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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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The Whole Bible in 30 Seconds (Betty Bowers)

Started by Loren Miller. Last reply by Qiana-Maieev 16 hours ago. 2 Replies

Ever decide that you wanted to read the whole bible, cover to cover, only to realize half-way through Deuteronomy that the darn thing is industrial-strength BORING?!?  Well, never fear!  America's Best Christian, Betty Bowers, has done the Cliff's…Continue

Tags: bible, America's Best Christian, Betty Bowers

Are You a Patriot? (Betty Bowers)

Started by Loren Miller. Last reply by Chris G yesterday. 22 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 Aug 25. 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 Aug 21. 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

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Comment by Steph S. on August 26, 2012 at 10:34pm

Oh I love that cute LOLcat Ruth! Thanks and everyone sleep well tonight.

Comment by Ruth Anthony-Gardner on August 26, 2012 at 10:23pm

Happy thoughts as you drift off to sleep tonight.

Comment by Steph S. on August 26, 2012 at 6:06pm
Joan I am enjoying your posts and I love the cartoon and your tomato picture.
You are right that no one can define you - even though they want to pigeon hole you into a category or label - you are you and unique!
I know I am not like anyone else. And it is my responsibility to define myself. No one else can define me - but me.
You are right those bigots are hateful to other people and act like they know everything. They are just puppets!
Wonderful words Joan!
Comment by Ian Mason on August 26, 2012 at 5:21pm

Thanks for those posts, Joan. I think you're right about those people who are so damn sure they "know" all the answers. Their thinking has become part of the "fossil record" of human society.

The CRS pic is great and I am stealing it. You've even given instructions how to.

Comment by Joan Denoo on August 26, 2012 at 3:42pm

My response to a newly "come out of the closet homosexual:"

you take on two very formidable foes, religion and gender orientation. Expect a rough ride! People who hate people who are different seem to love their "god" whatever that is.

You are on a track that holds great promise for humanity and the Earth. Have you noticed how people with such strong hate-values also do terrible things to other people and to the planet? They feel entitled! They "know " the right answer and seem unable to consider other options. 
Living in the answer means being a puppet to some ideology. 
Living in the questions means looking, asking, inquiring, exploring, experimenting,, being, doing, belonging, thinking and participating. There is no one who can define you. That is your job. You are the scion of a long line of successfully reproducing parents with living children. You are part of that long line and it is your responsibility to define yourself to the world.

Please let me know if you disagree with my statement and why.

Comment by Joan Denoo on August 26, 2012 at 2:34pm

Red Brandywine tomatos can bear fruit up to 1.5 lbs (0.7 kg), requiring 80 to 100 days to reach maturity, making it among the slowest maturing varieties of common tomato cultivars. I am unable to grow it in Spokane without early and late season protection. I shall try again next year.

Comment by Joan Denoo on August 26, 2012 at 2:09pm

" incipient CRS (Can't Remember Shit). " Oh yes, I know the feeling.
via Emmette Hutto

Comment by Joan Denoo on August 25, 2012 at 10:19pm

sk8eycat, that is a wonderful water fountain. They must feel like royal cats!

Comment by Joan Denoo on August 25, 2012 at 10:17pm

sk8eycat, I don't know how other computers work,

first, I place the curser where I want the photo to be placed; 

then I go to the top row of features and pick "Image".

It brings up an "Add Image" and

select from computer photos,

or copy and paste the "URL" in "choose file".

Then select the "layout" you prefer.

I usually size mine to 300 "width";

press "OK".

If that doesn't work, sorry. 


Comment by Ian Mason on August 25, 2012 at 5:01pm

Saddened too by the loss of Niel Armstrong. The "space race" was a big part of my childhood in the 60s and the leading figures were my boyhood heroes. The world feels a little older and bleaker this evening.

 

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