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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.

Nobody here is into mind games. A discussion started with a loaded guilt-throwing question will be deleted.

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bending truth, or "We Can All Be Manipulated" (TheraminTrees)

Started by Loren Miller. Last reply by Loren Miller 16 hours ago. 39 Replies

The following is one of TheraminTrees' most thorough-going pieces, wherein he looks at the process and techniques whereby a "religious" organization (which will sound VERY familiar to most of us, once introductions are made!) takes a person who…Continue

Tags: indoctrination, truth, manipulation, TheraminTrees

punishing doubt (TheraminTrees)

Started by Loren Miller Sep 6. 0 Replies

If you are associated with religion and especially a fundamentalist religion, doubt is intolerable.  Certainty, however it may be achieved or imposed, becomes a necessary element, especially considering the utter dearth of any form of evidence or…Continue

Tags: religion, TheraminTrees, punish, doubt

We Don't Want Your (Atheist) Money! (The Thinking Atheist)

Started by Loren Miller. Last reply by Idaho Spud Sep 2. 17 Replies

I suppose I've heard stories like this before:Conscientious atheist donates money to worthy cause.Worthy cause initially accepts money.Worthy cause discovers source of donation.Worthy cause rejects donation.Swell, eh?  Well Matt Willbourne of…Continue

Tags: American Baptist Churches Association, Murrow Indian Children's Home, The Thinking Atheist, Seth Andrews

The Whole Bible in 30 Seconds (Betty Bowers)

Started by Loren Miller. Last reply by Randy Hatly Sep 2. 3 Replies

Ever decide that you wanted to read the whole bible, cover to cover, only to realize half-way through Deuteronomy that the darn thing is industrial-strength BORING?!?  Well, never fear!  America's Best Christian, Betty Bowers, has done the Cliff's…Continue

Tags: bible, America's Best Christian, Betty Bowers

Are You a Patriot? (Betty Bowers)

Started by Loren Miller. Last reply by Chris G Aug 29. 22 Replies

You might think that Betty Bowers, America's Best Christian, would be stepping outside of her comfort zone in tackling the concept of patriotism.  As it turns out, not only does she have a proper handle on the term and its implications, she also…Continue

Tags: patriot, America's Best Christian, Betty Bowers

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Comment by Joan Denoo on Sunday

I can't think of a better way to spend time than on the computer, learnings about other nations and governments, seeing fantastic photos of nature, learning about the new physics when we are still working to understand previous ideas, finding out that not all nations are as violent as ours, and some have better health care than we do. 

It feels better than sitting in front of a screen watching other people's lives. Real life is a whole lot more challenging and interesting than love affairs and financial ruin of some "let's pretend of commercial TV. 

I like your photo, Ruth, "Never too late!"

Comment by Ruth Anthony-Gardner on Saturday

Ian, us senior citizens don't use rocking chairs any more. We're parked in front of our computer screens.

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Otherwise, "I resemble those".

Comment by Joan Denoo on Saturday

Oh! my goodness, no, I have not seen anything from Carl! 

Comment by k.h. ky on Saturday
Anyone heard from Carl lately? He's usually around more.
Comment by Joan Denoo on Saturday

Chris, I am sorry to learn of your dizziness, deafness. I understand it is progressive and knowing you, you researched it thoroughly. Have you fallen? Are you able to use public transit to get where you need to go. What do you do when you have an episode? Does a cane help maintain your balance? It seems you have a new normal. 

I assume you already checked out this device: 

Meniett device. For vertigo that's hard to treat, this therapy involves applying pressure to the middle ear to improve fluid exchange. A device called a Meniett pulse generator applies pulses of pressure to the ear canal through a ventilation tube.

You do the treatment at home, usually three times a day for five minutes at a time. Initial reports on the Meniett device show improvement in symptoms of vertigo, tinnitus and aural pressure, but its long-term effectiveness has not been determined.

Meniere's disease, Treatments and drugs

Isn't ageing interesting and challenging!!??

I'll be thinking of you. 

Comment by Joan Denoo on Saturday

Spud, the unknown amount is undoubtedly, "other." 

Comment by Ian Mason on Saturday

I've been to Copenhagen for a couple of days, visiting my daughter Astrid and her bloke, Martin. Lots of chatting, tea, eating etc. Also saw the old 'prog rock' band King Crimson in concert: lots of new numbers but also a few oldies: 'In the Court of the Crimson King', 'Starless and Bible Black' and '21st Century Schiziod Man' added as an encore. Good times indeed

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=YRbBorZR6VU

Comment by Ian Mason on Saturday

Camus said that Autumn is another Spring, where the leaves are as colouful as flowers. True 'nuff but I don't look forward to Winter either. I think if it gets too much I might find a cheap package holiday to the Canary islands or Madiera.

Comment by Grinning Cat on September 22, 2016 at 9:14am

Happy fall, everyone!

Here in Philly I'm enjoying the last couple of days in the 80s; it'll be 10-15 degrees cooler starting Saturday. I'll miss being comfortable throughout the day and evening in shorts and sandals.

(Even "worse", I'm heading north to Massachusetts for a few days. Gary Larson didn't speak for everyone: for some of us it's "Welcome to heaven; here's your accordion.")

Comment by Plinius on September 22, 2016 at 7:38am

Merry Equinox to all!

Have you tried light therapy, Randall?

 

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