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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 Joan Denoo on December 21, 2013 at 11:20am

Did you feel it happen ? The Earth in relation to the sun makes its yearly move and start making each day a little bit longer. 

The First Day Of Winter and Why The Shortest Day Of The Year Doesn'...

A very Merry Winter Solstice, one and all!

Comment by Loren Miller on December 21, 2013 at 8:23am

"What did he/she/it do on the eighth day?"

Probably went out for Chinese ... or maybe Thai?

Comment by sk8eycat on December 21, 2013 at 1:40am

Loren, another conversation stopper: "If you really believe that a supernatural being made the entire universe (including this little mudball) in six days, and rested on the seventh day, what did she/he/it do on the eighth day?"  *;) winking

Comment by Plinius on December 21, 2013 at 1:30am

And thank you Carl, for your kindness!

Happy Solstice to all of you!

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=fHK2lxS5Ivw

Comment by sk8eycat on December 21, 2013 at 1:28am

Many, many years ago I heard somebody say on a PBS news/talk show that he didn't agree with somebody else's belief in mythical miracles, but he had to respect the other person for having beliefs at all. And I found myself wanting to yell, "WHY?!?"

Later I thought out my own "motto:"

"I have to respect your constitutional right to believe whatever silly thing makes you feel special, but I do NOT have to respect what you believe. And I don't."  (Can't)

Before my sister became involved with the JeHoover's Witlesses, they used to come to the door and joyfully shout, "Millions now living will never die!"  I would either say, "That's obscene (or absurd)," or I would just laugh at them, and quietly shut the door before they could stop gasping in horror.  (They dropped that particular sales pitch decades ago; I guess it didn't drag in enough suckers.)

Doorbell ringers of all stripes are as offensive to me as telemarketers and spammers...it's a wonder that they actually ever contact anybody stupid enough to buy whatever they are selling. 

I occasionally scan my spam folder, and there seem to be a lot of Christian dating web sites looking for customers.  How weird. If there are so many True Believers in this country, you'd think they wouldn't have any trouble bumping into each other. Literally.

Comment by The Flying Atheist on December 21, 2013 at 1:23am

TO ALL MY FRIENDS HERE......

A HAPPY WINTER SOLSTICE TO YOU.

THANK YOU FOR THE WARMTH OF YOUR FRIENDSHIP.

Comment by Plinius on December 21, 2013 at 1:11am

http://archive.aec.at/#43428

The fantastic flying books of Mr. Morris Lessmore.

Comment by Joan Denoo on December 21, 2013 at 12:14am

You make good points Loren. Perhaps I am naive to think that believers will read and care about the issues I share with family and friends. I get a larger response, almost all positive from Twitter than I do from Facebook. 

You have always graciously agreed when I request to share your writings with Facebook and Twitter. Have you had any negative response from either site? 

I don't often get responses, but I do get requests to be a friend, and when I read their home page I select those who seem to have healthy correspondence going on there. I don't respond to the ones who appear to be wanting to pick a fight or get into the tent of non-believers. 

I could be wrong and welcome any feedback. I definitely value your judgement. 

Comment by Loren Miller on December 20, 2013 at 9:56pm

Mindy, my apologies ... but I will have NOTHING to do with Facebook, and for the same reason that I don't engage theists on other boards in discussion or debate.  I did that for four years on The Experience Project and it was largely wasted time, made worse by an administration that clearly favored the theists over the atheists while thinking they were being egalitarian.  I'll grant you that there may be onlookers who may benefit, but if they can't be bothered to identify themselves or at least express some appreciation for my effort, frankly, it is not worth it to me.

When the Jehovah's Witlesses come to my door, they get their asses handed to them, but then, they came to MY door, decided to argue their bullshit on MY turf, and deserve everything they have coming to them.  That doesn't mean that I perforce go out looking for confrontation.  I don't.

I don't start fights.  I finish them.

Comment by Joan Denoo on December 20, 2013 at 9:33pm

According to the Farmer's Almanac, the shortest day of the year, the Winter Solstice, the time when the Earth spends two days in the same relationship to the Sun is  ..... drum roll please ....

December Winter Solstice is on Saturday,

December 21, 2013 at 17:11 UTC

December 21, 2013 at 9:11 AM Pacific Standard Time 

Please correct me if I am wrong. 

Days will start to get longer and longer and longer and longer .............

 

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