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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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A Powerful Message from an old wise teacher :

Started by Joan Denoo. Last reply by Chris Dec 26, 2017. 10 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

10 Tricks from 46 (Betty Bowers)

Started by Loren Miller. Last reply by Ruth Anthony-Gardner Nov 6, 2017. 3 Replies

Apparently, Betty Bowers, America's Best Christian, has been slumming.  That is to say, she's been talking to Mike Pence [gasp!].  It would seem as though Mike has offered some of his not-so-personal tricks of the trade on how to be a 21st century…Continue

Tags: tricks, Mike Pence, America's Best Christian, Betty Bowers

Surreal, I haz it

Started by Ruth Anthony-Gardner. Last reply by Grinning Cat Oct 19, 2017. 99 Replies

Surreal, not just found in art.Continue

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Speak English? YOU FIRST! (Betty Bowers)

Started by Loren Miller. Last reply by Donald R Barbera Sep 27, 2017. 5 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

10 Things About Patriotism (Betty Bowers)

Started by Loren Miller. Last reply by Plinius Sep 26, 2017. 2 Replies

It seems as though lately, Mrs. Betty Bowers, America's Best Christian, is evolving into America's Best Patriot.  She has recently been taking some fairly well-aimed shots at a certain Orange Nightmare and his sycophantic hangers-on, regarding the…Continue

Tags: patriotism, Donald Trump, America's Best Christian, Betty Bowers

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Comment by Joan Denoo on August 21, 2017 at 3:41pm

Ian, I'm happy you had a gap in the clouds after coming all this way to see it. Lots of other things to enjoy, especially friendly people.

Comment by Ian Mason on August 21, 2017 at 3:16pm

There was a little gap in the clouds here in Nashville, just enough that I can say 'I saw it'.

Comment by Ruth Anthony-Gardner on August 21, 2017 at 2:15pm

All we got to see was dimness here, too much cloud cover.

Comment by Loren Miller on August 21, 2017 at 2:10pm

Daniel, I'm nowhere near the totality zone, but my butterscotch tabby, Garfield decided he wanted my lap and for a considerable time ... and he NEVER does that!  Can't say that I minded him at all, but then, he's a nice kitty!

Comment by Loren Miller on August 21, 2017 at 1:20pm

I've been watching eclipse coverage on The Science Channel, and they've laid out a number of projects in process:

  • A number of amateur astronomers in the eclipse path, all calibrating their telescopes in the same way to record observations in the eclipse totality.
  • Two specially equipped WB-57 aircraft chasing the moon's shadow across the US at 50,000 feet, making specialized observations which are not possible any other time.
  • A number of weather balloons with cameras and other instrumentation being released to do studies of "Bailey's Beads" and other effects from 100,000 feet!

The excitement about the eclipse is palpable, and what is REALLY encouraging is the total LACK OF WOO TALK in evidence ... at least so far!

Comment by Joan Denoo on August 21, 2017 at 1:15pm

"Religion is an idea, and, as an idea, it should be eligible for criticism, discussion, and yes, mockery. The only reason so many believers demand special exceptions be made for religious ideas is because they know full well that their ideas don’t hold up well under scrutiny."

~ Amanda Marcotte

Marcotte is a quotable lady, thanks for finding her for me, Bertold!

Comment by The Flying Atheist on August 21, 2017 at 1:09pm

Cloudy and overcast skies by me so I'm doing the next best thing.  I'm watching live coverage by NASA on my computer.  

Comment by Idaho Spud on August 21, 2017 at 1:01pm

From Pocatello.  Neighbors were out with their glasses.  I with my welding goggles.  The neighborhood became dim for a few minutes.  At only 99% eclipse, it was no big whoop.  For one thing, the sun was much smaller than I expected.  If I ever see one again, I'll use my telescope with a sun-safe filter on it.

Comment by Joan Denoo on August 21, 2017 at 12:53pm

Eclipse report from Newport, Washington: the light from the sun turned yellow, the yard light went on; the sun light returned to full force and the yard light went off. Birds seemed a little "twittie" and Dominic gave out a series of "woffs!" It was all over.

Comment by Plinius on August 21, 2017 at 7:14am

I love that quote, Loren! 

And the 20s eclipse video!

 

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