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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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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 June 17, 2014 at 9:17am

I never see what's coming, I'm so stupid. Some weeks ago one of the people in my course phoned me and asked about my experience with a roof garden, so I told him about it, sent a picture and forgot all about it.

Today the group surprised me with a ladder-like structure to put flowerpots on, some pots with herbs and a big bunch of flowers. And very big grins! Lovely!

Comment by Randall Smith on June 17, 2014 at 7:57am

Check out this tag on a "Wet and Forget" container I recently bought.Shoot--it came out sideways. Anyway it says: You're wasting your time! This product is only effective if you read the instructions thoroughly. But I know you probably won't. So go ahead, do the job twice. You probably have a PHD in time wasting. Who am I to give you advice.

I think this is hilarious! Well, I DID follow directions. Now to wait to see if the product eliminates the moss and lichen from my porch roof as advertized.

Comment by Ian Mason on June 16, 2014 at 11:11pm
Comment by Randall Smith on June 16, 2014 at 8:35am

Yes, neat old L.A. photos. Thanks. My mother was a big "collector" of green stamps. I still have a knife and hatchet set she gave me 60 years ago! 

Speaking of my parents, I went to my father's house yest (Sun) to wish him a happy fathers day. He's 96 and sort of down and out with the "dizzies" from Meniere's disease, a life-long problem for him. No fun. Still sharp as a tack, however.

Comment by sk8eycat on June 16, 2014 at 2:28am

More old L.A.  Without photos...so far.

http://freepages.genealogy.rootsweb.ancestry.com/~npmelton/lablan.htm

His second wife was my paternal grandfather's sister, and my Dad's favorite aunt. She lived to be 97...seems to be a curse of our family.

Comment by The Flying Atheist on June 15, 2014 at 11:35pm

A little late, but Happy Father's Day to all the fathers here.  I spent an enjoyable afternoon with my parents.  And great weather to boot!

Comment by Ruth Anthony-Gardner on June 15, 2014 at 2:26pm

Shorpy has some interesting historical photos. Cute monorail cat gif, sk8eycat.

My family used drinking glasses that were free from gas stations too, booklover.

Comment by sk8eycat on June 15, 2014 at 12:53pm

I have a complete set of DescoWare that I got from Blue Chip Stamps (a west Coast version of Green Stamps) back in the 1960s.

They were so ubiquitous that NO gas station or retail store could stay in business for very long without "giving" them out.  Of course the cost of the things was included in the price of the mdse they were selling, so the customer was really paying for the "freebies."

S'funny the way they all vanished with the first oil embargo in the 1970s...tee-hee!

They were a PITA to me because every bookkeeping outfit I worked for specialized in gas stations...and I got the job of costing them out. Gah!

Also...remember when there were gas stations on every damn corner?  You could choose your brand, knew the owners, etc?  Long gone.

Comment by Idaho Spud on June 15, 2014 at 11:55am

I remember banks giving gifts.  I notice some still will give $100 for putting so much in and leaving it there for a certain period.

 I've been tempted, but it's too much trouble, especially because I like my credit union.  I've been a member of a credit union since I started making money.  They don't cost as much as a bank and give more in interest.  Never used a bank.

Comment by The Flying Atheist on June 15, 2014 at 11:39am

Felaine, that's hilarious.  Looks like something from Monty Python. 

Speaking of gas stations, remember when they used to give out premiums and gifts, like banks used to?  I know that one of our Xmas music records, a wonderful Julie Andrews album acquired in the 60's, was from a gas station promoted by Firestone. 

I also remember my grandmother moving her money around to different banks so she could get the free gift.  Blenders, fans, and little household gadgets.   

 

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