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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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A Powerful Message from an old wise teacher :

Started by Joan Denoo. Last reply by Thomas Murray 3 hours ago. 5 Replies

I received a gift this morning from a virtual friend, Pamela Smith:A Powerful Message from an old wise teacher :" One day an old wise teacher was walking through a village. A very angry and rude young man came up and began insulting him. "You have…Continue

Speak English? YOU FIRST! (Betty Bowers)

Started by Loren Miller. Last reply by Thomas Murray yesterday. 4 Replies

Honestly, the title to this piece is badly under-representative of the content.  To be far more accurate, what we have here is Mrs. Betty Bowers, America's Best Christian, going on a rant.  Before you say it ... Say WHAAAA?  Betty Bowers ranting? …Continue

Tags: America's Best Christian, Betty Bowers

A Prayer for Our Nation (Betty Bowers)

Started by Loren Miller. Last reply by Ruth Anthony-Gardner yesterday. 2 Replies

I'm going to keep this one short and sweet.  Mrs. Betty Bowers, America's Best Christian, has seen what is going on with the current occupant of the Oval Office, and my impression is that she is not at all happy with it.  True to her citizenship,…Continue

Tags: prayer, Donald Trump, Oval Office, America's Best Christian, Betty Bowers

Any Babymetal Fans Here?

Started by Bruce Carroll. Last reply by Idaho Spud Sep 12. 5 Replies

Any Babymetal fans here besides me? I have to ask because 1) I really like Babymetal and 2) Babymetal unknowingly played a role in my journey out of religion.For those who are unfamiliar with Babymetal, here is a link to one of their most popular…Continue

Tags: Japanese Idol, Babymetal

If you could rid the world of one thing, what would it be?

Started by Idaho Spud. Last reply by Ruth Anthony-Gardner Sep 11. 30 Replies

Today, I heard Seth Andrews talk about the question, "If you could rid the world of one thing, what would it be?"  My first thought was religion, but after a few seconds I decided it would be irrational or anti-scientific thinking.  That would take…Continue

Tags: anti-scientific, irrational

Ignorance is Bliss: Why Religious People Seem Happier Than the 'Nones'”.

Started by Joan Denoo. Last reply by Idaho Spud Sep 11. 16 Replies

“Highly Religious Volunteer More, Lie Less, and Claim to Be Happier”~ Houston Chronicle; “Strongly Religious People are Happier than Non-Religious”  ~ Christian Daily."The study determined that 40 percent of highly religious adults—defined as those…Continue

Tags: Nones, happiness, non-religiosity, religiosity, bliss

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Comment by Ian Mason 2 hours ago

Looks like a lovely day, Chris. Diverse in many different ways.

Comment by Patricia 2 hours ago

Thanks Chris, will look forward to them.

Comment by Plinius 2 hours ago

It was a beautiful day, Patricia, and I made some pics of the river for you. 

Diversity: 

there were Gayservatives - gay conservatives

old pinks - senior gays

some of the political parties sent gay delegations, but not the xian fundies 

gays from the police force

a big group of foreign students under a banner 'Out and abroad'

a religious group - their Tshirts said 'My god marries gays too'

A Humanist group

and at least one transgender!

Comment by Patricia 3 hours ago

Looks like you also had a beautiful day for it as well, Chris (Plinius).

Comment by Thomas Murray 3 hours ago

Plinius,

Are you sure there was diversity in your great march? You mean they actually had republicans, or white supremacist, or fundies , or even ISIS marching for enlightenment?

Comment by The Flying Atheist 5 hours ago

Love your photo, Plinius.  It's heartwarming when people gather together and celebrate the uniqueness and diversity of others.  It's beautiful and easy to do.  Which is why it's so damn frustrating when persons, groups, and governments suppress, and even criminalize, others for no good reason.   

Comment by Plinius 6 hours ago

My very first gay pride walk was very pleasant, we both felt great among all the diversity.

Comment by Chris 9 hours ago

Chris,

Electronic Dance Music (EDM)  with the repetitive digital Boom boom noise must be irritating to hear from your home.

I don't like EDM, or Arron Neville. Even if I did I would want to listen to it when I wanted to listen to it at the volume I chose.

I don't want to be subjected to any music, or noise for that matter in the ' comfort' of my home.

In the town I live there are numerous concerts that vibrate the floor of my house. The noise is inescapable. Closing windows and doors doesn't help.

I can choose not to listen to Aaron Neville, or EDM on this forum.

There is something fundamentally wrong with society when others think it's their right to make intrusive noise. 

I'm able to tolerate most music, or other noise for a couple of hours. The problem is as you  know dealing with the 'techno' every night until 2:00 PM or later - is it becomes wearing and a nuisance.

Sound ordinances don't cover the problem.  Cities and local governments won't enforce what limited noise ordinances they may have because it make money through taxes for the community.  

Noise seems to be common accepted behavior in society.

Complaints about invasive noise seems to be your problem for not getting with the program.

As a citizen subjected to noise - you are basically out of luck. 

I've been told that if I don't like the (Noise) from the 'public' concerts I should leave town.

Many people leave town because it's bothersome.

I live about 3/4 of a mile away from the four day Bottle Rock Concert.  It's unbelievable how rude the producers of the concert are to the local neighbors. Many here who work for the 'hospitality' industry, such as restaurants, hotels, and wineries say they 'enjoy' the concert.  That's likely because their jobs and income depends on it.

I thought it was neat that Ireland canceled Garth Brooks Concerts

http://www.cmt.com/news/1728971/garth-brooks-all-concerts-canceled-...

Comment by Idaho Spud 10 hours ago

I enjoy Aaron Neville's unique style of singing.

He can't compare to Linda Ronstadt, but few can.

Comment by Plinius 14 hours ago

No accounting for taste. I'm finished with techno, though - we got a big dose of it from the pub across the street, until 2 in the morning. It's a traditional local celebration, and we'll 'enjoy' it until Sunday night. 

 

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