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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 Idaho Spud on January 1, 2015 at 11:44am

I decided to watch some of the Rose Parade after you reminded me Mindy.  Thought the balloons coming out of the hippos mouth was neat.  I guess they are representing bubbles.

The gardening float was good also.

Comment by Randall Smith on January 1, 2015 at 10:41am

Too far out to keep to myself: This morning, I looked at my watch at exactly eleven minutes and eleven seconds after eleven o'clock. That made is 11:11'11", 1/1/'15!  Gee, I wish I'd done it 4 years ago. (and there's a comment from Spud "11 minutes ago")

Comment by Idaho Spud on January 1, 2015 at 10:24am

Happy birthday Pumpkin, and many more.

A good new year is my desire for all you peeps.

Comment by Idaho Spud on January 1, 2015 at 10:20am

Thanks for another excellent statement Mindy.

Comment by Randall Smith on January 1, 2015 at 7:22am

Joan, sorry about your bout with the blues. My mother and ex-wife had them. No explanation and no fun.

Coincidently, Carl, when listening to Diane Reeves last night on PBS, I couldn't help but compare her to Ella--and there IS no comparison! I've always been a huge Ella admirer.

Comment by Joan Denoo on January 1, 2015 at 3:32am

Thank you Patricia for your kind words. I am feeling much better. It helped to write about my depression. I feel for Mindy and her daughter with their struggle with that madness. It is pure hell. 

2015 promises to be a good year.

Comment by Joan Denoo on January 1, 2015 at 3:26am

Carl, your words comfort me and reassure me that I am OK! The black cloud lifted and I feel much better. 

A very Happy New Year to you. I hope 2015 brings you excellent health and a fast recovery. 

Comment by Joan Denoo on January 1, 2015 at 3:16am

Ian, It is hard for me to imagine you as "a terrible father"; you sound so gentle. I appreciate your sharing that guilt is just plain useless. I went into the deep hole and didn't come out of it until I wrote my piece here. The depression lifted and I am fine. I wasted that whole damned week weeping quietly so no one would see or hear. 

I feel just fine now and can get on with laughing and appreciating what I have. 

A very happy New Year to you. I hope 2015 is a smashingly good year.

Comment by sk8eycat on January 1, 2015 at 3:10am

(Pumpkin is bowing to his admirers...and I am thanking you all.)

Comment by Plinius on January 1, 2015 at 2:41am

May all your wishes come true! Happy birthday, Pumpkin!

 

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