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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 Loren Miller on September 7, 2013 at 4:03pm

CAT LOVE!  [chuckle!]

Comment by Ruth Anthony-Gardner on September 7, 2013 at 2:03pm

Sorry, Patricia and Joan, I can't imagine viewing any tree that isn't poisonous or excessively invasive as ugly, even if branches die and it looks degraded. Wabi-Sabi. Fast growing trees absorb CO2 faster. Guess I'm a tree hugger at heart. However, planting Polars farther from your house only makes good sense.

Just sayin', "Boop!"

Comment by Joan Denoo on September 7, 2013 at 12:59pm

Patricia, the tree looks like it is poplar, notorious for growing fast, having brittle branches and turning incredibly ugly as branches die. By all means, do what you can to get rid of them. When they are young, they are so pretty and lush ... old age sets in very early and they become hazards. Many farmers of the Palouse plant them for wind breaks and very soon they become old hags. 

Comment by Ruth Anthony-Gardner on September 7, 2013 at 10:48am

Yes, he looks a lot like Pumpkin's baby picture, Patricia. I'm glad you're both doing better.

sk8eycat, loving a terrifying father is part of Dominator cutlure. To someone who is comfortable with mutual respect and unconditional love for children (Partnership Culture) it is illogical. Dominator parenting is explained by Riane Eisler in several of her books. It's the emotional foundation for people adoring the nasty dictators who oppress them. People raised by "strict fathers" are perfectly comfortable with this, and don't really get love or respect for leaders who don't act like Alpha Male primates. If you weren't raised with unconditional love and treated with respect for your feelings and intelligence as a child this makes perfect sense to you.

Comment by The Flying Atheist on September 7, 2013 at 3:15am

Pumpkin's picture makes me smile.  :)

Comment by sk8eycat on September 7, 2013 at 2:23am

Ruth, that kitten looks a bit like my Pumpkin did when he was a baby:

Pumpkin's Baby Picture - 1999

I must 'splain that is a very tiny TV he's perched on. The entire front of the "box" is less than 10".

Comment by sk8eycat on September 7, 2013 at 2:18am

Loren and Mindy, I've wondered for a long time why believers consider it a compliment to say someone is "ghod-fearing."  (Then they turn around and say "ghod is love;" are they afraid of love?)

Comment by Ruth Anthony-Gardner on September 6, 2013 at 8:10pm

Patricia, I'm sorry you and your husband had such a bad day. You describe it so vividly, I shudder. Maybe because I've had a wasp inside of my clothes and got stung multiple times. But I only needed Benadryl and a beer.

At least you were able to enjoy your take out.

Interesting video, Flying Atheist.

Comment by Luara on September 6, 2013 at 6:51pm

Never open the door to a strange man.

Comment by Lillie on September 6, 2013 at 4:16pm

Two really good ones, Loren and Mindy.

 

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