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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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A Powerful Message from an old wise teacher :

Started by Joan Denoo. Last reply by Thomas Murray 22 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 on Friday. 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 Joan Denoo on November 8, 2014 at 2:25am

Special VI Morphing :-)

An excellent example of nice people morphing into wretched ones, right before our eyes. 

This treat was from my friend, Ed. 

Comment by sk8eycat on November 7, 2014 at 7:37pm

From one of my cousins:


 
Subject: Sometimes we all want to do this.....(like every day????)

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Comment by Idaho Spud on November 7, 2014 at 8:50am

Randy, it sounds like a good family visit.  I like the pictures.

Comment by Randall Smith on November 7, 2014 at 8:27am

P.S.: My cold hit me hard after supper and through the night. Thanks, grandson! Today's a day of rest (more or less).

Comment by Randall Smith on November 7, 2014 at 8:24am

Carl, you'll be on my mind all day. Fingers crossed.

Ruth, yes, I was hoping the earth hadn't swallowed you up! 

Yesterday went great with the whole family in attendence. I can't begin to tell you stories and events. My kids (3 girls, ages 41, 39, and 36; one boy, 31) all get along marvelously. I'm so proud of them. Their mother left us when the kids were between ages 5 and 15. I raised them by myself, but they were so good, I had few problems. Three teenage girls could have been a nightmare! Check out their pictures in the Food group. Plus here's another one or two with my father (age 96), oldest daughter holding niece and her son. The second photo shows my kids reading old letters they sent to my parents (saved!) when they were young. They had a hoot going through them.

Comment by Idaho Spud on November 7, 2014 at 7:44am

Waiting to hear your news Carl.  Preferably good news.

Joan, I love your post from Laurie.  "The trash took itself out" is great.

Personally, I would rather have 1 good friend, than a million casual lovers or acquaintances.

Comment by sk8eycat on November 7, 2014 at 2:18am

Carl, Ruth sent this to me, and I'm forwarding it to you....

http://api.ning.com/files/Rw5DXnG-22QleyQZXzUr0*lHHGGdS*sCgt-QkVsBTK7KsmWMwmCT7NSRbl1qeiBUqz857zE1jncYXeVjKjzlTS3VeYlKfeov/hugsforyoukitty.jpg

with a clue that you can probably buy USED copies of the "Tales of the City" books at Half.com...at a decent price.  They were originally written as newspaper columns, so the chapters are short, and are perfect for reading when you're recovering from surgery.

http://product.half.ebay.com/Tales-of-the-City-by-Armistead-Maupin-...

http://www.armisteadmaupin.com/

Comment by Plinius on November 7, 2014 at 1:37am

I hope you get good news, Carl!

Comment by Joan Denoo on November 7, 2014 at 12:26am

Grinning Cat, Petition signed and shared. 

Comment by sk8eycat on November 6, 2014 at 11:11pm

Dearest Carl, I (and everyone else at JCPenney Advertising) read ALL those books, and went to local signings, and had wonderful times.  The mini-series was better than most (I got a laugh out of seeing Mr. Maupin through a window in a few scenes), but the books are outstanding...IMNSHO.

I wish I still had them, but I loaned them to a friend who was dying of AIDS, and he donated everything in his apartment to APLA....that was in 1994.  It affected his brain, and he didn't even know who HE was toward the end. 

 

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