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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.

Nobody here is into mind games. A discussion started with a loaded guilt-throwing question will be deleted.

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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 Loren Miller on October 20, 2014 at 9:29am

Oh, THAT one is PREMIUM, Mindy!

Comment by Plinius on October 20, 2014 at 9:03am

Thanks Randall! It looks good, judging from internetreviews, but tomorrow I'll go to Rotterdam to find it in the library.

Comment by Randall Smith on October 20, 2014 at 7:20am

Just completed Barbara Ehrenreich's new book, Living with a Wild God, "a nonbeliever's search for the truth about everything". I would especially recommend it to the Joans, Ruths, Felaines, Mindys, Chris', etc. among Hang With Friends participants. Men aren't forbidden to read it, however. I found it in my library. 

Comment by sk8eycat on October 19, 2014 at 5:52pm

I forgot to mention that the "Rainbow Bridge" is borrowed/plagiarized from Norse mythology. I wonder how many people who send those cards know that.

Comment by sk8eycat on October 19, 2014 at 5:43pm

Bertold, those damn sympathy cards always make me feel terrible, and usually make me cry because I KNOW there  is no life after this one, and I will not be reunited with anyone...human or feline....or all the wonderful BIG dogs I used to "baby-sit" when I was still able.

When someone I know suffers a death in their family, I usually send a single flower in a bud vase....when I can afford to send anything at all.

I do wish I could still house-and-pet-sit....I could sure use the $$$, and it would get me away from the JW in my own house for a while, but I can't even see well enough to drive anymore, so I'm stuck. 

I do have my Pumpkin-cat, but he's almost 16, and sleeps a lot nowadays.  The Black Blimp has adopted my JW/Aspie sister, which takes her attention off my atheist self.  Tee-hee!

Comment by Bertold Brautigan on October 19, 2014 at 2:44pm

Thanks Joan. You are quite a paragon of articulate clarity yourself.

Comment by Joan Denoo on October 19, 2014 at 2:17pm

Bertold, I like your direct style. I don't have to wonder what you mean! 

I like your new Avatar, very nice. 

Comment by Bertold Brautigan on October 19, 2014 at 2:14pm

Sk8eycat - when I lose a pet and friends send that rainbow bridge crap it just makes me want to puke.No, I'm not going to be f-ing reunited with my f-ing dog in f-ing heaven, you f-ing imbecile.

Comment by Joan Denoo on October 19, 2014 at 12:53pm
Comment by Ruth Anthony-Gardner on October 19, 2014 at 11:31am

I envy your five mile walk, Randall. Thanks, booklover and Flying Atheist. It's a lovely sunny afternoon here.

 

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