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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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The End of the World ... Again?!?

Started by Loren Miller. Last reply by Pat on Thursday. 5 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 on Wednesday. 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

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

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Comment by Randall Smith on May 23, 2015 at 7:32am

Holy smokes, Spud--you're up and out early! Good for you.

Felaine, I never saw the movie. I know many LA area schools have been featured in various movies. I taught in two junior highs and one high school in Pomona (incl Diamond Bar) from '66-'73. They hadn't changed when I visited them 10 years ago.

Comment by Idaho Spud on May 23, 2015 at 6:37am

Good morning.  5:37 AM, and I'm off to plant in the garden.

Comment by sk8eycat on May 23, 2015 at 2:31am

Randall, many things come to mind, especially when kids are home-schooled through 12th grade.  Dealing with crabby teachers, dealing with outstanding teachers, team sports, orchestra, chorus, class plays, dance performance, PTA nights..... Art and crafts equipment, print shop...and on an d on.

Auto shop....if you've ever seen "Corvette Summer" with Mark Hammil and Annie Potts, most of the school interiors were shot at my alma mater: Auto Shop, Burbank High School - 902 N. Third Street, Burbank, California, USA" and

Since that film was made, the entire school was rebuilt.....I don't recognize the place AT ALL///except the bulldog mascot over the main door.  BFD.

Comment by Plinius on May 23, 2015 at 1:51am

Saturday morning, not yet 9 o'clock. Good morning all and have a nice weekend! Has anyone heard from Carl?

Comment by Randall Smith on May 21, 2015 at 7:21am

Felaine, you had better stay! I miss Mindy (Booklover, who left in a huff), and Carl, who's dealing with health issues. (I wonder how he's doing?)

I have many reasons for opposing home schooling, but they aren't really "the socialization" reasons, although that's important. For one, science (my subject) has access to tools for many lab experiments--not found at home. Teachers are trained in and have greater knowledge of their subject matter. If I home schooled my kids, I would be deficient in art, history, and other areas. Plus, no sports, no school plays, no band, etc.

One of the biggest reasons parents choose home-schooling is the religion factor. They don't want their children exposed to the truth--evolution, in particular. (There are many other reasons: bullying, eliteism, antisocialism, etc.) 

Comment by Plinius on May 21, 2015 at 12:46am

I wasn't homeschooled but I was just as isolated as homeschoolers because of my parents' religion. I feel children should interact with all sorts of people and learn to stand their own ground. I tried to find positive sides of homeschooling to complete the picture but I didn't hear many positive comments.

Thanks Gerald, I'm glad of it. 

Comment by sk8eycat on May 20, 2015 at 3:24pm

Back in the 1940s we used to play in the street and vacant lots around here after school..."Kick the Can" and "Statues." 

Now, I NEVER see or hear kids playing outdoors in the neighborhood, unless someone is having a private pool party.  Everything else is so over-organized that I often wonder when kids get to use their imaginations.  If they have any.  (I took ballet lessons 5 days a week after school, but I still had time to play invent-your-own games with the other neighborhood kids....or row all over Balboa Bay by myself when we went there for the summers.

Comment by Bertold Brautigan on May 20, 2015 at 3:04pm

Sometimes kiddos homeschooled  through grade school show up in high school and earn a black belt in promiscuity with lightening speed. Missing all that socialization, even such as it is, may not be an entirely good thing.

Comment by sk8eycat on May 20, 2015 at 2:40pm

Randall...I'm with you on the subject of home schooling.  Even if it's NOT religion-based, there's something anti-social about it.

In science fiction from the 1950s and '60s, there were a lot of stories about kids "going to school" on computer-like devices at home.  If it was an important part of the story, I always felt sorry for the isolated kids.  (Where's the playground?  Or the level spot where the girls always played jacks during recess?  Hell, WHEN and where IS recess?  Assemblies?  Sock hops in the gym?  What gym?)

Comment by Gerald Payne on May 20, 2015 at 1:49pm

Plinius if you go to Politics, Economics, and Religion you'll find it's more a comedy of errors than using substances.


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