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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.

Nobody here is into mind games. A discussion started with a loaded guilt-throwing question will be deleted.

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bending truth, or "We Can All Be Manipulated" (TheraminTrees)

Started by Loren Miller. Last reply by Compelledunbeliever on Tuesday. 37 Replies

The following is one of TheraminTrees' most thorough-going pieces, wherein he looks at the process and techniques whereby a "religious" organization (which will sound VERY familiar to most of us, once introductions are made!) takes a person who…Continue

Tags: indoctrination, truth, manipulation, TheraminTrees

punishing doubt (TheraminTrees)

Started by Loren Miller Sep 6. 0 Replies

If you are associated with religion and especially a fundamentalist religion, doubt is intolerable.  Certainty, however it may be achieved or imposed, becomes a necessary element, especially considering the utter dearth of any form of evidence or…Continue

Tags: religion, TheraminTrees, punish, doubt

We Don't Want Your (Atheist) Money! (The Thinking Atheist)

Started by Loren Miller. Last reply by Idaho Spud Sep 2. 17 Replies

I suppose I've heard stories like this before:Conscientious atheist donates money to worthy cause.Worthy cause initially accepts money.Worthy cause discovers source of donation.Worthy cause rejects donation.Swell, eh?  Well Matt Willbourne of…Continue

Tags: American Baptist Churches Association, Murrow Indian Children's Home, The Thinking Atheist, Seth Andrews

The Whole Bible in 30 Seconds (Betty Bowers)

Started by Loren Miller. Last reply by Randy Hatly Sep 2. 3 Replies

Ever decide that you wanted to read the whole bible, cover to cover, only to realize half-way through Deuteronomy that the darn thing is industrial-strength BORING?!?  Well, never fear!  America's Best Christian, Betty Bowers, has done the Cliff's…Continue

Tags: bible, America's Best Christian, Betty Bowers

Are You a Patriot? (Betty Bowers)

Started by Loren Miller. Last reply by Chris G Aug 29. 22 Replies

You might think that Betty Bowers, America's Best Christian, would be stepping outside of her comfort zone in tackling the concept of patriotism.  As it turns out, not only does she have a proper handle on the term and its implications, she also…Continue

Tags: patriot, America's Best Christian, Betty Bowers

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Comment by Plinius on September 3, 2016 at 1:15pm
Comment by Plinius on September 3, 2016 at 1:13pm

but ugly!

Comment by Idaho Spud on September 3, 2016 at 12:41pm

Your flag is bright!  Hard to forget.

Comment by Idaho Spud on September 3, 2016 at 12:40pm

I couldn't picture how that looked until I checked with Wikipedia.

Comment by Plinius on September 3, 2016 at 12:20pm

Schiedam has wasp stripes.

Afbeeldingsresultaat voor schiedam vlag

Comment by Idaho Spud on September 3, 2016 at 10:50am

My cities' Flag was voted the ugliest in the USA, but there are some other cities that I would rate higher (lower?), like Grand Rapids MI, which looks like Ms. Pac-Man after a bender. http://gizmodo.com/are-these-the-ugliest-city-flags-on-earth-172826...

Comment by Idaho Spud on September 3, 2016 at 8:53am

It could be several months, perhaps even a couple of years before I was discovered.  I don't interact with any of my used-to-be Mormon friends, and there's very tittle interaction with my Mormon family anymore.  

Theres only one neighbor that I talk to, and not often at that.  It would take them several months to wonder.  In the summer, their first clue would be the plants in my garden dying.  If it was in the winter, they wouldn't become concerned until early summer.

My mailbox is huge and can't be looked in, so it would be several months before the mailman would experience a clogged box.

Comment by Plinius on September 3, 2016 at 8:37am

Then you'd better organize a fixed point in your day for a short contact so someone can press alarm buttons when you don't react.

Comment by Randall Smith on September 3, 2016 at 7:01am

I recently read about a woman who had died in her home in Michigan, but found 5 years after the fact! She had no family or friends evidently. Neighbors mowed her lawn (thinking she was job-related traveling). All her bills and deposits were done automatically. She was not missed.

I was thinking that could be me--maybe not for 5 years, but several months. In the winter, I often hunker down and could possibly disappear from radar. If I slipped in the bathtub and went into a coma, who would know? How long would it take to be discovered? Fortunately, I have a sister and daughter nearby that might wonder where I was. But, it is a concern for me.

I was thinking of Luara and Steph as well as Pat.

Comment by Randall Smith on September 2, 2016 at 7:48am

Carl, that video was fun--very entertaining! Jimmy was quite talented.

Joan, in my genealogy work, tracing Smith ancestors has been a real challenge. Since my 3rd great grandfather came from Germany, I'm thinking he may have been a Schmidt (sp?) of some sort. He's where the line ends.

 

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