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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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Ignorance is Bliss: Why Religious People Seem Happier Than the 'Nones'”.

Started by Joan Denoo. Last reply by kathy: ky Aug 9. 4 Replies

“Highly Religious Volunteer More, Lie Less, and Claim to Be Happier”~ Houston Chronicle; “Strongly Religious People are Happier than Non-Religious”  ~ Christian Daily."The study determined that 40 percent of highly religious adults—defined as those…Continue

Tags: Nones, happiness, non-religiosity, religiosity, bliss

If you could rid the world of one thing, what would it be?

Started by Idaho Spud. Last reply by Jonathan Simeone Aug 5. 29 Replies

Today, I heard Seth Andrews talk about the question, "If you could rid the world of one thing, what would it be?"  My first thought was religion, but after a few seconds I decided it would be irrational or anti-scientific thinking.  That would take…Continue

Tags: anti-scientific, irrational

The Bourne Again Identity (Mr. Deity)

Started by Loren Miller. Last reply by Loren Miller Aug 3. 3 Replies

There's a young man, unconscious, found tangled with the bushes which describe the edge of your property, late one evening.  Who is he?  Where did he come from?  These are the questions which confound Ward and Pam as they attempt to deal with a most…Continue

Tags: mystery, Bourne, Brian Dalton, Mr. Deity

Where The Buffalo Roam AGAIN - Allan Savory Institute

Started by Joan Denoo. Last reply by Daniel W Jul 31. 3 Replies

Where The Buffalo Roam AGAIN - Allan Savory InstituteI have followed the Justin Rhodes family for many months and each videa is unique. this one is about their adventures in Colorado, and…Continue

Tags: restore, water, soils, bison, Rhodes

Yasmine Mohammed - Confessions of an Ex-Muslim (The Thinking Atheist)

Started by Loren Miller. Last reply by Idaho Spud Jul 7. 6 Replies

Yasmine Mohammed is not your average ex-Muslim.  Not only did she get shut of Islam, she also managed to escape what was at one time the most notorious of radical Islamist organizations: Al Qaeda.  She has since documented the story of her apostasy…Continue

Tags: Islam, Al Qaeda, Yasmine Mohammed, The Thinking Atheist, Seth Andrews

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Comment by Idaho Spud on November 18, 2016 at 12:00pm

Daniel, I would be very bummed.  I never could understand laws that seem to be of no value. 

But I'm glad some positives will come from it.

Comment by Daniel W on November 18, 2016 at 10:07am

Next kitchen project in what feels like a never-ending kitchen upgrade of my own doing.  We had to have  a propane gas line installed for the nice new gas stove.  That meant county inspector came - always an unwelcome, bad surprise.  This time she said the new cabinets are 1" too close to the counter top.  ONE inch.  The gas stove spec states cabinets need to be 18" above the counter, ours are 17".  These are not above the stove, they are adjacent, but that is not acceptible. I have no idea why that matters but she wont sign off to let us get propane gas unless I fix it.  So.. I have to remove all of the the cabinets on that side of the kitchen, take down the very heavy exhaust hood.  Then tear drywall from soffits, remove the insulation, shorten the soffit framing by 1 1/2", maybe 2", to be safe.  Un-wire the undercabinet lights & remove them.  Backsplash then needs to be higher, so pull off the top row, which is shortened, replace with an unshortened row - find matching stone tile somewhere.  Then re-install everything that I uninstall.  Very bummed two days ago, but now it's just another adventure.  In the end, the appearance should be no different from now, just subtle increase in height of the cabinets over the counter.  Maybe the countertops will be slightly brighter with 2" of more light, & I will quit hitting my bald head on the range hood which will be 2 inches higher. 

I bought a couple of tools to make it go better, a hacksaw to cut nails from behind the drywall, and a flat sided chisel to attempt removing backsplash stone without damaging drywall, I hope.  Maybe 2 weeks?  4 weeks?  Well see! 

There is a certain satisfaction that comes from a do-it-yourself life. 

Comment by Daniel W on November 18, 2016 at 9:36am

Joan the beaver pond is beautiful!

Randy, I get opossoms fairly often.  During the late summer they hang out in the grape arbor where they compete with birds for grapes.  My woodshed is home to a family of feral cats with kittens, very cute.  They must be eating local moles and voles and rabbits, keeping the small rodent populations down.

Comment by Randall Smith on November 18, 2016 at 7:21am

I've only heard (not seen) Sandhill cranes fly over once so far this fall. They're waiting for a northerly wind which we haven't had. This weekend promises that occurance.

I accidentally found a pair of oppossums huddled in a trash can in my garage. They didn't appreciate being evacuated! No, I didn't kill them. And they'll be back, I'm sure. I have many nesting places, especially in my wood piles.

Have a good, cheery weekend, all.

Comment by Joan Denoo on November 18, 2016 at 12:31am

Spud, I'm glad you like the Homestead video; I do too. I feel much better today. Here is the link to to series

The Boss of the Swamp

I'm grateful for this group for helping me through the difficult day, yesterday.  The black cloud is gone. Thanks.

Comment by Idaho Spud on November 17, 2016 at 5:08pm

Joan, I like the Homestead Beaver Pond video.  

I see geese flying over my house all the time, and never tire of watching them.

Comment by Joan Denoo on November 17, 2016 at 11:58am

OOPPSS the geese were heading south. 

Comment by Joan Denoo on November 17, 2016 at 11:55am

Ian, thank you for your comforting words. Knowing you, too, suffer a loss of a son reminds me that I am not the only parent to experience such a heartache. 

Pollyanna appears to have disappeared, perhaps she will return one day. Let me see if I can discover some good news. 

I heard, then saw a flock of geese heading north yesterday while I walked in my garden. This fellow reminds me of all the wonders that abound and he, too, is grateful. My city lot that is now a food forest has many new inhabitants. It is full of wildlife. 

Comment by Randall Smith on November 17, 2016 at 6:46am

With all the crap going on in the world--U.S. politics in particular, I, too, am comforted by the comments of my A/N friends. It's good to know others have similar feelings.

Joan, that moon size comparison is "lovely"!!

Comment by Ian Mason on November 16, 2016 at 11:12pm

A lovely poem indeed. And I can only echo Daniel's words about a bereavement. I know that after my son died I could burst into tears over nothing for the first couple of months but as time passed, the pain diminished although the scar remains.

 

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