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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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Deep Field: The Impossible Magnitude of Our Universe (Eric Whitacre)

Started by Loren Miller. Last reply by Tom Sarbeck on Monday. 10 Replies

We've all heard about the Deep Field observations of the Hubble Space Telescope, how, almost on a whim, the device was aimed at what was thought to be an empty, unoccupied section of sky and a long time exposure was taken.  What they discovered was…Continue

Tags: NASA, Hubble Space Telescope, Deep Field, Eric Whitacre

Canada Not a Loud Nation

Started by Patricia. Last reply by Patricia Dec 2. 11 Replies

Canada is a proud nation but not a loud nation.British newspaper salutes Canada . . . this is a good read. It is funny how it took someone in England to put it into words......Salute to a brave and modest nation - Kevin Myers , 'The Sunday…Continue

FFRF's 2018 National Convention: John de Lancie

Started by Loren Miller Nov 30. 0 Replies

John de Lancie is a lot more than just the infamous "Q" of Star Trek: The Next Generation.  He has portrayed characters as diverse as Clarence Darrow, Donald Trump, and Nazi administrator Hans Biebow, as you will learn when you watch this video.  He…Continue

Tags: Clarence Darrow, John de Lancie, Freedom From Religion Foundation, FFRF

Peak Prosperity, We are at the peak

Started by Joan Denoo. Last reply by Joan Denoo Nov 26. 3 Replies

The world is at the peak and tipping point in many different factors, i.e. global warming, monetary growth, insect collapse. I don't intend to be an alarmist and scare people, my purpose is to inform you. Please block me if you don't want to read…Continue

New Rule: Win or Go Home (Real Time with Bill Maher)

Started by Loren Miller. Last reply by Loren Miller Nov 4. 5 Replies

In case you hadn't noticed, we have a mid-term election coming up in three days, and it's more than a little important.  With it we can take back at least one if not both houses of Congress from the Republicans and send a message to Donald Trump…Continue

Tags: election, vote, millennials, Hitler, Donald Trump

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Comment by Patricia 7 minutes ago

Great idea Joan.

Comment by Joan Denoo 25 minutes ago

O! My goodness, such loving reassurances of staying with me as I make the walk toward the inevitable. I am in the process of writing a piece telling of my symptoms, why I was suspicious, how my family responded to my changes and the new understanding we all have of the meaning of dementia at the personal level and to the family. This will be a collaborative effort. 

I expect to have more to say on the political, economic, and religious topics. If I seem rattled or confused, please let me know. I will document the journey upon which we travel through my experiences. I hope others will contribute what they know, suspect, and think about this particular aging process. My journey will be titled simply "Dementia."

Comment by Joan Denoo 34 minutes ago

Randy, I guarantee, I will not be bored if you choose to write more. That is one of the few places I did not go to during my research project. I will visit it vicariously through you and National Geographic. 

Comment by Ruth Anthony-Gardner 3 hours ago

Thanks for sharing your travel, Randall.

Comment by Ruth Anthony-Gardner 3 hours ago

Joan, you have been nothing but brilliant and articulate here!

Aagh! Please stay with us, even if it's just to share random musings as you continue aging. You matter!

Comment by kathy: ky 8 hours ago

Hang in there Joan.  You'll beat the odds. 

Comment by Randall Smith 10 hours ago

A bus takes you up from the town of Agua Calientes (I think). Hair pin turns all the way. No cable cars. A train takes you to the town first. It will soon be very difficult to visit Machu Picchu as restrictions in numbers of tourists will be enforced next year. That's good, because it's a mad house. Damage to the site is now occurring-- oily hands touching the stones, etc.

Comment by Idaho Spud yesterday

Randy, how far did you walk to get to Machu Picchu?  Is there still a cable car and a bridge?

Comment by Randall Smith yesterday

Peru is a country with contradictions: Urban vs. rural. Spanish influence vs. indigenous. Rich vs poor (In so many ways). I was really struck by the diversity.

I spent only one day in Lima, a sprawling coastal city. Not too impressive, but they're trying.

Cusco and the Sacred Valley with Machu Picchu are the drawing cards for tourists (of course). Everywhere you go there are "hawkers" trying to sell you something. Streets are narrow and bumpy--traffic awful.

We visited at least 6 ruins, including M.P., the most wondrous. Restorations are quite impressive. We had guides and gave us details most tourists would miss.

Food was good--a variety of choices, many "fusions", thanks to Spanish, Chinese, and Japanese ancestry.

One trip (and one week) is enough, although I'm sure there are many more places to visit. I could write a lot more about my trip--so many details that would bore you all. Questions?

Comment by Plinius yesterday

Just do the things you do best, Joan, and enjoy yourself. It's a disease you can't stop, but enjoying a full life is good for you and slows trouble.

 

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