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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 December 4, 2012 at 12:19am

It has been almost a year since Ruth posted this piece: 

"RELIGION MEMEPLEXES ARE A PARASITIC INFECTION!

"Quoting scripture to criticize it, satirizing Jesus, they're alternative ways to pass the poo. It's still infected poo. The only defense is "Call it infected poo and don't pick it up." Don't give it a place in your brain. Don't make it come out of your mouth, or type it out with your keyboard. It's a mind virus. VIRUS!

I've been trying to use this image since then, but continue to fall into the "poo" pile! So, as a refresher, the image of infected poo gets reinstalled. I like the image as a "kick the habit stimulus".

Comment by The Flying Atheist on December 3, 2012 at 9:51pm

Felaine.  Good to hear from you!  Thanks for the update.  Sorry you're having difficulties at this time.  I wish you well and hope that you're back to your lovable feisty self soon!  I've missed you.  Be well.  --Carl 

Comment by Loren Miller on December 3, 2012 at 9:30pm

I have no idea, Chris.  I just got this JPEG from my wife, and I posted it.

Comment by Ian Mason on December 3, 2012 at 9:18pm

Get well soon, Felaine.  Miss you here :(

Comment by Chris Dodds on December 3, 2012 at 9:14pm

@ Loren Miller

Did Tina Fey actually say that?

Comment by Loren Miller on December 3, 2012 at 8:18pm

Comment by Loren Miller on December 3, 2012 at 8:17pm

Hey, Felaine!

Sorry to hear about your hand.  May I heartily suggest Dragon Naturally Speaking as a verbal interface for your machine.  It's not too expensive and I have it on good authority that it works pretty well.  Certainly worth a try, at minimum.

BEST WISHES!

Comment by sk8eycat on December 3, 2012 at 6:53pm

Dear friends, just to let you know that I have NOT left A/N, nor have I forgotten you all, I'm just having great difficulty typing and using a mouse.  My right hand has become partially paralyzed, and the earliest appointment I could get with my orthopedist is on Dec. 18.

It's my own fault; I knew I had stenosis of the cervical spine a long time ago, and was supposed to have surgery to correct it in 2010, but I panicked and cancelled.

Very frustrating, especially when I'm trying to get important (or fun) stuff done.  I'm just reading a lot, and still able to scoop the litter box. (Damn! I wanted to foist that job off onto my sister!)

I'll try to check in now and then to see how everyone is doing.

I wish you well.

Felaine

Comment by Ian Mason on December 3, 2012 at 10:26am

Good luck, Melinda. I'm sure your determination is at least half the battle.

I'm waiting for a phone call from my brother. Our mother is in hospital with a urinary tract infection that's so bad she's developed the symptoms of senile dementia. I've seen this happen before in my work as a carer and a good, solid dose of antibiotics usually solves the problem.

This is  what happens when someone relies on quack medicines instead of going to the doctor. Can only hope she's learnt her lesson. I doubt it though. The problem is that doctors can't cure age or prevent death, so she puts her trust in every miracle-cure that gets advertised in womens' magazines.

Comment by Future on December 3, 2012 at 10:06am

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