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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 January 3, 2015 at 12:34am

Mindy, I was able to see your cartoons and laughed, twice! 

Comment by Joan Denoo on January 3, 2015 at 12:33am

Ian, by all means, do what you feel is right for you. If taking time off from work helps reduce stress, then by all means, do it. Please keep us up-to-date on how you feel. Having a strong sense of belonging to a community, even if it is a virtual one, may help. 

Comment by Joan Denoo on January 3, 2015 at 12:14am

Tom, perhaps you and I learned the same or similar strategies, be tougher that those who would try to silence us. They eventually get tired and stop their nonsense. If they successfully intimidate us, they win. I have no intention of lettering them do such a thing. 

Comment by Ian Mason on January 2, 2015 at 11:15pm

Holiday reading: by coincidence, two books with similar themes but also very different. "Rumpole and the reign of terror" by John Mortimer and "Arthur and George" by Julian Barnes.

Both written about 8 years ago, the "Rumpole" is a protest against British anti-terror laws which make it legal to imprison people without telling them or their legal counsel what they're charged with. Rumpole defends a Pakistani doctor who's been accused by anonymous letter.

The Barne's book is true account of Conan Doyle's efforts to clear the name of an Indian solicitor convicted of maiming animals on the basis of anonymous letters. The real case, in 1904, led to the founding of the Appeal Court.

Both can really be called Kafkaesque as the atmosphere of both does resemble "The Trial".

Comment by Ian Mason on January 2, 2015 at 11:02pm

Well done, Tom.

It does sound like people are feeling on top of things now. That's good to hear.

The weather in Denmark has switched from many minus degrees back to wind and rain. Personally, I don't mind at all after some of the recent winters with frost from November to March.

I've decided to take some time off work sick. I've been close to a depressive episode for some time now and all the usual strategies for warding it off haven't worked so I need to remove the most stressing element from my life. It usually goes against my moral sense to stay home from work but this time it seems like the right thing to do.

Comment by tom sarbeck on January 2, 2015 at 10:14pm

Thanks for the creationism cartoon, booklover.

In this retirement home for veterans, I'm way out of the closet. I might have bullied the xians who know me into keeping quiet; they don't give me any lines I can answer with zingers like that.

Life can be so hard; ho, ho, ho.

Comment by k.h. ky on January 2, 2015 at 7:38pm
Carl, I'm happy you're feeling better. Flu is running rampant now. I stay away from everyone as much as possible.
Mindy, I too am glad the holidays are over.
Joan, you sound much better than a few days ago.
Hello to everyone else.
Comment by Joan Denoo on January 2, 2015 at 2:48am

I enjoy having remodel work going on in and around my house. I like the smell of sawed wood, the sound of machines and the chatter of craftsmen. I guess it is because my Dad was a carpenter and we had all kinds of tools and machines and projects going on all the time. 

Comment by Joan Denoo on January 2, 2015 at 2:46am

Patricia I enjoyed your water skiing photo. Real teamwork. ! 

Raising huskies and malemute must have taken a lot of energy, I was around them when I lived in Kenai, Alaska and visited the native and homesteader families there who raced them. 

Comment by Joan Denoo on January 2, 2015 at 2:41am

Carl, your Sidney Bechet recording sounds great. I saved a playlist of his performances. Very pleasant background music. 

 

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