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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 Loren Miller Nov 24. 9 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

10 Tricks from 46 (Betty Bowers)

Started by Loren Miller. Last reply by Ruth Anthony-Gardner Nov 6. 3 Replies

Apparently, Betty Bowers, America's Best Christian, has been slumming.  That is to say, she's been talking to Mike Pence [gasp!].  It would seem as though Mike has offered some of his not-so-personal tricks of the trade on how to be a 21st century…Continue

Tags: tricks, Mike Pence, America's Best Christian, Betty Bowers

Surreal, I haz it

Started by Ruth Anthony-Gardner. Last reply by Grinning Cat Oct 19. 99 Replies

Surreal, not just found in art.Continue

Tags: surreal

Speak English? YOU FIRST! (Betty Bowers)

Started by Loren Miller. Last reply by Donald R Barbera Sep 27. 5 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

10 Things About Patriotism (Betty Bowers)

Started by Loren Miller. Last reply by Plinius Sep 26. 2 Replies

It seems as though lately, Mrs. Betty Bowers, America's Best Christian, is evolving into America's Best Patriot.  She has recently been taking some fairly well-aimed shots at a certain Orange Nightmare and his sycophantic hangers-on, regarding the…Continue

Tags: patriotism, Donald Trump, America's Best Christian, Betty Bowers

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Comment by Plinius on October 20, 2014 at 9:03am

Thanks Randall! It looks good, judging from internetreviews, but tomorrow I'll go to Rotterdam to find it in the library.

Comment by Randall Smith on October 20, 2014 at 7:20am

Just completed Barbara Ehrenreich's new book, Living with a Wild God, "a nonbeliever's search for the truth about everything". I would especially recommend it to the Joans, Ruths, Felaines, Mindys, Chris', etc. among Hang With Friends participants. Men aren't forbidden to read it, however. I found it in my library. 

Comment by sk8eycat on October 19, 2014 at 5:52pm

I forgot to mention that the "Rainbow Bridge" is borrowed/plagiarized from Norse mythology. I wonder how many people who send those cards know that.

Comment by sk8eycat on October 19, 2014 at 5:43pm

Bertold, those damn sympathy cards always make me feel terrible, and usually make me cry because I KNOW there  is no life after this one, and I will not be reunited with anyone...human or feline....or all the wonderful BIG dogs I used to "baby-sit" when I was still able.

When someone I know suffers a death in their family, I usually send a single flower in a bud vase....when I can afford to send anything at all.

I do wish I could still house-and-pet-sit....I could sure use the $$$, and it would get me away from the JW in my own house for a while, but I can't even see well enough to drive anymore, so I'm stuck. 

I do have my Pumpkin-cat, but he's almost 16, and sleeps a lot nowadays.  The Black Blimp has adopted my JW/Aspie sister, which takes her attention off my atheist self.  Tee-hee!

Comment by Bertold Brautigan on October 19, 2014 at 2:44pm

Thanks Joan. You are quite a paragon of articulate clarity yourself.

Comment by Joan Denoo on October 19, 2014 at 2:17pm

Bertold, I like your direct style. I don't have to wonder what you mean! 

I like your new Avatar, very nice. 

Comment by Bertold Brautigan on October 19, 2014 at 2:14pm

Sk8eycat - when I lose a pet and friends send that rainbow bridge crap it just makes me want to puke.No, I'm not going to be f-ing reunited with my f-ing dog in f-ing heaven, you f-ing imbecile.

Comment by Joan Denoo on October 19, 2014 at 12:53pm
Comment by Ruth Anthony-Gardner on October 19, 2014 at 11:31am

I envy your five mile walk, Randall. Thanks, booklover and Flying Atheist. It's a lovely sunny afternoon here.

Comment by The Flying Atheist on October 19, 2014 at 10:07am

Happy weekend to you as well, Ruth.

It got cold here last night.  Our first frost warning. 

Went out for pizza last night with my atheist best friend.  It was nice to get out of the house and spend the evening with him.  Other than the folks here at A|N, he's the only other voice of reason that I can really vent about politics and religion. 

 

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