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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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punishing doubt (TheraminTrees)

Started by Loren Miller Sep 6. 0 Replies

If you are associated with religion and especially a fundamentalist religion, doubt is intolerable.  Certainty, however it may be achieved or imposed, becomes a necessary element, especially considering the utter dearth of any form of evidence or…Continue

Tags: religion, TheraminTrees, punish, doubt

bending truth, or "We Can All Be Manipulated" (TheraminTrees)

Started by Loren Miller. Last reply by Joan Denoo Sep 2. 28 Replies

The following is one of TheraminTrees' most thorough-going pieces, wherein he looks at the process and techniques whereby a "religious" organization (which will sound VERY familiar to most of us, once introductions are made!) takes a person who…Continue

Tags: indoctrination, truth, manipulation, TheraminTrees

We Don't Want Your (Atheist) Money! (The Thinking Atheist)

Started by Loren Miller. Last reply by Idaho Spud Sep 2. 17 Replies

I suppose I've heard stories like this before:Conscientious atheist donates money to worthy cause.Worthy cause initially accepts money.Worthy cause discovers source of donation.Worthy cause rejects donation.Swell, eh?  Well Matt Willbourne of…Continue

Tags: American Baptist Churches Association, Murrow Indian Children's Home, The Thinking Atheist, Seth Andrews

The Whole Bible in 30 Seconds (Betty Bowers)

Started by Loren Miller. Last reply by Randy Hatly Sep 2. 3 Replies

Ever decide that you wanted to read the whole bible, cover to cover, only to realize half-way through Deuteronomy that the darn thing is industrial-strength BORING?!?  Well, never fear!  America's Best Christian, Betty Bowers, has done the Cliff's…Continue

Tags: bible, America's Best Christian, Betty Bowers

Are You a Patriot? (Betty Bowers)

Started by Loren Miller. Last reply by Chris G Aug 29. 22 Replies

You might think that Betty Bowers, America's Best Christian, would be stepping outside of her comfort zone in tackling the concept of patriotism.  As it turns out, not only does she have a proper handle on the term and its implications, she also…Continue

Tags: patriot, America's Best Christian, Betty Bowers

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Comment by Plinius on June 12, 2014 at 1:06am

Poor Molly! I hope you can give her some good times while saying good-bye.

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

Oh, yes! I found it: 

Perfect! Father, Son, Spirit. Now, this makes sense. 

Comment by Joan Denoo on June 11, 2014 at 11:08am

Mindy, I had to ask permission from present owners of the homes my grandparents lived in to get root cuttings or seeds, starts of one kind or another. Could you get some starts by going to your grandparents' former homes and asking for permission? Everyone seemed very willing and even happy to share. One family even let me dig up some bulbs. 

I just figured out that Laura's Generations Garden involves seven generations. That is some kind of dynasty! 

I should have brought back root stock from the ancestor's places I visited in Plymouth Massachusets and England. What a heritage that would be. 

Mindy, your second comment 9 minutes ago did not come through. 

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. 

 

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