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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 Ian Mason on January 16, 2015 at 10:34pm

"Patience is a virtue/posess it if you can/Seldom in a woman/never in a man. One of the truisms I heard so many times as a child. Turned out to be true for me.

I'm a skeptic about these hasty police raids. Whenever something nasty happens there seems to be a great rush to close stable doors after the horses have bolted. I know that the rash of raids/arrests in Britain in 2005 turned up very little.

Comment by Joan Denoo on January 16, 2015 at 6:08pm

When we go to the store, Cary does the shopping list while I putter through the organic and the greengrocer sections. He gets furious with me as I waddle along, reading labels, comparing prices, looking at options, talking to fellow shoppers. I go up and down each isle, eating free samples and discussing them with the demonstrators. The fellow in the organic section is a real dear! He is a refugee from Iraq or Iran. We have nice little conversations if he isn't busy. 

I enjoy the outing when I go by myself, usually a day or two after we have done the household shopping. Simple pleasures for simple minds. 

When he and I go, it takes about 45 minutes in an out with a full load of groceries in the trunk. When I go alone, I might have a few little items but it takes me a couple of hours. 

I dread the time when I can't drive to the store. 

Comment by Oxyaena on January 16, 2015 at 6:04pm

More suspected terrorist cells found in Belgium. Additionally, I don't believe in greater mass surveillance as some idiots politicians want. "Anyone who wants to sacrifice their liberty in favor of increased safety and security doesn't deserve liberty." -- paraphrasing Benjamin Franklin.

Comment by Joan Denoo on January 16, 2015 at 5:53pm

Here comes the sun! Days get longer, nights shorter. What a great time to be alive!

Comment by The Flying Atheist on January 16, 2015 at 12:52pm

Both my parents are almost 80.  I had the pleasure of being with them this past fall on a grocery shopping trip.  Yes, patience is needed.  The slow pace and the back-and-forth from one end of the store to the other for forgotten items got to the point of being downright comical.  At least they both have a good sense of humor and can laugh at themselves.   

Comment by Plinius on January 16, 2015 at 10:33am

And patience is a beautiful gift from you to your father. Enjoy your time together!

Comment by Randall Smith on January 16, 2015 at 7:44am

Joy of joys--I get to take my near 97 yr old father grocery shopping today. He dawdles, perusing every item in the store. I guess that's what old people do. I'm also taking him to lunch. He wants a pizza. That's another hour. The key word is patience. At least he's never grumpy--always upbeat. It's the least I can do. I owe him a lot.

Comment by Bertold Brautigan on January 14, 2015 at 7:50am

Good video, Joan. I've seen the video of Neil's conversation in the church as well, and I was really impressed with how soft-spoken yet unyielding he was.

Comment by Randall Smith on January 14, 2015 at 7:35am

Wow--thanks for the outpouring of sympathy. I'm not depressed or in mourning, but it's hard to quit thinking about it. It was from his wife that I received the news of my friend's suicide. She used many "god knows best" type cliches. But, if it helps her deal with his death, then I'm okay with that.

Comment by Plinius on January 14, 2015 at 4:59am

Sorry to hear you lost two friends Randall!

 

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