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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 sk8eycat on December 10, 2012 at 5:42pm

I'm not really as irritated by punctuation errors as I am by things such as "your" for "you're," "flare" for "flair," and similar malapropisms. Makes me wonder what's being taught in our schools.

Right now I'm making typos all over the place because my right hand is almost useless.  I do try to proof my posts, but sometimes I just miss things.  (Makes logging in to web sites where I'm already registered a hassle some days.) Having a small orange cat standing on my lap doesn't help either.

I think I'll go to Schwan's and order some comfort food...the cats like to snack on their diced chicken breast, and so do I. Nom, nom, nom!

Comment by Idaho Spud on December 10, 2012 at 5:40pm

Sorry you have to put-up with another Aaaarrgghhh! day Melinda.

Comment by Idaho Spud on December 10, 2012 at 4:03pm

Grammar and spelling is sometimes a problem for me, mainly because I get in a hurry and don't spend enough time proofreading.  I think it was yesterday that I posted something on AN, and used the word "too" instead of "to".  It was embarrassing because I almost never make that mistake, but I left it because I didn't want my post showing-up in people's mail-boxes more than once.  I don't know which is worse.

Joan, you said "what are friends for" and changed it to "for what are friends".  I use the first phrasing all the time and it seems every one does.  I didn't even know it was technically incorrect.  The second phrase sounds strange to me.

Comment by Joan Denoo on December 10, 2012 at 3:37pm

The Flying Atheist, my son-in-law puts nothing on Facebook that is true . I don't know if that works, or not.
I am on Facebook because my children and grandchildren use it. I have a wee bit of a problem because they like to play games, which I do not; they put in stuff like "I got up." and I just fly by those kinds of comments. Every once in a while they write something of substance or of importance to them and I feel honored to be a part of their lives.   

I don't care for idle chatter, but everybody on this site has something to say or share or questions or answers to something. I leave my keyboard feeling enriched and enlightened. Mostly, I like everyone here. 

Comment by Joan Denoo on December 10, 2012 at 3:28pm

sk8eycat, you accentuate a problem I am having and on which I am working. Grammar! I lose track of my verbs and fail to see them when I proof read. I find it only after I press "ADD Comment" or a few days later. Dang!. I will not be offended if anyone wants to take the time to correct me. I know, it is my job to do. But what are friends for. 0000ppppsss. But for what are friends? 

Comment by Idaho Spud on December 10, 2012 at 2:16pm

That Dutchman definitely put his money where his idiocy was.

Comment by sk8eycat on December 10, 2012 at 2:08pm

Steph: I forgot to tell you I yelled "AWWWW!" at the kittehs you posted.  How dull life would be without them.

Chris: I'm among the group who never would have known that English was not your native language if you hadn't told us.  (It's embarassing to me that so many native English-speakers who post on forums and comment on news sites can't spell, punctuate, or use correct grammar....unless they are using rude 4-letter words. They never have any problems spelling those.)

I wanted to add that some terms for friends are cultural...or started out that way.  "Bro" (for "brother") is used by males who want to indicate a close friend, but still appear "cool." 

Between women, "Girl-FRIEND!" is a joyful shout, with the "friend" part pitched a little higher than "girl."  Or just "girrrrrrl!"  Usually meaning agreement, or endearment. And "sister-girl" has sort of the same meaning of close friendship.  All these originated in the black communities, but I hear them elsewhere now.  I like the warmth that they imply, but you have to be careful who you say them to....you need know you've have been accepted as a very close friend.  Actually, somebody has to call you "Girl-FRIEND" or "Sister-girl" first.

"Bro" is usually only spoken between males.

Comment by Joan Denoo on December 10, 2012 at 1:57pm

Chris, I looked up Geert Wilders and read a bit about him. Your description of the people with whom you work I assume some are Muslim. You wrote, "most people just want to be good neighbours, meet good neighbours and lead a quiet life." has been my experience as well. Radical fundamentalism and proselytizing by any group creates distortions while living at peace as good neighbors doesn't get the press.  

The risks of standing against Islam's practices and principles can be deadly; The murder of Theo van Gogh and threats to Ayaan Hirsi Ali because of their film criticizing treatment of women in Islam, and Salman Rushdie's Satic Verses, for example. 

I wonder if it is possible to gather together Atheists, Christians, Jews, and Palestinians, Hindus, Buddhists, Humanists, etc. in an attempt to find common ground, identify our differences, and figure out if we can live together in peace and justice? 

 

 

 

Comment by The Flying Atheist on December 10, 2012 at 12:38pm

Speaking of the Dutch, I just stumbled upon this news article:

Dutchman launches life-sized replica of Noah's Ark

Associated Press

 

Comment by The Flying Atheist on December 10, 2012 at 12:15pm

Ian, welcome back.  I'm glad you were finally able to get to England to see your mother and to take care of some family obligations.  I know it must be a terrible strain to have such a distance between you and another family member when they need you. 

You're right.  You will find much to smile at back here with us.  Cheers!  --Carl

 

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