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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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Goodwill to Few Men (Betty Bowers)

Started by Loren Miller. Last reply by Donald R Barbera Jul 23. 3 Replies

Think Goodwill Industries does well by the poor?  Fact is, they do WAY BETTER for themselves, to the point where America's Best Christian, Betty Bowers, thinks they're ripping off the christian playbook a bit too well!  Have a look for yourself:…Continue

Tags: ripoff, Goodwill Industries, America's Best Christian, Betty Bowers

Your favorite photobombs?

Started by Ruth Anthony-Gardner. Last reply by Plinius Jul 10. 12 Replies

Running of the bulls photobomb.Continue

losing faith (TheraminTrees)

Started by Loren Miller Jul 5. 0 Replies

TheraminTrees has recently begun producing a new series of YouTube videos, which added to a wonderful library of earlier observations regarding his experience of religion. Good as all those pieces are, I personally think they pale against this…Continue

Tags: story, history, faith, TheraminTrees

Betty Explains Religious Freedom (Betty Bowers)

Started by Loren Miller. Last reply by Ruth Anthony-Gardner Jul 3. 10 Replies

Well, considering all the RFRA bills popping up all over the United States, plus all the fun and games ISIS is bringing to the good folks in Syria and Iraq, Betty Bowers, the epitome of well-dressed christianity, has decided to clarify the true…Continue

Tags: persecution, ISIS, Religious Freedom, America's Best Christian, Betty Bowers

Surreal, I haz it

Started by Ruth Anthony-Gardner. Last reply by Ruth Anthony-Gardner May 6. 82 Replies

Surreal, not just found in art.Continue

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Let's not define ourselves or others by our worst behaviors

Started by Ruth Anthony-Gardner. Last reply by Dominique Lutz Apr 16. 6 Replies

My take on the recent melt down at Hang With Friends, of which I missed part, is that some of us were tripped up by a habit of thought. It's something we learn growing up, and use without realizing how much pain it can generate -  failing to…Continue

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Comment by Joan Denoo on January 15, 2013 at 12:19am

Steph, I think laughter, good, solid, honest laughter from pure joy is the best thing, at least for me. Learning how to laugh at a carton of broken eggs, or bunch of kids tracking in snow can be very funny. Now, tracking in mud is an entirely different story; the wrath of the Wicked Witch of the North prevents that from happening too many times. Life is too short to let some things upset us, and some good honest training of adults and children on responsible behavior makes life better for everyone. As the old saying goes, "Mom ain't happy, ain't nobody happy. That saves a lot of misery all around. 

If I didn't enjoy children, I would not have had them. Not everyone is healthy with all that chaos. It is far better that individuals decide for themselves whether to become a parent or not. Working at the boys' ranch, I saw far too many parents who hated their responsibilities and the kids failed to thrive. Perhaps there should not be a marriage license but a licence to have kids. 

Comment by Steph S. on January 14, 2013 at 10:12pm

Comment by Ian Mason on January 14, 2013 at 10:10pm

Felaine, you did what was right for you. There have been many who haven't because of social pressure and who have had unhappy lives because of it.

I've known depression and anxiety all my life. Treated them with alcohol, alcohol and meds and now the best combination, exercise and meds. It would be nice to be more social and have some friends though.

Comment by Ruth Anthony-Gardner on January 14, 2013 at 6:54pm

Joan, I got page not found for that video when I tried to play it.

Comment by Joan Denoo on January 14, 2013 at 5:47pm
sk8eycat, you have no reason to be ashamed, you did what was best for you, and probably those pregnancies. There is nothing sacred about having a baby. I tried for seven years and couldn't carry a baby to term, even though I had five pregnancies in that time. Through a physician friend we found a young girl who was about three months pregnant and wanted to give her baby up for adoption. So we waited for her to deliver in September, 1963. However, in July of 1963 I discovered I was pregnant with twins. I asked my doctor if there were any medical contraindications to go ahead with the adoption and he said, "No Medical reason!" So, we brought him home when he was five days old and when he was five months and 13-days old our twins were born. I love parenting; I made some terrible mistakes, but I am so proud of all three and what they have made of their lives.
Comment by Idaho Spud on January 14, 2013 at 3:50pm

Joan, Lawrence Krauss' view is amazing indeed!  So much more so than the simplistic and childish religious stories.

I learned 4 new words in your unsettled weather report :)

Couldn't get "Look'n at daddy" video to play.

Felaine, I'm also self-centered and responsibility is not something I like either.  I also agree there are too many unwanted, abused, lonely children in the world. 

Although, if I had children they would not be abused or lonely, and probably not unwanted, despite my dislike of responsibility.  I've taken responsibility seriously when I've had to.

Comment by sk8eycat on January 14, 2013 at 3:10pm

Joan, the only fact I knew for sure from the time I was about 13 (after doing a lot of baby-sitting to pay for skating lessons) was that I never, ever wanted to have children.  I'm too self-centered to be a decent parent; sometimes even the daily cat care gets on my left nerve.

Mother kept telling me that I'd change my attitude once I had a baby (she was terribly anxious to be a grandmother), but I didn't think it would be fair, or safe, for the child to take such a risk.

I got pregnant 3 times (before the Pill), and got violently ill before I even missed a period every single time.  So I had 3 abortions before the 6th week...all illegal, of course.  A lot of people helped me find real MDs who were willing to do D&Cs on the sly.

I still sometimes think I should be ashamed, but I don't.  I think it's a worse "sin" to bring an unwanted child into the world than it is to abort one...or 3.  There are too many unwanted, abused, lonely children as it is.

Comment by Joan Denoo on January 14, 2013 at 2:29pm

sk8eycat, We learned so many things that are not true. I guess that is what growing up means ... question authority, think for yourself, enjoy today for this is all there is, and appreciate natural things. 

By the way, in the movie, "Look'n at daddy"  there is scene that looked like our house at feeding time 48 years ago. 

Comment by Joan Denoo on January 14, 2013 at 2:24pm
Comment by sk8eycat on January 14, 2013 at 2:19pm

Joan, thank you.  Stuff like that just takes my breath away.

I wish I'd known some of this when I was a teen, struggling to make myself believe what I was told in church.  I just couldn't believe that my contemporaries actually had two-way conversations with a god, and I thought the fault was mine.

 

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