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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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Goodwill to Few Men (Betty Bowers)

Started by Loren Miller. Last reply by Donald R Barbera Jul 23. 3 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

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

Betty Explains Religious Freedom (Betty Bowers)

Started by Loren Miller. Last reply by Ruth Anthony-Gardner Jul 3. 10 Replies

Well, considering all the RFRA bills popping up all over the United States, plus all the fun and games ISIS is bringing to the good folks in Syria and Iraq, Betty Bowers, the epitome of well-dressed christianity, has decided to clarify the true…Continue

Tags: persecution, ISIS, Religious Freedom, America's Best Christian, Betty Bowers

Surreal, I haz it

Started by Ruth Anthony-Gardner. Last reply by Ruth Anthony-Gardner May 6. 82 Replies

Surreal, not just found in art.Continue

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Let's not define ourselves or others by our worst behaviors

Started by Ruth Anthony-Gardner. Last reply by Dominique Lutz Apr 16. 6 Replies

My take on the recent melt down at Hang With Friends, of which I missed part, is that some of us were tripped up by a habit of thought. It's something we learn growing up, and use without realizing how much pain it can generate -  failing to…Continue

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Comment by Joan Denoo on February 3, 2015 at 11:26am

Pat, I am very glad you are able to haunt the halls of the courtroom and contribute to the pages of A/N. 

Ian, those probings in "a place that doesn't usually get probed, manually and with an ultrasound device", miserable as they are, do give a sense of comfort, knowing all is normal. 

Comment by Joan Denoo on February 3, 2015 at 11:20am

Kathy, I very much appreciate indications of teasing and joking when writing. I am the last of the crowd to get sarcasm and teasing and jokes. People very kindly and gently let me know, "It's a joke, Joan!". I have been known to go off on a giant rant when I take something seriously, only to have egg on my red face.  

Comment by Joan Denoo on February 3, 2015 at 11:16am

Carl, Your snow fall and travel conditions present such formidable barriers to getting your tasks done, it would be easy to become discouraged. Do keep your spirits up, especially with such uncontrollable factors. 

I have never driven in the Chicago area except on the freeways. Where I-90 and I-80 come together, from north of Chicago going east, driving presents nightmares, even now just remembering it. I wonder if the nerves ever get used to such chaos? 

I wonder if there is a way to reframe the delays into something that gives you calm? What is that big word that I can never remember? ... oh yes, equanimity. I'm not sure I could do the reframe for myself, but that would be my goal if I were in your shoes. 

I know it gives you no comfort to know that we have had only 66% of our needed snow pack in the mountains and virtually none at lower levels. If this isn't climate change, I don't know what evidence one needs. 

I used Chris' video with audio to get to sleep last night. A very pleasant experience. Thanks, Chris. 

Here is another, "I wonder" if sleeping will help pass the time. I used sleep throughout the worst of my cancer treatments and it helped me. Perhaps it will help you pass the time. Certainly, going for long walks is not an option. 

Comment by Joan Denoo on February 3, 2015 at 10:18am

Patricia, you wrote that you are not "well educated". From my perspective, there are different kinds of education.

Some have a formal education, and not all formal education is healthy or supportable or intelligent. The madrasas, for example, or the church schools that teach dogma instead of the inquiry. These people live in the answers. 

Some people have an informal education based on an inquiring mind and a skeptical nature. They doubt and want evidence for a concept. These people live in the questions. 

Some people have a deliberate ignorance and have no interest in evidence. They consciously reject data if it conflicts with their dogma. They live in the answers. 

Patricia, in my humble opinion, you have a natural inquiring mind and will not settle for dogma. That is one of the reasons why I admire so much. 

Comment by Ian Mason on February 3, 2015 at 10:15am

I feel like I've been abducted by aliens :-) I've been to the hospital and been probed in a place that doesn't usually get probed, manually and with an ultrasound device. The good news is that there doesn't seem to be anything abnormal, taking age into account, so no tissue sample taken for biopsy. A new blood test in 6 months is advised. I am relieved.

Comment by The Flying Atheist on February 2, 2015 at 10:46pm

Wow, Chris.  Eleven hours!  It's very relaxing.  I've been listening off and on all day.  Thanks!

Comment by Ian Mason on February 2, 2015 at 10:40pm

I hope your waiting is soon over, Carl.

Like the soothing garden, Chris.

Comment by Pat on February 2, 2015 at 7:29pm

Carl, take care and take it easy. I had a stent put in my heart about 8 months ago. Pain in the a$$, well, in the chest, BUTTTTTTT...... I'm still alive and stalking the courtrooms of Southern Illinois, as you will be stalking the airlines at O'Hare. Keep 'em honest.

Comment by k.h. ky on February 2, 2015 at 7:19pm
At least I'm not covered in snow and ice. So far so good!
Comment by k.h. ky on February 2, 2015 at 7:18pm
I don't care for text speak or spelling either. I'm afraid I'll forget correct english and spelling if I stopped using it. I use Lol because I have such an odd sense of humor l don't know if others know that I'm teasing or joking.
Carl, just keep on keeping on. I had a heart cath a year or so ago and it wasn't bad. I know that's not like surgery. Remember that we are all pulling for you.
 

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