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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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Are You a Patriot? (Betty Bowers)

Started by Loren Miller. Last reply by k.h. ky yesterday. 20 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

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

Started by Loren Miller. Last reply by Grinning Cat on Thursday. 11 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 Ark Encounter: A Less than Grand Opening (The Thinking Atheist)

Started by Loren Miller. Last reply by Grinning Cat Aug 21. 24 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

Surreal, I haz it

Started by Ruth Anthony-Gardner. Last reply by Idaho Spud Aug 14. 91 Replies

Surreal, not just found in art.Continue

Tags: surreal

Wedding Haka - Subtitled & translated

Started by Joan Denoo Aug 13. 0 Replies

I ran across a video of a wedding in which a group of wedding guests celebrated with a performance of a traditional Māori ancestral war dance, called a Haka. It was intended for sons, however, the women have joined in a participation of…Continue

Tags: new, traditions., women, men, Haka

Onward (Unpaid) Christian Soldiers (Betty Bowers)

Started by Loren Miller. Last reply by Chris G Aug 13. 1 Reply

Proselytizing in the military is a dirty little secret most radical christians would rather didn't get out.  Well, never let it be said that America's Best Christian, Betty Bowers, was ever a wallflower where a pit bull was needed!  In the following…Continue

Tags: Military Religious Freedom Foundation, MRFF, America's Best Christian, Betty Bowers

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Comment by Grinning Cat on March 31, 2014 at 11:49pm

"Alright" is alwrong, indeed!

Following the (sometimes arbitrary) conventional rules of spelling and grammar and such doesn't make our ideas any more or less worthy. It's just that we're so conditioned to language that follows the rules that breaking them is, simply, a noticeable distraction!

In recent times, there's a parallel of sorts in our power to choose fonts and other aspects of presentation. It used to be only print shops and artists that had this visual power.

Following in Ruth's footsteps, here's a graphic:

Comment by Joan Denoo on March 31, 2014 at 11:27pm

Felaine, I am so glad you pay attention to such details. I try really hard to do a better job of writing and don't see my errors until after I press Add Comment. Sometimes I don't see them until much later. It seems proofreading fails to catch those mistakes when the material is old. I assume all the correct words are in the copy, even when that is not so.

It is kind of fun to see the slip of the finger typos; sometimes it makes very interesting reading. One wonders if they are Freudian slips.  

Comment by sk8eycat on March 31, 2014 at 10:59pm

Joan, 'm a compulsive proofreader (because I'm mildly dyslexic), and the only errors I have seen in any of the discussions in A/N have been obvious "slip of the finger" typos.  And most of them have been mine.  A sign that I need to file my nails.

Comment by Joan Denoo on March 31, 2014 at 10:50pm

I'm loving the grammar focus. Please let me know when I make a booboo. I will try really hard not to do so. 

Comment by sk8eycat on March 31, 2014 at 10:27pm

Cat, neither do "yours" and "ours."   ;> )

Lately I've been seeing "alright" in hardcover books.  AAAAACK!  Several of my teachers would make us write "ALRIGHT IS NOT ALL RIGHT."   I cringe whenever I see that one in print.

Comment by Grinning Cat on March 31, 2014 at 9:58pm

Mindy, I hope things go well with you and your son! We'll be thinking of you.

Felaine, I still like the sign I saw, "Whenever you make a typo, the errorists win."

Apostrophes can be confusing, even when we know they don't mean "Beware of oncoming S!" We write about "Jen's book" or "Josh's coat", and "it's" looks like it could be part of the same pattern, only it's not. I remember that by thinking of "his", "her", "its" -- none of them have apostrophes.

Comment by Joan Denoo on March 31, 2014 at 9:49pm

Mindy, a big challenge right now. Your daughter's help will be invaluable. She will feel so proud of herself after tackling the demanding tasks, she will not doubt feel her value and purpose. Not that she will find a calling, but she will face a problem and take it on like a trouper.  One day, one hour, one minute at a time. She will do just fine. 

I expect you and your son will come through the procedures well and be better for them. Do keep us up to date. Will send out positive energy and thoughts for both of you. 

Comment by sk8eycat on March 31, 2014 at 8:50pm

Oh, la, Joan!  My friend who writes, edits and publishes The Pet Press gets hung up with "it's" and "its," and I would get on her case about it when I was working as her proofreader.  I finally made a small poster, in the largest font that fit a sheet of printer paper, "IT'S MEANS 'IT IS' - NOTHING ELSE!"  I put it in a stand-up frame, and gave it to her for Hanukkah. 

I think she still has it on her desk.

Comment by Joan Denoo on March 31, 2014 at 7:39pm

Grinning Cat, thank you so much for your grammer sites. I am gitting so bad, I have to kepe my grammer guides by my elbo because I not only cannot remimber how to spell, I can't remimber its from it's and all the other little niseties.

Comment by sk8eycat on March 31, 2014 at 5:54pm

Patricia, it reminds me of an old, OLD joke where a small church held a mass pre-easter baptism at the local river. It had been a hard winter and there was still a layer of ice on the river.  So the men brought pickaxes, and chopped a hole in the ice large enough to allow the baptisms to be done...quickly. 

The first candidate waded out till he was in water up to his waist, the minister said the required words, grabbed the guy by his collar, and dunked him in the icy water.  BUT his hands were stiff from the cold, and he inadvertently let go of the first man, and the river current carried him under the ice and away.

The minister looked stunned for a few seconds, then he turned to the horrified crowd standing on the riverbank, and shouted, "Another brrrrotherrrr gone to glorrrry!  Amen!  NEXT!"

 

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