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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 Joan Denoo on August 1, 2013 at 12:20pm

O enjoy reading the greetings from each one of you and know I have a "cloud of support" from many places. Thanks. 

Carl, I very much appreciate your thinking of me and your gift of Monet's Water Lilies! It evokes a real refreshing and restoring feeling in me. Thank you. 

Comment by The Flying Atheist on August 1, 2013 at 12:02pm

Cute squirrel, Ruth.  They're so much fun to watch. 

Mindy, I also wanted to chime in on board games.  I've always been a big fan of board games.  So has my family.  We still get together for "game nights" and enjoy a meal followed by a rousing board game, dominoes, or cards at the dinning room table.    

Comment by Ruth Anthony-Gardner on July 31, 2013 at 11:38pm

Joan, I appreciate your sharing your backyard nature enjoyment with us. It’s good to hear your share the bad days as well as the good. We’re here for you.

Good to hear from you dr kellie. I hope you introduced them to AN.

Sorry to hear about the side effects of Femara, Patricia. *sigh* That’s no picnic.

Thanks for the helpful lion LOL, bookover. I didn’t know anybody still played board games till past midnight. More power to you.

Comment by The Flying Atheist on July 31, 2013 at 11:21pm

Hi, Dr Kellie.  Long time, no see.  Good to have you check in.

Chris, those snowy pictures were from 2011,  I didn't take the photos, though.  But you can see, after a big storm there can be a lot of work shoveling out a car.

Joan, thinking of you and spreading some cheer your way visually with Monet's Water Lilies.

 

Comment by Ian Mason on July 31, 2013 at 10:06pm

Nice one, Mindy.

There's a lot of us out there, Dr. Kellie but most keep quiet.

Cheering you on, Joan. How about having David Attenborough make a documentary about the view from your window? It sounds very entertaining.

Comment by dr kellie on July 31, 2013 at 3:48pm

Good point about editing, and that actually came up this morning.  The boys are college age roommates and one of them said fuck and then apologized for it.  I smiled and said, "What the fuck are you apologizing for?"  It was cute.

I'm looking forward to seeing them again.

Comment by dr kellie on July 31, 2013 at 11:14am

Greetings to everyone!  I wanted to report that I just met two new darling young (and atheist) clients through an atheist referral.  Absolutely refreshing.  Doesn't happen every day, but I do rejoice when it does.

Comment by Joan Denoo on July 31, 2013 at 11:12am

This crazy roller coaster ride I'm on gives me a terrific day followed by not so terrific ones. Today is my eleventh treatment, only five more to go. By Jove, I will make it. My energy level sits on zero and if I do any task, it takes me three or four days to complete it.

All my blood tests show excellent results, no problems as far as red or white cells, no problems at all with mouth sores as so many people report. A little problem with neuropathy, which doctors monitor and treat aggressively.
I start radiation next week, and I feel a bit anxious about that.

@Patricia, I forgot, did you have radiation? Oh yes, my lack of memory is a problem. That will change when I get through.
I have been impressed with how patient Cary has been with me because he has to deal with the daily ups and downs. He keeps me encouraged and makes me laugh at myself as this weird creature that is temporarily sharing our household.
My great amusement is watching Fat Tail Squirrel build her nest in an Arborvitae in my back yard. She cuts off small branches, carries them to her construction site, causing the whole shrub to shudder, then goes for some grape leaves and does the same thing. We wonder why she doesn't gather Mullein leaves, they are so soft.
The hummingbird group has grown to many birds. They flit so fast I can't count them. Some critter, perhaps a skunk or raccoon plows through the huge Monarda patch knocking them over. The hummers bravely stick their tongues into even those billions of blossoms near the ground. So far visiting Siamese Cat has not bothered them. He is more interested in the bird watering area under the Blue Spruce tree. Nothing grows under the tree and I have it limbed up so I can walk under it to fill the feeders and not hit my bald head. Cat has to cross a wide area to get to the birdbaths. I see no signs Cat has caught any birds ... no feathers, for example. Usually we see signs of a killed bird. The good hunter cat owners moved away this summer. Sadly, so did their children. I have no young children visiting me this summer. 

Comment by Plinius on July 31, 2013 at 7:40am

Is that your neighbourhood, Carl? It looks good. We almost never see snow that high, if we do it's often gone in a few days.

Comment by The Flying Atheist on July 31, 2013 at 7:17am

Chris, I don't own a car either, so I'm very reliant on buses and trains...and the occasional taxi.  I'm very lucky to live right around the corner from 2 bus lines that run 24 hours and each of those bus lines is a 10 minute ride or less away from two different train lines.  It's all very convenient. 

And I don't have to shovel out snow for a parking space in the winter!

    

 

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