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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 Joan Denoo on February 4, 2015 at 11:25am

Here is a bit of information you are just eager to know. 

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Comment by Joan Denoo on February 4, 2015 at 11:06am

There is some 'science' behind Groundhog Day

'If Candlemas be fair and bright, Come winter, take another flight. If Candlemas be clouds and rain, Go winter, come back not again,'"

Comment by Joan Denoo on February 4, 2015 at 11:00am

Snifters of snow, then rain, then another snifter. All winter long. I am eager to see how lilacs and tulips tolerate such conditions. Cary hosted me for dinner out last night to a most delicious chicken meal. It was served with rice and quinoa with cranberries and delicious light green slivers of Granny Smith Apple on top. Perfect blending of flavors. 

With Feb 1, the beginning of Imbolc, meaning lamb's milk, the Celtic beginning of spring and Feb 2 Groundhog's Day, marks the halfway point of winter on our calendar. Our groundhogs did not see their shadows in Spokane either. 

Richard Goscicki's book, Pot Stories and Humanist Essays provide me a wonderful time during this unpredictable winter's day. 

Comment by Joan Denoo on February 4, 2015 at 10:30am

Carl, I love the beer truck "commercial"! It sounded like the pushers were even having fun and a bit of excitement, trying to stay away from other parked cars. 

Kathy, very good advice for others as well, " I decided at this age l won't do anything l don't have to."

Felaine, in response to your comment, I Googled " Sr. Nutrition Program, Spokane, WA. and found several sources. Meal on Wheels is one and there was one funded by USDA US Dept of Agriculture, that coordinates with farmers and Senior Services to get food to low-income people. There was a couple of other small group programs. You may have something in your area that you could find via the internet.  

Mindy, I always know you provide great comments, and especially when others comment about them. Sorry, our machines don't talk to each other sometimes. 

Comment by Idaho Spud on February 4, 2015 at 9:54am

Another great one Mindy.  Pilfering it.

Comment by Plinius on February 4, 2015 at 9:43am

I love that one, Mindy!

Comment by Plinius on February 4, 2015 at 5:10am

My inner voice said the same, Ian, and it's probably very sensible that we listen to it. I hope you are close to public transport. 

The only machine I'm rather comfortable with is my old sewing machine - at least there's no approaching traffic when I use it... 

Comment by sk8eycat on February 3, 2015 at 8:58pm

Carl...I spent one December hiatus with a friend in Chicago...lotsa snow on the ground.  I learned how to make "snow angels..."  at age 20.   There was also SURF on Lake Michigan.  Wish I'd had a camera with me.

Comment by sk8eycat on February 3, 2015 at 8:55pm

Kathy, I'm 75, and my night vision was always bad, but I didn't sell my car till 2 years ago, and in SoCal, that's almost social suicide. 

I thought I would save enough on insurance, maintenance, taxes, and gasoline to pay for the occasional taxi.  HAH!  The cost of everything else went UP-UP-UP!

I think I'm going to register with our town's Sr. Nutrition program so that I'll be sure of having at least one meal a day....  I don't even know how much it costs these days.  We had it for Mother 20+ years ago...then it was $5 a week.  A real bargain!  And she liked the food.

Comment by k.h. ky on February 3, 2015 at 8:12pm
Carl, that video reminds me of when I was a child living in the Chicago area. School was rarely canceled. Down here it's canceled a lot. Far to many roads to have children riding buses on when the weather is bad.
 

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