at 1:52pm

How stressed are you Sk8eycat? Stress could cause all that - as I experienced...

Comment by sk8eycat on December 9, 2013 at 12:54pm

I meant to comment on "memory problems" last night, and forgot to do it. I forget words that I know I've known for years...usually in the middle of a conversation, or when I'm trying to write something.  It's maddening, and frightening.

Or sometimes I'll go into another room (usually the kitchen) and forget what I went there for. 

Is it age?  I'm terrified of developing Alzheimer's even though nobody on either side of my family has ever had anything like it. 

I try to do as many crossword puzzles as I have time for...especially the "cryptic" (British-style) ones.  That's supposed to keep the brain/memory tuned up, but I still forget names and technical words, and have to stop and try to dig them up.

Frustrating.

Comment by Joan Denoo on December 9, 2013 at 12:38am

sk8eycat, Oh yes! great song by Eric Idle and documentary by Brian Cox. 

"Earth is significant to those of us who live here, and we need to take care of it, but thinking we are the center of all creation is totally beyond ignorant and arrogant."

~ sk8eycat

Is it not strange so many people foul our planet and give no thought of consequences. One person, alone, can make little difference. Many people with a common concern can bring about change. 

ORGANIZE 

Comment by Ruth Anthony-Gardner on December 8, 2013 at 8:11pm

ROFL, booklover. That FSM argument is great. Sorry about not knowing where you live. I forget a lot these days.

Someone asked about my mother's maiden name and I had to stop and think a while.

Comment by Steph S. on December 8, 2013 at 5:05pm

Yes Mindy - no going to church here!!

Comment by sk8eycat on December 8, 2013 at 2:30am

Eric Idle wrote a special version of his "Galaxy" song to demonstrate the wonders of life and evolution. (I love him!)

http://io9.com/5971938/eric-idle-rewrites-monty-pythons-galaxy-song...

Comment by sk8eycat on December 8, 2013 at 2:20am

One of the most comforting and liberating events in my life was when I finally realized how tiny and insignificant our planet is, and I am, when compared to the entire universe.  Earth is significant to those of us who live here, and we need to take care of it, but thinking we are the center of all creation is totally beyond ignorant and arrogant.

Comment by Joan Denoo on December 7, 2013 at 11:12pm

sk8eycat, your comment and video merit mindfulness: 

"If You thought you knew what "big" meant, wait till you watch this video with sound.!!"
 

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