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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 December 18, 2014 at 2:51pm

I invite my "Hang with Friends" to join "Origins: Universe, Life, Humankind, and Darwin" where Dr. Terence Meaden leads another fine group of writers. A current discussion occurs there based on "The Bible is not Great by Soren Sagan". 

Sagan tells the story of why the bible and religion spew out toxins. 

I toured Turkey, Greece and Crete with Riane Esler and Marija Gimbutas. During lectures at each site, Riane and Marja stressed that the opposite of patriarchy and the dominator society is not matriarchy and dominance but partnership. There exists a very different language between the styles, a different organizational design, and different values.   

We have to understand the matrix into which into which we enter the world and define and create a pattern of preference.   

Riane Eisler, in her earlier book, The Chalice and the Blade, speaks of the shift from matrilineal social structures of the Neolithic Age to patriarchal rule of the Bronze Age.

Her later book, The Real Wealth of Nations: Creating a Caring Economics defines wealth in terms other than money. 

The Power of Partnership describes why partnership creates a more powerful way to work as a community than working alone or as a cog in the wheel. 

We now can see our history in precise terms defined in ways other than religion, and a plan to create a healthier, more responsible way of perceiving humankind and our place in the universe. 

Comment by Bertold Brautigan on December 18, 2014 at 12:30pm

Welcome, Soren.

Comment by Soren Sagan on December 18, 2014 at 11:31am

Hi Randal! Soren Sagan is my pen name. I used Sagan in my name because I am a big fan of him.

Comment by Idaho Spud on December 18, 2014 at 10:47am

Glad to hear your good news Carl.

Comment by Pat on December 18, 2014 at 8:27am

Randall, I did book one about 5 years ago. One of the best getaways I've ever been to. I'm just concerned that the place will get overrun with KFC's, McDonalds and Burger Kings. Glad I saw it before that happens.

Then again, who am I to bitch. They've got as much right to obesity and type 2 diabetes as any red (and cholesterol thick) blooded American.

Comment by Randall Smith on December 18, 2014 at 8:03am

Soren, son of Carl?!! I had no idea. What an honor to have you join us!  Again, welcome!

Has anybody booked a flight to Havanna yet?! Can you believe those myopic Republicans?

Comment by Pat on December 18, 2014 at 6:04am

Glad to hear that Carl.

Comment by Plinius on December 18, 2014 at 1:10am

Good news, Carl! And wonderful that your sister wants to be your donor!

Welcome Soren!

And thanks for the Moose in the maple tree Patricia, it makes very good teaching material!

Comment by Joan Denoo on December 18, 2014 at 1:01am

Carl, happy to learn you returned home from the hospital. Good news that one of your sisters may be a kidney donor for you. You fill my thoughts throughout the day, just as so many of us feel connected to you in a very personal way. Our tight little virtual family radiate care for one another. Each moment gifts us with the opportunity to participate in life.    

May I recall a line from Soren's piece, Lessons of Immortality and Mortality from my Father, Carl Sagan
"You’re connected to the generations through DNA — and, even farther back, to the universe, because every cell in your body was cooked in the hearts of stars. We are star stuff".

The mystery that comes from realizing we are star stuff, also reflects the mystery that comes from realizing we are connected to each other. 

Comment by k.h. ky on December 17, 2014 at 11:58pm
Just a little blip on the road Carl. The good news is your kidney should come through. My youngest sister in law had a very successful kidney transplant from an anonymous donor many years ago. I'm certain yours will be equally successful.
If kind thoughts and well wishes can help you have it made.
 

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