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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 The Flying Atheist on July 30, 2013 at 11:20am

Ha Ha.  Love Bill, Mindy. 

I guess when no box is available, an envelope will do just fine. 

Comment by Plinius on July 30, 2013 at 12:59am

I like the letter - reminds me again of Heinlein's Job.

And the pond is beautiful! Strange isn't it, Flying Atheist, how some people like to live in ugly surroundings.

Comment by The Flying Atheist on July 29, 2013 at 11:29pm

That's a nice backyard, Patricia.  I love environments like that.  When I moved into my current apartment 13 years ago the landlord had a small little 4 X 4 ft. koi pond and lush greenery all around our small city backyard.  It was very pleasant.  When the building was sold about six years ago, the new landlord took out the pond and ripped out all the plants and vines.  What a shame!  For the life of me I don't know why.  Now his mother has piles of aluminum cans scattered everywhere to be crushed and recycled and miscellaneous metal objects piled up for scrap money.  It now looks like a junk yard back there.   

Comment by The Flying Atheist on July 28, 2013 at 7:41pm

Yes, Patricia, that was a horrible event in Quebec.  I saw overhead photos that were taken before and after.  Buildings were just leveled.  A lot of lives lost.   

I'm also seeing a headline just minutes ago that a bus has crashed in Italy, killing at least 36 persons. 

Comment by The Flying Atheist on July 28, 2013 at 7:33pm

BTW, I don't wish to diminish the horrible events taking place in Syria, Egypt and other places where far more people are dying just trying to establish freedom and human rights.   

Comment by The Flying Atheist on July 28, 2013 at 7:24pm

Wow, I was just reading that the driver of the Spanish train that recently crashed has been charged with 79 counts of homicide.  He admitted before a judge that he was negligent and was driving the train too fast for the curve.  What a sad tragedy.

Reuters news article

On a lighter note...Ian, I like your last post.  It made me laugh.  As a person who lives alone, I seem to have far too many conversations with myself than should be normal. 

Comment by Ian Mason on July 28, 2013 at 3:53pm

Comment by Idaho Spud on July 27, 2013 at 4:00pm

Ruth, glad the bad tooth is out.  I had a similar problem with my root-canal tooth, but not near the pain or trouble you had.  Wow!  What a bunch of uncaring people you had to deal with.

When my tooth gave me trouble, my dentist sent me to a dental surgeon that was a great guy.  He took one x-ray, said it looked cracked and asked if I wanted it taken out or if he should try to repair it.  I said "take it out", and he said "good choice".

When he took it out, it fell to pieces.  It was rotten through and through.  

I've not had it replaced and quite a few years later, no trouble.

Comment by Joan Denoo on July 27, 2013 at 1:31am

Ruth, I am so glad you have that bad tooth out and I support your complaint about extra radiation.  

Comment by Plinius on July 27, 2013 at 12:35am

Good to hear it, Ruth! Constant pain is such a damper om your mood!

 

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