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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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A Powerful Message from an old wise teacher :

Started by Joan Denoo. Last reply by Loren Miller Nov 24. 9 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

10 Tricks from 46 (Betty Bowers)

Started by Loren Miller. Last reply by Ruth Anthony-Gardner Nov 6. 3 Replies

Apparently, Betty Bowers, America's Best Christian, has been slumming.  That is to say, she's been talking to Mike Pence [gasp!].  It would seem as though Mike has offered some of his not-so-personal tricks of the trade on how to be a 21st century…Continue

Tags: tricks, Mike Pence, America's Best Christian, Betty Bowers

Surreal, I haz it

Started by Ruth Anthony-Gardner. Last reply by Grinning Cat Oct 19. 99 Replies

Surreal, not just found in art.Continue

Tags: surreal

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

Tags: America's Best Christian, Betty Bowers

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

Tags: patriotism, Donald Trump, America's Best Christian, Betty Bowers

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Comment by Plinius on November 18, 2017 at 3:25am

Foreign? Are we THAT different? ;-)

Comment by Thomas Murray on November 17, 2017 at 2:13pm

 Patricia and Loren,

 Thank you for answers.

 I already have shared a few emails with members of A.N., but not personal information. It seems so foreign to share personal stuff thru emails.

Thanks guys.

Comment by Patricia on November 17, 2017 at 1:34pm

I just accepted your friendship request Thomas, & private messaged you as well, so yes, you can.

Comment by Loren Miller on November 17, 2017 at 1:19pm

I've done it frequently, Thomas, here and outside of A|N.  If you're "friends" with someone here, you can exchange private emails at your leisure and therewith also trade private email addresses as well.

Comment by Thomas Murray on November 17, 2017 at 1:10pm

 Is it permitted to correspond personally on A.N. ? and with A.N. members ?

Comment by The Flying Atheist on November 17, 2017 at 11:03am

One of these days I'm definitely going to have my DNA tested.  I've been interested in doing it for years.  I know I'm mostly northern European (Scandinavian, English, Scottish, German) but I'd like to know the percentages and also the Neanderthal part.  I have recollections from years ago of family members speculating the possibility of a Jewish ancestor or two (on both sides of my family.)  If true, that would be equally interesting as well.  

Comment by Randall Smith on November 17, 2017 at 7:13am

Interesting, Ian. I've thought about tracing my ancestry through DNA. However, I pretty much know "where I came from" through my genealogy research--at least going back 500 years.
The only exception is definitively tracking down my surname (Smith). My great x 3 grandfather came from Germany; that's all I know. "Smiths" (or Schmidt?) aren't easy to discover.

Comment by The Flying Atheist on November 17, 2017 at 3:14am

Ian, I'm curious, is there any part of your ancestry result that you found surprising, or is it basically what you expected?   

Comment by Joan Denoo on November 17, 2017 at 3:07am

Chris, "90-years old woman made it to the top"?! I couldn't do any of that, oh, maybe a block of walking but certainly not to the top. The information about that area brought back lovely memories. I bought a pretty necklace at the Great Wall made of fine porcelain with some Chinese writing that looks pretty to me; I suspect someone can decipher words out of the images. 

What was your feeling about how the Chinese treated you? Did it seem as though you were their friend? Or were they suspicious of you, or skeptical? How do you describe the ways the Chinese people responded to seeing you? 

Comment by Chris on November 17, 2017 at 1:09am

Here's a neat place to visit in China.

http://www.china.org.cn/english/kuaixun/74863.htm.

There was a cable car to get part way to the top.  A guy  in our group fainted while climbing the  rest of the way from heat stroke - though a 90year old woman made it to the top.

 

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