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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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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

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 Joan Denoo on May 25, 2019 at 2:34pm

Splendid signs! Where was the rally, Ian? In Denmark?

Comment by Joan Denoo on May 25, 2019 at 2:27pm

Randy, I forgot, how old is your grandson?

Comment by Ian Mason on May 25, 2019 at 1:00pm

Comment by Ian Mason on May 25, 2019 at 12:55pm

Climate demonstration today. The funniest placard - 'winter bathers against warmer water'

Comment by Plinius on May 25, 2019 at 9:32am

How nice that you all sing to children!

Comment by Randall Smith on May 25, 2019 at 6:40am

Thanks, Joan. However, I'm not so sure about your designation. I often think that I'm somewhat selfish in many respects. I fight that inclination. I did offer to babysit my 3 yr old grandson for today while the rest of his family goes to the Farmers Market. That will curtail my usual routines. But, actually, I'm looking forward to spending quality time with the little munchkin. He IS my "sunshine"!

Comment by Joan Denoo on May 24, 2019 at 8:33pm

Ian, my Dad sang, "You are my sunshine," as far back as I can remember. 

I enjoy learning of your daughter's husband's first words, "Don't worry, be happy." What a wonderful spirit in which to grow. 

Comment by Ian Mason on May 24, 2019 at 8:27pm

Thank you for the compliment, Joan. My daughter enjoyed me singing to her when she was small, even though I can't sing. One of her first words was 'sunshine' because I sang 'You are my sunshine'. Her husband's first words ever, according to the family story were 'Don't worry, be happy' because that song was a hit at the time.

Comment by Joan Denoo on May 24, 2019 at 8:17pm

Ian, your time with James will begin to sink into his memory bank and he will carry your gentleness and love as a grandfather throughout his whole life. Your harmonica playing and his hearing your sounds reach a place that other events do not. There is something magic about singing. 

Singing, dancing, whistling, humming, tongue twisters, rapping, all have studies and their interface with infants. After reading a bunch of studies, I can only say, JUST DO IT/THEM WITH INFANTS. Here is just one study. 

~ “the ability to perceive and enjoy music is an inborn human trait” (Sousa, 2011, p. 221). 

You, too, are a Cookie Person and a very important part of James' mental and emotional health. 

Comment by Joan Denoo on May 24, 2019 at 7:51pm

Randy, I agree, children can be great fun if they live in healthy, happy communities. Children who live in conflicted homes and unhappy families carry a heavy burden. 

Being a retired teacher, I know you have experienced such wounded children. While working at Morning Star Boys' Ranch I came to recognize the importance of what I call, "Cookie People," those individuals in the lives of troubled children who listened and communicated with the child. The Cookie Person could be a grandparent, a mail person, a school teacher, or a neighbor. The troubled boys who had one in his community had a better chance of doing well after his time at MSBR. I didn't document the impression I had at the time and regret that I didn't do that kind of study while working there. 

Knowing you, you are surely a "Cookie Person!"

 

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