Hang With Friends

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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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Guns: Both Sides Now (Betty Bowers)

Started by Loren Miller. Last reply by Grinning Cat yesterday. 2 Replies

Oh, NO!  The gun debate has gotten so heated that it has Betty Bowers, America's Best Christian, TALKING TO HERSELF!  Apparently, one of her has had a stroke or a serious breakdown in cognitive skills, as she does little more than parrot the NRA's…Continue

Tags: NRA, guns, America's Best Christian, Betty Bowers

the value of offence | qualiasoup & theramintrees

Started by Loren Miller. Last reply by Patricia Mar 3. 3 Replies

To me, this is a big deal (though it may not be to them): two great YouTube video producers have joined forces to deliver one very powerful message on an important subject.  TheraminTrees and QualiaSoup (brothers, I believe) have recently released a…Continue

Tags: offence, offense, QualiaSoup, TheraminTrees

The myth of religions

Started by Joan Denoo. Last reply by Joan Denoo Feb 16. 3 Replies

The creation myth of civilizations instructs men to dominate, to conquer, to go forth and multiply. No reasonable person would pay attention to such a god. No hunter-gatherer receives such a senseless message from wise elders.However, that idea…Continue

Tags: masculine, violation, imperative, go forth and multiply,, conquest

Winter Driving, Preparing for the worst

Started by Joan Denoo. Last reply by Joan Denoo Feb 1. 2 Replies

Now that we enter the time the Celtics called Imbolc, a pagan celebration of the beginning of spring and season of new life, I ran across this video on preparing for winter driving. It offers reasons for each thing he puts in his vehicles to be safe…Continue

Tags: prepare, driving, winter

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

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Comment by Joan Denoo on October 21, 2017 at 2:38am

You ask valid questions, Chris, I wonder, too, why an evacuation plan was not in place? Are you inclined to follow-up by asking the city and county officials why a comprehensive policy did not exist for disabled people and those without transportation?

I like your question about water filtration systems for  Peurto Rico, Haiti, U.S. Virgin Islands and other places hit by storms, earthquakes, fires, and other "acts of God." That seems like another worthwhile question to raise. 


Comment by Patricia on October 21, 2017 at 1:46am

Such grim news & those terrible consequences for the people who weren't able to get out.

School buses were what got us out, & for any disabled, or people who had no transport.

Comment by Chris on October 21, 2017 at 1:07am

Thanks for all of your concers about the recommended evacuation.  I returned home yesterday.

It was stressfull. Winds were predicted at 40-60 MPH during the night so I left when recommended.  My car overheated on the way out of town.  Fortunately my cousin recommened purchising bottled water. I've never purchased bottled water before, but am glad I had it to refill the radiator in my car so it made it back to my house as the temperature guage peaked at high.  I'm glad the engine didn't seaze.    My brother came and picked me up. 

I stayed at his house longer than nececassary because I worked on the wiring of his house in attempt to repair a ground fault circuit interruper in his kitchen.  His house was extended from a small one bedroom house to a three bedroom house.  Often when that's done shortcuts are taken with wiring.   I almost had the wiring fixed, before he wore tired of me. 

My brother let me borrow his truck. When my car is fixed I'll return his truck and hopefully be able to finish working on the wiring of his house.

When the fire started the winds were blowing, which woke me up. I went outside. It looked like it was snowing from the ash falling. If it were embers I would have awoken all of the neighbors to alert them to evacuate.

My neighbor called me to let me know about the suggested evacuation.  

After some of this is sorted out I'm going to check with city and county emergency managers to see why a reverse 911 number wasn't used to assist disabled peoples evacuation.

Comment by Patricia on October 21, 2017 at 12:58am

Apparently, Joan, its better in the long run for recovery, less drugging, getting up quicker, & less bleeding too. I realize they know what they are doing but I am a devout coward.

Comment by Patricia on October 21, 2017 at 12:53am

Yup, got a 5 inch thick chair pad to raise me up. All my seating has to have arms for me to hold onto as I get up.

Comment by Chris on October 21, 2017 at 12:50am


An  elevating chair or seat  may help you get up from a seated position. I put an advertizement in a local exchange paper and someone gave me on when I was recovering from my surgery.

The link will show you what I'm refereing too:

Comment by Joan Denoo on October 21, 2017 at 12:49am

Patricia, why do they want you awake during hip replacement? That seems counter-intuitive. I suppose you asked the same question. 

Comment by Patricia on October 21, 2017 at 12:07am

Nope, I wanna be sleeping through something that major. I hope they let me have headphones & music if they want me awake.

Comment by Joan Denoo on October 21, 2017 at 12:05am

@Chris, I wrote you a personal message and received part of an answer from you but could not find the end of the first sentence or further information.

I/we are concerned about your safety and situation. When you have time, we very much would like to know how you are. 

Comment by Joan Denoo on October 20, 2017 at 11:57pm

Patricia, it seems you have the needed equipment to help you through the recovery. A toilet riser and a bath bench feel good to me, and I don't have a hip problem (knock on wood!). Getting expert help may be more of a challenge; I hope you find someone you like and who knows what he or she is doing. 

I was extremely fortunate in finding help when I cared for Dad his last seven years. Her name was Vicky and a real jewel. 

How do you feel about the spinal? Not everyone wants to be awake during surgery. I usually ask if I can watch and the doctors reply, "Sure!" and I wake up after the doctor completes the surgical process. I want to watch a colonoscopy and slip into slumber every time. The doctor allowed me to see the incision after he cut my hands for carpal tunnel surgery. That was interesting to look at the bones, muscles, and ligaments of my hands/wrists.  

Ian, undoubtedly, your experience working with people gives you some insight into peoples' pain and recovery styles. 


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