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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 Grinning Cat on June 20, 2013 at 9:30pm

Joan and Mindy, I'm glad to read that things are going well!

Foreground and background, or figure and ground, remind me of the two word puzzles in one of the Dialogues between Achilles and the Tortoise in Douglas Hofstadter's Gödel, Escher, Bach: An Eternal Golden Braid.

Find a common English word that begins with "he" and ends with "he". (Presumably Achilles had a longer word than "he" in mind!)

...and...

Find a common English word that contains "adac" (as a substring: there can be letters before and/or after it, but the "adac" can't be broken up or rearranged). "abracadabra" doesn't quite work because it contains "adac" backwards, not forwards.

The answers are not obscure Scrabble words like "zyzzyva"!

Comment by The Flying Atheist on June 20, 2013 at 8:01pm

Comment by Steph S. on June 20, 2013 at 7:52pm

Joan I glad that your treatments are going well.

I'm thinking about you.

Melinda it sounds like you had a nice trip. I am glad you have an Atheist friend to spend your time with.

Comment by Joan Denoo on June 20, 2013 at 6:02pm

Welcome home Mindy! So very happy to read of your adventures, rest and renewal. Can you describe some of your taste treats? Food seems to be foreground for me now. 

What is foreground and background? 

"Positive space refers to what the eye perceives as in the foreground. Negative space is what the eye perceives as in the background (for example as sky). Notice that negative space does not necessarily have to be white. As you are seeing, good designs often use more than one visual design cue at the same time. In addition to rhythm, this drawing of Maurice Escher skillfully plays with your perception of what is the foreground and what is the background."

Well, for me, food is foreground. 

Comment by Joan Denoo on June 20, 2013 at 2:28pm

Good morning everyone, it is 11:30 AM and 51 degrees F, with heavy rain. Cold, wet wind, and a very nice warm room to  read, write, and nap. 

Yesterday was Chemo Light and took only about 1 1/2 hours to drip all that killer poison into my body. Laura and her husband, Larry, took me out for the fish soup afterwards and it is so good at Gordy’s Sichuan Cafe. It is the only thing that tastes good, is full of the right kinds of nutrition, and Gordy and Jamie, help me select what I can and can't eat. They also help me with figuring out how to use different ingredients, such as coconut and cooking time for the fish.   

Jamie, Gordy's co-owner, thanks so much. 

Comment by Ian Mason on June 20, 2013 at 2:14pm

Ruth, I hope you and yours are getting well.

Comment by Ian Mason on June 20, 2013 at 2:13pm

Felaine, the "holy" books are the world's most dangerous enablers for those with a tendency to violence and fanaticism.

Comment by Grinning Cat on June 20, 2013 at 2:09pm

Yet another non-sequitur:

"The London Sun newspaper has apologised to aliens for linking them with the Church of Scientology."

Comment by Grinning Cat on June 20, 2013 at 12:52pm

Sometimes a friend I'm with is surprised when I do a bit of "unlittering": picking up someone else's trash.

That venerable momily applies: what if everyone (or a lot of people) did it, leaving a place they pass just a little cleaner?

Comment by Joan Denoo on June 20, 2013 at 11:50am

Ian, thanks for the descriptions. "The Dragon is "Evidence - The Trail Continues" and is made of bottle tops and plastic lids. It's a symbol of the trail people leave behind them, like slugs leave a trail."

It reminds me of when the kids were small we often camped and the first thing I had them do was go around our campground and pick up anything that could hurt them, like bottle caps, aluminum pull tags, cans and glass. We had a contest to see who could bring in the most "treasures". Then they each would make strings out of the aluminum pull tabs and had a peg for each child where they hung their strings. They developed a habit of keeping an eye out for such treasures and their strings revealed their own interests in bring in more. At the end of the camping trip, we had a camp fire and celebrated the winner as champion "Treasure Tracker". I see my great-grandchildren have the same tradition. I wonder where they learned that!?

"Sputnik Returns" is an image of how dangerous it can be to rely too much on technology."

These images you shared have great imagination and ingenuity. Thanks for sharing. 

 

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