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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 Idaho Spud on January 30, 2015 at 5:02pm

Good one Bertold.  Gods do want us to beg (and suck).

Comment by Bertold Brautigan on January 30, 2015 at 4:43pm

Comment by The Flying Atheist on January 30, 2015 at 4:11pm

Patricia, on behalf of your neighbors to the south, I apologize that you get our television and commercials. 

Comment by Ruth Anthony-Gardner on January 30, 2015 at 12:24pm

LOL, booklover! You started my day with a chuckle.

That "musical bath" experience sounds interesting, Ian. Thanks for sharing.

Glad to hear you're handling your situation quite well, Flying Atheist. :)

Comment by Ian Mason on January 30, 2015 at 11:34am
Comment by Ian Mason on January 30, 2015 at 11:32am

Glad to hear you're doing well, Carl.

Have a nice tri-generational evening, Mindy.

Have been to the hospital today for the non-invasive part of a prostate examination. It went fine but I'm not looking forward to next week, with probes and tissue samples on the agenda. While I was in town I went to an art exhibition, really interesting. I'm not that wild with "instalations" but this one included Thomas Tallis's "Motet for 40 voices" with each voice recorded separately and then played back through 40 loudspeakers, put in an oval shape. It was possible to go round and listen to each small part that made up the whole or sit in the middle and take a musical bath.

http://en.aros.dk/

Comment by Randall Smith on January 30, 2015 at 8:09am

Carl, stay positive!

I picked up four books at my local library yest. The Hunt for the Golden Mole: All creatures Great and Small, and why they Matter, The Blue Tatto: The Life of Olive Oatman; The End of Greatness: Why America Can't Have (and doesn't want) Another Great President; and Waking up: a Guide to Spirituality Without Religion, (by Sam Harris, one of us).  I had a hard time deciding which one to begin with!

Comment by Joan Denoo on January 30, 2015 at 2:11am

Carl, that is god news. You will whip these challenges because you have a spirit. And good doctors. And you are a good patient.  

Comment by Plinius on January 30, 2015 at 1:58am

Most of the time there's a stack ´to be read´, and usually I read three or four books at a time - one for 100 % concentration, other books for relaxing and a travel book (she reads at the busstop!), and rereading when I feel not well.

Comment by The Flying Atheist on January 30, 2015 at 1:31am

Patricia, I've had to put myself on a self-imposed moratorium from buying books.  I have a stack of books here a mountain high that I need to catch up on first.  My concentration isn't quite up to par right now while I'm dealing with all my health issues.  I'm looking forward to the future when I can once again sit and truly relax with a book and focus on reading. 

BTW, I had a general health check-up today.  My doctor told me that I'm in good health despite my current health condition.  He thinks I am doing well and also handling my situation quite well. 

 

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