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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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The End of the World ... Again?!?

Started by Loren Miller. Last reply by Pat on Thursday. 5 Replies

Uh, guys and gals?  Hate to tell you, but the world ended the other day.  And the hell of it is, I MISSED IT!  Yeah, too busy with other stuff, mowing the lawn, enjoying the company of my wife, and taking care of puddy-cats, and I just MISSED it!One…Continue

Tags: AronRa, prophecy, end of the world

Sam Harris The Case Against Christianity

Started by dudaboli yev. Last reply by Donald R Barbera on Wednesday. 1 Reply

Sam Harris The Case Against Christianity Sam Harris offers his case against the Christian god conceptSamuel Benjamin "Sam" Harris is an American author, neuroscientist, philosopher, the co-founder and chief executive of Project Reason, a non-profit…Continue

Your favorite photobombs?

Started by Ruth Anthony-Gardner. Last reply by amer chohan Sep 2. 13 Replies

Running of the bulls photobomb.Continue

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

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Comment by Ian Mason on February 22, 2014 at 2:58pm

Here's one for all the Vegans

Comment by Idaho Spud on February 22, 2014 at 12:04pm

Wow Ian!  I'm Sorry you have such a boss.  I've had unpleasant bosses, but none that said anything like that to me.  That would stress me out for as long as I held the job!

That's funny about the squirrel running up your girlfriend.  I was in Scotland for 2 years and never saw many squirrels.  Was only in London one day and never visited a park, so I guess I missed them.

Comment by Ian Mason on February 22, 2014 at 11:47am

If you've ever seen the squirrels in London's parks those rabbits are not a suprise. I girlfriend I took over pulled out her camera and a squirrel ran up her trying to get at the camera to eat it.

Haven't had the computer on the past couple of days as I've been tired. Here's why:

Monday morning, as I was putting my coat on to go home from work, the boss turned up and said that she wanted a little chat. In her office she told me that I was the biggest problem she had, that I was the equivalent of having en extra resident in the care-unit and a difficult one at that and that something had to change. We arranged a further meeting for Thursday, later changed by her to Friday morning. This time I went "armed" with my union rep. The boss then DENIED saying the things she'd said the first time, made a u-turn, back-pedalled and was an incarnation of common sense. She even listened to what I had to say and approved. In the intervening days I took out my frustration at the gym with training sessions of 2-4 hours including long bursts on a stair machine. When the adrenaline finally ran out I was dog-tired but couldn't sleep because of the pains in my legs. Things have calmed down now and I'm starting to feel normal again, just hungry all the time.

The cause of all this was some long-term friction between me and one of the residents, a man who suffers from bipolar disorder and has all his life used his problem to manipulate those around him. He does things like use an emergency call button at night to tell the duty worked to pick his clothes up off the floor, open the curtains, close the curtains, straighten his duvet......and I refuse to play the game. 

As a long-term depression sufferer myself I know very well the perverse pleasure there can be in wallowing in the condition and making others dance to the morbid tune. I also know that the only way to self-respect and dignity is in the struggle to live despite an illness.

That's been my week :-D

A good weekend to you all.

Comment by Idaho Spud on February 22, 2014 at 11:10am

I only count 100, but it's funny anyway.

Comment by Idaho Spud on February 22, 2014 at 11:09am

Comment by sk8eycat on February 21, 2014 at 9:07pm

I think I've bought paperbacks from Better World through eBay's  Are they in Washington state?  (Many of the used books I've bought have had Seattle or Tacoma public library stamps all over them...I don't mind that, as long as the books are readable.  I don't have a fetish about brand new books.

Comment by Ruth Anthony-Gardner on February 21, 2014 at 6:25pm

Cute pic of Leno with cat, thanks sk8eycat.

What a patient cat, Napoleon.

Comment by sk8eycat on February 21, 2014 at 3:49pm

We saw Leno around Burbank quite a bit...especially at a little Italian take-out place up the street from the Cat Hotel.  They made their own pasta; the lasagna noodles were like silk.

I also saw him a couple of times when he led the motorcycle Love Ride through town...that was amazing!  Imagine being surrounded by hundreds of happy people on big rumbling Harleys; it was like being in the middle of a harmless earthquake, or a continuous thunderstorm.  (This happened on Sunday mornings when I was driving home from my shift at the Hotel.  I always thought it was a MUCH better activity for adults than sitting in a church somewhere.  It's fun for everyone, and they raise money for MDA and other charities.)

Comment by Idaho Spud on February 21, 2014 at 1:38pm

I miss watching Jay Leno also.  I liked him as much or more than Johnny Carson.  Why did they fire Jay when he was at the peak of his popularity?

I've not watched Jimmy Fallon yet since he took Jay's spot.  I watched him a few times when he had the other show, and he didn't do anything for me.

Comment by sk8eycat on February 21, 2014 at 9:54am

I miss Jay Leno...I met him a few times when I was working nights at the Cat Hotel (before the end of 2005).  He was just a nice guy when he was being himself, and loved his elderly cat, Cheeseler, with all his heart.  That wins BIG points with me!

The first time he called to say he was picking her up, I went crazy looking for her carrier...finally called the Hotel owner to ask where it was stored, and she said he didn't use one.  I said something intelligent like "hunh?"  she just said, "You'll see."

So, while I was running his credit card and printiing out the invoice, Mr. Leno went back to Cheeseler's condo, gently picked her up, kissed her,and then buttoned her inside his shirt so that just her head was poking out.  She was purring so that you could see her little old body vibrating through the fabric.  True love and trust, IMO.

EARLIER photo of Jay Leno and a young Cheeseler:
Jay Leno with His Cat


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