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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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Mental health in the age of violence: Dr. Elliott Ingersol

Started by Loren Miller 1 hour ago. 0 Replies

I literally just discovered Dr. Elliott Ingersol yesterday, as a part of a discussion I had with other members of the Northern Ohio Freethought Society.  Dr. Ingersol is a licensed psychologist and clinical counselor in Ohio, as well as a professor…Continue

Tags: talk, psychotropic, therapy, psychology, Elliott Ingersol

maggie and milly and molly and may (Edward Estlin Cummings & Eric Whitacre)

Started by Loren Miller. Last reply by Loren Miller Nov 20. 2 Replies

It's amazing what you discover when you go looking for something you had no idea you'd find.  On an impulse, I pulled up Eric Whitacre's website to see if he had created any new pieces.  It would seem that he has: a song cycle called The City and…Continue

Tags: e e cummings, Eric Whitacre

There Is Only One Way to Destroy ISIS

Started by Joan Denoo. Last reply by Randall Smith Nov 18. 1 Reply

There Is Only One Way to Destroy ISISGrowth in population, policies and practices that create a gap between the typical person and the wealthy,…Continue

Passive and Active voices

Started by Joan Denoo. Last reply by Ruth Anthony-Gardner Nov 16. 1 Reply

Have you noticed that much of the discussion in families and with friends, in the print media, on TV, and now on the internet is in the Passive Voice? Many people whine, complain, gripe, accuse, blame, call names, ridicule, grumble, bitch, rebuke,…Continue

Tags: and, behaviors, communication., attitudes, learned

Detroit Businesswomen Team Up to Get Rape Kits Tested

Started by Joan Denoo. Last reply by The Flying Atheist Nov 14. 2 Replies

Detroit Businesswomen Team Up to Get Rape Kits Tested"In 2009, a Wayne County assistant prosecuting attorney noticed…Continue

Tags: women, Enough, SAID, black, victims

Something Beautiful – Nathan Phelps & Seth Andrews

Started by Loren Miller. Last reply by Loren Miller Nov 10. 7 Replies

And it is beautiful, too, indeed, I think some of Seth Andrews' best work.  Interesting point: rather than Seth's dulcet baritone doing the narration, this piece presses Nathan Phelps' deep bass intonation into service, bringing a different flavor…Continue

Tags: Nathan Phelps, The Thinking Atheist, Seth Andrews, beautiful, something

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Comment by Joan Denoo on October 27, 2013 at 3:59pm

Windows vs Ford

At a recent computer expo (COMDEX), Bill Gates reportedly compared the computer industry with the auto industry and stated,

"If Ford had kept up with technology like the computer industry has, we would all be driving $25 cars that got 1,000 miles to the gallon."

In response to Bill's comments, Ford issued a press release stating:

If Ford had developed technology like Microsoft, we would all be driving cars with the following characteristics: 

1. For no reason whatsoever, your car would crash, twice a day.

2. Every time they repainted the lines in the road, you would have to buy a new car.

3. Occasionally your car would die on the freeway for  no reason. You would have to pull to the side of the road, close all of the windows, shut off the car, restart it, and reopen the windows before you could continue. For some reason you would simply accept this.

4. Occasionally, executing a maneuver such as a left turn would cause your car to shut down and refuse to restart, in which case you would have to reinstall the engine.

5. Macintosh would make a car that was powered by the sun, was reliable, five times as fast, and twice as easy to drive - but would run on only five percent of the roads.

6. The oil, water temperature, and alternator warning lights would all be replaced by a single 'This Car Has Performed An Illegal Operation' warning light. 

7. The airbag system would ask 'Are you sure?' before deploying.

8. Occasionally, for no reason whatsoever, your car would lock you out and refuse to let you in until you simultaneously lifted the door handle, turned the key, and grabbed hold of the radio antenna.

9. Every time a new car was introduced, car buyers would have to learn how to drive all over again because none of the controls would operate in the same manner as the old car.

10. You'd have to press the 'Start' button to turn the engine off.

PS - I 'd like to add that when all else fails, you could call 'customer service' in some foreign country and be instructed in some foreign language how to fix your car yourself!!!!

Thanks to Cheryl Smith 

* I might add that my whole family gave up on Microsoft computers long ago for these very reasons. 

Comment by Ruth Anthony-Gardner on October 26, 2013 at 7:53pm

What dogs teach us, (2 min video) No embed code.

booklover, that Tiddles LOL gave me quite a laugh. It really annoys me when people leave the tv on all of the time, especially if you come over to visit. Music playing, as Patricia mentions, is OK as long as it doesn't drill a hole in your head. Some days I get irritable and even lovely music is like nails on a chalkboard. I have earphones, living with a musician.

sk8eycat, I'm glad to hear Pumpkin and Basement Cat are working things out.

Comment by sk8eycat on October 26, 2013 at 10:33am

Hah!  "New house, full basement," indeed.  Most SoCal houses don't have basements...except for very expensive homes in places like Beverly Hills and Bel Air. 

My JW sister is annoyed that I'm referring to Freddie as a Basement Cat, but then she was annoyed that I named a sweet black cat we had in the 1970s & '80s "The Devil."  But he did remind me of a Tasmanian Devil.  And so what? As long as I am the only Servant to Cats in this house, I get to call them whatever I want.  Tee-hee!

Comment by Joan Denoo on October 25, 2013 at 7:18pm

I agree, it is very easy to unintentionally click on "stop following". Things get kind of uninteresting when it happens on this site. 

Comment by The Flying Atheist on October 25, 2013 at 3:16pm

Sk8eycat, I did the same thing a few weeks ago.  Accidentally stopped following this group (it's kinda easy to do.)  I got a little suspect when I wasn't getting any notices of activity. 

Regarding your cats, I think we all know what you need to do to fix the situation.  You'll just have to move to a new house that has a basement.  No other way around it.  

Comment by sk8eycat on October 25, 2013 at 2:55pm

Hello again!  I goofed, and accidentally clicked on "Stop Following" about the same time that our adopted Basement Cat moved in.

She was upset because we don't have a basement, so she took over the den/junk room.  Pumpkin's nose was out of joint because he thought that room was his private property.  Things are finally smoothing out a more snarling and hissing, anyway.

*whew!* I have an awful lot of catching up to do in here!

(LOVE the Cat Belt, but I imagine there was quite a bit of clawing and yowling before the cat accepted it.)

Comment by Steph S. on October 25, 2013 at 12:04pm

oh yes ... music too.

Yes - everyone go get a cat. Right now. hehe

Well it is Friday!! Yay

Comment by The Flying Atheist on October 25, 2013 at 11:02am

Mindy, yes, that is odd.  lol   I really like listening to music or having it in the background.  The genre I choose depends on my mood or what activity I'm doing.  (Yes, I love pure silence as well.) 

I've always been annoyed when people have the television on in their home but aren't watching it.  A lot of businesses also have TV's which I find equally disruptive and annoying.  There's nothing worse than having to be subjected against your will to "The View" or some soap opera.           

Comment by Plinius on October 25, 2013 at 2:04am

Beautiful, Carl! Reminds me of The Village - nice movie in which the beginnings of religion show up.

Comment by The Flying Atheist on October 25, 2013 at 1:32am

So true, Patricia.  Now all I need is a cat.  I have plenty of books and music. 


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