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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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Surreal, I haz it

Started by Ruth Anthony-Gardner. Last reply by Ruth Anthony-Gardner yesterday. 84 Replies

Surreal, not just found in art.Continue

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The Ark Encounter: A Less than Grand Opening (The Thinking Atheist)

Started by Loren Miller. Last reply by Joan Denoo on Wednesday. 22 Replies

The day finally arrived.  Ken Ham's Ark Encounter opened on 7 July, 2016 ... to something a bit less than Disney-sized crowds, and more than a couple dissenting voices!  Seth Andrews has gathered a quartet of significant participants in the protest…Continue

Tags: Tracey Moody, Dan Broadbent, Seth Andrews, David Silverman, AronRa

Fan.tasia – A Disney Mashup by Lindsey McCutcheon

Started by Loren Miller. Last reply by Idaho Spud on Monday. 8 Replies

Any of you remember that Hollywood musical dance number mashup that Nerd Fest UK created put together some months back?  Well, someone by the name of Lindsey McCutcheon has…Continue

Tags: Lindsey McCutcheon, animation, Disney

The Gun Industry's Killing in Killing (Betty Bowers)

Started by Loren Miller. Last reply by Chris G Jul 20. 15 Replies

America's Best Christian has finally acknowledged that there may be one outfit which has her belief system beat for it's leverage on the government.  No great surprise, it's the NRA and the gun industries.  Betty's a good loser, though.  She's made…Continue

Tags: NRA, guns, America's Best Christian, Betty Bowers

The God of Cancer (The Thinking Atheist)

Started by Loren Miller. Last reply by Joan Denoo Jul 18. 10 Replies

Seth Andrews has been through the mill as it comes to dealing with those who insist that their faith in a deity is not just valid but necessary to their lives and to all lives.  Having dealt with that gauntlet and come out the other side an atheist,…Continue

Tags: cancer, god, The Thinking Atheist, Seth Andrews

We Are America / Love Has No Labels (John Cena - Ad Council)

Started by Loren Miller. Last reply by Joan Denoo Jul 10. 3 Replies

It seems to be a repeating pattern: I wander around the internet and inevitably, I stumble onto all manner of stuff.  It happens all the time on YouTube, and as you doubtless have deduced, yours truly tripped over something a couple minutes ago,…Continue

Tags: patriotism, labels, love, Ad Council, John Cena

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Comment by Ian Mason on May 30, 2014 at 12:55pm

Put your faith in the Lord but grab the cash no matter what? A mad world, my masters.

I'm off to England for a few days. Looking forward to seeing the family and Titus at The Globe. Back on Wednesday. Be good:-D

Comment by sk8eycat on May 30, 2014 at 10:13am

Speaking of prayers at public events...A rather crass event took place about a mile from us last night.  A "Mall Treasure Hunt," or "social media cash grab."  It started some time during the afternoon/evening commute, tied up traffic on the I-5, and surrounding surface streets, and lasted till close to 10 PM.

Thousands of idiots dashing through the parking lot(s), checking their phones for Twitter clues....and every media outlet PLUS the Burbank PD had choppers in the air....circling, circling.  My ears are still ringing.

Google # Hidden Cash.  Or something like that.

We ARE doomed!

Comment by Loren Miller on May 30, 2014 at 8:37am

I quite purposefully SKIPPED the invocation, Randall.  Given the opportunity NOT to listen to something like that, I quite naturally don't (the MUTE button is a wonderful thing!).

I much more enjoyed 150 laps of yellow-flag-free racing (would that it could have been 200!) and that great sprint to the finish.  Those two reasons by themselves made this year's Indy 500 one of the best I've ever watched.

Comment by Randall Smith on May 30, 2014 at 7:39am

I'm still pondering Ian's Emily Dickinson quote. Deep.

Did anyone hear the invocation given before the Indy 500 race? It was so preposterous, I almost gagged. It was full of the normal "thanks for a beautiful day" and "watch over the drivers", etc. The worse part was the "Can I hear an amen?" repeatedly directed to the fans. I was almost wishing a horrible accident would occur just to "show them" (but glad there was none).

Comment by Loren Miller on May 30, 2014 at 6:54am

A beautiful sentiment, Ian.  Thanks for posting that!

Comment by Ian Mason on May 30, 2014 at 6:42am

Comment by Joan Denoo on May 29, 2014 at 12:37pm

Ruth, I am very sorry to learn of your continuing back problems. Your comments offer very fine material for thought and action. Is there such a thing as voice activation so that you can talk about your ideas and concerns with us?

Probably the best thing is for you to do exactly what you need to do and we can seek out the material ourselves. I realize you don't do commentary when you point out a topic and I like what commentary you do offer.  

Comment by Joan Denoo on May 29, 2014 at 12:31pm

Chris, I do hope this part of your life ends soon ... not wishing ill for your BIL. It is kind of like having buckets of challenges and this particular one seems bottomless. Makes it difficult to get on with your own affairs. My visual image of such formidable challenges is grit my teeth, bow my neck, clinch my fists, dig my feet in the ground and do what is necessary. AND RELAX. 

Easy to say! Impossible at time, to do! 

2 Hour Deep Meditation: Relax Mind Body, Spa Music, Background Musi...

I know, you don't have two hours to listen, however, you can listen for as long as you have time.

Sounds from nature

Comment by Joan Denoo on May 29, 2014 at 11:34am

sk8eycat I am with you on answering in four rings. Why hurt myself for a nonsense call. My phones were installed forty years ago; they are ancient by modern terms, but at least I can hear what people say to me, unless their phone, usually cell, is out of range to pick up their signal. Years ago, I took the phone apart and disconnected the ringer in my bedroom. There is a volume control on the living room phone and I turn it off when I have company or don't want to be disturbed.  

Comment by sk8eycat on May 29, 2014 at 10:00am

Patricia, most of the time, we let the answering machine pick up...unless we're expecting a call from someone.  If a caller can't be bothered to leave a message, then I can't be bothered to make a mad dash across loose throw rugs and stuff to catch the phone by the 4th ring. 

Before answering machines, cordless phones (and aggressive telemarketing), it used to be considered "only polite" for a caller to listen for 6 rings before hanging up.  Now 4 rings seems to be the maximum.  (Like I'm gonna take a cordless phone into the bathroom with me.  Eye.  Emm.  Sew.  Shurrrrr!)

 

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