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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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Men who challenge men to stop violence

Started by Joan Denoo. Last reply by Grinning Cat 1 hour ago. 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

How would you respond?

Started by Christina Scribner. Last reply by Joan Denoo 3 hours ago. 11 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

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

Evangelicals Breaking Up with Jesus (Betty Bowers)

Started by Loren Miller. Last reply by Loren Miller Apr 28. 5 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

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

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

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Comment by Randall Smith on May 9, 2019 at 6:47am

Isn't that the truth, Chris!

I feel the same way about drugs and alcohol--even marijuana.

Comment by Plinius on May 8, 2019 at 11:01pm

I have the cheapest pre-paid phone I could find, and I only use it so a few people can find me.

Comment by Ian Mason on May 8, 2019 at 1:50pm

That's a witty and apposite post from The Onion, GC.

Comment by Patricia on May 8, 2019 at 1:30pm

My phone stays on the table at home, does NOT go in the bedroom, stays in my handbag while out, unless I need the grocery store's app coupon, or need to make a call.

Comment by Grinning Cat on May 8, 2019 at 12:13pm

I like having the Internet and a "Swiss army knife" tech gadget in my pocket. (Don't need the absolute latest and greatest phone.)

As for people staring at their phones everywhere, even at the game, The Onion had it right, nine years ago: 
Report: 90% Of Waking Hours Spent Staring At Glowing Rectangles

"We discovered in almost all cases that Americans find it enjoyable and rewarding to put their faces in front of glowing rectangles for hours on end," said Howard West, a prominent sociologist on the Stanford team. "Furthermore, when citizens are not staring slack-jawed at these mesmerizing shapes, many appear to become lost, confused, and unsure of what they should be doing to occupy themselves."

Comment by Patricia on May 7, 2019 at 2:51pm

Yes, Ruth, it suits us just fine. We never used all the bells & whistles anyway, or even half of them, so the text & talk is more than sufficient. I text with the kids a lot so the talking part is minimal....calling a taxi, the dr., Go-Bus,  whatever. I do use the coupon app in the grocery store, but that's about it.

Comment by Ruth Anthony-Gardner on May 7, 2019 at 2:40pm

I have a smart phone for emergency calls. I much prefer to sit at my desk and use a full size keyboard and 2 screens. For voice calls, I'm usually home and use the land line. Patricia, your deal makes a lot more sense. 

Comment by Joan Denoo on May 5, 2019 at 3:25am

Ian, you have a right to be annoyed.

Comment by Ian Mason on May 4, 2019 at 8:19pm

I stick with my antique Nokia. It's fine for calls and texts, which is all I need. I get annoyed at the gym when people sit on a bench or machine and stare at a screen instead of training. They're in my way and I want to use the equipment for its intended purpose.

Comment by Randall Smith on May 4, 2019 at 7:16am

Yeah, I get chided for not having a smart phone. It's shameful that so many people spend 90% of their waking hours staring at their phones--even (and especially) in China. I see spectators at ball games (on TV) looking in their laps rather than watching the action.

I don't remember ever having to use my cell phone for an emergency, but I feel better having it with me, just in case.

 

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