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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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Consumers do not see this coming

Started by Joan Denoo 9 hours ago. 0 Replies

What can I do to be more self-sufficient? 1. grow more of my food,2. eat lower on the food chain,3. find simple, less expensive pleasures, 4. build support community, 5. prepare for at least five years of changes in weather patterns, 6. develop a…Continue

Tags: prices, trade, weather, grain, consumers

Evangelicals Breaking Up with Jesus (Betty Bowers)

Started by Loren Miller. Last reply by Grinning Cat May 28. 10 Replies

Has evangelical Christianity lost sight of Christ?  Seems to me that there are a whole lot of evangelical Christians who are presuming to represent Jesus by not representing him or misrepresenting him or – let's be honest here – talking out of their…Continue

Tags: Franklin, Graham, Trump, Jesus, America's Best Christian

How would you respond?

Started by Christina Scribner. Last reply by Tom Sarbeck May 27. 15 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

Men who challenge men to stop violence

Started by Joan Denoo. Last reply by Grinning Cat May 24. 21 Replies

Many men join in the effort to reduce violence against women and children and other men. He speaks of the need to place responsibility on men instead of focusing on women to stop violence. He offers a breath of fresh air, as do so many of the men on…Continue

Water! Access to fresh water declines as populations grow, temperatures rise, immigration increases!

Started by Joan Denoo. Last reply by Bobby May 15. 7 Replies

What are their options? The aquifer that provided a necessary element for successful crops for the past 100 years is predicted to dry up in 20 years. Four generations of farmers in one family may probably not be able to last for the fifth…Continue

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

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Comment by Joan Denoo on May 2, 2019 at 4:55pm

L&L gave me a cell phone that I have instructions to take wherever I  go because I am unsteady on my feet, fall down frequently, and my phone tells them where I am located. So far, I am in the house, garden greenhouse, or at Michelle's. I haven't fallen in the forest, yet. When I go outside, Dominic always accompanies me; he gets more attention outside than inside because he is shedding now and leaving tufts of his beautiful black hair wherever he goes.  

Comment by Patricia on May 2, 2019 at 12:50pm

I have the unlocked phone, bought a Seven/Eleven SIM card for a one time purchase of $10, & a prepaid top up card for $25. Depending on use, this can last for a long time, & only needs top up once per year, so if I don't use that whole $25 in that year, l have it leftover into the next top up.This covers text & talk only, no data. Data can be $10 per month or more, but I never need the data plan.

Comment by Idaho Spud on May 2, 2019 at 7:54am

I used to lug my phone everywhere, but with the small amount of calls I get and the few call I make, it wasn't worth it to me, so I take it with me when driving, but leave it in the the car when shopping or seeing a doctor.

Comment by Idaho Spud on May 2, 2019 at 7:48am

My first cell phone stopped working well about 13 years after I bought it.  The display became very dim and was a pain to use.

It, and the new one are just basic phones.  I have no need for a smart phone.

For many years, I wanted a cell phone in case my car broke-down in the boondocks, but I couldn't stand the price per month.

About 18 years ago, the price dropped to $10 a month, so I purchased one.  A few years after that, I found a pre-paid plan from Verizon that only costs $8.33 per month when I pay $100 a year.  It costs me 25 ¢ per minute, but I almost never get any calls and I don't call much at all, so I never use more that $8.33 per month.  What I don't use, accumulates, so I have about $150 available now.

Comment by Randall Smith on May 2, 2019 at 6:56am

My "nothing fancy" flip-phone conked out several days ago after 5 years of service. At first, I thought it was the battery. But no--it just died. On my 4th stop, I finally found a replacement at Best Buy--on sale ($20)! I'm on my daughter's AT&T family plan.

Just one day without a phone caused anxiety. I didn't think I had an addiction. I mean, I went my whole lifetime (up until 5 years ago) without one. But, it bothered me not having it with me--just in case someone was trying to contact me. I was so happy to have my little partner with me again. Crazy.

Comment by Loren Miller on April 29, 2019 at 6:26am

...  it can be dangerous to believe things just because you want them to be true.

What a potent memory Sasha relates, something that would be relevant and vital in any time or age.  Thanks for posting that, Ian!

Comment by Idaho Spud on April 29, 2019 at 6:13am

Ian, thanks for the reflections of Sasha Sagan.

Comment by Plinius on April 29, 2019 at 12:18am

Hi Joan. I think that the world is the place to learn - a rulebook or grammar book might help, but the teaching material is all around. So I gather texts from everywhere, memories, jokes, petitions, recipes for whatever you can cook, and so on. Long ago I made a Happy Families game - subject food - that is still a success with the people in my course. 

Comment by Joan Denoo on April 28, 2019 at 11:56pm

Yes, Grinning Cat, I remember the piece Ruth wrote about embracing life, even when the world seems insane. She always taps into those deeper places that echo inside my feelings. 

Ian, you reference Swedish Grete, David Attenborough, and the Extinction movement who inspire, enlighten and offer a way to face the inevitable extinction of our species. There is an essential distinction between imposed destruction and voluntarily choosing to reduce the population of Homo sapiens, not by war or disease, but by choice.

Thank you, Ian, for the lovely piece by Sasha Sagan, she has sweet memories of her dad.

Plinius, how are you doing? I very much like learning about ways you collect teaching material. 

Comment by Plinius on April 28, 2019 at 10:59pm

Glad to hear you're still going on, Ruth! And I can understand the underlying feelings; all because of the neglect and destruction and people focussing only on themselves.

 

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