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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.

Nobody here is into mind games. A discussion started with a loaded guilt-throwing question will be deleted.

This group is not intended to compete with other groups on topics they cover but to "fill in the cracks." Whenever a discussion dwells at length on a topic for which there's an existing group, we urge you to provide members a link to that group to continue along their tangent.

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The Whole Bible in 30 Seconds (Betty Bowers)

Started by Loren Miller. Last reply by Ruth Anthony-Gardner 1 hour ago. 1 Reply

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 19 hours ago. 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

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

Started by Loren Miller. Last reply by Grinning Cat on Thursday. 11 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 Ark Encounter: A Less than Grand Opening (The Thinking Atheist)

Started by Loren Miller. Last reply by Grinning Cat Aug 21. 24 Replies

The day finally arrived.  Ken Ham's Ark Encounter opened on 7 July, 2016 ... to something a bit less than Disney-sized crowds, and more than a couple dissenting voices!  Seth Andrews has gathered a quartet of significant participants in the protest…Continue

Tags: Tracey Moody, Dan Broadbent, Seth Andrews, David Silverman, AronRa

Surreal, I haz it

Started by Ruth Anthony-Gardner. Last reply by Idaho Spud Aug 14. 91 Replies

Surreal, not just found in art.Continue

Tags: surreal

Wedding Haka - Subtitled & translated

Started by Joan Denoo Aug 13. 0 Replies

I ran across a video of a wedding in which a group of wedding guests celebrated with a performance of a traditional Māori ancestral war dance, called a Haka. It was intended for sons, however, the women have joined in a participation of…Continue

Tags: new, traditions., women, men, Haka

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Comment by Joan Denoo on August 19, 2014 at 8:56pm

Carl, terrible news about your stage three chronic kidney disease. May I ask, what were the presenting symptoms? I'm so sorry your medications have "terrible side effects"! 

Will your work restrictions last for long? 

Chronic Kidney Disease

According to the articles I read, diet plays an important part in treatment, much as diabetes. 

If you are anything like I am, I go on the hunt for information as soon as I learn there is a problem. These two sites are only two of the many Googled items. Of course, remember to be a discerning reader, there is a lot of poppycock on internet sites. 

National Kidney Foundation 

Comment by Idaho Spud on August 19, 2014 at 3:23pm

Carl, sorry for your kidney disease!

Comment by Idaho Spud on August 19, 2014 at 3:22pm

Mindy, I've had lots of acid reflux most of my life, so when I went in for an upper-endoscopy, I thought they would find something, maybe even cancer, but they found nothing wrong.  Hope the same for you.

Comment by The Flying Atheist on August 19, 2014 at 1:56pm

Happy birthday to your husband, Mindy.  Has your daughter's school started classes yet?  I hope your appointment goes well tomorrow.  

I was in Walgreen's the other day and the aisle with the school supplies was filled with excited kids picking our their notebooks, etc.  They were very cute.  When you're young, those things are so important.

On a personal note, I saw a kidney specialist yesterday and was diagnosed with stage three chronic kidney disease.  So.......I'm on some medications with terrible side effects that I'm dealing with.  My condition is under control for now and I will have to monitor myself closely for blood pressure and salt intake.  I'm actually unable to work at this time. 

Randy, I hope you enjoy the time with your grandson.  It was always fun to go to my grandmother's house and play with toys that were my father's when he was young. 

Comment by Randall Smith on August 19, 2014 at 7:27am

Oops, "He wanted..."

Comment by Randall Smith on August 19, 2014 at 7:26am

Joan, you have quite a family! I was surprised to get a phone call this morning from my near 5 yr old grandson. I wanted to spend overnight with me. I said "you bet". While rummaging through the attic the other day, I came across some toys belonging to my son. They'll be something new for my grandson (and me!) to play with.

Comment by Plinius on August 19, 2014 at 4:03am

I can't understand why nobody orders a good independent investigation into the death of Michael Brown. Of course the police won't like that, but they're there to protect and serve, not for anything else.

Comment by Brent Feeney on August 18, 2014 at 11:42am

I has been scary out here Mindy, and it's getting worse after it seeming was getting better. Gov. Jay Nixon has now called out the National Guard and Amnesty International is sending a team to monitor the situation.

Of course, the fact that AI is making their way here has many of The Usual Supsects heading into a tizzy, among other things.

Comment by Joan Denoo on August 18, 2014 at 11:01am

Now, a moment to brag about my newest great-grandchild, Brooklyn. She is a lovely baby, very sweet tempered, chubby as can be, cried very little even as she has a hearty sound indicating she has a need. 

Laurie, my granddaughter, is an outstanding mother, very loving and attentive. She enjoys their baby very much. 

Zac, Brooklyn's daddy, gently takes care of all her needs from feeding to cleaning her. He holds her so gently and quietly talks to her. He seems to enjoy fathering. The look on his face as he cuddles her is almost mystically loving. I can't say enough good about Zac, he is so kind and thoughtful, he is a hard worker and has initiative. They are living with Laura and Larry just now and he finds things to repair or to create for them. He is building a terraced garden for Laura, cutting down the trees, preparing them for the use in the terraces, and builds them so strong, it would take something very unusual to damage them. Right now the dogs love to jump from layer to layer, leaving behind deep holes where their feet dig in for a gigantic leap. The training has started to get the dogs off of the future garden. 

One of my great pleasures while with them this weekend, was just watching the three of them interact. Sweet memories to take along with me in my twilight years.   

Comment by Joan Denoo on August 18, 2014 at 10:12am

Michelle and her partner have five children between them, Michelle with two boys and her partner with two boys and one girl, ranging in ages from 15 to 4. Their birthdays go all through the year so Michelle decided to have one birthday party with families from both sides invited to celebrate. Winters can be dreadful driving in those northern forests, and some family members live some distance. 

It was so much fun, with games, and contests, lots of ages, and personalities mixing together with dogs, cats and kittens running wildly through the legs and under seats. Laura and Larry gave me their bedroom and they slept in their travel trailer. 

Late in the afternoon, while sitting on the porch, I fell asleep. Laura gently wakened me and I went to bed for the night. 

 

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