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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.

A comment is a shout-out, which will get lost in a few days, because the comment wall is just a random stack.

Please start a discussion to share stories, photos, and videos. Replies will pop up in your "latest activity" and a conversation can develop from the feelings and thoughts you contributed. Groups are built on discussions.

Discussion Forum

Your favorite photobombs?

Started by Ruth Anthony-Gardner. Last reply by amer chohan yesterday. 13 Replies

Running of the bulls photobomb.Continue

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

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 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. 

Comment by Ruth Anthony-Gardner on June 30, 2015 at 10:23am

Joan, thanks for sharing how the nearby wildfires are impacting your family. I hope your fever is gone and you feel better. I didn't realize Washington was such a part of the problem. Wildfires are about twice normal now in Alaska and NW Canada.

Richard, the badges for mont hly donations are fantastic. My only suggestion is that they be maybe 25% smaller in the small profile pic associated with member activity. Notice how the badge eats a fourth of my face. I don't care about special rooms or privileges. I donate because AN is important to me, and I use it heavily just as it is.

For those of you who do not appreciate having a badge stuck to your icon, I remind you that this is science based. Research shows that for people to donate to worthy cause, most need to be seen as donors in that community. Plus visual identifiers remind people that others aren't freeloaders. This little "nudge" is perfectly justified, in my view. This sort of activity is how collective moral behavior emerges in a group. It makes us more of a community, not less. It's not dehumanizing. I want AN to survive.

Comment by Richard Haynes on June 30, 2015 at 9:40am

FYI: If you do not wish to have the member badge on your profile, just contact me. It is easy to remove. However, you will not have access to any exclusives that will come along with it.

The badges are a way for us to say thank you, and a proud way to display your support. Also, I understand that not all can contribute. I respect and understand that. However, to be frank, the only other option is to shut the site down. As I stated in the email, I cannot afford to personally pay for so much of it. 

I remain open to any creative ideas.

Comment by Joan Denoo on June 30, 2015 at 1:12am

Cary woke me at 5:00 AM this morning and the temperature was 85 degrees F. I have never felt a morning like that in Spokane before. I used to feel them when we lived in Texas. I worked about four hours and came in exhausted. 

Laura, Larry, Michelle and Jared are all geared up to move as soon as a call comes into about any fire. They volunteer and go out on called all hours of the night and day, 365 days a year. Jacob, the 16-year-old is now able to go on fire calls but is restricted about what he is able to do. They all have full time jobs to tend to, but leave for their various duties. 

Wenatchee is in the midst of a terrible fire now. 

Photographer captures heart-breaking scenes of wildfire's rage

 

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