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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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A Powerful Message from an old wise teacher :

Started by Joan Denoo. Last reply by Thomas Murray yesterday. 5 Replies

I received a gift this morning from a virtual friend, Pamela Smith:A Powerful Message from an old wise teacher :" One day an old wise teacher was walking through a village. A very angry and rude young man came up and began insulting him. "You have…Continue

Speak English? YOU FIRST! (Betty Bowers)

Started by Loren Miller. Last reply by Thomas Murray on Friday. 4 Replies

Honestly, the title to this piece is badly under-representative of the content.  To be far more accurate, what we have here is Mrs. Betty Bowers, America's Best Christian, going on a rant.  Before you say it ... Say WHAAAA?  Betty Bowers ranting? …Continue

Tags: America's Best Christian, Betty Bowers

A Prayer for Our Nation (Betty Bowers)

Started by Loren Miller. Last reply by Ruth Anthony-Gardner on Friday. 2 Replies

I'm going to keep this one short and sweet.  Mrs. Betty Bowers, America's Best Christian, has seen what is going on with the current occupant of the Oval Office, and my impression is that she is not at all happy with it.  True to her citizenship,…Continue

Tags: prayer, Donald Trump, Oval Office, America's Best Christian, Betty Bowers

Any Babymetal Fans Here?

Started by Bruce Carroll. Last reply by Idaho Spud Sep 12. 5 Replies

Any Babymetal fans here besides me? I have to ask because 1) I really like Babymetal and 2) Babymetal unknowingly played a role in my journey out of religion.For those who are unfamiliar with Babymetal, here is a link to one of their most popular…Continue

Tags: Japanese Idol, Babymetal

If you could rid the world of one thing, what would it be?

Started by Idaho Spud. Last reply by Ruth Anthony-Gardner Sep 11. 30 Replies

Today, I heard Seth Andrews talk about the question, "If you could rid the world of one thing, what would it be?"  My first thought was religion, but after a few seconds I decided it would be irrational or anti-scientific thinking.  That would take…Continue

Tags: anti-scientific, irrational

Ignorance is Bliss: Why Religious People Seem Happier Than the 'Nones'”.

Started by Joan Denoo. Last reply by Idaho Spud Sep 11. 16 Replies

“Highly Religious Volunteer More, Lie Less, and Claim to Be Happier”~ Houston Chronicle; “Strongly Religious People are Happier than Non-Religious”  ~ Christian Daily."The study determined that 40 percent of highly religious adults—defined as those…Continue

Tags: Nones, happiness, non-religiosity, religiosity, bliss

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Comment by Joan Denoo on June 11, 2014 at 9:26am

Peonies evoke memories of my grandmothers' gardens. When driving through the Palouse in Whitman County, there are many abandoned farms, with houses caved in, gardens gone to weeds and always, there are peonies and iris growing lushly. They survive heat and cold, wet and dry, wind and stagnant air. 

Laura has a "generations garden" at their place in the forest. It has plants from her great-great grandparents, grandparents, and from my garden. Her grandchildren live in a house on the same property.

Comment by The Flying Atheist on June 11, 2014 at 2:16am

Peonies remind me of my childhood home.  My mother had them planted in the back yard garden.  Her peonies and irises were always my favorite. 

Chris, I'm glad to hear that all your hard work will be coming to an end soon.  Yes, you deserve a long rest and your "me time" back. 

Comment by Ian Mason on June 11, 2014 at 1:32am

Your well-earned rest is in sight. Very glad to read that, Chris.

That's a fun (dog-head) photo, Joan. Stealing.

Comment by Plinius on June 11, 2014 at 1:22am

Thank you, Joan, it's lovely! I put it on my desktop, so it will make me smile for many days! I'm doing the last lessons of the season, only a summer course goes on till the end of July. And we hope to move brother-in-law somewhere in the next month. The stuff is almost packed and we've put away an enormous load of rubbish since January. We're really looking forward to the end of this project - there are caretakers that need info,furniture to be bought and assembled, moving and unpacking everything, the unfriendly cat to be taken care of, the old apartment must be sold - after that I'm going to sleep for a month.  

Comment by Joan Denoo on June 10, 2014 at 11:12pm

Plinius, I've been thinking about you today, hoping your days bring some pleasure and peace. Here is just a little blossom to let you know you are on my mind. 

This peony blossom came from a root I dug out of my grandmother Laura Howe Whitehead's garden. It blooms so beautifully every year. 

Comment by Plinius on June 10, 2014 at 11:06am

A beautiful one, Joan!

Comment by Joan Denoo on June 10, 2014 at 9:09am

Mind bending optical illusion. 

Comment by Joan Denoo on June 10, 2014 at 9:07am

Felaine, thank you for the link to Lake Hypatia and the memorial to Atheists in Foxholes. 

If you have a MacBook, I can walk you through the process for photos. 

Comment by Joan Denoo on June 10, 2014 at 8:53am

Ruth, I used the Roman Catholic version of Cyril because the church honored him with sainthood even as he incited hated within the church over doctrine that resulted in the butchering of Hypatia.

We already know that the RCC rewards those who raise money even as he or she exploits the poor and manipulates the wealthy.  

Comment by Loren Miller on June 10, 2014 at 8:01am

For those of you who haven't seen it, Ron Reagan's FFRF commercial may be found here.  Enjoy!

 

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