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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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bending truth, or "We Can All Be Manipulated" (TheraminTrees)

Started by Loren Miller. Last reply by The Flying Atheist on Sunday. 11 Replies

The following is one of TheraminTrees' most thorough-going pieces, wherein he looks at the process and techniques whereby a "religious" organization (which will sound VERY familiar to most of us, once introductions are made!) takes a person who…Continue

Tags: indoctrination, truth, manipulation, TheraminTrees

The End of the World ... Again?!?

Started by Loren Miller. Last reply by The Flying Atheist on Saturday. 13 Replies

Uh, guys and gals?  Hate to tell you, but the world ended the other day.  And the hell of it is, I MISSED IT!  Yeah, too busy with other stuff, mowing the lawn, enjoying the company of my wife, and taking care of puddy-cats, and I just MISSED it!One…Continue

Tags: AronRa, prophecy, end of the world

Sam Harris The Case Against Christianity

Started by dudaboli yev. Last reply by Donald R Barbera Sep 30. 1 Reply

Sam Harris The Case Against Christianity Sam Harris offers his case against the Christian god conceptSamuel Benjamin "Sam" Harris is an American author, neuroscientist, philosopher, the co-founder and chief executive of Project Reason, a non-profit…Continue

Your favorite photobombs?

Started by Ruth Anthony-Gardner. Last reply by amer chohan Sep 2. 13 Replies

Running of the bulls photobomb.Continue

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

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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.
Comment by k.h. ky on February 3, 2015 at 8:08pm
Ian, good news for you. Happy to hear it. As for driving it's a necessity in this area. No public transportation at all. I've done it so long l don't mind it. Except as we age our night vision goes. Mine's going fast.
If l were just beginning to drive l don't think I would start. I decided at this age l won't do anything l don't have to.
Comment by The Flying Atheist on February 3, 2015 at 7:21pm
Comment by Ian Mason on February 3, 2015 at 3:06pm

The probing was really just a few uncomfortable minutes. I know I'll have to get used to these things as I get older.

I've given up on the driving. My inner voice said "don't like this, don't want to do this" so I listened to it. Spent most of the time looking at the dashboard clock,getting into a worse and worse mood and wanting the lesson to be over. Me and machines don't get on well. Such is life.

I hadn't heard the cat quote before. I like it a lot. Thanks.

Comment by The Flying Atheist on February 3, 2015 at 2:09pm

Ian, it's great to hear about your good health report.  Despite the invasive intrusion, it's good to have peace of mind by being proactive against possible problems. 

By the way, how is your driving coming along?  You haven't mentioned it.  Are you ready for the Grand Prix? 

Comment by The Flying Atheist on February 3, 2015 at 1:59pm

Patricia, I can't recall who said this or where I read it, but they altered a famous quote to read:  Curiosity killed the cat, but what a way to go. 


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