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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.

This group is not intended to compete with other groups on topics they cover but to "fill in the cracks." Whenever a discussion dwells at length on a topic for which there's an existing group, we urge you to provide members a link to that group to continue along their tangent.

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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 February 25, 2015 at 1:19am

Thanks, Grinning Cat:

The very concept of sin comes from the Bible. Christianity offers to solve a problem of its own making! Would you be thankful to a person who cut you with a knife in order to sell you a bandage?”

― Dan Barker, Losing Faith in Faith: From Preacher to Atheist"

Comment by Joan Denoo on February 24, 2015 at 11:55pm

Spud, I'm glad the images didn't make you feel insignificant. I know you have seen this video before, but I just want to share it again. 

Comment by Joan Denoo on February 24, 2015 at 11:14pm

Kathy, I think Felaine knows we all treasure her good sense of humor and ironic viewpoint. I am known as the humorless one in the group and if anyone can make me laugh it is Felaine. 

Have you seen any of Felaine's professional skating videos or pictures? She was a remarkably talented professional skater and had many unusual experiences. She doesn't brag, and every once in a while she will tell some incident that boggles my mind, and I think others as well. 

One thing I can say about Felaine, she is the most optimistic pessimist I have ever known. She will hate that statement because she hates labels. 

Sorry, Felaine. just sayin'. 

Comment by k.h. ky on February 24, 2015 at 10:17pm
We all perceive things very differently. I took Sk8eycats remark to be a humorous one. Facetious, poking fun at one's self. It's some l do often because I, apparently have, a slightly odd sense of humor.
It causes no end of grief between me and my daughter. She always reads something into my remarks that baffles me.
Perfect example, I was going to give her a key chain l found very funny. It said 'Put your big girl panties on and deal with it'. With an engraving of a large pair of panties. She hated it and gave it back. I didn't know until five years later she thought I was implying she was fat. The thought never crossed my mind. I just thought it was very funny. We do not seem to 'get' each other. Never have. But we're very close and love each other dearly. Speak on a daily basis.
Sorry to have ran on so long.
Comment by Ruth Anthony-Gardner on February 24, 2015 at 9:56pm

sk8eycat, nobody's worthless. Especially Hang With Friends folk! I don't see that idea as liberating. What about all of the great stuff you've shared with us for so long? That counts.

Anyway, you don't have to "fish" for validation. You're presumed to be worthwhile here.

While I acknowledge that human beings are small in the physical context of the entire universe, that doesn't mean we're insignificant. I take a quantum fluctuation view. Remember experimenter effect. One person viewing a physics experiment  makes the difference between a photon taking one path or both paths at once. We make the universe real, by our perceptions and actions, instead of it being in quantum flux.

Anyway, you insult my intelligence by claiming to be boring, since you never bored me.

Comment by sk8eycat on February 24, 2015 at 9:47pm

Whoops!  I forgot to exit this group.

Joan, My life has been worthless, useless, boring. I am nobody, and I like it that way. 

I have nothing else too say.

Comment by Joan Denoo on February 24, 2015 at 9:28pm

Randy, is it too soon to reveal what I found by Googling?

Comment by Joan Denoo on February 24, 2015 at 9:27pm

Felaine, when you wrote, " the most liberating thought I ever had was the realization of my utter insignificance.  Very comforting to know I'm worthless."

You have said this before and I know you to be a very wise lady. So, I will give you the point. 

However, even as there are things much bigger than you and I and some things much smaller, the reality is we exist. We have our sense, we have cognitive brains and we participate for a very small spark of time and then return to atoms. 

Whoopie! I'm going to enjoy this time I have to the fullest!. How about you? 

Comment by sk8eycat on February 24, 2015 at 7:40pm

They were ALL Vice Presidents.

Bye!

Comment by Joan Denoo on February 24, 2015 at 6:03pm

Randall, those names rattle some bells in my head, but I am not able to pull them from memory. 

Dandforth was a name of a Senator, I think, and iw now a minister. The others don't come to memory. 

Quayle, wasn't he a nutcase, Oh Dan Quayle. VP ... can't pull anything more out. I'm peeking now. 

 

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