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.

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Discussion Forum

The End of the World ... Again?!?

Started by Loren Miller. Last reply by Pat on Thursday. 5 Replies

Uh, guys and gals?  Hate to tell you, but the world ended the other day.  And the hell of it is, I MISSED IT!  Yeah, too busy with other stuff, mowing the lawn, enjoying the company of my wife, and taking care of puddy-cats, and I just MISSED it!One…Continue

Tags: AronRa, prophecy, end of the world

Sam Harris The Case Against Christianity

Started by dudaboli yev. Last reply by Donald R Barbera on Wednesday. 1 Reply

Sam Harris The Case Against Christianity Sam Harris offers his case against the Christian god conceptSamuel Benjamin "Sam" Harris is an American author, neuroscientist, philosopher, the co-founder and chief executive of Project Reason, a non-profit…Continue

Your favorite photobombs?

Started by Ruth Anthony-Gardner. Last reply by amer chohan Sep 2. 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

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Comment by Joan Denoo on June 14, 2015 at 7:49pm

Felaine, I don't know if it is frost or fire that will get us off this planet, I just know the weather is very erratic and if I want to flourish, I need to be ready for whatever weather comes at me. 

Some of my plants freeze out, some burn up. Well, there are things I can do to protect the plants from both if I am lucky and don't have too much cold or hot. Oh! I didn't mention the wind! 

What is, is! Be realistic about reality and deal with it the best way we can. We can die frustrated, angry, sad, afraid, or face it with full recognition of the challenges and know we gave our very best. 

Comment by Joan Denoo on June 14, 2015 at 7:41pm

Carl, that trip to the Field Museum of Natural History must have been a memorable experience. I only saw photos and felt great sadness for the plight of all those people and creatures. 

I like this fellow, Gutierrez. He is the kind of politician that gets things done. Wish we had a POTUS candidate who possessed his style. 

Comment by sk8eycat on June 14, 2015 at 6:25pm

Luis Gutierrez is a dynamite speaker!  The people in his strangely gerrymandered district must be proud of him.

(And I hadn't heard a genuine Chicago accent since I left Holiday....what memories!  Thank you.)

Comment by The Flying Atheist on June 14, 2015 at 5:32pm

Joan, I'm sure Luis Gutierrez has been called worse.  LOL

When I was in high school we took a trip to the Field Museum of Natural History here in Chicago.  It was hosting a traveling exhibit about Pompeii and had quite a few off the plaster casts on display of the people in the positions in which they died.  Poignant figures of people huddled together and others in agonizing positions in the throes of death.  Yes, very haunting images that I still remember today.

Comment by Joan Denoo on June 14, 2015 at 4:55pm

Sorry, my computer labeled the dog of Pompeii as Luis Gutierrez. There is the gremlin in the machine again. 

Comment by Joan Denoo on June 14, 2015 at 4:43pm

Ian, I find little interest in modern music and when I happened onto Sting I find I like his haunting voice.  

Chris, you have more sophistication in music than I. I will have to do a little hunting for Dowland. Can you suggest one or two that you like of his work? 

Carl, I detest when politicos us Saul Alinsky tactics against my issues and am very proud when politicians use the same tactics in favor of what I want. I guess one can say I am a hypocrite. Thanks for pointing out the virtues of Luis Gutierrez. I respect his position on police and teenagers. He is correct, of course. 

Ian, the 'CAVE CANEM' reflects the art of Pompeii that only recently has become known. There is an image from my childhood of the dog of Pompeii that haunts me still. It seems this dog suffocated in the ash of the eruption. 

Luis Gutierrez

Comment by Ian Mason on June 14, 2015 at 4:07pm

The 'CAVE CANEM' is a mosaic from Pompeii. 'Beware of the dog' in Latin.

Comment by Ruth Anthony-Gardner on June 13, 2015 at 9:32pm

Joan, I always enjoy your descriptions of home life. Thanks.

Flying Atheist, your congressional district is the epitome of current US political integrity.

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Comment by The Flying Atheist on June 13, 2015 at 6:48pm

Comment by The Flying Atheist on June 13, 2015 at 6:24pm

Joan, in all fairness to Luis Gutierrez, the Illinois 4th Congressional District was remapped by court order in 1990 to include Hispanic communities.  Gutierrez was the winner amongst four candidates in the congressional election in 1992.  He didn't create the boundaries, but the boundaries have certainly helped keep him in office for the past twenty-two years.  

Although Mr. Gutierrez can be a bit obnoxious and a public spectacle at times, I overwhelmingly support most of his views.  If you glance at his Wikipedia page, you'll notice that he has a long history of supporting all kinds of human rights and equality issues.

According to this Wikipedia page, the 4th Congressional District is "one of the most Democratic in the nation."


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