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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 on Wednesday. 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 sk8eycat on October 22, 2012 at 6:43pm

Chris and Sk8eycat, the constipated protestant men is an interesting and funny observation

I first noticed that when I was still going to church...the men who were the most vocal about Jeebus would always put their heads on their fists and scrunch their faces up when they prayed (you can tell I seldom bowed my head), and I always wondered why.  Were they trying to force the prayer out of the tops of their heads? Or were they showing off (like Tebow)?

I've seen pics of Shrub in that position when he made his cabinet pray with him...

Gross.

Comment by Joan Denoo on October 22, 2012 at 5:51pm

Ian Mason, good for you! All kids really need, aside from basic food, shelter, protection, is to feel loved, cared for, and heard.
When I moved here 38 years ago I decided my three ten-year old children were going to define themselves and not have a definition placed on them. They blossomed, with a few side trips into alcohol land, but have become their own persons and I am so happy I made the choices I did.  I believe children have desire to be part of family and want to be accepted. 
I wish you well with your daughter with a relationship filled with respect and compassion. 

Comment by Idaho Spud on October 22, 2012 at 4:48pm

Green fire Jack-O-Lanterns & other Halloween ideas:

http://chemistry.about.com/od/halloweenchemistry/tp/Cool-Jack-O-Lan...

Comment by Ian Mason on October 22, 2012 at 4:35pm

Joan Denoo, you make me go all misty-eyed. Children recognise love and support and thrive when they get it.

Just been to the theatre with my 24 year old daughter. We're friends these days. I'm afraid that depression and alcohol marred things in her childhood. No grandchildren yet but that may happen at some point.

Comment by Grinning Cat on October 22, 2012 at 4:14pm

why do so many protestant men look like they're constipated when they pray? ... They cannot stand the thought that [Jesus] could come while they're having a poo.

They believe in a god who created us humans with a need to pee and poop, yet somehow would have a problem with that!

Then again, I'm hardly the first to point out that if the persons of the Christian trinity really are the same god, then according to the story, Jesus impregnated his own mother.

Comment by Joan Denoo on October 22, 2012 at 2:16pm

You are each one so great. It really lightens my day to read this site. Thanks again to Ruth for keeping it fun! 

Comment by Idaho Spud on October 22, 2012 at 1:32pm

Booklover, Thanks for the concern and I like the cute kitty in the pumpkin.

Steph, thanks for the concern and “Mah littul box” is funny.  It’s also a puzzlement.  Do you know why they love boxes so much?  My guess is it’s a sense of security, but it’s quite funny if that’s the reason they like such small boxes.

Ruth, “Hairbll koffs up kitteh” is funny.

Patricia, I like the cute black kittens with the blinking eyes, and I love your science vs religion comparison through the years.  A definite keeper.

Sk8eycat, the “lame neighbors” cat is funny and your comment about Cat Fu is hillarious.

Joan, the “Cat Fish Baby” made me smile, and the Incomplete data cat is amusing.  I’ve seen your science vs religion flow chart before, but it’s worth seeing again.

Tony, thanks for the memory.  Good Morning StarShine was popular during my dating years, but I’ve not thought of it since.

Chris and Sk8eycat, the constipated protestant men is an interesting and funny observation.  Please jebus, don’t come while I’m having a poo in the loo.  LOL!

Comment by The Flying Atheist on October 22, 2012 at 1:26pm

Joan, your main point was not lost on me.  I commend you for your active participation in your family.....however it's defined.  Participation is so important.  As I said, I don't have children myself, but I still hope that my personal conduct in life has had a positive influence, not only on my own family....however that is defined....but also with my friends and associates. 

Comment by sk8eycat on October 22, 2012 at 12:44pm

Tony, or anybody, do you know what this means: -"this content cannot be displayed in a frame"

I sent the link to "Good Morning Starshine" to a friend who still works for PBS, and that's what she got when she clicked on the link.  I also sent her a different YouTube link to the same clip, and she got the same message. 

Is it her computer, or what?  Does anybody know.  (Her ISP is AOL...which sux as much ... in different ways...as mine does. AT&T/Ya-effing-hoo.)

Comment by Joan Denoo on October 22, 2012 at 12:40pm

The Flying Atheist, I hope I made the point that it wasn't that I had given birth to children, but that I participated with them that brings me so much joy. Community and family comes in so many sizes and descriptions, I honor those who choose not to have children, or those who cannot. My message to you is the importance of community for mental health. You create that by surrounding yourself with people who love you and who you love. 

 

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