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.

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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 The Flying Atheist on August 18, 2012 at 1:16am

@Joan, I had GREAT admiration for my grandfather.  He was a happy, loving, smiling Dane who was always whistling a tune.  He was a hardworking semi-truck driver here in the city of Chicago and he had a heart of gold.  He was always telling stories about driving here and there around the city and he had endless tales about the kindness of the dockworkers and office people he encountered on his job.  He was a kind person a fault.  He would often greatly inconvenience himself just to help a complete stranger.  He wasn't a dumb or gullible man, but he always saw the good in other people.  He often got misty-eyed or choked-up when relaying stories about the acts of kindness he saw between people or when others went out of their way for him.  He was a very appreciative and compassionate man.  He and my grandmother were well respected by their friends for their stellar integrity.  Like I said earlier, he was always studying up on something.  He was very fond of geology.  Had his life taken a different path, he might have been a geologist or some type of academic.  None-the-less, he was a great man who, along with my grandmother, managed to support and raise a family of three girls through the Great Depression and WWII.  He lived to be 92.  He was really someone to respect and emulate.        

Comment by Ian Mason on August 18, 2012 at 12:55am

My idea of heaven.

Comment by Plinius on August 18, 2012 at 12:48am

@Joan Denoo - yes, I am a bookworm! There's nothing like parents that need only one book and tell you constantly that a girl doesn't need to know whatever you asked - you never stop reading after that.

Comment by Joan Denoo on August 18, 2012 at 12:17am

@booklover, an incredible group of photos of cats in friges. 

Comment by Joan Denoo on August 18, 2012 at 12:15am

@sk8eycat, what a brave mother caring for her pups. Odd she would choose a fire truck to place them after such a harrowing experience. Trust must have been high, and she probably understood who would protect her and her litter. 

Comment by Joan Denoo on August 18, 2012 at 12:10am

@Chris Breman, my goodness, the numbers of books and your wide range of interest is impressive. You must have been born with an inquiring mind! After retiring, reading became my passion and I spend a lot of time with a book; however, I find myself napping a lot more. Oh well, I have worked hard and I really enjoy the opportunity to just be present to the natural order of things, the rhythms and patterns. 

Sounds like you are a book-worm, too. It is a lovely way to spend time. 

Comment by Joan Denoo on August 18, 2012 at 12:06am

@The Flying Atheist, there is a difference between those who don't finish high school and continue to pursue interests beyond the mundane daily life. I find them open to questioning, exploring for new information, and willing to look at old ways of thinking and acting and experimenting with non-traditional ideas. As I think back to my childhood, the people I admired and wanted to spend time with were the questioners, seekers. 
Did you feel accepted and supported by your grandfather? He must have meant a lot to you, to remember him with such loving and respectful terms. 

Comment by The Flying Atheist on August 17, 2012 at 11:51pm

My grandfather never finished high school, which was pretty common for someone born in 1910, but he was always reading and learning about some topic in a book from the library.  He was a very fun, kind, and down to earth person.  I admired him for his personality and for his scholarly eagerness to learn and to pass on what he knew. 

Comment by Plinius on August 17, 2012 at 11:38pm

I collect internetpictures from all over the world, and there are some 3000 books here: history, evolution, atheism, philosophy, DIYbooks and a lot of whodunnits and literature. I started to read lots of different things to patch up my poor education - still not finished ;-)

Comment by Steph S. on August 17, 2012 at 10:53pm
Oh I love your cool cat Patricia! Awesome!

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