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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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Web slang

Started by Roswatheist. Last reply by The Shinedowness Apr 11. 119 Replies

Is it me, or can most people on social networking sites not spell? I get acronyms, but actual misspelling, really? I'm not that old, either-not even thirty.Does this make anyone else crazy or is it just me?Continue

How would you respond?

Started by Christina Scribner. Last reply by Tom Sarbeck Apr 11. 6 Replies

So, this morning, I was at my local coffee shop as I am most weekdays between bus runs. I do the editing on my husband's books so I had my laptop with me. My wallpaper is a picture I found online sometime back of a double helix with the word atheist…Continue

Kitbull | Pixar SparkShorts

Started by Loren Miller. Last reply by Tom Sarbeck Feb 23. 10 Replies

The following showed up this morning in my YouTube daily feed, and I have to say, it just charmed the socks off of me.  This is what animation really can do in the hands of a creative and skilled team.  Really, it's what animation has done for darn…Continue

Tags: Kitbull, Pixar, Disney

The MMR vaccine and autism: Sensation, refutation, retraction, and fraud

Started by Joan Denoo. Last reply by Grinning Cat Feb 15. 3 Replies

The MMR vaccine and autism: Sensation, refutation, retraction, and fraud"Scientists and organizations across the world spent a great deal of time and…Continue

Tags: fraud, scientific, rate, incident, measles

exposing abuse | Jehovah's Witnesses on trial | part 2 (TheraminTrees)

Started by Loren Miller Feb 1. 0 Replies

We need to focus on the institution, not the individual priests. Practice and policy; show me the church manipulated the system so that these guys wouldn't have to face charges, show me they put those same priests back into parishes time and time…Continue

Tags: child abuse, TheraminTrees, Jehovah's Witnesses

Introduce yourself

Started by Ruth Anthony-Gardner. Last reply by Ruth Anthony-Gardner Jan 28. 207 Replies

So we can picture you sitting at the table with us, how about telling us your favorite food and drink?I'm Ruth and you'll find me eating a cup of vanilla Greek yogurt, constantly refilling my teacup from a gigantic pot of hot green tea. (I share,…Continue

Tags: food, favorite

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Comment by Joan Denoo on March 28, 2019 at 4:56pm

The Ginko tree, found in fossils dating back 270 million years, originated in China, was also found growing on the N American continent. The Ginko forest museum, at Vantage, WA state, reveals the tree and leaves in fossilized form in lava flows.  The tree was thought to be extinct. However, a small grove discovered in China sparked new interest. It is known as a 'living fossil.' Four ginkgos survived the blast at Hiroshima and are still growing today.

I planted one 20-years ago at my home in Spokane. It is a beautiful tree, with a lovely shade of light green leaves that turn a bright shade of yellow in autumn. Some years, all the leaves drop in one day making a beautifully soft carpet on the ground and an easy clean-up.

Ginkgo Biloba Tree Plant Profile


Comment by Joan Denoo on March 28, 2019 at 4:11pm

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As you may have guessed, he he he, this video tells you so much more about my part of the world than words can describe. This professor will make geology come to life in ways that will surely attract many others to the topic. The college kids flock to his classes, the general public look for his most recent films, his calendar overflows with speaking engagements, and he continues to pump out exciting new information about an old topic, geology. 

Comment by Ian Mason on March 27, 2019 at 11:28pm

'Imaging and creating an entirely different sort of politics' sounds good, Joan. Let's hope for the best. I think a lot of the positive things happen outside the traditional fora. You've been a campaigner and activist and have had experience of that.

Comment by Grinning Cat on March 27, 2019 at 11:23pm

I wouldn't mind us having the bit of John Varley's Steel Beach world where people routinely get new, healthy bodies every decade or two -- and not infrequently decide to switch gender (yes, people's gender identities are fine; as well as their capacity to gestate and to father children when desired). In that world you're only considered fully adult once you've lived as a woman and as a man. Hopefully there's zero sexist crap there.

Comment by Patricia on March 27, 2019 at 10:35pm


I keep asking for a body transplant, but nobody will give me one!

Comment by Ruth Anthony-Gardner on March 27, 2019 at 10:04pm

Thinking of Patricia.

Steel Beach promotes lots of thought. It would be great to switch gender, race, or apparent age with ease.

Comment by Joan Denoo on March 22, 2019 at 11:54pm

Sadly, Ian, you have hit on a terrible fact, women who reach the highest level in politics and leadership of organizations climb the same ladder as men. There is not a new approach to leadership with women of my age a maybe two generations younger. 

I see my girls as leaders and they can be corrupted, taking the known path instead of imaging and creating an entirely different sort of politics. 

Perhaps you are on to something about the younger generation coming into sight. I like the self-confidence and vision that emerged this past election. 

Comment by Ian Mason on March 22, 2019 at 10:48pm

Sorry to be negative but I've yet to be convinced about women and power. That's probably the result of years spent living in the reign of M Thatcher but I've also seen May, Palin, hangers-on like Huckerbee-Sanders and Fox tv presenters etc. The extreme nationalists in Denmark have been led by a woman for years. It seems that women who rise to the top in the present political system and climate are products of that system. There is hope in the new, younger generation if they don't get absorbed into the ruling elite. I'll keep my fingers crossed.

Comment by Joan Denoo on March 22, 2019 at 4:44pm

How did I find such wise friends as I find here? Thanks, Plinius and Tom. 

Comment by Tom Sarbeck on March 17, 2019 at 6:40am

Joan, instead of feeling guilt or shame at the way America bullies other nations, get accustomed to the idea that politics attracts bullies.

The bullying I experienced in Arizona resulted in a period of cynicism. In time, after swinging like a pendulum between idealiam and cynicism, I realized that idealism and cynicism are admissions of powerlessness.

People without power say they can’t fight city hall. People with power say thay can fight city hall, but might add that they don’t want to do it today.


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