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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 sk8eycat on April 19, 2014 at 12:36pm

Mindy, I hope you are healing quickly, and have a Happy Burfdai tamarra!

Comment by sk8eycat on April 19, 2014 at 12:34pm

I sort of hate to admit this, but spirals were easy for me; I had many years of ballet lessons before I finally learned to skate.  I just enjoyed skating so much more than tippy-toeing across a wooden floor.

Comment by Joan Denoo on April 19, 2014 at 12:01pm

Mindy, how is your thumb doing? Infection going away? I am surprised to see such fine typing coming from a hurt thumb!

Randy, it is! It feels more like I perceive you. 

sk8eycat, you are clever in so many ways, and to come up with your unique spelling for your name online is just one example. You must feel very proud of your great talents. 

Spud, thank you for your reassuring words. 

Mindy, you have been on this Atheist Nexus with me for many months and have read all the versions. Thank you for being so kind in spite of my repetition nature. 

Chris, as always, you inspire me, especially with how you teach and the support you give your students. Now, with having to take care of family details, you reveal truly fine character.

Comment by Joan Denoo on April 19, 2014 at 11:47am

"That ''young ice-skater'' is sk8eycat Felaine"!!!! What a remarkable skill you had. It must have taken great determination, discipline and persistence to achieve such a fine level of performance. I am impressed!

Comment by Plinius on April 19, 2014 at 11:08am

Keep writing, Joan! I'll read it.

Comment by Idaho Spud on April 19, 2014 at 10:36am

Which one had a successful life?  Rhetorical question I know, but I have to answer anyway.  We all know who did. You did Joan.  Hands down, no question.

Comment by Joan Denoo on April 19, 2014 at 10:23am

Ian, thanks for your very kind comment. I know everyone is getting sick of reading my story, but every once in a while a new way of telling it appears, and so I give it another exposure. 

This time I wanted to reveal how supposedly negative feeling and situations can be turned into victories. For example, when I have a feeling that hurts, i.e. fear, anger, grief, I get out of it by thinking of ways to turn the energy into something whereby I come out a winner. An example, my former husband had many qualities, one of them being able to support us very well with boats, cars, ski trips, elegant holidays to Acapulco, and put a lovely roof over our heads and fill our bellies and take care of health and education costs. In other words, We had financial security. We didn't have safety and stability. 

Don knew how important financial security was for me so he refused to pay child support, thinking I would "come to my senses" and "stop trying to wear the pants of the family." Oh yes, he had control issues. 

So with no income, no education, no job prospects other than minimum wage jobs, I supported us and we grew happier and healthier, in spite of not having enough money. Our garden was beautiful, the kids and I were cleaning up the condemned house and it was becoming a beautiful home. 

I won in the long run. He still had his boats and several cars and trucks to haul around his motorcycles and took fancy vacations. 

Now tell me, which of us had a "successful" life?

Comment by Randall Smith on April 19, 2014 at 7:32am

NOW I realize what sk8eycat stands for! Thanks for the hint. And you all can call me Randy. Only my father calls me by my given name. Have a great weekend (despite it being Easter).

Comment by sk8eycat on April 19, 2014 at 1:11am

I thought THIS was a "spiral."

Comment by Plinius on April 19, 2014 at 12:42am

Have a great day, Mindy!

 

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