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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 Joan Denoo on September 24, 2013 at 11:57pm

Carl, I tend to be much more hard-hearted than most, but I think you need to share the circumcision video with your mother. She needs to be aware of the reality of the practice and if her dedication to circumcision is based on religious teachings, this is too important to allow the tradition to continue. 

This is an example of how Attitudes, Beliefs, Customs, Traditions and Value link. In order to challenge the Value, one uses A.B.C.T. If not challenged when the facts become evident, she could place undue influence on young parents to do what is physically, mentally, emotionally, morally and ethically wrong. 

I don't know any other way to break values. 

Comment by The Flying Atheist on September 24, 2013 at 11:36pm

Sk8eycat, I'm with you.  I will not patronize Walmart.  I don't agree with their business model or their treatment of workers.  There are Walmart stores in the Chicago suburbs but very few locations have made inroads into the city proper due to Chicago having such a strong historical and traditional influence of unionized labor.  The folks here have fought tooth and nail from being infiltrated by Walmart, being mostly successful with just a few exceptions.  

I can honestly tell you that I have been inside a Walmart store three times in my entire life.  Two times in other cities while on a layover at work when I needed an item and no other option was available (each time spending less than $10.00) and the third time, not as a customer, but just accompanying an acquaintance with a work-related purchase.

I'm trying to do my part by not encouraging this business.  I'm just one person, but I have been active throughout the years with online petitions that speak out about the myriad of problems associated with Walmart.  I wish I could do more to be more effective.

Napoleon, thanks for posting that video on circumcision.  In recent years I've become quite vocal against this horrible practice.  When I've brought up the subject in conversation while in the presence of my mother, she gets quite disgusted that I would even consider taking such a stance.  I'm thinking I may need to send this video to her, but it might send her into a fit.  She enjoys living in her bubble and doesn't like to talk about such topics. 

Comment by Ian Mason on September 24, 2013 at 9:07pm

Mindy, higher education is becoming an elite reservation. In my day (that's the 1980s) university education in Britain was free and there were student grants to live on.When I was finished I owed about £350 to the bank. One of my nephews who's just starting expects to have debts of around £50,000 when he's finished after 3 years. Most of the "reforms" to the education system were brought in by the so-called Labour government of Tony Blair.

Here in Denmark most education is still free and there is a form of financial support, albeit means-tested and not enough to live on. My daughter will end up owing very little when she's finished despite having to support herself for her 6-month period studying in Australia. That was paid for by the savings me and my ex had put aside every month for 18 years plus her own weekend job. I can't understand how any country calling itself "civilised" can restrict access to education in this way.

Ever read Gray's "Elegy in a Country Churchyard"? That laments all the unrecognised genius that's 6 feet under, the undiscovered Shakespeare that was an unlettered ploughman unable to express himself because he couldn't go to school.

Bit of a rant but I'm also outraged by the system, particularly when we're told that education is the key to the future but only the rich get through the eye of that particular needle.

Comment by Tony Carroll on September 24, 2013 at 8:28pm

This is from Uncle George's site (as in George Takei). Laughed so hard nearly split my gut, as the saying goes. How can something so wrong be so right? He does look fabulous, I must admit.

 

Comment by sk8eycat on September 24, 2013 at 1:54am

I buy groceries online from Schwan's (everything is frozen, but the veg taste VERY fresh, even when you nuke them. Their ice cream is to slide under the table in ecstasy for.), and Vons/Safeway for everything else. Electronic coupons are valid, and they have other specials.

I have a couple of friends who moved to Payson, AZ in 1999, and there's one of those giant Walphart stores right across the street from a Safeway AND a chain supermarket that's popular in Arizona.  My friends think WailMart is just wonderful.  The store plus the parking lot have destroyed several acres of what was once a large market garden... Ugh.

People don't understand that once something that large is built on fertile cropland, it is gone forever.  Or at least for our lifetimes.

This country's wealth has always been the land, but it's all being paved over at breakneck speed....nobody can eat asphalt.

I don't know if Schwan's delivers in Canada, but they WILL send packages via UPS...packed in dry ice.  Go to the Safeway web site and see if they deliver in your area...do they have stores in Canada?

Comment by Joan Denoo on September 24, 2013 at 12:38am

sk8eycat, I feel so much pain from your story, and the countless other stories that good, decent, honest, hard working people tell. The real parasites remain untouched, and it seems they remain untouchable. 

Yes, there will be an uprising and the sooner the better. The Walmart family steals time and money from those who work for them and should be held accountable. 

Can you see the masses assembling outside Walmart stores across the country with valiant leaders ready to storm the citadels? 

Comment by sk8eycat on September 24, 2013 at 12:22am

There is a loud segment of our population, including elected representatives of ALL the people in their districts,  who consider those who need public assistance to survive "parasites." Like Mitt R-Money's famous 47%.

On the contrary, the true parasites are the greedy moguls who keep sucking money out of the system, sending it to overseas banks so they won't have to pay taxes on it, and are so emotionally damaged that they will NEVER have enough of anything...money, power, toys....anything.

Yeah...I am physically weak, and facing bankruptcy, but I'm ready for an uprising....I wish people, in vast numbers, would boycott Walmart for starters.  That family disgusts me.

Comment by Steph S. on September 23, 2013 at 4:28pm

How's everyone? I am enjoying all the posts here and pictures.

Hope everyone has a good start to the week.

Comment by Ian Mason on September 23, 2013 at 10:46am

Love the bunny lady, Mindy. Perhaps she's a clever hunter/furrier..

R.e. a hermit life: by coincidence I've just started the novel "Oblomov" by Ivan Goncharev. I do heartily recommend it to those who think they'd like a withdrawn life.

Comment by Ian Mason on September 23, 2013 at 1:18am

Have just read Douglas Adams's "Long, Dark Teatime of the Soul" (1988) and was suprised by the similarities to Niel Gaiman's "American Gods" (2001) Shall we be kind and call it "inspiration"?

 

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