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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 Idaho Spud on September 6, 2014 at 10:07am

I didn't find Joan Rivers funny either, but I got the idea she wasn't trying to be mean.

Comment by Idaho Spud on September 6, 2014 at 10:03am

Mindy, I'm jealous that you have atheist's to have dinner with.

I like the scripture circle.

Comment by sk8eycat on September 6, 2014 at 9:09am

Randy, I'm with you; I never cared much for Joan Rivers' style of comedy...made me uncomfortable. 

Elayne Boosler is one of my faves....there's warmth in her monologues, and I went to a live "reading" of her "Peter & the Wolf" -style creation, called "Rescue; a True Story."  There wasn't a dry eye in the house when she (and the music) finished.

Comment by The Flying Atheist on September 6, 2014 at 9:00am
Joan, what your daughter wrote about you is beautiful. You have every right to be proud of both her and yourself.
Comment by Randall Smith on September 6, 2014 at 7:23am
I've been amazed at the amount of media coverage the death of Joan Rivers has received. For me, I could hardly stand to look at her, let alone listen to her. I'm not a big fan of loud, obnoxious comedians that put people down. That type of humor is irritating to me. But, to each his own.
Comment by Plinius on September 6, 2014 at 6:41am

I can't read everything Laura wrote, but I think she is right, Joan; strictness, especially when applied by a loving person, is a great help.

Comment by Joan Denoo on September 6, 2014 at 3:15am

Mindy, I enjoy the Ricky Gervais statement.

Comment by Joan Denoo on September 6, 2014 at 3:13am

Mindy! Looks as though you are getting some nice atheist friends that you can actually see! Nothing wrong with virtual friends, and it is pleasing, indeed, to have ones with whom you can sit an chat. 

Comment by Joan Denoo on September 6, 2014 at 3:10am

I know I am shamelessly sharing this response of Laura, my daughter, when I apologized to her for being so strict with her when she was little. 

Laura wrote: "The strictness came in handy for me as an adult though, because I don't settle for 'good enough'. I take pride in what I have and what I do and I attribute that to how you and Dad raised us. I wouldn't trade those years in for anything! I do think that I flourished as a teenager from the more collaborative approach because it helped me to think and act as a team-player in life, realizing that my actions could affect more than just me. You also guided us through our teenage years, when we were seeking independence, in a way that stimulated personal responsibility from within us. I couldn't have asked for a better mom!

Comment by Joan Denoo on September 5, 2014 at 1:09pm

Randy, I know the feeling all too well. Thankfully, I got over it. Now I stand tall, proud, confidence, comfortable and state, "I am an atheist!" No one has fainted, or hit me, or usually don't respond back. I do notice our conversations are short afterwards. 

It feels good to state, emphatically, that I believe there is no god. 

My cousins, one married to a Lutheran minister and is often depressed and sounds highly stressed, and others stopped communicating with me on Facebook and that is their choice, not mine. I think they are missing out on an interesting relative. However, the grapevine always worked extremely well in the past and I am sure will function quite well. 

 

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