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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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Goodwill to Few Men (Betty Bowers)

Started by Loren Miller. Last reply by Donald R Barbera Jul 23. 3 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

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

Betty Explains Religious Freedom (Betty Bowers)

Started by Loren Miller. Last reply by Ruth Anthony-Gardner Jul 3. 10 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

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Comment by Plinius on August 11, 2014 at 12:10am

Thanks for the wishes and the music, Carl, good music! Monday morning here, and we had our first weekend new style: one day for one of our two patients and one whole day for ourselves! I can't tell you how much we missed a day off this year - and how much we enjoyed doing nothing. I like your memories of the Netherlands - will put up some pictures of here.

Comment by sk8eycat on August 10, 2014 at 11:36pm

Mindy, strange coincidence....I just received an e-mail from Lori Golden who publishes The Pet Press.  Here's part of it:

I found a wonderful article you had written for The Pet Press in June 2000 (my 10th issue) all about working at The Cat Hotel and specifically mentioning Boom Boom.

It turns out my next cover story, Rachael MacFarlane, is the person who adopted Boom Boom, who is still alive and well (yet FLV positive) and enjoying a wonderful life at the age of 19 years!!
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I still remember Boom-Boom; he was a sweetheart, but  was with us for quite a while because he'd already been diagnosed, and people who already had cats were wary of adopting him.  Naturally.
Comment by The Flying Atheist on August 10, 2014 at 12:25pm

I hope everyone is having a good weekend.

Comment by Joan Denoo on August 10, 2014 at 9:28am

k.h. kyput a portion that you will use in a custard cup or glass, put the glass in warm/hot water and test by putting a small drop on your wrist. The temperature should be warm, not hot, on your skin. It is best not to heat the whole bottle of liquid. 

Comment by Randall Smith on August 10, 2014 at 7:45am

The one and only time I was in Amsterdam was in 1967. But I remember well the Frank's house, the Rijksmuseum (esp. The Nightwatch), the brewery (where I got drunk on the free beer), the dirty canals, and much more. I'd love to return, but not bicycling Europe like I did back then.

Comment by The Flying Atheist on August 9, 2014 at 11:43pm

Chris, we were in Amsterdam for several days while the Gay Games were being held there.  We knew people from Chicago who were competing in bowling.  We stayed in a guest house in Zaandam with an elderly couple who were so wonderful.  They were like cool, hip grandparents.  Everyone there was so excited that Amsterdam was hosting the Gay Games in Holland.  Such a different atmosphere than the U.S.  

Yes, I got to see the Rijksmuseum as well as the Anne Frank House, which was extremely moving and reflective.  Everything was there as it is in her diary.  The big tree in the back yard, the church down the street whose bells she could hear ringing.  It felt rather surreal to walk down the main street around the corner after seeing old photos of Nazi soldiers parading down the same street in front of the same buildings currently standing.  Holland is a really wonderful country.  

Ian, I envy your concert and theater schedule.  I can't tell you how many times I've played Ralph Vaughn Williams music.  His music is standard repertoire for Concert and Symphonic bands.  I've played his music through high school, college and currently.  I wasn't familiar with his Pastoral Symphony so I looked it up on YouTube.  It has a vocal chorus, which is why I've never played it.  I've always been involved with instrumental-only groups.  Enjoy!

Comment by k.h. ky on August 9, 2014 at 11:04pm
Does anyone know how l can warm a bottle of ear wash before I use it on my dog? It's a rather large bottle and I'm afraid I'll over heat it in the microwave. I don't want to sit it in warm water because it will ruin the label.
Sweet E keeps getting an infection in the left ear. I've had her to the vet three times. I don't want to keep treating her with antibiotics.
I'm at my wits end.
Comment by Joan Denoo on August 9, 2014 at 5:32pm

Carl, love your photos and the scenes of the cat with a windmill as background, and you and your partner on the Eiffel Tower. 

Ian, happy journey! Sounds like a great itinerary. 

Comment by Joan Denoo on August 9, 2014 at 5:25pm

Patricia, those pc wallpapers are stunning. You are going great guns with your new computer! It is fun to see your posts. 

Comment by Joan Denoo on August 9, 2014 at 5:15pm

Mindy, Carl said it beautifully. I send my best wishes as well. 

 

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