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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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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 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.

Comment by Joan Denoo on November 16, 2016 at 9:51pm

Daniel, Your words do comfort me. I am not turning my back on memories of the past even as I build new memories of the future. 

Ruth, Yes! To all you say. The funk does remain, kind of like the smell of a forest fire as wind blows away the clouds. 

To both of you, I join you in a blackout of politics, at least for a while. There have been times in the past when it was fun and exciting. This whole election leaves bitter taste of ashes in my mouth. 

Comment by Ruth Anthony-Gardner on November 16, 2016 at 9:28pm

Joan, I liked this new imperative the best.

"Crucify myself daily in imitation of the crucified christ," to Fuck you!

My thought for today is a quote:

The real contest isn’t between Democrats and Republicans or Clinton and Trump, but between “human beings and physics,” and physics “is not prone to compromise.”

Bill McKibben

I'm still in a funk, wearing black. Mildly depressed and angry at the cheating, bigotry, and willful ignorance in the US.

image source (text mine)

Comment by Daniel W on November 16, 2016 at 8:21pm

Joan, I know you have been feeling the pain.  I wish I could say something that could help.  In my work I've known many parents in the same kind of situation.  Everyone is an individual, but for most eventually it becomes more livable.  Time may not heal, but it helpss.

What you propose as your purpose sounds perfect to me.

That poem is very beautiful.

I am continuing to avoid politics by whatever means possible.  I wish I could put a filter on my computer so that anything that appears with a certain name, will not show up.  I did see once, someone had a way to do word replacements so that, for example, if you did not want to see the word GW Bush, you could make your couputer replace it with Elmer Fudd.  But I don't want even that!

 

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