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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.

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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 sk8eycat on August 30, 2013 at 1:33am

Thinking, or saying, that someone with a bi-polar condition should "snap out of it" is unbelievably cruel. 

My sister is an Aspie, and I'm still hearing "friends" tell me that she's been spoiled, enabled, etc. They haven't lived with her for 69 years...I HAVE!  My parents tried everything, but nobody had even heard of Asperger's Syndrome when we were kids, and psychologists of those days had pretty weird ideas about any  form of autism.  They usually blamed the mother for being "cold."  I remember seeing my mother crying because even as an infant my sister hated to be cuddled and held the way most babies do. 

Mom loved babies and children, she bugged me about giving her some grandchildren until I (joyfully) told her that I had hit menopause. (I never told her about the abortions.)

Comment by Joan Denoo on August 30, 2013 at 1:13am

sk8eycat , love the 5s and 10s with the cat! 

I remember train rides as a child and loved it. The rhythm makes for nice relaxation exercises ... Not so good for walking and swaying. I felt like a klutz. 

Napoleon, I do not like to care for long-haired cats. They get so many mats and resist any attempt to get rid of them. I would too, if I had long tangled hair. 

Comment by Joan Denoo on August 30, 2013 at 1:07am

Brain/Mind disorders present terrible challenges. I am so sorry to learn of your friend, Mindy, and her struggles. Trying to help seems fruitless, especially when the whole body influences what the brain/mind does. "Snapping out of it" requires more than possibly can be handled by some. If she feels helpless, with no options, she is indeed, stuck. With all the different protocols she had must leave her in utter chaos, or a zombie. I don't know which is worse. 

Comment by Plinius on August 30, 2013 at 12:39am

Bi-polar can be bearable with the right treatment, but some sufferers I've seen also incurred two or three drug addictions, and that's another way of steadily getting worse. But ´snapping out of it´, what a crazy thing to demand!

Comment by sk8eycat on August 29, 2013 at 6:07pm

booklover...OMG! That's frightening!  Meds can't help?

Comment by sk8eycat on August 29, 2013 at 5:59pm

PS: IMO the best long train ride in the US is the Coast Starlight...Los Angeles to Seattle...or the reverse.  Beautiful, historical scenery once you get out of Los Angeles County.

I mentioned before that I love trains...my ideal vacation is just to get on a train and just RIDE!  I don't care where, and I really don't want to have to debark anywhere.

Comment by sk8eycat on August 29, 2013 at 5:54pm

A HIGH FIVE (and TEN) to y'all!

Cool High Five-ing Cat

Comment by sk8eycat on August 29, 2013 at 4:42pm

I have always loved trains!  When I was about 7 or 8 Mother and I went to Winslow to visit her sister and two brothers who had settled there after WW2. It was an overnight trip, and we were in an old-style Pullman car (pulled by a steam engine!). I loved the sounds, and the motion, and everything! When I was in Holiday we mostly traveled by rail, unless there was no connection to wherever we were going...then we got stuffed into buses. Ugh. Even now if I can't get somewhere by train, I won't go.  I don't mind flying but I HATE the paranoia that has saddled us with TSA and invasive searches.

Comment by Lillie on August 29, 2013 at 3:02pm

Did you notice, Ruth that the coud behind the jumping dolphin looks like a big fish with its mouth open?

Comment by Ruth Anthony-Gardner on August 29, 2013 at 1:41pm

Greetings, All! I finally woke up at 7:30 AM, like a normal person.

I don’t quite have my head on straight yet. Maybe I'll adjust to this waking up in the morning life in a few days.

Thanks for the description of your niece’s wedding, Flying Atheist. And your cute pictorial introduction. When I was an undergraduate my friends were hooked on trains, particularly their sounds. They took me to sit by a railroad early in the morning just to listen to the train going by.

Booklover, I’m so glad your daughter is happy. Drag racing is’t my cup of tea either, but it’s good for couples to have separate interests too. I seldom un-join groups here, even if I haven’t contributed in a long time. Because as soon as I’d do that the next day I’d have some fascinating bit of news on THAT topic that I’d live to share.

Sk8eycat, your talent for dancing contrasting to other coordination skills fascinated me.  I hadn’t imagined such a discrepancy were possible. My physical skills usually hovered around the median, excepting for sewing (D-).

Thanks for your patience, Everyone.

 

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