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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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Your favorite photobombs?

Started by Ruth Anthony-Gardner. Last reply by amer chohan yesterday. 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

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

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 Steph S. on May 17, 2013 at 9:39pm

Hey Mindy (Melinda) have a wonderful weekend at the game.

Love the cute pictures.

Ruth that is a beautiful bear and flowers.

Joan you are in my thoughts.

Comment by sk8eycat on May 17, 2013 at 2:46pm

Re: Hitchens' Missionary Position: The best place to look for it is at Half.com...IF you don't mind buying used books.  It's a very short (97 pages) trade paperback; I got my copy free when I subscribed to CFI's magazine years ago. Now it's all dog-eared and highlighed on many pages, and I don't dare lend it to anyone because I don't want them to think I treat all books that way.  BUT the facts are shocking.

Hitch wrote it when Agnes was still alive, in the mid-1990s, and I wish he had updated it later when more facts about her shoddy treatment of the "poorest of the poor" became public. The most surprising thing to me was that she was practically unknown in calcutta, and "helped" a very small number of people over the years.  Makes me wonder what goes on in the rest of the 500 mission she founded around the world.

Comment by Joan Denoo on May 17, 2013 at 12:38pm

Carl, the photo of the cat with paws in box made me laugh. The cat's expression looks as though he is content, even with the wee little box.

Ian, Have a great time in England, and happy, productive visit. 

Lillie, love your cat and box story. Sounds so familiar. 

Tom, I sensed M.T. angst, too, and wonder if she ever had an opportunity or anyone to encourage her to trust her doubts. Even as I recognize here dissonance, ultimately, she was responsible for the manipulation and exploitation of the sick and poor. Perhaps her god and religious community see her as a saint; I do not.

Ruth, thank you for the lovely yellow color theme, so bright and fresh, and Teddy Bear with Smiley Face. This really does cheer me. 

Mindy, what a remarkable photo! I would be in heaven with critters like that sharing their lives with me. Happy travels and visiting. 

Comment by Ruth Anthony-Gardner on May 16, 2013 at 11:34pm

Joan, I send you positive energy too. Sorry to hear about the hematoma interrupting your chemo. My thoughts are with you.

Great Alan Alda quote, Melinda.

I always hate to see people throwing food. It's worse than fingernails on a chalkboard.

sk8eycat, thanks for the Mother Theresa story. The flower cat was a hoot.

Flying Atheist, your donkey balls video broke me up.

Take care, everyone.

Comment by tom sarbeck on May 16, 2013 at 7:21pm

These tales about cats reminds me of a litter that shared the house my sibs and I occupied during the late 1930s. We named them for Snow White's dwarves, and when one of them ate a rubber band as if it was a sausage skin we named it Dopey. All these years later I still have a mental pic of the event.

Comment by tom sarbeck on May 16, 2013 at 7:11pm

Joan, thanx for "ophthorectumy"; I know several people I can lay it on. We war vets have a sometimes jarring sense of humor.

My experience with Catholicism tells me that MT had no internal strength. For a while during my early teens, the rigidity of Catholic beliefs protected me from the results of the doubt, etc, that nuns again and again said was sinful. In 11th grade I decided that doubt is necessary before learning can happen.

I saw a sadness in MT's words about her silence and emptiness, about her not seeing or hearing. Catholicism's rigidity served its intended purpose in her life.

Comment by Lillie on May 16, 2013 at 4:57pm

My cats think any sized box will do.  It is so funny what they try to get in to.  Their favorites are my shoe boxes which is where I keep my shoes.  When I return home from an outing and shed my shoes, there is a cat or two in the box where I store that pair of shoes.  They are very indignant when dumped out to be replaced with shoes.

Comment by Idaho Spud on May 16, 2013 at 4:39pm

FA, love the cat that thinks any size box will do.

Comment by Joan Denoo on May 16, 2013 at 3:18pm
What a nice place to come after a ct scan; it was easy as laying down and no pain. Lots of cheer here, funny cats and boxes. Thanks so much for the encouragement, virtual hugs, and pink ribbons.
May 21 is my next surgery as well as a port installed for the chemo. On May 22 I will spend about five hours (I am told) to get the chemo started, small doses at a time.
I read all the literature people sent and I feel confident that I chose a protocol with a high success rate and few complications. I am ready! My teams are ready! Cancer Challenger Team, WE ARE READY!
Comment by Ian Mason on May 16, 2013 at 2:43pm

Chris, have a great time in Naples.

I'm off to work soon and then to England straight from work in the morning. Have an enjoyable holiday weekend everyone.

 

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