Hang With Friends

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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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Guns: Both Sides Now (Betty Bowers)

Started by Loren Miller. Last reply by Grinning Cat on Wednesday. 2 Replies

Oh, NO!  The gun debate has gotten so heated that it has Betty Bowers, America's Best Christian, TALKING TO HERSELF!  Apparently, one of her has had a stroke or a serious breakdown in cognitive skills, as she does little more than parrot the NRA's…Continue

Tags: NRA, guns, America's Best Christian, Betty Bowers

the value of offence | qualiasoup & theramintrees

Started by Loren Miller. Last reply by Patricia Mar 3. 3 Replies

To me, this is a big deal (though it may not be to them): two great YouTube video producers have joined forces to deliver one very powerful message on an important subject.  TheraminTrees and QualiaSoup (brothers, I believe) have recently released a…Continue

Tags: offence, offense, QualiaSoup, TheraminTrees

The myth of religions

Started by Joan Denoo. Last reply by Joan Denoo Feb 16. 3 Replies

The creation myth of civilizations instructs men to dominate, to conquer, to go forth and multiply. No reasonable person would pay attention to such a god. No hunter-gatherer receives such a senseless message from wise elders.However, that idea…Continue

Tags: masculine, violation, imperative, go forth and multiply,, conquest

Winter Driving, Preparing for the worst

Started by Joan Denoo. Last reply by Joan Denoo Feb 1. 2 Replies

Now that we enter the time the Celtics called Imbolc, a pagan celebration of the beginning of spring and season of new life, I ran across this video on preparing for winter driving. It offers reasons for each thing he puts in his vehicles to be safe…Continue

Tags: prepare, driving, winter

A Powerful Message from an old wise teacher :

Started by Joan Denoo. Last reply by Chris Dec 26, 2017. 10 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

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Comment by Thomas Murray on August 31, 2017 at 12:37pm


I haven't been there but always wanted to go camping there. We're gonna try this Oct to go camping in Vt or ?... anyplace you suggest?

Comment by The Flying Atheist on August 31, 2017 at 12:08pm

Thomas, I can attest to that.  I had a road trip vacation that took us through western and upstate New York and into New England;  Vermont, New Hampshire, Maine and then to Boston.  This was in early October back in the 90's.  That's a beautiful time of year to be there.  And up until then, I never realized how beautiful New York state is, especially the Finger Lakes region.  

Comment by The Flying Atheist on August 31, 2017 at 11:56am

Patricia, I'm feeling well.  I just have my physical limitations.

Comment by Thomas Murray on August 31, 2017 at 11:53am


I see that during the months of October and November New England is carpeted with gold.

Comment by Idaho Spud on August 31, 2017 at 8:33am

Patricia, the extent of your fires and smoke is amazing.  Fires here pale in comparison.  For quite a ways around Pocatello, most of the material that can burn is sagebrush, and not a whole lot of that.

You have to drive a long ways to get into pine forest areas like you have.  I just found-out that the large amount of dead trees because of beetle infestation is one of the causes of your fires, as well as timber harvesters bad fire management policies creating very dense stands of pines.

Comment by Ian Mason on August 31, 2017 at 1:03am

That sounds like a possibility, Carl. Or perhaps a music-oriented tour with Chicago/Memphis/New Orleans. Only 16 months until I can take early retirement and travel as I like.

Comment by Plinius on August 30, 2017 at 11:51pm

Busy here this morning! Glad to see Patricia back! And I love the Appleman poem!

Comment by Patricia on August 30, 2017 at 10:33pm

Thanks, Carl. However.....we are not to unpack, just in case the winds change or we get more lightning starts.

How are you feeling by the way?

Comment by The Flying Atheist on August 30, 2017 at 10:13pm

Patricia, I'm glad you and your husband (and home) are safe.  

Comment by The Flying Atheist on August 30, 2017 at 10:10pm

Ian, New England is a really beautiful part of the country and is loaded with so much interesting history.  I can imagine a literary-based adventure would be quite fun. 

Boston is considered the "hub" of New England and is a 2-hour flight from Chicago. 


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