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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 Joan Denoo on March 29, 2015 at 5:54pm

Chris, I have been watching the wind map and it looks like two weather systems converge over your part of northern Europe. One comes from the south, the other from the north. 

Can you describe how you experience the wind at your place today? 

Comment by Joan Denoo on March 29, 2015 at 12:19pm

OOPPSS I forgot the mormons in Restriction and punishment with regard to sexuality. That seems to be a big issue for former members. 

Comment by Joan Denoo on March 29, 2015 at 12:17pm

FFRF spaghetti dinner and meeting Dan Barker sounds like all had a good time. Barker's smile engages one; glad to learn he is approachable.  

Randy, I noticed the absence of Carl, too.

Chris, I like the "Chicago 1952" photo for Carl. 

Restriction and punishment seem to be the norm for families descended from the Puritan influence, and the Jewish as well. I like the idea of pleasuring both husband and wife as a healthy start to healthy living and loving. Hopefully, the cliteracy project will empower individuals to enjoy their bodies and each other. 

Comment by Loren Miller on March 29, 2015 at 10:44am

I attended my first local FFRF function yesterday - a spaghetti dinner, hosted by the Northern Ohio Freethought Society.  It was during that event that I met this fellow:

REALLY nice guy, utterly approachable, a real pleasure to chat with.  Have to say, the entire event was an unmodified success and GREAT FUN, and I can't wait until next time.

Comment by Randall Smith on March 29, 2015 at 7:36am

Haven't heard from Carl in awhile. Hope he's doing okay.

Comment by Plinius on March 29, 2015 at 6:34am

Something for Carl. This is one of Shorpy's pics today: Chicago 1952.

Comment by Idaho Spud on March 28, 2015 at 11:44am

Mormonism is very constrictive about what you can do with sex.  For one thing, it's a grave sin to do it outside of marriage.  It seems that is one of the reasons many mormon women, and some men, are sexually messed-up.

Comment by Plinius on March 28, 2015 at 10:12am

In many churches they teach that sex should be as joyless as possible - they promise joy in heaven, god forbid people should enjoy themselves on earth!

Comment by Grinning Cat on March 28, 2015 at 10:07am

I don't know "the" (?) Mormon attitude towards sex education; but in general, even in the 21st century, far too few people are cliterate.

(One of the few things Orthodox Judaism gets right is that a husband must satisfy his wife in bed, and that marital sex is a joyful thing, good in its own right, whether or not it can produce children. But like some other religions, they also teach "be fruitful and multiply" -- a couple is supposed to have at least a girl and a boy -- and that "wasting seed" is forbidden. If you're not married, and/or if you're gay, you're out of luck.)

Comment by Idaho Spud on March 28, 2015 at 9:00am

She probably had 6 kids out of duty.  Mormonism says god is only pleased with you, if you have as many kids as possible.

 

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