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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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Betty Explains Religious Freedom (Betty Bowers)

Started by Loren Miller. Last reply by Randall Smith May 27. 9 Replies

Well, considering all the RFRA bills popping up all over the United States, plus all the fun and games ISIS is bringing to the good folks in Syria and Iraq, Betty Bowers, the epitome of well-dressed christianity, has decided to clarify the true…Continue

Tags: persecution, ISIS, Religious Freedom, America's Best Christian, Betty Bowers

Surreal, I haz it

Started by Ruth Anthony-Gardner. Last reply by Ruth Anthony-Gardner May 6. 82 Replies

Surreal, not just found in art.Continue

Tags: surreal

Let's not define ourselves or others by our worst behaviors

Started by Ruth Anthony-Gardner. Last reply by Dominique Lutz Apr 16. 6 Replies

My take on the recent melt down at Hang With Friends, of which I missed part, is that some of us were tripped up by a habit of thought. It's something we learn growing up, and use without realizing how much pain it can generate -  failing to…Continue

Tags: dispute at Hang With Friends

The FLDS Cult Is Unraveling

Started by Joan Denoo. Last reply by Idaho Spud Mar 29. 3 Replies

The FLDS Cult Is Unraveling"the internet is a lifeline for people trapped in the most restrictive and stifling forms of…Continue

Tags: Warren Jeff, internet, FLDS

Ode to Yahweh (Non Stamp Collector & 43alley)

Started by Loren Miller. Last reply by Joan Denoo Mar 24. 1 Reply

Ages ago (five or six years, I guess it is) when I first started recognizing my own atheism, one of the first atheist YouTubers I ran onto was Non Stamp Collector.  His handiwork wasn't up to Disney's standards, nor even Hanna-Barbera, but his wit…Continue

Tags: Yahweh, YouTube, 43alley, Non Stamp Collector

Oregon Field Guide - Lamprey Decline

Started by Joan Denoo. Last reply by Ruth Anthony-Gardner Mar 15. 3 Replies

Oregon Field Guide - Lamprey Decline"Populations of Eel-like lamprey have suddenly plummeted since the year 2000 in the Columbia Basin, surprising…Continue

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Comment by k.h. ky on February 3, 2015 at 8:08pm
Ian, good news for you. Happy to hear it. As for driving it's a necessity in this area. No public transportation at all. I've done it so long l don't mind it. Except as we age our night vision goes. Mine's going fast.
If l were just beginning to drive l don't think I would start. I decided at this age l won't do anything l don't have to.
Comment by The Flying Atheist on February 3, 2015 at 7:21pm
Comment by Ian Mason on February 3, 2015 at 3:06pm

The probing was really just a few uncomfortable minutes. I know I'll have to get used to these things as I get older.

I've given up on the driving. My inner voice said "don't like this, don't want to do this" so I listened to it. Spent most of the time looking at the dashboard clock,getting into a worse and worse mood and wanting the lesson to be over. Me and machines don't get on well. Such is life.

I hadn't heard the cat quote before. I like it a lot. Thanks.

Comment by The Flying Atheist on February 3, 2015 at 2:09pm

Ian, it's great to hear about your good health report.  Despite the invasive intrusion, it's good to have peace of mind by being proactive against possible problems. 

By the way, how is your driving coming along?  You haven't mentioned it.  Are you ready for the Grand Prix? 

Comment by The Flying Atheist on February 3, 2015 at 1:59pm

Patricia, I can't recall who said this or where I read it, but they altered a famous quote to read:  Curiosity killed the cat, but what a way to go. 

Comment by Patricia on February 3, 2015 at 1:42pm

Welcome to the female yearly pap exam so to speak, Ian. Glad things are ok with you though......nice to have a good outcome.

Joan, I usually put my ''natural inquiring mind'' into the term ''damned nosey''!!!! Hahaha.........

Comment by Joan Denoo on February 3, 2015 at 11:26am

Pat, I am very glad you are able to haunt the halls of the courtroom and contribute to the pages of A/N. 

Ian, those probings in "a place that doesn't usually get probed, manually and with an ultrasound device", miserable as they are, do give a sense of comfort, knowing all is normal. 

Comment by Joan Denoo on February 3, 2015 at 11:20am

Kathy, I very much appreciate indications of teasing and joking when writing. I am the last of the crowd to get sarcasm and teasing and jokes. People very kindly and gently let me know, "It's a joke, Joan!". I have been known to go off on a giant rant when I take something seriously, only to have egg on my red face.  

Comment by Joan Denoo on February 3, 2015 at 11:16am

Carl, Your snow fall and travel conditions present such formidable barriers to getting your tasks done, it would be easy to become discouraged. Do keep your spirits up, especially with such uncontrollable factors. 

I have never driven in the Chicago area except on the freeways. Where I-90 and I-80 come together, from north of Chicago going east, driving presents nightmares, even now just remembering it. I wonder if the nerves ever get used to such chaos? 

I wonder if there is a way to reframe the delays into something that gives you calm? What is that big word that I can never remember? ... oh yes, equanimity. I'm not sure I could do the reframe for myself, but that would be my goal if I were in your shoes. 

I know it gives you no comfort to know that we have had only 66% of our needed snow pack in the mountains and virtually none at lower levels. If this isn't climate change, I don't know what evidence one needs. 

I used Chris' video with audio to get to sleep last night. A very pleasant experience. Thanks, Chris. 

Here is another, "I wonder" if sleeping will help pass the time. I used sleep throughout the worst of my cancer treatments and it helped me. Perhaps it will help you pass the time. Certainly, going for long walks is not an option. 

Comment by Joan Denoo on February 3, 2015 at 10:18am

Patricia, you wrote that you are not "well educated". From my perspective, there are different kinds of education.

Some have a formal education, and not all formal education is healthy or supportable or intelligent. The madrasas, for example, or the church schools that teach dogma instead of the inquiry. These people live in the answers. 

Some people have an informal education based on an inquiring mind and a skeptical nature. They doubt and want evidence for a concept. These people live in the questions. 

Some people have a deliberate ignorance and have no interest in evidence. They consciously reject data if it conflicts with their dogma. They live in the answers. 

Patricia, in my humble opinion, you have a natural inquiring mind and will not settle for dogma. That is one of the reasons why I admire so much. 

 

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