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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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Started by Christina Scribner. Last reply by Grinning Cat 3 hours ago. 9 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

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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

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

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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

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Comment by Randall Smith on May 17, 2019 at 7:06am

How ya doing, Kathy? Granddaughters keeping you busy? Always happy to see your comments pop up.

Ever since my Honduran born grandkids (teenagers) returned to the states for a year, I've hardly seen them. Since they don't visit, I treated them to an Olive Garden dinner (their choice) two nights ago. We had a good visit, albeit strained. When asked, they said they have mixed feelings about returning to Honduras in June. Understandable, since they have spent all but this past year growing up there. I feel sorry for them. Crazy, mega religious, father is the reason. I'll "lose" my daughter again. Sad.

Comment by Patricia on May 16, 2019 at 2:45pm

Ain't dat duh troof!

Comment by Loren Miller on May 16, 2019 at 2:44pm

Yup!

Comment by Joan Denoo on May 16, 2019 at 1:10pm

I know what you mean about using a little phone to communicate with anyone. I stay on my computer as much as possible. I am very happy to have you in our midst again. 

Comment by kathy: ky on May 16, 2019 at 12:51pm

Hi all.  Thank you Joan.  Carl has been missing since before I lost contact when I lost internet access.  Good to see everyone else is here and doing ok. I pop in and check on everyone.  Just very difficult on this little phone. 

Comment by Joan Denoo on May 15, 2019 at 12:58am

Plinius, I wrote a response to Luka's blog but I don't see it. I must not have posted it. 

I want to say to both of you that you are very special people, you and Luka inspire me and encourage me that one has choices in life and one has the right to make those choices that are right for one. The blog holds my interest from start to finish with the photos and composition.  

Comment by Plinius on May 14, 2019 at 11:01pm

Thanks, GC, I should have made time for translation.

I can add something about the wooden toy on the cover - the three figures stand for my in-law's three sons - one died, one contracted brain damage, one wears a dress...

Comment by Patricia on May 14, 2019 at 5:38pm

Quite poetic.

Comment by Grinning Cat on May 14, 2019 at 5:36pm

I did use Google Translate (plus trying individual words, guessing at alternative translations, etc.) to get the gist of Luca's text.

A few bits:

Go to the population register as a man, go home as a woman
1:55 pm: Mr. M. van Buren
2:10 pm: Mrs. L. R. A. van Buren

Reforming myself, a tricky puzzle

Shards of present and past, become whole and look ahead

a tomorrow, so different from others makes me dream, musing, asking I am different from before I came from Ovid's works?

doubt turns into joy
dark gives way to light
I spread my wings
reach for the sun
become one with myself

new year
the day, the year was still young
a gray sky hung over the city
it descended on streets and squares
who could have thought
that just after noon that winter night
a colorful butterfly crawled out of her cocoon

Comment by Grinning Cat on May 13, 2019 at 1:12am

Catching up... Randy, I remember thinking in college, faced with opportunities to try recreational drugs (including alcohol), that there are enough good things in life that I want to be completely present for. At this point I might have literally a few drinks a year.

I hope Carl, Daniel (now discussing non-stressing, uncontroversial topics here incognito) and Bert are as well as possible!

Plinius, thanks for sharing Luca's illustrated "bloglet"! I feel a bit illiterate, not knowing any Dutch.

 

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