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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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Men who challenge men to stop violence

Started by Joan Denoo. Last reply by Idaho Spud Jan 9. 19 Replies

Many men join in the effort to reduce violence against women and children and other men. He speaks of the need to place responsibility on men instead of focusing on women to stop violence. He offers a breath of fresh air, as do so many of the men on…Continue

Ian, a beautiful New Years blessing.

Started by Joan Denoo. Last reply by Chris Jan 5. 7 Replies

Ian, for some reason, my comment would not "send" on Hang with Friends; perhaps it will here!Ian, a beautiful New Years blessing. It goes in my file. I especially like the thought of surprising myself. Laura made a special trip to my Spokane home to…Continue

degrading love — part two (TheraminTrees)

Started by Loren Miller Jan 1. 0 Replies

TheraminTrees set up religion with his left in Part One of his treatise on how religion demeans and degrades the value of love.  Here in Part Two, he brings in a devastating, "Mike Tyson" right, which negates and invalidates any claim that either…Continue

Tags: Christianity, Islam, TheraminTrees, god, love

The Ark Encounter: A Less than Grand Opening (The Thinking Atheist)

Started by Loren Miller. Last reply by Idaho Spud Dec 31, 2016. 27 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

Learning a Language as a Mature Adult

Started by Daniel W. Last reply by Idaho Spud Dec 14, 2016. 27 Replies

Trying to keep my mind exercised, and not interested in most of the reading materials that I can find.I decided to attempt to learn a language.  Actually, two.  The dilemma is, how do I do that without going to school - not an option - and without…Continue

What Annoys God Most? (Betty Bowers)

Started by Loren Miller. Last reply by Grinning Cat Dec 7, 2016. 10 Replies

Long story short, it's those near misses, the almost-but-not-quite, close but no cheroot moments, or, would you believe ... Near Death Experiences!  So what's the big deal?  Betty Bowers, America's BEST Christian and self-proclaimed expert on such…Continue

Tags: Near Death Experiences, America's Best Christian, Betty Bowers

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Comment by Joan Denoo on July 24, 2016 at 12:51am

Ruth, I get my news from the internet too, and I don't own a TV. 

Spud, I used to not eat as many salads as I do now. The difference is I make my salad dressings from scratch using a simple oil and vinegar dressing and lots of herb from my garden. I won't hit you "across the head & shoulders with a wet noodle : )" I do offer the idea. Oh, by the way, I am slowly cleaning the three years of neglect of my garden and I pulled a heaping wheelbarrow full of dill plants. They went into the compost. I thought of you as I pulled them out, remembering your photo of your dill patch. 

Comment by Joan Denoo on July 24, 2016 at 12:41am

Nicholas Kristof: Government vs. the people

“In the United States, our findings indicate, the majority does not rule. Majorities of the American public actually have little influence over the policies our government adopts.”

~ Martin Gilens of Princeton University and Benjamin I. Page of Northwestern University found that in policymaking, views of ordinary citizens essentially don't matter. 

My two favorite cartoons on this subject:

Comment by Joan Denoo on July 24, 2016 at 12:18am

Ian, first of all, I like your avatar, you look smashing! 

When I was in Europe in the 1980s, the benefits in the Scandinavian countries were so generous, and people in Spokane could not believe the safety net your country provided for all its citizens. I am so very sorry to learn that those benefits eroded and continued to erode to the present. 

That tells me that oil when drawn out of oil deposits, whether on land or at sea, created great wealth and it was shared with the citizens. 

We know there will not be the wealth of oil for very much longer, and we have to make adjustments, but I do not think the working class is the one that has to lose benefits. 

For an individual to have extreme wealth may do good things for the receiver, in the short term. In the long run, a society that allows an extreme gap in wealth between rich and poor to develop has only weak and unsustainable results. The young, the elderly, and the infirm need to have goods and services to survive. If the family can't provide then society has to carry the expense. 

Comment by Plinius on July 23, 2016 at 11:39pm

Another reason never to go to Kuwait! Can you survive at 54C?

Comment by Ruth Anthony-Gardner on July 23, 2016 at 11:11pm

Thanks, Randall, for reading my environment news. Joan, I much prefer getting news on the internet over other forms. I can focus on science and other topics of interest, without wasting time on crap like celebrities or trivia. I've come to appreciate having you guys to share bits of news I find particularly interesting.

Good point about avoiding unwanted attention with your real name, Plinius.

Heat index of 106°/ k.h. ky! Well, at least you don't live in Kuwait, where they just set a new record. Kuwait swelters in record-breaking 54C heat - the highest temperatu...

Comment by k.h. ky on July 23, 2016 at 12:32pm
Chris, I did the same.
Comment by Plinius on July 23, 2016 at 12:49am

Joan and Spud, there are so many people who are called Chris, I feel that my first name is safe enough. I just don't want you to use my family name. If you google your own first name and family name you can see how much you stand out. I tried that after some unpleasant attention, so I changed my name.

Comment by k.h. ky on July 22, 2016 at 6:30pm
Hot but overcast all day. Heat index 106. Humidity to match. Like Carl I prefer cold weather.
Comment by Randall Smith on July 22, 2016 at 8:46am

Several things: Joan, it's the opposite--AC prevents mold (dries the air). Carl, that was a fun video! My mother's diary often mentions how hot it was. And my parents never forgot the record breaking heat waves and dust storms of the mid 1930's.  

Spud, it's great you're back with us on a regular basis. I always enjoy your input. And the same to Chris--often different perspectives from across the pond.

And for environmental issues, we can depend on Ruth to keep us informed. Thank you.

And now that the Republican convention is over, I can turn the television back on!

Comment by Idaho Spud on July 22, 2016 at 7:56am

Plinius, for some time, I've wanted to ask you the same question that Joan asked you an hour ago.  I've started calling you Plinius in case calling you something else does expose you to the unkind ones.

 

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