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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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A Powerful Message from an old wise teacher :

Started by Joan Denoo. Last reply by tom sarbeck 3 hours ago. 4 Replies

I received a gift this morning from a virtual friend, Pamela Smith:A Powerful Message from an old wise teacher :" One day an old wise teacher was walking through a village. A very angry and rude young man came up and began insulting him. "You have…Continue

Speak English? YOU FIRST! (Betty Bowers)

Started by Loren Miller. Last reply by Thomas Murray 11 hours ago. 4 Replies

Honestly, the title to this piece is badly under-representative of the content.  To be far more accurate, what we have here is Mrs. Betty Bowers, America's Best Christian, going on a rant.  Before you say it ... Say WHAAAA?  Betty Bowers ranting? …Continue

Tags: America's Best Christian, Betty Bowers

A Prayer for Our Nation (Betty Bowers)

Started by Loren Miller. Last reply by Ruth Anthony-Gardner yesterday. 2 Replies

I'm going to keep this one short and sweet.  Mrs. Betty Bowers, America's Best Christian, has seen what is going on with the current occupant of the Oval Office, and my impression is that she is not at all happy with it.  True to her citizenship,…Continue

Tags: prayer, Donald Trump, Oval Office, America's Best Christian, Betty Bowers

Any Babymetal Fans Here?

Started by Bruce Carroll. Last reply by Idaho Spud Sep 12. 5 Replies

Any Babymetal fans here besides me? I have to ask because 1) I really like Babymetal and 2) Babymetal unknowingly played a role in my journey out of religion.For those who are unfamiliar with Babymetal, here is a link to one of their most popular…Continue

Tags: Japanese Idol, Babymetal

If you could rid the world of one thing, what would it be?

Started by Idaho Spud. Last reply by Ruth Anthony-Gardner Sep 11. 30 Replies

Today, I heard Seth Andrews talk about the question, "If you could rid the world of one thing, what would it be?"  My first thought was religion, but after a few seconds I decided it would be irrational or anti-scientific thinking.  That would take…Continue

Tags: anti-scientific, irrational

Ignorance is Bliss: Why Religious People Seem Happier Than the 'Nones'”.

Started by Joan Denoo. Last reply by Idaho Spud Sep 11. 16 Replies

“Highly Religious Volunteer More, Lie Less, and Claim to Be Happier”~ Houston Chronicle; “Strongly Religious People are Happier than Non-Religious”  ~ Christian Daily."The study determined that 40 percent of highly religious adults—defined as those…Continue

Tags: Nones, happiness, non-religiosity, religiosity, bliss

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Comment by The Flying Atheist on September 6, 2014 at 2:59pm
Hello, Friends.

Well, yesterday was a big day. I got the results of my kidney biopsy. Not really good news.... I have a disease called IgA Nethropathy with has caused lots of scarring. Currently my kidneys are functioning at 15% which means I am now to start the process on planning for a kidney transplant. Hopefully that can happen soonner rather than later. If the wait period is long, I'm looking at having to do dialysis three times a week. As a result, I wouldn't be able to do travel and do my job.

I have a long and thoughtful process ahead of me to think about. I'm feeling fairly good and am being extraordinarily taken care of by my family. Several family members have come forward to express their desire to donate a kidney for me. I'm extremely grateful and moved by that pure gesture of love.

All I can do now is to follow doctor's instructions and to rely on their expertice at hand. Odds are for a successful outcome!
Comment by Idaho Spud on September 6, 2014 at 2:52pm

The right few words of comments are missing from about 17 to 10 comments ago.

Comment by Ian Mason on September 6, 2014 at 2:48pm

Anyone else having trouble with the right-hand side of comments missing?

Comment by Joan Denoo on September 6, 2014 at 12:34pm

Oh! What a beautiful morning, 60 degrees F, full sun, a lovely day to be continuing with the prep for winter. Yesterday, the sunflowers had a small flock of goldfinch, eating seeds, upside down in their peculiar way of eating sunflower seeds. My propagated plants are doing well in my little greenhouse under the blue spruce; I will be setting them out for the neighbors to come by and pick up whatever they want for their gardens. I'm off to the garden and I may or may not be able to make contact with the internet. During rest periods I can read all the mail that came in from my A/N friends up until I am disconnected from the wireless. 

I just want to say to each one of you dear friends, I am so grateful for having you in my life and happy that you want to share with me. 

Carl, I am happy to see hour face in the mail this morning. Hope you are feeling well. 

Thank you, Chris, Carl, and Mindy for your nice comments about Laura's post on Facebook. It still gives me goosebumps. 

I share your thoughts about Joan Rivers. Not one I listened to. Thanks, Felaine, for the lead to Elayne Boosler 

Comic Relief "Elayne Boosler" Stand Up Comedy

Mindy, glad your dinner was so pleasant; the future looks brighter. I was not able to see your comment of two hours ago, just after your report of your dinner last night with atheist friends. I hate to bother anyone, but I know I am missing a treasure. 

Comment by Idaho Spud on September 6, 2014 at 10:07am

I didn't find Joan Rivers funny either, but I got the idea she wasn't trying to be mean.

Comment by Idaho Spud on September 6, 2014 at 10:03am

Mindy, I'm jealous that you have atheist's to have dinner with.

I like the scripture circle.

Comment by sk8eycat on September 6, 2014 at 9:09am

Randy, I'm with you; I never cared much for Joan Rivers' style of comedy...made me uncomfortable. 

Elayne Boosler is one of my faves....there's warmth in her monologues, and I went to a live "reading" of her "Peter & the Wolf" -style creation, called "Rescue; a True Story."  There wasn't a dry eye in the house when she (and the music) finished.

Comment by The Flying Atheist on September 6, 2014 at 9:00am
Joan, what your daughter wrote about you is beautiful. You have every right to be proud of both her and yourself.
Comment by Randall Smith on September 6, 2014 at 7:23am
I've been amazed at the amount of media coverage the death of Joan Rivers has received. For me, I could hardly stand to look at her, let alone listen to her. I'm not a big fan of loud, obnoxious comedians that put people down. That type of humor is irritating to me. But, to each his own.
Comment by Plinius on September 6, 2014 at 6:41am

I can't read everything Laura wrote, but I think she is right, Joan; strictness, especially when applied by a loving person, is a great help.

 

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