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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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Goodwill to Few Men (Betty Bowers)

Started by Loren Miller. Last reply by Donald R Barbera Jul 23. 3 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

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

Betty Explains Religious Freedom (Betty Bowers)

Started by Loren Miller. Last reply by Ruth Anthony-Gardner Jul 3. 10 Replies

Well, considering all the RFRA bills popping up all over the United States, plus all the fun and games ISIS is bringing to the good folks in Syria and Iraq, Betty Bowers, the epitome of well-dressed christianity, has decided to clarify the true…Continue

Tags: persecution, ISIS, Religious Freedom, America's Best Christian, Betty Bowers

Surreal, I haz it

Started by Ruth Anthony-Gardner. Last reply by Ruth Anthony-Gardner May 6. 82 Replies

Surreal, not just found in art.Continue

Tags: surreal

Let's not define ourselves or others by our worst behaviors

Started by Ruth Anthony-Gardner. Last reply by Dominique Lutz Apr 16. 6 Replies

My take on the recent melt down at Hang With Friends, of which I missed part, is that some of us were tripped up by a habit of thought. It's something we learn growing up, and use without realizing how much pain it can generate -  failing to…Continue

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Comment by Randall Smith on November 12, 2014 at 7:56am

Joan, I loved your inadvertant pun, "I walked out with a happy heart..."!  What a welcome relief.

Mindy, is your daughter out of the woods yet (depression)? Hope you had a good time with her and your mother.

My kids are all gone and safely home (theirs). I think they really had a good time being together during this homecoming. I'm pround of them and told them so. My father has never said he was proud of me or even that he loved me. I won't make that omission for my children or grandchildren.

Comment by Joan Denoo on November 11, 2014 at 11:25pm

I know you didn't share because you wanted something from us. You shared because we care about you and you showed respect for ur concern. I will follow your lead, and do what I can to help raise the money you need. 

You are family to me. Just as Mindy said, "we need you here, healthy and happy!" 

Comment by The Flying Atheist on November 11, 2014 at 10:11pm

Wow, everyone!  I'm very moved not only by your caring words of support but also by your offers of generosity.  Thanks for the ideas about fundraising.  That is an avenue I know I must pursue.  In telling my situation to you, it was never with the intention to solicit financial support from you, which is why your offers are so meaningful to me, as they were offered unasked.  Thank you so much.  I'm at a loss for words beyond that right now.  What an amazing group of people you are.  The next several months are going to be stressful and busy for me and I will definitely be here to keep you up to date.

Joan, I'm so glad to hear the good news that your problems are not related to the more serious scenario regarding your heart.  Hopefully some minor tweaks here and there will alleviate the symptoms you've been experiencing.  Big hug to you!

Big hug to all of you!

Mindy, please give Charlie Girl a kiss on the head and a tummy rub for me (if she'll let you.)  I would love to be able to watch her prancing around your house and enjoying life.  I love the photo you posted of her.  

 

Comment by Joan Denoo on November 11, 2014 at 10:07pm

It’s Official: Mormon Founder Had Up to 40 Wives

"Mormon leaders have acknowledged for the first time that the church’s founder and prophet, Joseph Smith, portrayed in church materials as a loyal partner to his loving spouse Emma, took as many as 40 wives, some already married and one only 14 years old."

One of the excuses the apologetics recite is that he didn't consummate all his marriages. What? Does that have anything to do with marriages? If he was married and had other wives, did he or did he not consummate one or more of his marriages? If he was marriage and "married" a 14 year old, does it matter that he consummated the marriage or not? 

No matter how you define marriage, it seems like a lot of baloney to me. Just plain old wheedling. In other words, bull shit. 

Comment by sk8eycat on November 11, 2014 at 6:15pm

I had never heard of "Crowdfunding" till this week, and I just started looking it up on Google today. Wish I'd heard of it 5 years ago when I maxed out my only credit card on hospital bills.....

Anyway...look this one up:

http://www.giveforward.com/p/crowdfunding

Or just Google "Crowdfunding." for information....I don't know if you need to get a 501(c)3 permit or what....  I don't know anythiing, really.  Just an idea.

Comment by Idaho Spud on November 11, 2014 at 2:04pm

Mindy, I like that Moderate Christian post.

Joan, I'm glad for your good news, but sorry to hear about your diabetes problem.  I didn't know you had diabetes.

Comment by Joan Denoo on November 11, 2014 at 12:04pm

Ian, love your coin story. I am sharing it! Thanks. 

Brent, I look forward to reading your articles.  

Comment by Joan Denoo on November 11, 2014 at 11:55am

The Nuclear Stress Test yesterday was to check my heart. I have been having pain in my chest and my left arm. My primary physician tested my heart in her office and found an abnormality and sent me off to the cardiologist. 

First, a Nuclear Stress Test. Very interesting way they make these tests. There is a bit of fasting before, then a pre-test photo of my heart taken with one of those donut machines that the bed slides me into. They get a baseline reading of my heart function. Inject a small vial of nuclear liquid. I get a bad head ache and some pain in my lower back. I sit and let the liquid percolate throughout my body. A series of tests done with computers, two I think. Two technicians who are Registered Nurses (RN) and a Nuclear trained RN manage this part, A technician stops the pacemaker and my heart stops beating, then they turn it on again. I get an injection and my headache goes away. I get eight little peanut butter crackers and a carton of juice and a rest time in front of a TV with an old serial running. Tried to read a Time magazine article but the print is too small. Another set of pictures in the donut machine for post test results. Then off to the cardiologist go my tests and me.

Diagnosis, it is not my heart that is causing my chest pain, it is reflux. I have not had the usual problem with reflux, no bad taste, etc. Only the burning pain that comes and goes throughout the day and night. 

The numbness in my left arm is neuropathy caused by diabetes. 

My pacemaker has two more years of energy left in it.

I walk out of the building with a happy heart and a mind that is relieved of all the imagined fears I held so tightly. 

Here is a mighty hooray for modern medicine! 

Carl, you are in good hands, excellent doctors, I assume, and all that technology that can actually reveal the organs and their function or non-function. Science wins again! I won't pray for you even as I think of you and your coming challenges. 

Comment by Joan Denoo on November 11, 2014 at 11:25am

Carl, the support from your A/N friends is splendid. Your kind and sweet nature evoke feelings of care. Hope the stress level is going down for you. 

Comment by Pat on November 11, 2014 at 10:31am

Carl, allow me to join in on wishing you well and hoping for the best. And, if someone knows how to get something started here on A|N, put a marker down for me. This is one of those times my bookie and bartender can go to the back of the line.

 

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