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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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Are You a Patriot? (Betty Bowers)

Started by Loren Miller. Last reply by Compelledunbeliever 2 hours ago. 12 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 13 hours ago. 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 on Monday. 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 Idaho Spud on August 1, 2016 at 12:37pm

Joan, I just noticed you said your family boycotts Albertson's as well as WalMart.  I know why you boycott WalMart, but I'd be interested to know why Albetson's.  My main reason for not shopping there is the high prices, but I'm sure that's not your main reason.

Comment by Joan Denoo on July 31, 2016 at 4:59am

I unsuccessfully looked for Kingsville, Urgary, Tuva.

I did, however, find TuvaRussia Arctic Throat Singing. I hope you enjoy a bit of social tradition. 

 

 

Comment by Joan Denoo on July 31, 2016 at 4:42am

I had a pleasant afternoon cruising Lake Coeur d'Alene. In the years since I last made the trip, many huge condos and mansions grew up all around the 125 miles of lakes shore.

The delicious chicken menu, the stimulating conversations especially with the young college kids, the hot weather with a pleasant breeze that energized many sailboats with their bright sails flapping in the breeze across the waters made the day memorable.

The occasion of the trip was the 60th wedding anniversary of two fine educators in the Spokane public system and their family members. Former retired colleagues from many academic disciplines joined in.

In 1954, Rosie, the female part of the celebration was Lilac Queen for the Lilac Festival sponsored by the Chamber of Commerce of Spokane. The other princess of her court and her husband and I received invitations.  

The Chamber outfitted the queen and her court with a beautiful wardrobe and it was our task to go to the small farming communities, to Seattle and Tacoma, to drum up attendance at the spring Lilac Festival. The event draws in huge crowds every year creating business for the retail stores, restaurants, and hotels. We, the Lilac Court, worked hard for the honor of representing our city and its business community. The festival proved to be a life-altering event for the three of us young high school girls. 

Rosie is undergoing a brutal series of chemo treatments for cancer, and this was her farewell to family and friends who came from Asia, Europe and all over the U.S. 

I spent all my time in conversations and took no photos. Here is a stock photo of our cruise ship, the Kootenai on Lake Coeur d'Alene

Comment by Qiana-Maieev on July 30, 2016 at 4:42pm

The cruise around the lake seems like a beautiful way to relax & enjoy great company.

Comment by Ian Mason on July 30, 2016 at 3:50pm

Have a good trip, Joan. I think a lot of young people are disillusioned about the main political system. Perhaps some good will come of that. A new '68 perhaps.

Christopher Hitchens said that the best way to develop the '3rd world' was the empowerment of women. I don't know if that's true in the West, where women tend to take on the same personas as the men they replace.

Comment by Joan Denoo on July 30, 2016 at 2:20pm

I'm off to the cruise on Lake Coeur d'Alene and my time with those fresh young college people who don't like what is going on politically. They will not vote for the Dem or Rep candidates and are scattered about who they will choose.

Comment by Joan Denoo on July 30, 2016 at 2:04pm

That is good, Spud! I surely don't want to hurt your feelings.  I wanted to do a reality check with you. Thank you for responding so quickly. 

It is wonderful to have you back online from your home. I enjoy and learn from you, dear friend. 

Comment by Idaho Spud on July 30, 2016 at 1:36pm

I didn't notice any insult Joan.  Things are fine.

Comment by Joan Denoo on July 30, 2016 at 1:30pm

Spud, I should have known you already did all the things you could do to solve the player problem. I didn't mean to insult you when I gave my suggestions. I am happy to learn that you did what you could. 

Comment by Joan Denoo on July 30, 2016 at 1:19pm

Ian, you are so right about Thatcher! We need any more of that ilk. But then, we don't need any more Reagans.

I was thinking of some of our traditional black women who not only had to fight slavery; many had dominating husbands. I suppose that is why the black women I knew and worked with were exceptionally bright and confrontational. They took an effective leadership role in their families and work; they were exceptionally well-trained teachers. 

Native American women often reveal excellent leadership qualities. One woman in Spokane said the Indian men didn't stand up to the challenges and lead their people. They took on leadership roles in the tribe, created an outstanding alcohol and drug treatment center that even white go and are helped. It isn't the "Let go, let god" crowd. The women required personal responsibility. They had a lower recidivism rate than other alcohol treatment programs. 

I just have a hunch there is a woman leader in the pipeline of women who are rising in politics, and she may be black or of either Indian heritage, or Asian culture. 

We need to start training our sons and daughters to assume leadership roles. My son Craig has two young sons. They are going to be effective leaders because of their home and school environment. 

The hosts of last night's dinner and today's cruise are both retired teachers. They trained their kids to be leaders. I met them last night and their families. What an incredible family! 

We have to stop doing what we are doing with our kids and start raising them to be adults. Too many kids learn how to be adult kids. We don't need any more kids. 

 

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