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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bending truth, or "We Can All Be Manipulated" (TheraminTrees)

Started by Loren Miller 2 hours ago. 0 Replies

The following is one of TheraminTrees' most thorough-going pieces, wherein he looks at the process and techniques whereby a "religious" organization (which will sound VERY familiar to most of us, once introductions are made!) takes a person who…Continue

Tags: indoctrination, truth, manipulation, TheraminTrees

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

Started by Loren Miller. Last reply by Loren Miller 2 hours ago. 7 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 Sep 30. 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

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Comment by Joan Denoo on November 10, 2013 at 5:42am

Ian, I understand and share the urge to read more. This piece on Joseph Campbell and "Follow your bliss", including his works. Near the end of his life he powerfully supported Marija Gimbutas work and they both wrote more sensitively as a result of their friendship. 

I'm going back to the piece now to read (MORE: Why Fighting Enemies Isn't Good for You) and (MORE: Life Lessons From 'The Wizard of Oz'). 

Comment by The Flying Atheist on November 10, 2013 at 3:45am

Ian, thanks for posting the link referring to Joseph Campbell.  I've never read any of his books but I have watched many of his lectures and interviews on DVD.  He's endlessly interesting and educational.  I always end up with the feeling that I just earned a college degree.

I know it's a turn-off for some, but I've always enjoyed his academic, classroom-style of presentation.  I could listen to him speak and tell stories for hours.        

Comment by Ian Mason on November 10, 2013 at 1:25am
Comment by Ian Mason on November 10, 2013 at 1:08am

Joan, you write a beautiful picture of the season.

Actually, I've been using less time on  the computer and more time catching up on reading. It  feels like the right thing to do at the moment. Not that I'm ignoring my friends here as I do try to keep up with what's going on but sometimes I feel I have less to say.

Keep well, all.

Comment by Steph S. on November 9, 2013 at 10:01pm

thank you Tony - very good

Comment by The Flying Atheist on November 9, 2013 at 2:30pm

Comment by Joan Denoo on November 9, 2013 at 1:50pm
Tony, I am not sure I want to open the Palin site! I've already heard her philosophies far too many times. Oh well, what the heck. Here goes ....

So, nothing new from her lips.

Here is the good news, we quickly move from Autumn Equinox to Winter Solstice, with leaves so bright in color it takes my breath away. A more beautiful scene can not be produced even by the finest painter. Or the sounds of autumn chores preparing our gardens for wet weather followed by cold blasts of wind and snow. The sounds of kids making snow structures, including our yearly igloo that glows in the dark. The harvest season always includes huge feasts of fresh foods and celebrations and Solstice brings feelings of closeness of family and friends with a feast to honor the shortest day of the year. For me, in includes the five generations gathered around the biggest family table and making decorations with sprays of coniferous branches and cones from the forest. We exchange gifts on the shortest day of the year and on New Years day we call out to the sun to start its trip across the sky bringing more light. O! It is a grand time full of love and sharing and care for the needy. The animals of the garden and forest creep into our vision, just long enough to thank them for a fine year and grateful for no forest fires.
Comment by Joan Denoo on November 9, 2013 at 1:33pm
Ian, I love your bailout plan! Exactly what those liars and thieves need to do. I would gladly be available to do the cleanup.
Nice to see your posts again, Ian; I missed you.
Comment by Joan Denoo on November 9, 2013 at 1:30pm
Mindy, your "Spin the bottle" photo came as far as my Inbox and I was able to retrieve it. Funny, I can remember feeling, "Not him! Not him!"
The image did not open. I always check the Inbox and sometimes I can get the image and sometimes not. Fickle machine! There are other little gremlins in my MacBook and I need to get a check up. I wonder if computers get cancer?
Comment by Plinius on November 9, 2013 at 1:17pm

Thanks, Ian, but it's really easy: use your empathy and don't be afraid to look like a fool.


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