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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 Plinius on December 7, 2014 at 1:25am

I'm sorry for your loss, Ian.

Comment by Ian Mason on December 7, 2014 at 1:18am

I got the news yesterday that my daughter's Grandfather had died during the night. It was expected and the family had a chance to be with him at the end. Sad, though. He's been a permanent fixture to a greater or lesser degree throughout my 29 years in Denmark.

Comment by The Flying Atheist on December 6, 2014 at 3:47pm

No, Patricia, I haven't had anything like that show up in my comments.  It's obviously a spammer "phishing" around to acquire your e-mail address so that they can send spam to your home computer. 

Can we trust no one these days?  I just found out that the Nigerian prince who wanted to share his multimillion-dollar wealth with me is just a fraud!! 

Comment by sk8eycat on December 6, 2014 at 3:40pm

Good thing you reported it...it reads like spam. 

Comment by Joan Denoo on December 6, 2014 at 1:01am

Felaine, don't you have access to free cancer screening either? Have you checked with your local cancer society to learn what screenings are available? 

At Cancer Care Northwest, not all cancer patients can pay for their treatments. There is a fund from which people can draw if they have a positive diagnosis and need care. I am now working to raise funds for that project.  

A study in the Netherlands found: 

"The researchers found that new cases of early-stage breast cancer among 70- to 75-year-olds rose sharply after national screening was introduced, from 248.7 to 362.9 per 100,000 women."

Risks of Breast Cancer Screening in Women 70-Plus

Comment by sk8eycat on December 5, 2014 at 10:21pm

What's a cancer check up?

Comment by Joan Denoo on December 5, 2014 at 10:04pm

Kevin Carter fell prey to feelings of helplessness, hopelessness and depression. Human suffering caused by human action continues. In order to gain victory over depression, we need to work at keeping our spirits up. We are not helpless victims. We can take action to predict and control, to some degree, what happens to us. 

One way is to do what Patricia, Carl, Felaine, Mindy, Daniel and the rest of us are doing, preventive checkups. By the way, have you had your cancer check up this year? 

Between 1500 and 1800 A.D. the average lifespan was 30 to 40 years. Today's life expectancy is 75 + years. This was not because we prayed harder, it was because we understand hygiene and because of medical advances through research. We are lucky to be alive, as Richard Dawkins claims, and we are fortunate to live in a country that respects modern science. For those who don't respect it, well, too bad for them. Education would help them too. 

Even as it is easy to become discouraged, it is hard to stay positive and pro-active. Waking up to a new day with gratitude, taking on each challenge with determination, loving, caring and with compassion for life and living, we make each day count. Life is precious. We have all that it takes to meet our challenges with poise. We exist as social animals, needing and giving a sense of community to and with each other. 

Comment by Joan Denoo on December 5, 2014 at 9:35pm

Comment by The Flying Atheist on December 5, 2014 at 9:22pm

Patricia and Joan, I agree.  As gruesome and excruciatingly horrible some images are to look at, it's utterly important for the betterment of humanity to know about and to see the grossly inhumane and unjust conditions of our fellow peoples.  For one to say that such images are too disgusting to view is to be part of the problem.  We should not be immune to their suffering.

Comment by Joan Denoo on December 5, 2014 at 8:28pm

Patricia, I am glad you keep tract of the progress of your eyes. Like cancer, other diseases can come from out of nowhere and catch us off guard.

 

 

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