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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 on Friday. 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

Tags: prayer, Donald Trump, Oval Office, America's Best Christian, Betty Bowers

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 Ruth Anthony-Gardner on March 19, 2017 at 3:25pm

Chris, thanks for the article on Pence. I agree that we're on the brink of what will pretend to be God-led government, but will be a fascist corporatist police state.

Comment by Joan Denoo on March 19, 2017 at 3:09pm

Thank you Berthold for the links to The Secular Web

I did not know about this resource. They go into my Reading List to read after I get back from the greenhouse. 

Comment by Joan Denoo on March 19, 2017 at 3:05pm

Chris, thanks for the link to  Mike Pence Will Be the Most Powerful Christian Supremacist in U.S. ...  I've bookmarked it to read after I return from the greenhouse. 

Comment by Bertold Brautigan on March 19, 2017 at 2:38pm

Thanks to my old college friend, I just found out about this  treasure trove of atheistic writing from The Secular Web. It's conveniently divided into a historical library [pre-1970] and a modern library. Did any of you guys know about this? Fabulous collection of thoughts from the likes of Ingersoll, Einistein and a host of others.

Comment by Plinius on March 17, 2017 at 2:58am

You're right, Ian, and it has been going on a long time. The socialist red bled colour until it was hardly pinkish and collapsed completely this time. How is the political balance in Denmark?

Comment by Chris on March 17, 2017 at 2:41am

Chet Baker and Paul Desmond are great musicians. My Uncle is a retired Trumpet Player for the U.S. Army Jazz band.  Chet Baker was one of his favorite Trumpeters.

My Uncles wife is Dutch. When they went to the Netherlands my Uncle made a pilgramige to the hotel Chet died which may have been a reason he wanted to go to the Netherlands.

Randall, could you have purchased the albums online and made your own CD for less than the cost of the CD's and shipping?

I saw that old telephone booths are being used as free book exchanges. Great idea.

Some Republicans in U.S. congress with Trumps proposed changes to health are are asking why men should pay for womens health and prenatal care under health insurance and Planned Parenthood. Apparently, some Republicans believe in Immaculate conseption and men play no part, or responsability in pregnancy.

 Mike Pence Will Be the Most Powerful Christian Supremacist in U.S. ...

Behind him is Paul Ryan.

The best hope is for Democrats become the majority in the House and Senate. Until that happens, or enough Republicans get tired of tRump it's unlikely he will be impeached. 

Comment by Joan Denoo on March 16, 2017 at 3:25pm

"Social-Democrats" collapsed?! Oh dear, they held out hope for me and my country. Do we abandon Democrats or Socialists? 

Comment by Joan Denoo on March 16, 2017 at 3:23pm

Ian, I am grateful to you for breaking me out of Trump/Pence Rat Hole! 

Beautiful photos, the sea, the shore, even Mother Nature have songs to sing. 

Comment by Joan Denoo on March 16, 2017 at 3:17pm

Tom, "Trump's sanity is in question. Pence's isn't."

No, Pence's character is in question. 

Comment by Joan Denoo on March 16, 2017 at 3:15pm

Pence:

* Pence positioned himself as a principled ideologue,

* supporter of the Tea Party movement; the movement

* opposes government-sponsored universal healthcare

* is a mixture of libertarian, populist, and conservative activism.

* The American Enterprise Institute, polls in 2013 estimate that slightly over 10 percent of Americans identify as part of the movement.

Pence:

* "a Christian, a conservative, and a Republican, in that order."

* initiated the largest tax cut in Indiana's history, 

* pushed for more funding for education initiatives, 

* continued to increase the state's budget surplus. 

* restrict abortions, including ones that prohibited abortions if the reason for the procedure was the fetus's race, gender, or disability. 

* signed Religious Freedom Restoration Act, for the U.S. state of Indiana, which allows individuals and companies to assert that their exercise of religion has been, or is likely to be, substantially burdened as a defense in legal proceedings. 

* encountered fierce resistance from moderate members of his party, the business community, and LGBTQ 

* signed an amendment intended to protect LGBT people.

I can support Pence's push for funding education initiative; a surplus in the budget is always nice. 

I cannot support an individual for public office who claims to be a "principled ideologue of his description, and who opposes government-sponsored universal healthcare, is a libertarian a conservative, and a christian who restricts abortions, or who interferes with an individual's religion. I oppose hiring limits because of race, gender, or religion. 

Let me be more specific, health care is a right of a citizen and not whether he or she has a job or not. Homemakers need protection, as do stay at home dads. Children, the elderly, and the disabled also need health care. UNIVERSAL health care for all citizens.   

The pool of members of health care needs to include those who need medical care and those who are healthy. OH! I can hear it now, the healthy yelping at having to pay for unhealthy people's health care. Access to health care is a right. 

 

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