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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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A Powerful Message from an old wise teacher :

Started by Joan Denoo. Last reply by Thomas Murray 9 hours ago. 5 Replies

I received a gift this morning from a virtual friend, Pamela Smith:A Powerful Message from an old wise teacher :" One day an old wise teacher was walking through a village. A very angry and rude young man came up and began insulting him. "You have…Continue

Speak English? YOU FIRST! (Betty Bowers)

Started by Loren Miller. Last reply by Thomas Murray yesterday. 4 Replies

Honestly, the title to this piece is badly under-representative of the content.  To be far more accurate, what we have here is Mrs. Betty Bowers, America's Best Christian, going on a rant.  Before you say it ... Say WHAAAA?  Betty Bowers ranting? …Continue

Tags: America's Best Christian, Betty Bowers

A Prayer for Our Nation (Betty Bowers)

Started by Loren Miller. Last reply by Ruth Anthony-Gardner on Friday. 2 Replies

I'm going to keep this one short and sweet.  Mrs. Betty Bowers, America's Best Christian, has seen what is going on with the current occupant of the Oval Office, and my impression is that she is not at all happy with it.  True to her citizenship,…Continue

Tags: prayer, Donald Trump, Oval Office, America's Best Christian, Betty Bowers

Any Babymetal Fans Here?

Started by Bruce Carroll. Last reply by Idaho Spud Sep 12. 5 Replies

Any Babymetal fans here besides me? I have to ask because 1) I really like Babymetal and 2) Babymetal unknowingly played a role in my journey out of religion.For those who are unfamiliar with Babymetal, here is a link to one of their most popular…Continue

Tags: Japanese Idol, Babymetal

If you could rid the world of one thing, what would it be?

Started by Idaho Spud. Last reply by Ruth Anthony-Gardner Sep 11. 30 Replies

Today, I heard Seth Andrews talk about the question, "If you could rid the world of one thing, what would it be?"  My first thought was religion, but after a few seconds I decided it would be irrational or anti-scientific thinking.  That would take…Continue

Tags: anti-scientific, irrational

Ignorance is Bliss: Why Religious People Seem Happier Than the 'Nones'”.

Started by Joan Denoo. Last reply by Idaho Spud Sep 11. 16 Replies

“Highly Religious Volunteer More, Lie Less, and Claim to Be Happier”~ Houston Chronicle; “Strongly Religious People are Happier than Non-Religious”  ~ Christian Daily."The study determined that 40 percent of highly religious adults—defined as those…Continue

Tags: Nones, happiness, non-religiosity, religiosity, bliss

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Comment by The Flying Atheist on July 8, 2015 at 8:20pm

Hi, Kathy.  I hope you are doing well.  Thanks for thinking about me. 

I don't have high cholesterol but I was prescribed a statin after my heart surgery in March.  I take the lowest daily dose.  Both my heart and kidney conditions are genetic, and were not worsened by any pharmaceutical medications. 

I know the negative side-effects of statins have been in the news this year, but I haven't had any apparent problems.  And at this time my health is constantly and closely watched.  Between dialysis, blood thinner and heart monitoring, not one week goes by without at least one sample of my blood being tested. 

Comment by kathy: ky on July 8, 2015 at 7:43pm
Carl, did you ever take satins for high cholesterol? I was reading an article about them causing kidney disease and thought of you.
Hi all:)
Comment by Pat on July 8, 2015 at 5:14pm

Best wishes for you Felaine. And, I know you won't  take shit from any of the medical personnel. They'd be crazy to try it with you. Really, get well soon.

Comment by The Flying Atheist on July 8, 2015 at 5:11pm

I'm thinking about you, Sk8eycat, fondly.  I hope all goes well for you.

Comment by Idaho Spud on July 8, 2015 at 5:03pm

Hoping the best for you Felaine.

Comment by Bertold Brautigan on July 8, 2015 at 3:55pm

Sk8ey - I hope this turns out ok!

Comment by Loren Miller on July 8, 2015 at 3:50pm

EEEEK.  Take care, sk8ey, and Get Well SOON!!!!!

Comment by sk8eycat on July 8, 2015 at 3:44pm

Have I been kicked out of AN?  I haven't been able to post anything today, and I'm getting ready to call for an ambulance to take me to the horsepissed-all.  I can't walk (even with a walker), and the pain has become unbearable.  If this post works, I'll let you know what happens whenever I can (I don't have anything like a smartPhone, so I'll be  out of touch for a while.

Comment by Randall Smith on July 6, 2015 at 7:05am

Joan, your mentioning of Diamond Lake reminds me of all the 4ths spent watching fireworks at my grandparents cottage on DIAMOND LAKE(!) in southern Michigan. Wonderful memories--swimming, fishing, boating, sunning, eating, etc.  It just occured to me that my own adult children have never heard about those glorious days, at least not from me. They know little about my childhood--never asked.

Comment by Joan Denoo on July 6, 2015 at 2:50am

Chris, Laura's home is 50.1 miles north from my home, farther into the mountains and a higher elevation. It is a lovely rural area with lots of wild animals that present a risk for small domestic animals. The larger animals seem to survive OK. There have been bear and cougar sightings in this forest area although we have seen no signs of either one this summer. 

Deer have a routine path past my bedroom windows and I occasionally see them. They move so quietly, I only notice them when I see movement in the forest. Skunks and raccoons visit us regularly. Wild turkeys come by every day or so, with young chicks getting bigger each day. 

 

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