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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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Goodwill to Few Men (Betty Bowers)

Started by Loren Miller. Last reply by Donald R Barbera on Thursday. 3 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

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

Betty Explains Religious Freedom (Betty Bowers)

Started by Loren Miller. Last reply by Ruth Anthony-Gardner Jul 3. 10 Replies

Well, considering all the RFRA bills popping up all over the United States, plus all the fun and games ISIS is bringing to the good folks in Syria and Iraq, Betty Bowers, the epitome of well-dressed christianity, has decided to clarify the true…Continue

Tags: persecution, ISIS, Religious Freedom, America's Best Christian, Betty Bowers

Surreal, I haz it

Started by Ruth Anthony-Gardner. Last reply by Ruth Anthony-Gardner May 6. 82 Replies

Surreal, not just found in art.Continue

Tags: surreal

Let's not define ourselves or others by our worst behaviors

Started by Ruth Anthony-Gardner. Last reply by Dominique Lutz Apr 16. 6 Replies

My take on the recent melt down at Hang With Friends, of which I missed part, is that some of us were tripped up by a habit of thought. It's something we learn growing up, and use without realizing how much pain it can generate -  failing to…Continue

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Comment by Steph S. on November 19, 2013 at 8:27pm

Comment by Steph S. on November 19, 2013 at 8:22pm

Wow - what great posts today - cool video Flying Atheist.

Patricia and Booklover - those had me laughing. Very funny.

Good video Tony -interesting and Joan - good quote. Can you believe next week is Thanksgiving?

Comment by Joan Denoo on November 19, 2013 at 8:20pm
Carl, that walk is a killer. Why would be brave enough to build it ... and without reinforcing bars. The one fellow wore a strap that hooked onto the wire, however those five or six steps on a steel bar with crumbling concrete doesn't give me any confidence. Also, concrete against native stone, with normal cold/hot variation would break concrete all to smithereens.
The vehicle in India is another thing altogether. A road bed could slip out under the weight at any moment, especially where water is involved. If I were a passenger, I would prefer to walk.
Why go there? I don't like the taste or feel of adrenaline.
Comment by The Flying Atheist on November 19, 2013 at 7:55pm

Ruth, that van ride in India is outrageous.  I think I would go into cardiac arrest from anxiety.  It reminds me of this video footage of the famous El Camino del Rey walking trail in Spain. 

Mindy, it's a good thing I don't live within walking distance of a Target.  I'd own half the store.  The closest one to me is two short bus rides away.  And without a car, I have to limit my purchases to what I can carry.  That's probably a good thing!  

Dear sweet Joan, glad to hear you're doing well.  I like your new profile picture.  Who is that with you and what are you holding up?  You always have a beaming, wonderful smile. 

Comment by Joan Denoo on November 19, 2013 at 6:27pm

Tony, outrageous, imbecilic, ridiculous, asinine, absurd, and so funny, I can't stop laughing at those crazy people. 

Ruth, that road, river, and terror were as my repeating nightmares I had in 1974, only the brakes gave out on my car and I was trying to make all the curves and dodge all the rockfalls and possible plunges. My river below was a raging torrent. I would wake up crying and in absolute terror. Then I saw the first frame, my stomach churned in recognition of a familiar sight. 

At the time, I didn't realize I had to leave my marriage, my family, my church community and my religion if I were to have freedom. 

Comment by Ruth Anthony-Gardner on November 19, 2013 at 2:22pm

Hi, All. Here's a little bus ride in India you might enjoy.

Cute LOLcat, Steph. My cat Trissa produces piles that big, but she's never resentful.

LOL, Tony that didn't sound like any llama I've seen.

Comment by Tony Carroll on November 19, 2013 at 12:48pm

And now, for something completely different.

Comment by Joan Denoo on November 19, 2013 at 11:50am

Good morning to each one of you. Winter storms approach with promises of snow. I wonder what this year brings to us and are we flexible enough to take on the wicked winds of the north? Right now we have bright blue skies, 50 degree temperature, strong winds, with forecasts of dropping temps, rain and snow.

Let me see, can I use my thinking to stay calm, with equanimity, and resourceful? Well, I shall start with a thought for the day:

Well, I am off for an appointment with my radiation doctor ... no radiation, thank goodness. My last scab fell off last week. 

A very good day to each one.

Comment by Joan Denoo on November 18, 2013 at 9:42pm

Steph, that cat hair would make a wonderful hat for someone going bald from chemo! If they were not allergic, that is.

Comment by Joan Denoo on November 18, 2013 at 9:41pm

Mindy, that is a bummer! Well, if that is your reality, let's look at some options.
Go to a xmas party, which you don't agree with in the first place, and say nothing.

Go to the party, carry on your normal conversation while avoiding any toxic topic. If someone begins a conversation you don't want to discuss with them, tell them you don't want to discuss that topic with them.

Go to the party, get smashed, and tell them all to fuck off. Deal with your husband when you get home, if you ever get home.

Discuss the dilemma with your husband and daughter and negotiate a solution with which you can all agree.

Go to the party, listen to all the banter, come home and get on line with AN and let it all out!

Oh Jeez, I've run out of options.

Let's go at it another way.
When you return home from the party, what do you want to leave behind, in yourself? How do you want to feel the next day?
Or, what do you want your daughter to learn from this experience, something that would make you feel good about yourself?

 

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