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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.

Nobody here is into mind games. A discussion started with a loaded guilt-throwing question will be deleted.

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Your favorite photobombs?

Started by Ruth Anthony-Gardner. Last reply by amer chohan on Wednesday. 13 Replies

Running of the bulls photobomb.Continue

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

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 Steph S. on March 11, 2013 at 10:20am

You made me laugh Ruth! Yeah that cat is rather strange looking huh?

Comment by Ian Mason on March 11, 2013 at 12:35am

Comment by Ian Mason on March 10, 2013 at 11:59pm

TFA, you've touched a pleasure-nerve. Radio! Not having a TV, that was our entertainment. Sunday afternoons, just after dinner, was comedy hour. The greats of the 50s repeated: "The Goon Show" and "Hancock's Half Hour" are the ones I remember most. Then the current crop of the 60s with "Round the Horne" and "I'm Sorry I'll Read That Again" being the most memorable. "The Navy Lark" ran from 1959 until 1975, changing style with the years. For those who don't know it, the Goon Show was a revolution in radio and comedy. The Monty Python team have often said "no Goons - no Python" so it inspired a generation.

The most serendipidous discovery I made when I first got a PC 5 years ago was BBC Radio 4 Extra, where they are all repeated. The best of them haven't aged at all and I usually have a weekly session of loud, neighbour-disturbing laughter. Such joy!

Comment by Lillie on March 10, 2013 at 11:45pm

Flying A, get an electric toothbrush.  The biggest problem with teeth is gums and the electric toothbrush is the best for gums.  Use it for about six months prior to going to the dentist to get everything healthy again.  This might save you some gum treatment.

Comment by Ruth Anthony-Gardner on March 10, 2013 at 11:42pm

The Flying Atheist, skipping regular dental cleaning doesn't make you a bad person, it only raises your risk of mortality. There are lists of the most critical things you can do to avoid dying prematurely, like hire someone else to climb a ladder to clean your gutters (so you don't fall off). Keeping your teeth and gums healthy is right near the top of the list. Bacteria you never notice in your gumline can "get loose" and infect your heart. BTW, I did not see that walking stick till the third time I looked.

Yes, sk8eycat, the horrors of metal on metal joints has been newsworthy for months.

Ian, that Satanic Leaf Gecko will inspire a horror movie. Those red eyes and sharp features *shudder*.

Steph, I would not want to wake up with that cat staring in my face. I'd leap out of bed screaming and hit the wall or something.

Nice to hear from you. Hugs

Comment by The Flying Atheist on March 10, 2013 at 8:58pm

Wow!!!  I leave town and I'm seven pages behind upon my return.  Finally caught up. 

Felaine, I'm glad your tooth pain went away and that you're back to 'normal.'  I'm very embarrassed to admit this, but I haven't been to a dentist in nine years.  That's really bad, I know.  I haven't had any problems, but I know I'm long overdue for a regular checkup, etc.  I pay a very low insurance premium for dental care every year through work, so there's no excuse.  Just me being a very bad and irresponsible person.

Joan, I enjoyed you reminiscing about days gone by.  I still remember "telephone exchanges."  My childhood home phone exchange was TU9 (Tuxedo 9) or today known as 889.  You also mentioned Amos and Andy.  They are a favorite of mine as well, as are many of the old radio shows.  I listen almost daily to them.  I sometimes feel as though I was born a few decades too late.  You might enjoy the following links that I use all the time:  Amos & Andy audio page 1, Amos & Andy audio page 2 and Old Time Radio archive.

Ian, I love the Satanic Gecko.  Nature never fails to amaze and 'wow' me.  I've always been fascinated with the walking stick insects.

Oh, and I too signed the DST petition.  Changing clocks twice a year may have been necessary in the bygone farming era of pre-industrialization, but it's just not relative to today's modern society......kinda like religion. 

Comment by sk8eycat on March 10, 2013 at 8:31pm

I have a question for everybody/anybody: my friend that I cat-sit for v occasionally needs a hip replacement job, and has asked me to research what works best, what lasts longest, and everything else about hip prosthese.  Where do I start?  Has anyone had any experience with this problem?

What I've come up so far is the lawsuit settlement by Johnson & Johnson for their faulty metal-on-metal device. Metal-on-metal doesn't last long...and constantly sheds teeny-tiny fragments into the body. (But all the materials used in these devices does that.)

I've also sent an e-mail to a friend who has had to have the same hip operated on 3 times because of various screw-ups.  I haven't told Sue about that.

Anyroad, any information at all would be greatly appreciated.  I just need to know where to start...a lot of the links that come up on Google and other search engines are paid ads, and I'm trying to avoid those.

Comment by sk8eycat on March 10, 2013 at 8:14pm

Oh, yes.  Our "Pale Blue Dot" in space.  Her biggest problem for the past 2,000 years or so is that the two most powerful organizations have convinced (without any evidence at all) billions and billions of people that there's a better home waiting for them...after they die.  So they leave this one filled with trash.

Comment by Joan Denoo on March 10, 2013 at 6:16pm

"Humanity; The most intelligent species on the planet, capable of anything, but is governed by its aggression and youth. A species fast in developing, but slow in maturing.

Once a species that cared about its home, its provider, let its ego dominate its decision. A period of ignorance and neglect has had profound effects across the world. Effect which can be reversed, if nature is given the time to repair the damage.

Remember … We only have one home.”

~ David Bayliss 

EARTH - One video you NEED to see

Comment by Grinning Cat on March 10, 2013 at 5:18pm

On Daylight Saving Time: I agree -- let's stop messing with the clocks and eliminate an annual cause of increased car accidents in the spring. (Energy savings are questionable, too, especially in the southern U.S. where increased A/C use more than offsets reduced evening lighting use.)

On a facetious note, I like the DST proposal someone mentioned on Car Talk some years ago:

Every afternoon at 2:00 pm, we'd move the clocks forward to 3:00 pm. We'd skip an entire useless hour at the office where nothing gets accomplished, except perhaps for meetings, but that's being redundant. And we'd get to enjoy an extra hour of daylight in the evening.

Every night/morning at 3:00 am, we'd move the clocks back to 2:00 am. With modern electronics that's easily automated. So we'd get an extra hour of sleep.

It's a win-win-win situation!

 

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