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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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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 Ian Mason on September 17, 2013 at 11:43pm

"In all ages, whatever the name and form of government, be it monarchy, republic or democracy, an oligarchy lurks behind the facade." Ronald Syme

Comment by Ruth Anthony-Gardner on September 17, 2013 at 10:27pm

I enjoyed the Japanese art video, Tony, Thanks!

I agree, Ian. I don’t like “vertical” society, because women are always under men. Although the upcoming Trans-Pacific Partnership deal will change the basic structure. Corporate profit will soon be at the very top of our global vertical society, trumping all human concerns such as labor laws, environmental protection, consumer protection or safety. Our politicians are going to put corporations in charge. If a foreign company might lose profit due to a consumer protection, they'll be able to sue and get the consumer law vacated as unfair trade. Considering that corporations are a type of self-replicating nonhuman entity, I see this "trade" pact as a Terminator-style suicide act. With the planet hurtling toward Climate Destabilization, handing corporations from other countries power to trump laws, to protect health and  environment, passed by citizens in all other countries  is incomprehensible to me. There are already some trade pacts doing this on a smaller scale. Remember dolphin safe labels on tuna? They had to be removed because it was deemed unfair to the tuna trade.

Sorry for the rant.

Cutest Darth Vader ever, Steph.

Comment by Lillie on September 17, 2013 at 9:49pm

Melinda, I would like to meet your mom.  Sounds like my kind of woman.

Comment by Ian Mason on September 17, 2013 at 9:04pm

A great, groanworthy pun, Mindy.

Comment by The Flying Atheist on September 17, 2013 at 3:28pm

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Comment by Ian Mason on September 16, 2013 at 2:29am

Saw an old (1971) TV appearance of Santana a couple of years ago and Carlos played with his back to the camera. I heard that he did that to stop people stealing his licks.

I love music too, all kinds except banal pop, and have a considerable collection.

Have returned from holiday with a few additional pounds around the middle. The first step to removing them was running a local ½-marathon yesterday. My times nowadays are about 15 - 20 minutes slower than 15 years ago, something I've had to learn to accept. While on Crete I was asked, for the second time this year, if I wanted a pensioner's ticket. Will have to learn to accept that too, it seems and train myself to say "yes" when it happens. I'm 56 by the way.

Comment by The Flying Atheist on September 16, 2013 at 1:53am

Hi, Tony.  Haven't seen you in a while.  I hope you're well.  I really like the Japanese art video. 

Comment by The Flying Atheist on September 16, 2013 at 1:51am

Patricia, Santana?  You sound like one cool lady!  :)

They were wildly popular and had a very unique sound.  I didn't know that were still performing as a group.

Comment by The Flying Atheist on September 16, 2013 at 1:49am

Chris, I'll have to scan and post a photo I took in Zaandam, outside of Amsterdam when I was there in 1998.  It contains windmills, a cat and a grey, blustery sky.  Beautiful   

Comment by Plinius on September 16, 2013 at 12:40am

Thanks for the Japanese video, Tony!

 

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