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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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Goodwill to Few Men (Betty Bowers)

Started by Loren Miller. Last reply by Donald R Barbera Jul 23. 3 Replies

Think Goodwill Industries does well by the poor?  Fact is, they do WAY BETTER for themselves, to the point where America's Best Christian, Betty Bowers, thinks they're ripping off the christian playbook a bit too well!  Have a look for yourself:…Continue

Tags: ripoff, Goodwill Industries, America's Best Christian, Betty Bowers

Your favorite photobombs?

Started by Ruth Anthony-Gardner. Last reply by Plinius Jul 10. 12 Replies

Running of the bulls photobomb.Continue

losing faith (TheraminTrees)

Started by Loren Miller Jul 5. 0 Replies

TheraminTrees has recently begun producing a new series of YouTube videos, which added to a wonderful library of earlier observations regarding his experience of religion. Good as all those pieces are, I personally think they pale against this…Continue

Tags: story, history, faith, TheraminTrees

Betty Explains Religious Freedom (Betty Bowers)

Started by Loren Miller. Last reply by Ruth Anthony-Gardner Jul 3. 10 Replies

Well, considering all the RFRA bills popping up all over the United States, plus all the fun and games ISIS is bringing to the good folks in Syria and Iraq, Betty Bowers, the epitome of well-dressed christianity, has decided to clarify the true…Continue

Tags: persecution, ISIS, Religious Freedom, America's Best Christian, Betty Bowers

Surreal, I haz it

Started by Ruth Anthony-Gardner. Last reply by Ruth Anthony-Gardner May 6. 82 Replies

Surreal, not just found in art.Continue

Tags: surreal

Let's not define ourselves or others by our worst behaviors

Started by Ruth Anthony-Gardner. Last reply by Dominique Lutz Apr 16. 6 Replies

My take on the recent melt down at Hang With Friends, of which I missed part, is that some of us were tripped up by a habit of thought. It's something we learn growing up, and use without realizing how much pain it can generate -  failing to…Continue

Tags: dispute at Hang With Friends

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Comment by Joan Denoo on December 24, 2014 at 3:19am

Ian, wonderful cartoon! 

Comment by Joan Denoo on December 24, 2014 at 3:17am

I'm having a most delightful visit with Laura and Larry. They worked all day each day so far and I enjoy cooking dinner each night and preparing mid-day snacks to keep their strength up. They enjoy my cooking ... thankfully. 

I spent an afternoon with my five great-grandkids. Their mother works for Laura and so I had them all to myself. When dinner time came, each one, from six years old to 16 had their assigned chores in getting the meal ready and they performed like real troopers. 

One of the boys, ten year old Austin, has a learning disability. I was dumbfounded at his abilities at building things out of magnet parts. He built a bridge, igloo, houses of different shapes. I will send photos of them later. He has unusual math abilities as well. I told his Mom and Dad, they need not worry about him. If he has good teachers, he will surprise everyone with his abilities. They don't need to be so anxious about him. Their other kids have very high grades and all participate in sports. Especially the 12 year old girl. She lives for sports. The six year old learns many things from his older siblings, appearing advanced for his age. His language skills will take him a long way. The 16 year old is a junior volunteer fire fighter, taking courses in forest management and gets college credits for his involvement and courses. The ten year old has a free spirit and I suspect he has some musical talent. He enjoys rhythms. He and I like to go into the woods and beat patterns on fallen logs and upright trees. He is quite good. 

My four month old great-granddaughter will be with us tomorrow. I guess you know I am looking forward to time with her. 

The Winter Solstice log burn will take place later in the week because of conflicting schedules when we will all be able to attend.

I'm just kind of giddy with all the playtime for myself and the kiddos.  

I hope each one of you have great fun, build happy memories, have good health and celebrate the Turning of the Yearly Wheel. 

Comment by Ian Mason on December 24, 2014 at 3:07am

Bon appetit, Felaine. Unexpected suprises like that are lovely and you deserve a treat.

A little "reality" for the season:

Comment by sk8eycat on December 24, 2014 at 2:42am

If I were 40 years younger, I'd grab Mike Wilson and run for Vegas in a "New York minute!"  He's kind, smart, adorable, and divorced.....   The kind of man I looked for all my life and never found.

Comment by Joan Denoo on December 24, 2014 at 2:40am

Felaine, a very moving story of your blind cat, Mr Devil and your Dad's passing. I have not heard of hydrostatic shock from jumping from great heights. I suppose Mr Devil jumped a lot, or was it a few terrible jumps? Dreadful to watch a cat become disabled in that way. 

Comment by Joan Denoo on December 24, 2014 at 2:32am

Felaine, I am so very pleased you received this gift from your real estate agent! Your great spirit shines so brightly, others want to share with you.

I cry with you in pure joy at the care and compassion of those around us.  

Comment by Joan Denoo on December 24, 2014 at 2:23am

Loren, I like the Herb Alpert's Let it Snow. A great winter song. I've enjoyed everything you share with us. 

Comment by Joan Denoo on December 24, 2014 at 2:18am

Carl, I enjoy the Kronos String Quartet, Songs From Liquid Days, and saved it. 

I like the photo of you in 1983. You must have very special memories of your musical years, too. 

I couldn't remember which sax you played and the piece I selected had them all. How could I miss! 

Comment by Plinius on December 24, 2014 at 1:19am

You are busy! Writing four pages while I sleep!

I'm so glad you got food, Felaine! And I love the unsugared cartoon, Carl!

Comment by The Flying Atheist on December 23, 2014 at 7:18pm

Good timing on that post, Loren.  Chicago is under a winter storm watch for tomorrow.  Thundersnow with thunder and lightning has also been predicted.  I remember the first time experiencing that as a kid.  It's quite bizarre to hear and see lightning flashes during a blizzard.  Concrete details of tomorrow's expected storm are quite evasive.  Anywhere from 2 to 7 inches of snow, if any.         

BTW, I'm a huge Herb Alpert/Tijuana Brass fan. 

 

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