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Hang With Friends

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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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Discussion Forum

bending truth, or "We Can All Be Manipulated" (TheraminTrees)

Started by Loren Miller. Last reply by Compelledunbeliever 23 hours ago. 37 Replies

The following is one of TheraminTrees' most thorough-going pieces, wherein he looks at the process and techniques whereby a "religious" organization (which will sound VERY familiar to most of us, once introductions are made!) takes a person who…Continue

Tags: indoctrination, truth, manipulation, TheraminTrees

punishing doubt (TheraminTrees)

Started by Loren Miller Sep 6. 0 Replies

If you are associated with religion and especially a fundamentalist religion, doubt is intolerable.  Certainty, however it may be achieved or imposed, becomes a necessary element, especially considering the utter dearth of any form of evidence or…Continue

Tags: religion, TheraminTrees, punish, doubt

We Don't Want Your (Atheist) Money! (The Thinking Atheist)

Started by Loren Miller. Last reply by Idaho Spud Sep 2. 17 Replies

I suppose I've heard stories like this before:Conscientious atheist donates money to worthy cause.Worthy cause initially accepts money.Worthy cause discovers source of donation.Worthy cause rejects donation.Swell, eh?  Well Matt Willbourne of…Continue

Tags: American Baptist Churches Association, Murrow Indian Children's Home, The Thinking Atheist, Seth Andrews

The Whole Bible in 30 Seconds (Betty Bowers)

Started by Loren Miller. Last reply by Randy Hatly Sep 2. 3 Replies

Ever decide that you wanted to read the whole bible, cover to cover, only to realize half-way through Deuteronomy that the darn thing is industrial-strength BORING?!?  Well, never fear!  America's Best Christian, Betty Bowers, has done the Cliff's…Continue

Tags: bible, America's Best Christian, Betty Bowers

Are You a Patriot? (Betty Bowers)

Started by Loren Miller. Last reply by Chris G Aug 29. 22 Replies

You might think that Betty Bowers, America's Best Christian, would be stepping outside of her comfort zone in tackling the concept of patriotism.  As it turns out, not only does she have a proper handle on the term and its implications, she also…Continue

Tags: patriot, America's Best Christian, Betty Bowers

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Comment by sk8eycat on January 5, 2015 at 6:01pm

Our (Great) Aunt Grace had dark red hair (which had already turned white by the time we were born), and she really was a good example of the word....as in gracious, and graceful.  She and her husband put Dad through USC in the 1920s.  (He had a scholarship, but it didn't pay for everything.)

Comment by sk8eycat on January 5, 2015 at 5:31pm

*snerk!*

My semi-autistic and JW sister is named Grace....after our dad's favorite aunt, who was also a red-head.

Comment by Idaho Spud on January 5, 2015 at 3:54pm

The picture about "tasty and filling prayers" was excellent!  I also saved the pictures about "Fakebook", "Don't make me come in there!", "Happy New Year 2015", "So much to do, so little desire"  Thanks.

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Comment by sk8eycat on January 5, 2015 at 3:51pm

I thought about printing cards, too; to hand to people who say they're praying for something, or somebody, to my face, but most of the worst offenders are dead now. 

That's one way to get passive revenge; outlive the annoying S.O.Bs!

Comment by sk8eycat on January 5, 2015 at 3:23pm

Mindy, I've been looking at "Thank You for Your Prayers" ever since you posted it, and thinking about so many different things.  Like my own desire to kick the people who automatically end every conversation with, "I'm praying for you," and the absolute rejection of any type of contraception imposed by most religions.  (I've always wanted to give that old fraud, Agnes Bojaxhiu/"Mother" Teresa, a swift one, but she died before I could do it.)

Comment by Joan Denoo on January 5, 2015 at 2:24pm

Mindy, we have more important things to do and say than to make friends. These small children do not have a voice; they need to be seen and heard. If you and I don't show the reality, who will? When? When I saw your post on Facebook, I thought, "Mindy's free!" When we write in order to make friends, are we really reaching down deeply inside ourselves and writing what we feel? 

I kind of like it when I get refutations. It means someone doesn't want the truth known. I like it when I get rebuked for sloppy writing, as happened this past week. I was in error in my reporting and I needed to be admonished. 

So, welcome to the crowd of truth tellers! As a group, we grow and flourish, even as we need support from other truth tellers. Life can get lonely sometimes. The odd thing is my family who claimed they block my writing, read my stuff. I get feedback that they have read a piece I write. They don't tell me, but they do tell another family member who gives me the feedback. My audience also grows, especially when I write a particularly controversial piece. It seems there are people holding back from saying what they think until they read my stuff or other writers who challenge the status quo.  

Another unexpected thing happens when I post the excellent pieces of A/N members, I get strong, positive feedback. People want to read what we write. They feel starved for more holistic thinking. I don't get any hate mail anymore. That ended when I ignored them. I didn't respond to the negativity, I wrote tougher articles each time a piece of hate mail arrived. If I had quit writing, hate-mongers would have won. No Way!  

Comment by Plinius on January 5, 2015 at 8:34am

No, you don't, Randall! There are people who put a little strain on my patience, but you don't. A/N is also my only online social communion and I feel at home here. I was at FB and I'm still at BookCrossing, but those are no places where you can be yourself and still be respected.

Comment by Randall Smith on January 5, 2015 at 8:12am

Thanks Mindy and Chris! I know I'm not alone in the Facebook department (I cancelled yesterday!) and cell phone (no "smart" for me). A/N is my one and only social communication outlet. I worry that I comment too much, however. Well, perhaps not worry--it just crosses my mind.

Love those "cartoons"!

Comment by Joan Denoo on January 5, 2015 at 2:20am

Chris, it is nice when you enjoy's your work. Lots of good vibes come from your students. Sorry the relations present challenges. 

Comment by Plinius on January 5, 2015 at 2:05am

A lot of people do that Mindy, as the smartphones take over our lives. I hate that too, so I ended my phone subsciption. I'll buy a cheap non-smart phone, prepaid, for an emergency call or to take a picture. When people want me online I'm at my old desktop PC. I'm also under the weather because of the stupid holidays: all the work for Aunt and brother-in-law made me feel worn out. I can't wait to go back to work tomorrow!

 

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