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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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Surreal, I haz it

Started by Ruth Anthony-Gardner. Last reply by Grinning Cat yesterday. 99 Replies

Surreal, not just found in art.Continue

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A Powerful Message from an old wise teacher :

Started by Joan Denoo. Last reply by Plinius Sep 28. 8 Replies

I received a gift this morning from a virtual friend, Pamela Smith:A Powerful Message from an old wise teacher :" One day an old wise teacher was walking through a village. A very angry and rude young man came up and began insulting him. "You have…Continue

Speak English? YOU FIRST! (Betty Bowers)

Started by Loren Miller. Last reply by Donald R Barbera Sep 27. 5 Replies

Honestly, the title to this piece is badly under-representative of the content.  To be far more accurate, what we have here is Mrs. Betty Bowers, America's Best Christian, going on a rant.  Before you say it ... Say WHAAAA?  Betty Bowers ranting? …Continue

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10 Things About Patriotism (Betty Bowers)

Started by Loren Miller. Last reply by Plinius Sep 26. 2 Replies

It seems as though lately, Mrs. Betty Bowers, America's Best Christian, is evolving into America's Best Patriot.  She has recently been taking some fairly well-aimed shots at a certain Orange Nightmare and his sycophantic hangers-on, regarding the…Continue

Tags: patriotism, Donald Trump, America's Best Christian, Betty Bowers

A Prayer for Our Nation (Betty Bowers)

Started by Loren Miller. Last reply by Ruth Anthony-Gardner Sep 21. 2 Replies

I'm going to keep this one short and sweet.  Mrs. Betty Bowers, America's Best Christian, has seen what is going on with the current occupant of the Oval Office, and my impression is that she is not at all happy with it.  True to her citizenship,…Continue

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Any Babymetal Fans Here?

Started by Bruce Carroll. Last reply by Idaho Spud Sep 12. 5 Replies

Any Babymetal fans here besides me? I have to ask because 1) I really like Babymetal and 2) Babymetal unknowingly played a role in my journey out of religion.For those who are unfamiliar with Babymetal, here is a link to one of their most popular…Continue

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Comment by Joan Denoo on January 7, 2013 at 8:36pm

Thanks Frank-Vicky Giannangelo

Comment by Joan Denoo on January 7, 2013 at 8:13pm

“The aim of art is to represent not the outward appearance of things, but their inward significance.” ~ Aristotle via Phil Rockstroh

Comment by Joan Denoo on January 7, 2013 at 7:04pm
Ruth, you are braver than I. Any thought of re-marriage puts me into a state of deep depression that is hard to climb out. Your second marriage works for you, and I assume, for him as well. Good job. A hat-tip to you both.
Comment by Ruth Anthony-Gardner on January 7, 2013 at 6:53pm

The fox is my favorite, Joan. Thanks for sharing the NatGo pics.

Thanks for your heartfelt account, sk8eycat. I feel as if I know you better. I've often been in love, but I'm lucky to have found a lot of much nicer guys. And smart enough to give back the engagement rings of the first two prospects, when their true nature showed through. Never regretted those decisions. My second husband has been the real keeper.

Comment by Joan Denoo on January 7, 2013 at 6:45pm
Comment by sk8eycat on January 7, 2013 at 6:35pm

Back to the discussion about love and hate, this is what one of my heroes, Robert A. Heinlein had to say about love (in several books): "Love is that condition in which the happiness of another person is essential to your own..."

I'm not sure if I've ever felt that emotion, except for my parents...particularly when they were having so many medical problems the last few years of their lives.  And for all the many cats I've lived with during my life, of course.  I don't think I was ever "in love" with anybody...at least all the men I thought I was in love with turned out to be controlling rotters, and I ended up dumping each one.  Most of the men I care about deeply, and have for years, are gay.  They have been the best, most caring friends I've ever had. It didn't matter that I couldn't go to bed with them (well....some I did ... nice friendly cuddling). It's the mutual warmth and genuine affection that matters to me.

Obviously I've never had children, so I have no idea what that feels like.  I suppose my pets have been my "children," and I would seriously damage anyone who harmed any of them....or any so-called human who purposely harmed any animal.  (I've seen an ASPCA commercial many times in the last 3 weeks that made me cry so much I had to change the channel briefly...the "You Are So Beautiful..." one....with quick cuts of abandoned dogs and cats in cages.  Damn!  I'm crying right now, just thinking about it!)

Abandonment of children or pets ought to carry much more severe penalties than it does.

Okay.  Okay.  I do have abandonment "issues."  My dad "abandoned" me an my sister for 10 years...not by leaving home physically, but by escaping down the neck of a vodka bottle.....starting when I was 10 and my sister was 5.  There were times when I wanted to kill him, and it's a good thing we didn't have a gun in the house, or I might have taken a shot at him.  He wasn't violent or abusive in any way, he just wasn't "here."

Okay.  I'll shut up now.

OH!  I forgot!  I LOVE "This walk is over"!  I have never seen a dog do that before....just cats.  A LOT of cats.

Comment by Joan Denoo on January 7, 2013 at 5:37pm
http://www.theatlantic.com/infocus/2013/01/winners-of-the-national-...
"Viewers' Choice for Nature: Tender Moment - Everyday in Mara starts with something new and different and day ends with memorable experiences with spectacular photographs. I was very lucky to sight and photograph Malaika, the name of this female Cheetah, and her cub. She is well known for her habit of jumping on vehicles. She learned that from her mother Kike, and Kike from her mother Amber. Like her mother she is teaching lessons to her cub. This is a tender moment between Malaika and her cub. I was very lucky to capture that moment. (© Sanjeev Bhor/National Geographic Photo Contest)"
Comment by Joan Denoo on January 7, 2013 at 5:27pm
http://www.theatlantic.com/infocus/2013/01/winners-of-the-national-...
"Grand-Prize Winner: The Explosion! The subject's name is Busaba, a well cared for Indochinese Tigress whose home is at Khao Kheow Open Zoo, Thailand. I had taken many portraits of Busaba previously and it was becoming more and more difficult to come up with an image that appeared any different to the others. Which is why I took to observing her more carefully during my visits in the hope of capturing something of a behavioral shot. The opportunity finally presented itself while watching Busaba enjoying her private pool then shaking herself dry. In all humility I have to say that Mother Nature smiled favorably on me that day! (© Ashley Vincent/National Geographic Photo Contest)"
Comment by John Lynch on January 7, 2013 at 4:45pm

Yes to all those question Joan. I would be willing to bet a few pesos he is wrong.

Comment by Joan Denoo on January 7, 2013 at 3:55pm

John Lynch,

http://www.standingforgod.com/2010/10/the-ministry-of-angels-end-ti...

looks like an interesting sci-fi read. I wonder if anyone asked the good man Dr. David Reagan what evidence does he have to support his claim? Does he believe all the things he reads in the scriptures? Are they worthy of believing? Is it possible that the end times will occur for homo sapiens when we create such a mess of Earth's fragile atmosphere all living things will die and it will take billions and billions of years to get back what we so blatantly wasted? Is it possible the scriptures are just myths told by Bronze Age tribal people to provide a story to explain things about nature they didn't understand? Could it be that religions offer outdated, outmoded, useless information unless one reads it for recreation or to pass time? What if he is wrong?

Sounds like a good source for Chris to answer his question. 

 

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