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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.

Nobody here is into mind games. A discussion started with a loaded guilt-throwing question will be deleted.

This group is not intended to compete with other groups on topics they cover but to "fill in the cracks." Whenever a discussion dwells at length on a topic for which there's an existing group, we urge you to provide members a link to that group to continue along their tangent.

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Your favorite photobombs?

Started by Ruth Anthony-Gardner. Last reply by amer chohan 4 hours ago. 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

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

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 Joan Denoo on January 29, 2014 at 8:29pm

Ian, a beautiful and brainy daughter. You must be very proud!

Comment by Idaho Spud on January 29, 2014 at 8:28pm

I still have a hard time knowing how to respond to someone's loss, even at my age.  My next door neighbor died last year.  Her husband the year before.  Her son came over to tell me and I just didn't know what to say to him, mainly because I don't know him that well.

A coincidental occurrence happened today as I was getting my blood drawn for a LAB report, the woman drawing it said "You look familiar."  I couldn't place her face and asked if she knew my dad.  She said no.

After a couple of minutes she said "don't you live next to where my parents used to live?  I live around the corner.  Then I knew who she was.  I didn't recognize her because I've never talked with her before.  I've talked to her husband and son and most of the rest of their relatives that live in this area. 

Anyway, we talked about her mother & father as well as mine.

And, she did a good job of drawing blood.  The last time I had a lab, the young guy lost the vein and had a lot of trouble finding it again.  Had a big bruise for a week.  Never going to that place again.

I had a good discussion with my new doctor today that may be an agnostic.  I plan on feeling him out to see what his religious beliefs are (or lack thereof).  But so far I like him!

Comment by Ian Mason on January 29, 2014 at 3:25pm

My daughter, having finished university as "Kandidat Magister" (Advanced Degree/MA) with the next-highest grade. A proud Dad, me.https://plus.google.com/photos/117651753549220715564/albums/5974354...

Comment by Joan Denoo on January 29, 2014 at 2:42pm

Mindy, I was at the lab yesterday for another blood draw and it was standing room only. I asked the technition if the work load has changed recently. He said "Big time". Whatever is causing the overloads is real and has an explanation. 

Sorry about your son's friend's loss. Tough for young people to deal with death issues, especially babies and children. The grief must be very deep for the parents. I like you husband's response. 

Comment by Ian Mason on January 28, 2014 at 10:41am

It could have been different.

Comment by Grinning Cat on January 27, 2014 at 11:46pm

"Smarty Pants Phones" -- heh!

And that "Oatmeal" on "doing religion wrong" is good! "...constantly trying to convince others to believe the same thing? / This is why I'm a fan of Buddhists and Jews. There's no such thing as a door-to-door Jew." [There are Jews by choice, but they sought it themselves.]

and "Are you so dangerously extremist that even a silly web cartoonist can't draw a picture of your prophet without fearing for his life?  (There's no drawing here.)"

Two Cult Survivor on here wrote about comparing atheism to a hairstyle: "It's not. But it is. But it's not." (Which is what inspired my graphic.) If we accept freedom of religion, then not following any religion deserves equal respect and noncoercion.

Comment by sk8eycat on January 27, 2014 at 9:11pm
Comment by sk8eycat on January 27, 2014 at 8:29pm

I was thinking about getting the least expensive phone available, no contract, etc., but I gave up driving, instead.  If I were still driving, I would need a phone for emergencies, to call the auto club, etc.  But I noticed a long time ago that when we have a little (or not so little) earthquake here, the electricity usually goes off for a while, but not the land-line phone, so I'm keeping that.

Ew...and I just received a new modem from AT&T that I have to install myself.  It's sort of like all the TV services switching to HD. AT&T is doing something like that tomorrow, and the old modem won't work anymore.  I can't wait to pull this away from the wall and start messing with all the effing wires.  [sarcasm off/]

Comment by Idaho Spud on January 27, 2014 at 8:08pm

I'm also annoyed by "Like us on Facebook" every where I look.

I don't have a Smarty Pants Phone (made me smile) either, but I do have a cell phone from Verizon that only costs me $8.33/month.

Comment by sk8eycat on January 27, 2014 at 7:39pm

I have never been comfortable with FB, and that's why I unsubscribed less than a week after I first signed up with them (some of my  classmates wanted to start a BHS '57 page)...many years ago.  I am also beginning to resent seeing "Like us on Facebook" every-bloody-where....on web sites, printed on products I buy from a supermarket, Awful Depot, Schwan's...you name it.

My frriend lori, who publishes The Pet Press, has to keep reminding rescue organizations, and other non-profits that we will announce their fundraising and adoption events FREE iin every issue.  Just posting something on FB isn't enough to get a good turnout because they are only "preaching to the choir." Not everyone who has a computer uses FB, and *gasp!* not all of her readers have computers....or even SmartyPants Phones.

People, especially younger ones, think that if they have the latest gadget, everyone must.  Sorry, Charlie...I don't even have a cell phone.  (And try finding a pay phone to call a taxi anymore... .they're gone!)

 

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