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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.

This group is not intended to compete with other groups on topics they cover but to "fill in the cracks." Whenever a discussion dwells at length on a topic for which there's an existing group, we urge you to provide members a link to that group to continue along their tangent.

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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 Pat on June 30, 2015 at 5:38pm

Richard, I realize you're dealing with a touchy issue here. How to keep the site up and running, and at the same time, not piss anyone off. And, in the "for what it's worth" category. I think you're doing a great job walking the tight rope.

Felaine, I sincerely hope you stay. You may not realize this, but I've learned a helluva lot from you. And, as an attorney, you have NO idea how much I hate to humble myself like that (OK, hope you got a laugh - rimshot - bad joke). The learning part, however, is absolutely true. 

Change in any society is a bitch. Or bastard (Don't want to be misogynistic or misandristic). And, this is a modern on line society, of which we are all members. We're all going to have our opinions and outlooks. Whatever the outcome, and whatever the change, I do hope it is for the better. 

And remember everyone. Jesus loves you. And I've got some ocean front property in Topeka, KS, you might be interested in.

Comment by Richard Haynes on June 30, 2015 at 4:19pm

Also, I should take a moment and explain "access." Right now it remains somewhat cryptic, and that is because I don't want to commit to something before it is even possible.

That being said, the idea was to offer other things to subscribers that actually cost money to produce. So, the free membership as it is now, will not change at all. In fact, the entire site will improve for all members. All will have access to podcasts, YouTube videos, and overall site improvements. But we are still a long way from that.

I will remain open to constructive ideas. Reach out to me personally, and I will gladly listen. 

Comment by Loren Miller on June 30, 2015 at 4:09pm

I have to agree with Joan on this one, Felaine.  I can't stop you from going, any more than I can stop myself from missing you if you do.  If you DO decide to leave, please leave me an email addy so we can stay in touch, okay?

Comment by Joan Denoo on June 30, 2015 at 3:56pm

Felaine, I understand your predicament and support whatever decision you make. However! Tell us when and if you go to another site. I do not want to lose touch with you. You are an important part of my life. I especially like your whacko spelling! and whackier attitude that is right on target!

Comment by Richard Haynes on June 30, 2015 at 3:44pm

Grinning Cat: I do like those badge choices. If someone wants to help design them, reach out to me. I can give the specs.

sk8eycat: I understand. If you must go, I wish you well. I will respect that decision and will harbor no ill feelings toward anyone who makes the same choice.

Everyone: The fact remains that we have had the huge "DONATE NOW" button on the site for several years. As a result, less than five people contributed on a monthly basis. Now there are over 30.

Even if we lose half our members, it will be sad, but at least we will still be here for the other half.

I am proud that we are keeping basic membership free. Also, the small about of $3.00 a month, is pretty great. It's two sodas from a vending machine every 30 days. But again, no pressure to anyone. The vast majority of people have said they are proud to show that they support the site.

I have no intention on getting into a flame war with anyone. I only am responding here, because so many members of this group are dedicated members.

Thanks to you all!

Comment by Grinning Cat on June 30, 2015 at 3:05pm

Ruth's argument convinced me that the ongoing reminder that there are quite a few supporting members is a good thing. ("...how collective moral behavior emerges in a group.") I don't mind continuing to display a star, now.

(I'd prefer not to have tiered access to information be part of the deal.)

Another choice could be a message on each page, "Special thanks to our n supporting members -- m joined this month!"

I agree with sk8eycat's idea: a colored star (or flame or crown) with a white outline, and no disk, would look good while taking up a lot less space. Or else a disk could be semitransparent:

Comment by Pat on June 30, 2015 at 2:15pm

Ruth, I appreciate your concern about keeping A|N going, and I share it. I also agree with Joan about tiered access to information, and I share that, too. And, I appreciate Richard's willingness to allow the donor to make the individual decision. If removing my little icon means I go back to being one of the Bleacher Bums (Carl will get the reference), pass the beer and hot dog down.

Comment by sk8eycat on June 30, 2015 at 1:59pm

Hmmm....after thinking it over a while, badges, private discussion rooms, and other exclusive "goodies" are a major turn-off for me.  If that is the way AN is headed, I will definitely take my cat and go elsewhere.  Hemant Mehta's "Friendly Atheist" seems like a good choice.

Gotta think about it some more.

Comment by sk8eycat on June 30, 2015 at 1:21pm

Redesign the "badge" to get rid of the circle and orange BG filler.  The star (or other image) is enough, and takes up about 1/3 the space that the "Whoopie Circle" does.

I still don't have enough spare cash to cover up my cat. I RESENT that, and I don't want him hidden anyway.

If a badge is so effing important, Why not put it by the member's name where it says "Comment by...."???

Comment by Joan Denoo on June 30, 2015 at 10:39am

Ruth, I did not have a fever, the outside temperature was 85 degrees F, a first as far as I know. August used to be our hot month and this year's temps for June exceed that of usual Augusts. 

 

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