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. Last reply by Ruth Anthony-Gardner 6 hours ago. 3 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 Ruth Anthony-Gardner 6 hours ago. 12 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 The Flying Atheist on May 30, 2015 at 11:48pm
Ian, as a flight attendant I can't believe I'm saying this, but I'm jealous of all your travels. You go to so many fantastic places and do a lot of fun activities. When I's all work. LOL
Comment by Ian Mason on May 30, 2015 at 10:10pm

Getting worked up about my trip to Dublin next month. First: The Who live - the main reason for going, but have now booked seats at the Abbey Theatre for two plays, an old Sean O'Casey and a new special commision. Starting off with a guided walking tour though. This should be fun.

Comment by Ian Mason on May 30, 2015 at 10:09pm

That's a fascinating video, Ruth. It makes me want to try.

"New normal" is something I missed the first time. A good expression that's worth remembering.

Comment by The Flying Atheist on May 30, 2015 at 6:46pm
Ruth, an interesting and beautiful video.
Comment by The Flying Atheist on May 30, 2015 at 6:34pm
Joan, I like your little phrase "new normal." I'll have to remember that as I age and my health and abilities change through out the coming years.
Comment by Ruth Anthony-Gardner on May 30, 2015 at 5:58pm

Thanks for your encouragement, all. Yes, the worst seems to be over.

Thanks for sharing your family's underbrush clearing day, Joan. It's wonderful to see the world through your eyes.

Here's a video of rock balancing by Michael Grab aka "Gravity Glue", that I found relaxing. I hope you all enjoy it too.

Comment by Ian Mason on May 30, 2015 at 10:25am

That sounds like a lovely day, Joan.

Comment by Joan Denoo on May 30, 2015 at 9:23am

Carl, your bright and cheerful messages brings music to my spirit. If you can make it past all the challenges you faced so far, you will certainly master any future challenge as well. Isn't the body a wonderful thing, making adjustments to all kinds of insults to its organs and a rough, raspy voice that speaks with power and authority declaring you are up to the tasks!

Comment by Joan Denoo on May 30, 2015 at 9:14am

Today is a big day of the family joining together to clear out the underbrush of the forest, gather up and bury the slash and logs and create a firm fireline across the south end of the clearing. Laura is in charge of the crews, Larry is smoking and BBQing part of the feast, Laurie is in charge of the small children and kitchen, Michelle and her five young ones will be involved, the six year old as runner with water and band-aids as he barks encouragement to the 16-year-old on the tractor. 

We had another terrible thunder and lightning storm last night that took out the power for a few hours. The sun shines brightly on the forest this morning. 

Yesterday morning, a mother deer and her yearling grazed past my north window and disappeared into the forest to the west. 

Comment by Joan Denoo on May 30, 2015 at 9:04am

Ruth, it is beginning to look as though you and your husband made it over the big challenge. As life comes back to a new normal I trust the really bad events reside in the past and each day become better and easier for both of you. 


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