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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 sk8eycat on May 2, 2014 at 8:47pm

Here's one I found while looking for something else... I think it's supposed to signify a helping hand, but it might also be Ceiling Cat sparking "Adam" into opening  a can of gushy fud.

Photo: Hi there!!!!! :) :) :) Serenity Acre is looking for Foster Families, to take care of our wonderful cats! or kitties! young or old! :) Could you reach out and help?? Have the time?? :) :) We need Foster People!! If you've considered having a cat, or would love to help out! ...or perhaps it's not in the budget, You could become a Foster!!<br /

Comment by sk8eycat on May 2, 2014 at 6:28pm

Oh, Mindy, that's GRRRRREAT!  But I'm ashamed to say that think it's slightly MORE than 50% of Americans who believe we were created standing upright on two feet (even though our bodies tell us differently), with crania toolarge to fit through the pelvic canal easily...etc & so forth.

"Denial, there's to many folks in denial!"

(Too the tune of "Maria" from "West Side Story."  I'll have to think up more lyrics now that it's stuck in whatever I use for a mind. Gah!)

Comment by sk8eycat on May 2, 2014 at 3:05am

Joan, the really awful thing is that the fear-teaching is inflicted on the very young; they rarely have the information or instinct to counter it.  Child abuse, IMO.

Ian, thank you for that post.  It's amazing/ironic that I have been fantasizing about 'sploding WalMart stores en masse lately. They are more obscene than porn shops.

Comment by Joan Denoo on May 1, 2014 at 7:49pm

"'Cramming for finals', old people who get religion and/or crave forgiveness towards the end."

Excellent name for the sudden conversions when near death. Fear reigns. What kind of life is that? Having the fear of damnation after death even as some willingly chose exploitation throughout their lifetimes. Or tried hard to live to the principles taught by preachers, teachers and priests who hung onto sheep and goat herder stories as a reasonable and rational way to live, never really sure they did all the right things. Fear! That seems immoral to me. 

Comment by Joan Denoo on May 1, 2014 at 7:43pm

Arundhati Roy is a women of great principle and especially appropriate for today, May 1.  Thank you for sharing this quote, Ian, and reminding us of the challenges we face and the things we can do to make a difference. 

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Comment by Plinius on May 1, 2014 at 1:09am

But Booklover, I'm not at all sure if we're non-judgemental friends - it's a friend's duty to warn you when you go wrong - so there's judgement.

Be true to yourself, Patricia, I hope Monday comes soon for you. Perhaps it's no more than a "I want to .... before I die"visit. Hard enough! My father wanted me to visit him before he died, but I decided not to play along and never showed up. It still feels good, even after all the reproaches.

Comment by Ian Mason on May 1, 2014 at 1:08am

"Cramming for finals", an Autralian nursing-home term for old people who get religion and/or crave forgiveness towards the end.

On the other hand, I think my daughter found my apologies to her when I did my AA 9th step as too little too late. I have to live with that and try to have a future with her.

This "Inner Fish" sounds good. I'll give it a try.

This won't mean much to people outside England but it turns out that Wilko Johnson's otherwise terminal cancer is operable, even though he will loose a lot of his insides. Here's a link to him in his young years. He's the guitarist.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=GzF0AETdRF8

 

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