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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 Loren Miller on November 15, 2013 at 8:02pm

Just saw the following on my wife's FaceBook page ... thought it was VERY apropos to what we are about:

Comment by Joan Denoo on November 15, 2013 at 12:58am
Mindy, so very sorry to learn of your daughter's challenges. You are a great mom and provide the safety she needs, and we are here to provide you emotional support, even if we can only give virtual hugs and lots of encouragement. Be sure to take good care of yourself. You are the strong dock she needs as she figures out life' storms. The depression worries me, as I know it does you. With clinical depression, she may need Rx. And of course you already know that.
Comment by Plinius on November 15, 2013 at 12:33am

Poor Mindy's daughter! I'm glad she has got a good family to back her. Wish her well!

Comment by The Flying Atheist on November 14, 2013 at 11:00pm

Oh, man, Mindy.  Talk about being shat upon all at once.  I feel horrible just thinking about your daughter and what she's going through.  Like Sk8eycat said, I'm sorry I can't do more, but please let her know that this total stranger from an internet site wishes her well.  I know she's in good hands with you around. 

Comment by Steph S. on November 14, 2013 at 9:45pm

Sorry to hear about your daughter Mindy. I hope things work out for her in the future. We are thinking about her and wish her the best. Ruth I love that cat picture.

Comment by sk8eycat on November 14, 2013 at 8:30pm

Booklover: I'm thinking a lot of hugs to you and your daughter....I'm sorry  that I can't do more. 
*&gt;:D< big hug

Comment by sk8eycat on November 14, 2013 at 5:22pm

Do you remember the old observation about how many people will actually touch a wall or something else in a public place that has a "Wet Paint" sign on it?  Amazing.

I never liked Art Linkletter much, but the title of one of his programs was spot-on: People Are Funny.

Oh, BTW, my sister bought a gadget called a "Telemarketer Repellant." It has a choice of 25 recorded rude remarks...just hold it up to the phone, and push a button.  Some of the recordings are VERY rude!  Hee-heeeeee!  Of course it's useless for robot-calls.

Comment by sk8eycat on November 14, 2013 at 2:20pm

Ruth...Love that "recording cat," and the ones you posted in "Ailurophiles" about the "brown bath beads."  Eww.  Tee-hee.

"Recording cat" reminds me of "Your prayer is very important to us..." but I can't remember the rest of it.  I'm having Senior Moments more and more often lately, and they scare me.  I did remember a line in one of Carl Sagan's books; he was paraphrasing somebody else about people praying for a particular need..."Why pray at all?  If God knows everything, then he already knows about the problem, and how to fix it."

That's my thought for today.

I think.

Comment by sk8eycat on November 14, 2013 at 1:50pm

To everyone, thank you.  Aunt Phyllis was my last remaining relative of my parents' generation, and she was the epitome of unconditional love.  She was 91 and still quite active until a few days before her death, so my cousins and all their offspring were with her at the end, which was quiet and relatively painless.  I'm still unhappy that they didn't call me...there was time.  BUT every time I spoke to her on the phone I told her I loved her, so she knew...

In the meantime I'm waiting for summer to get over itself; it was 93 deg. yesterday.  Whoopie.

Comment by Ruth Anthony-Gardner on November 14, 2013 at 12:59pm

Familiar?

 

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