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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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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

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

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Comment by Joan Denoo on November 14, 2017 at 5:38pm

Patricia, very good news! How do you feel now? Are you going to have to pace yourself?

Comment by Idaho Spud on November 14, 2017 at 5:34pm

Yay!  Glad to hear things are going well.

Comment by Patricia on November 14, 2017 at 5:25pm

Just got back from having my staples removed & in another 10 days, I can drive my scooter! Yay!

Comment by Joan Denoo on November 14, 2017 at 5:23pm


Over 9,000 Years Later, Kennewick Man Will Be Given a Native Americ...

"Five Native American nations will join together to bury his remains."

"Yakama, Wanapum, Umatilla, Colville and Nez Perce nations who claimed ownership of the skeleton."

Kennewick Man was found in 1996; The burial date was 2017. The burial site is known only to the tribal members. 

The Ancient One, also known as Kennewick Man, was reburied early Sa...

"Originally published February 19, 2017"

Comment by Chris on November 14, 2017 at 4:44pm

Qufu China  The hometown of Confousis is an interesting place to visit.  There is a tree there that's - I don't remember - thousands of years old.

On Eminent domain.

With the vast industrialisation of China and the Three River Gorge dam project China leaped over oppertunites to research it's past.

The Columbia gorge river dam buliding project [between Oregon, Washington, Idaho, (U.S.A.) and into Canada] also flooded archeolocical artifacts that may have provided information about human history.

Kennewich man is an example.

I worked for the Army Corps of Engineers while that research was going on.    It would have been easy for the ACOE to allow sandbaging along the research site - but they chose not to allow it.

I don't know where the court battle is now about Kenneweck man.

Comment by Joan Denoo on November 14, 2017 at 12:37pm

Spud, thanks for this information. Now I understand Chris' question about botany.

Comment by Idaho Spud on November 14, 2017 at 12:16pm

Randy, I hope you don't mind me quoting you:  "I'm looking forward to seeing greenery in parks, gardens, fields, etc., while in China. Most of my "free time" will be spent walking through parks."

Comment by Idaho Spud on November 14, 2017 at 11:56am

I remember Randy saying something about wanting to see gardens in China.

Comment by Joan Denoo on November 14, 2017 at 11:50am

I don't understand Chris' botany question either. I saw no reference to it in your preparation to go to China nor in your reports of China. 

Thanks for your comments about China's right of Eminent domain. An interesting difference of perspective which may explain some of the confusion we westerners have about China's culture.

Comment by Randall Smith on November 14, 2017 at 7:06am

I don't mind the questions and comments (Joan and Chris). I'm happy to share my experiences.

The "botany" part (Chris), I don't understand. Like I said, I would have liked to see more of rural China, but so be it. The temples, etc., were part of the package--just a wee bit too much for my atheistic taste. I refrained from taking tons of photos of religious places and things.

And to Thomas, I sorta forget what that middle picture was. Sorry. 

Joan, some peanuts, watermelon served commonly as dessert. And I read "The Ugly American" years and years ago. From what I could tell, Chinese people really admire and want to copy American culture. And I think black is their favorite color!

A few words and photos regarding "relocation" due to new buildings and the 3 Gorges Dam project.

World view of the Chinese government running roughshod over the people in order to modernize, etc., was negative. Eminent domain is a priority over there. But, it works. The people are heavily compensated for being forced to move. New homes/apartments are built and lots of money is given to those relocated. They grumbled at first, but now seem happy with their lives much improved. Below is a photo of a 60 yr old grandmother who we "interviewed" about her life then and now.

I've also added a photo or two showing "new" cities (within the last 20 years). The last photo is of Shanghai (not "relocated")


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