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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.

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 The Flying Atheist on August 9, 2012 at 9:49am

Thanks, Ian.  When I'm playing my jazz music I like to think of myself as a cool cat. 

Comment by The Flying Atheist on August 9, 2012 at 9:47am

Speaking of parasites, please turn to page 132 in your Hymnals for our next song: "What A Friend We Have In Jesus"

Comment by Steph S. on August 9, 2012 at 9:16am
Chris and Patricia you sound like me. I like my own company and prefer to be alone and keep to myself. I just got rid of a human parasite myself. I am feeling much better now that those negative people are out of my life.
Tony thanks for the pic and I'm glad to see you here.
I enjoy all of you!
Comment by Ian Mason on August 9, 2012 at 3:36am

You are a lovely group of people (and cats). Thanks for being who you are.

Comment by Plinius on August 9, 2012 at 2:52am

Thanks Patricia, you make me feel less of an oddity.

Comment by Plinius on August 9, 2012 at 1:50am

I see I'm not the only one who has got very few friends left and is happy with that. We rid ourselves from a clutter of human parasites some years ago (always there at mealtimes, leaving us with the dirty dishes and talking nonstop about viewpoints which they knew we hate). I hesitated a long time, also because of tests that warn you that your health and well-being are in danger when you have got a very small social network, but I feel so much better without those people!  

Comment by Tony Carroll on August 9, 2012 at 12:40am

This one made me laugh. Just had to share with you guys.

Comment by Paula T. on August 8, 2012 at 10:47pm
I lost my best friend a few years ago. She is VERY Roman Catholic, but I don't believe she reads the buybull or attend mass each week. She told me that I should read more (religious type BS) and not believe the stuff atheists say. She is totally messed up because of the religious upbringing and she was molested by her father and brothers as a child. She's married for the 2nd time to a snake and I do not like him. She sent me another FB friend request and I blocked her. She also wrote a message to my boyfriend asking if I was ok. He didn't respond. I feel sad that she is so unhappy, so deeply, and feels that religion is the key to happiness. Gawd will make everything better...
Comment by Tony Carroll on August 8, 2012 at 9:28pm

Yay, I'm getting a day off! Sorry I haven't been around as much as usual, just been very busy, but I've been thinking of you guys, and reading the posts.

Patricia, I'm so sorry to hear of the problems you're having. I will be thinking of you, and if you ever need to vent or just talk, go to my page. Will be happy to listen/commiserate/laugh/cry with you. You do indeed have friends here.

Melinda & Steph, what can I say other than thank you both for your concern. Big warm fuzzy bear hugs to you both. Your friendship, heck everyones friendship here means so very much to me.Even when I'm too busy to respond back or be as active as I want, you're all in my thoughts.

Be well everyone. Take care.

Comment by Steph S. on August 8, 2012 at 6:18pm

I love the lolcat picture booklover!

Yes, be glad the friendship is over. Now you can move on with your life in a positive way. That person was not a true friend.

 

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