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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 14, 2014 at 7:11pm

How to Shit Around the World: The Art of Staying Clean and Healthy ...

Ian, I wish I had this guide when I was traveling. It was in Hungary, I think, that we had to buy toilet paper and each piece was 4" x 4" and felt like the paper we used for learning how to write in 1st grade. We also had to tip the restroom assistant for standing in the door and selling us toilet paper. 

Comment by Joan Denoo on December 14, 2014 at 7:06pm

Ian, your gentle comment of using hands in working instead of in prayer says what needs to be said and understood. 

If I remember correctly, she lived in Odder, near you. With your daughter in Copenhagen, will you travel by ferry to see her, or take the Great Belt?

I enjoyed a beautiful ferry ride from Hamburg to Copenhagen and on eastward. 

Comment by Joan Denoo on December 14, 2014 at 6:44pm

Mindy, we need to find you some good posters that tell about non-believers and their children. We could knock your neighbor's socks off. 

I just found a treasure trove that you may enjoy. I am going to send one of these a day until I run out of posters. 

Churches and Children

Comment by Joan Denoo on December 14, 2014 at 2:37pm

Patricia, I am very glad to learn you don't shop at WalMart. My son-in-law has a sticker on his truck, MalWart. Let me think, doesn't mal = "bad" in Latin and wart = "virus' in English? 

Bad virus 

I am unable to copy the picture from there to here. So, here is the site. 

Comment by Joan Denoo on December 14, 2014 at 2:21pm

Chris, I love your toe-stepping-on experience! Sounds like the person needed some training on how to behave.  

Because we don't exchange gifts or cards, we have none of the stress associated with the mid-winter holidays. No shopping, no addressing of cards en mass, no crowds. We can sit at home, feet up on an ottoman and drink coffee, tea, or hot cocoa with a stick of cinnamon.  

Our potlucks at mid-winter taste so good, everyone, men and women, seem to be excellent cooks. Not all the family and friends are non-believers; we restrain from discussing religion and politics for other times.  If someone does bring up a conflicted topic, we always hear from the other side, not in an aggressive manner, but as a statement to balance opinions. The north Washington state area, populated by fundamentalist religious and political parties, have the fuel to create a big fuss. We like each other, so we leave the disputes to a Friday night over a pizza and beer. 

Comment by Ian Mason on December 14, 2014 at 2:18pm

Helping your children or anyone: two hands working can do more than 1,000 clasped in prayer.

The seasonal broohaha is over for me. Was in England in Nov. and handed out presents and cards. Held "Xmas" yesterday with my daughter as she's moving to Copenhagen on Friday. We had the usual big nosh-up and exchanged presents. She says that I'm one of the most travelled people she knows so she gave me 1) a scratch-map. You scrape the foil off each country you visit and are left with a map of the world and 2) a book called "How to Shit (all over the world) which, despite the silly title, is written by a doctor from the Institute of Tropical Hygiene and Medicine and a good guide to dos and don'ts when travelling. The lists of various diseases and parasites are quite a horror story though.

Has everyone had a pleasant weekend?

Comment by Joan Denoo on December 14, 2014 at 2:09pm

Mindy, I did receive this information from you,

"This is what an old friend put on Facebook.  This is why I don't have many close friends in real life anymore.  I was just astounded. Ugh."

However, I am very curious about what your old friend put on Facebook. 

Comment by Plinius on December 14, 2014 at 8:59am

what a stupid tekst, Mindy, I can imagine you avoiding those people! I'm lucky that most religious people here are not so rabid.

Went to Rotterdam just now for a new diary - but I almost had to fight. The shopping frenzy is at boiling point,the shops are loaded with people who all look unhappy and nervous or agressive. One woman tried to push me from my place in a queue, so I stepped on het feet to stop her. She ran away cursing, I thought her very funny!

Comment by Joan Denoo on December 13, 2014 at 2:40pm

Loren, enjoying your video, Ellen McIlwaine. It's a keeper! I like your wide interest in music. 

Comment by Joan Denoo on December 13, 2014 at 2:38pm

Patricia, what a calming and serene scene of man and horse doing yoga. The horse seemed to enjoy the experience ... not like a horse trained to do tricks, but able to stretch for pure pleasure.  

 

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