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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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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

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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

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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

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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

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Comment by Joan Denoo on September 26, 2017 at 2:28pm

This news from Africa is good. The work is hard and not beyond the ability of women and children seeming to be doing the work. 

When I was in Turkey during harvest time, the women, wearing dresses and garments that covered their entire bodies, harvested the fields of grain with scythes. The heat was well into the 90s. I asked where the men were and was told to go to the villages to find them. I found men sitting in shaded streetside cafes drinking Turkish coffee.

A shady cafe in Yildiz Park near the Bosphorus suburb of Ortakoy. A stock photo. 

In Hungary, I observed women of all ages, in dresses and babushkas, building roads, digging ditches, and harvesting grain. 

Hungary, old-woman-in-the-field-with-a-rake-works-in-the-summer-Stock-Photo.jpg

Comment by Plinius on September 26, 2017 at 1:28pm

Great work! 

Comment by Ian Mason on September 26, 2017 at 12:20pm

Some positive news from Africa. I notice that it's the women doing the work.

http://www.bbc.com/news/av/magazine-41391844/why-is-africa-building...

Comment by Plinius on September 26, 2017 at 9:33am

I feel the same Randall. Even if it was a fundie church, there was a nice cooperation in organizing fairs to raise money. and repairing and cleaning the building. 

And I enjoy internet enormously; friends at A/N, browsing books at Gutenberg etc. and endless pages of information. How did we ever live without internet?

The religious at the door are mostly elderly people and often coloured - trying to convert us seems a fitting revenge for colonization, theft and murder and missionary work. 

Thanks for the poetry and the pics!

Comment by Randall Smith on September 26, 2017 at 6:52am

Chris, I used to belong to the Unitarian Universalist Church solely for the fellowship. Sometimes, I miss it. The older I get, the more I value my isolation from my fellow man. I live alone, but I don't get lonely. Of course, it helps to have all my friends here at A/N.

Carl, great pictures! 

Comment by Patricia on September 26, 2017 at 12:48am

We get both morons, young men in pairs, & jws, 2 or 3 adults with a pre-teen.

Comment by Joan Denoo on September 26, 2017 at 12:13am

Thanks, Carl, it is an extraordinary time of year for me and with Randy and other gardeners here as well. Mid-latitude gardeners seem to have a rhythm of the seasons, in particular for those of us living in the four seasons, in the northern and southern latitudes, roughly midway between the poles and the equator. 

Your beautiful photos of autumn scenes with the fields of gold, harvest time, lots of hard work with sweat running into our eyes and onto our clothes, coupled with sweet memories of shared effort and a time of gratitude make life unusually vibrant for me. 

Comment by The Flying Atheist on September 26, 2017 at 12:12am

The Jehovah Witnesses who come door to door here are relatively young.  It's usually Spanish-speaking Latin-American women in their 30's and 40's. Sometimes they'll have teenage or college-age kids with them.  When I see those young people, my heart aches thinking about the horrible indoctrination they're going through, and if there's something I could do to save them.

I can't say I've ever been visited at the door by Mormons.  It's always the JW's.  Funny thing about the JW's.  They walk extremely slow, sauntering from place to place, seemingly wasting as much time as possible between door knocks.  I honestly think they hate having to perform such an excruciatingly horrible task as door-to-door evangelizing.  I really do feel sorry for them.  They've been so brainwashed.  

Comment by Ian Mason on September 25, 2017 at 10:22pm
Comment by Ian Mason on September 25, 2017 at 10:20pm

Thanks for the songs and pictures, friends. Really lovely.

Chris, my limited adult experience of churches has been that they provide a gathering place for groups of like-minded people. In my teen years I had a girlfriend whose family were 'High Church', sometimes called 'the Tory Party at prayer' and that was at least partly true. The church where my daughter was married, the 'English church' in Copenhagen used to be the place to go for British embassy staff who wanted to suck up to the ambassador for promotion. A lot of churches here in Denmark have a volunteer driver service to collect the elderly for that one day out a week. So yes, an alternative social service but also a gathering of like-minded to cultivate the idea that they are right, deserving and chosen.

I've also noticed that the Jehova's Witnesses who come knocking are quite old. Panic before closing time, I think.

 

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