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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 July 28, 2015 at 12:53am

Thanks, Carl. Send her good wishes and hugs and tell her we miss her.

Comment by Ruth Anthony-Gardner on July 27, 2015 at 9:29pm

Thanks, Flying Atheist, for the new about Felaine. Send her my get well wishes too, if you talk to her again.

Comment by Joan Denoo on July 27, 2015 at 6:53pm

Carl! What good news to learn that you were able to talk with Felaine and discover this information. Thankfully, she is getting good medical care and she certainly was in desperate condition. Please pass on my wishes for her quick and thorough recovery when you talk to her again. 

Thank you for your kind and thoughtful concern for Felaine. She is a dear friend. 

Comment by Loren Miller on July 27, 2015 at 6:19pm

Wow, hadn't heard about this at all.  Thanks a LOT for the info, Carl.  Next time you talk to her, let her know she's got smooches & hugs coming from me, along with my best wishes!

Comment by The Flying Atheist on July 27, 2015 at 6:03pm

Hello, Friends.  I just spoke on the telephone with Felaine.  She's at her local hospital in Burbank being treated for gangrene and a breathing issue.  She is in pain, but we shared a few laughs during our short conversation.  It's a great relief for me to hear her tell me that she feels she is getting top-notch medical care. 

She wanted me to say HELLO to all of you here.  Her trip to the hospital was sudden, so she was unable to plan ahead and notify us.  I took the liberty on behalf of everyone here to express how much we miss her and are concerned about her. 

I know it's difficult for her to not have access to a computer and the contact information for her friends.  She gave me her telephone number a few months back, so I was able to track her down through her sister. 

I got the impression that she may stay at the hospital for the remainder of this week, possibly a little longer.  I'm just so glad she's getting the care she needs.

I told Felaine I would post this message in Hang With Friends.  If all of you could please spread the news to other people and groups on Atheist/Nexus that she participates in, that would be wonderful. 

Comment by Ian Mason on July 27, 2015 at 3:00pm

How lovely your project sounds, Joan. I remember a quote from 'Zorba the Greek' On seeing an old man planting an orange tree, Zorba asks him why, as the old man will never eat the fruit. 'Me, I live as if I'm to die tomorrow' says Zorba. 'Me, I live as if I will live forever'  the old man replies. I (Ian) prefer the old man's atittude. As for my books: from my cold, dead hand.

Carl, it's true that we let friendships die, often because of no good reason. Perhaps maturity will make us more careful and attentive. Having said that, I think there's 2 or 3 mails I should write soon.

I hope nothing nasty has happened to Felaine. I don't know of anyone who could post a message on her behalf.

Comment by Joan Denoo on July 27, 2015 at 10:04am

Life has been chaotic, interesting and fun! The greenhouse dome is finished and now to the building of the grow-beds. My son-in-law is a jewel of a man and skilled in many ways, and he is no carpenter. I watched him doing some carpentry work on one of the out-buildings, and it was comedic. He used up lots of feet of lumber trying to get a correct cut. The grow-beds are all about lengths, angles, and ratios. Not his best domain. The carpenters will come back after finishing another job. In the meantime, I can start some seeds outside in pots and seed trays and move them inside when we expect the first frost. 

It was bitterly cold yesterday. Far too cold for wanting to work with wet soil. The heat is expected to return tomorrow, and I will plant the seed today, crazy time to be planting some things and sensible, given the situation.

We had a big party for my great-granddaughter's first birthday on Sunday. What a sweet little girl, easy going, and a lovely child. Her inquisitive nature will be a curse or a blessing for her. Her mother is, as expected for a young, first-time mother, overly protective. Her family lives a few miles away, and her five cousins will offer her opportunities to explore and experiment. 

I will return to my book-filled home and start sorting out what I want to keep. I now have one bookcase in my bedroom with five shelves. Parting with my books seems to be harder for me than giving up my 41-year-old garden/meditation outdoor room. 

Creating a new garden at my age will be my last hurrah. 

There was an upgrade on my computer and I can't figure out how to get a photo. 

I wrote to Felaine; no answer. I am concerned and hope she got some medical help. This damned health system is so broken and she is caught in the web. I don't have her address or phone number or a way to talk to her sister. 

Comment by The Flying Atheist on July 27, 2015 at 9:25am

Randy, that's great you got to see an old friend after all these years and had a nice visit. 

I feel guilty that I've let some old and dear friendships slip away due to my own neglect for various reasons.  I know that as we age, friendships definitely ebb and flow with the times and some just fade away, some for good reason.  But I had many friendships that didn't deserve to vanish but did because I let them. 

Comment by Randall Smith on July 27, 2015 at 7:28am

It was great seeing my old friend. Surprised to discover we both have 4 children, the first three females, then a male! We had many other similarities--twiced divorced, retired at the same age, etc. No wonder we were best friends way back then.

Why do we let those things happen? Nowadays, keeping "in touch" with old friends is so easy. Actually, without the internet, our get-together probably wouldn't have happened.

Comment by Randall Smith on July 25, 2015 at 7:54am

Having lunch today with one of my best friends from high school days. Haven't seen him in 54 years! We have lots of catching up to do!

 

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