Hang With Friends

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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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bending truth, or "We Can All Be Manipulated" (TheraminTrees)

Started by Loren Miller. Last reply by The Flying Atheist on Sunday. 11 Replies

The following is one of TheraminTrees' most thorough-going pieces, wherein he looks at the process and techniques whereby a "religious" organization (which will sound VERY familiar to most of us, once introductions are made!) takes a person who…Continue

Tags: indoctrination, truth, manipulation, TheraminTrees

The End of the World ... Again?!?

Started by Loren Miller. Last reply by The Flying Atheist on Saturday. 13 Replies

Uh, guys and gals?  Hate to tell you, but the world ended the other day.  And the hell of it is, I MISSED IT!  Yeah, too busy with other stuff, mowing the lawn, enjoying the company of my wife, and taking care of puddy-cats, and I just MISSED it!One…Continue

Tags: AronRa, prophecy, end of the world

Sam Harris The Case Against Christianity

Started by dudaboli yev. Last reply by Donald R Barbera Sep 30. 1 Reply

Sam Harris The Case Against Christianity Sam Harris offers his case against the Christian god conceptSamuel Benjamin "Sam" Harris is an American author, neuroscientist, philosopher, the co-founder and chief executive of Project Reason, a non-profit…Continue

Your favorite photobombs?

Started by Ruth Anthony-Gardner. Last reply by amer chohan Sep 2. 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

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Comment by Tony Carroll on August 25, 2012 at 5:46am

Hey everyone. Been working alot, so I haven't been able to ost alot, but this is just to let you know I'm thinking of you. When I do get home at night, I ty to go throught the posts, but I usually glance at them and go to bed. Work will moderate some this week, so that will be better. 5:30 a.m. here, getting ready to go to work now, wom't be home until around 9:00 tonight. Found this picture I, newly hatched squid. Cute and eeewkey at the same time. Everyone have a great weekend.

Comment by sk8eycat on August 25, 2012 at 2:22am

Booklover: An occasional rant is necessary for your/our mental health. Sometimes you just need to.

If you recall, I did a lot of ranting 2 months ago about my "friend" who wore me out for more than two years with 2 or 3 phone calls a week, and most of the time she was NOT sober. When I was in ACA (Adult Children of alcoholics), we had a term for a certain type of irritating person, "Emotional Vampire."  Anyway, the "friend" finally committed suicide, and I felt sad, but also terribly betrayed because she had so much talent and so much to live for.  And I kept telling her so.

Anyway, this week I finally deleted all her e-mail addys from my address book.  I don't know why it took me so long to do that, but when I finished, it was like a breath of fresh air.  When a friendship becomes toxic, the only thing to do is DUMP them!  Save your own sanity.


PS: I'm a booklover, too.  My collection is crowding me out of the house, but I don't care.  Hairy Jerry-Cat loves to rub his chops on certain books...Dan Barker's Godless seems to be his fave.

Comment by Plinius on August 25, 2012 at 1:30am

Very special music, Patricia! There were all sorts of styles mixed in, reminding me of about everything between Beethoven and jazz and it was all harmonious and without hesitation! Not even sure if I can believe what he said about ´make it up as I go´.

Comment by Ruth Anthony-Gardner on August 24, 2012 at 11:32pm

You mean Romney doesn't use the royal "we"?
Thanks for all the cute picture, y'all.

Comment by Ian Mason on August 24, 2012 at 10:22pm

Booklover. Having a good rant and rave is (or should be) a human right. The only problem is when people such as your alcoholic friend get stuck there. So enjoy 5 minutes of blowing your top now and again.

Comment by sk8eycat on August 24, 2012 at 8:17pm

Flying Atheist: But..."They know that this is the place that we were born and raised." 

It isn't even a sentence.  It's a Quayle-ism.  Mitten has been digging his political grave with his mouth all year. His stupidity scares me, just the way The Shrub's did in 2000, and look what happened with him in charge.  (Well, Cheney was really the one in charge. I'm convinced of that.)  And people still think he's fit to be president.


Comment by Joan Denoo on August 24, 2012 at 7:34pm

sk8eycat, I get goosebumps every time I take that galactic journey. 

Comment by Steph S. on August 24, 2012 at 7:21pm
Well I meant that I love the disco turtle - not live the disco turtle - that would be a funny way to live! Disco all the time - lol!
So glad you came here to find support with friends Booklover. We are here for you. You are correct that your other friend is a true friend - In that she accepts you for exactly the way you are and makes you feel good about yourself. A true friend makes you feel good - not bad.
Comment by Tammy S on August 24, 2012 at 6:46pm

Melinda I said this in another discussion last night concerning people who get defensive about their beliefs and it applies here. You are free to shove it up her nose if you like:

 "If someone doesn't like their beliefs challenged, they're not very secure in them to begin with."


It worked well to change the course of that conversation. I hope you feel better soon. 

Comment by The Flying Atheist on August 24, 2012 at 6:40pm

RE:  Romney's remark about "the place that we were born and raised."  I have no doubt he meant we, white people.  Sounds like a Freudian slip of the tongue that reveals how he truly feels about Barack Obama.  (My opinion.)  


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