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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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Bible Belt Atheist (New York Times)

Started by Loren Miller yesterday. 0 Replies

The following showed up in my YouTube feed this morning, and I decided to have a look.  Turns out, the New York Times has given us a reasonably even-handed look at a good friend of ours, being one Jerry DeWitt, former bible-thumper and now a pretty…Continue

Tags: Bible Belt, atheist, Jerry DeWitt

How would you respond?

Started by Christina Scribner. Last reply by Christina Scribner Apr 10. 5 Replies

So, this morning, I was at my local coffee shop as I am most weekdays between bus runs. I do the editing on my husband's books so I had my laptop with me. My wallpaper is a picture I found online sometime back of a double helix with the word atheist…Continue

The Fake Christian Busybody Show (Andrew Bradley)

Started by Loren Miller. Last reply by Plinius Apr 9. 1 Reply

It seems as though there was a Gay Pride parade in some town somewhere and a Christian commentator, herein known as The Activist Mommy, apparently got her panties so in a bunch about it that she had to fire up her video camera and record a…Continue

Tags: gay, pride, The Activist Mommy, Andrew Bradley, America's Best Christian

America Held Hostage: Day 436 (MisterDeity)

Started by Loren Miller. Last reply by Ruth Anthony-Gardner Apr 9. 1 Reply

Now that Sinclair Broadcasting has stated their position regarding fake news and its threat to our democracy, Mister Deity's Brian Dalton has decided to throw his $0.02 worth in as well ... though I don't quite think his presentation was really what…Continue

Tags: fake news, Deity, Mister, Broadcasting, Sinclair

Guns: Both Sides Now (Betty Bowers)

Started by Loren Miller. Last reply by Christina Scribner Apr 3. 3 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

how dogma pollutes discourse (qualiasoup & theramintrees)

Started by Loren Miller Apr 3. 0 Replies

"The Lord is our God; the Lord is One." "I am the Way, the Truth, and the Life; no one comes to the Father, but by Me." "There is no god but Allah, and Mohamed is his prophet." Assertions, taught as fact, but without any form of corroborative…Continue

Tags: dogma, QualiaSoup, TheraminTrees

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Comment by Randall Smith on August 3, 2017 at 6:35am

Life is good! I love my new, fast, computer and printer. Add to that, a new lawn tractor (Cub Cadet). And no, I'm not buying a new vehicle. Don't want to get carried away.

Comment by Bertold Brautigan on July 31, 2017 at 8:39pm

Joan - wonderful story. What a great dad!

Comment by Ruth Anthony-Gardner on July 31, 2017 at 8:12pm

Zeebrugge and Brugge look gorgeous. But they appear as vulnerable to sea level rise as Miami. Thanks for sharing the happy memories.

Comment by Thomas Murray on July 31, 2017 at 8:02pm

Joan,

That IS an exiting graduation gift.... what a lucky guy! ...and a great father too.

Comment by Joan Denoo on July 31, 2017 at 6:38pm

I have a mentor who gave his high school graduating son a one-way ticket to the other side of the world and told him to find his way home. My friend knew his son could trade in the ticket for cash, but the kid used the ticket, went to China via Europe and then returned on the train that runs the Silk Road. The youngster returned a man, he decided he wanted to be professional, graduated in business and started is own business. 

What a way to let go!

Comment by Joan Denoo on July 31, 2017 at 4:20pm

Ian, your phots cames through beautifully! I'm so glad that our friends can see what we have seen. 

Chris, the photos of Solvang and Brugge probably do look familiar to you. I will collect a few of Spokane so you can see what I saw. I"ll get you photos of Newport, WA too. It is a country town like so many others. 

Comment by Joan Denoo on July 31, 2017 at 3:58pm

Ian, that delicious treat is like many I enjyed. I'm so glad you travel and share with us. 

Adventure is kind of in my blood, listening to stories of colonists moving west on my mother's side and of a Plymoth, Massachsetts women who came as a widow and her son in 1632. 

Dad and I traveled all over the US following the places where anchesters lived. Dad's ancesters moved across the northern tier of the country and Mom's ancesters came across the southern tier. We tracked down a lot of relatives former homes. 

I found out there was a lot of violence against women and children in both families. They raises their children as the authoritarians of Europe raised theirs. I wondered why violence was so prevalent in the homes and asked lots of questions of the living relatives we found in the US. That experience meant that I had to go to Belgium and find out what parenting was like there. I got an earful!

Thus, "A Theory of Family Violence" as my master's thesis in 1977

and "A Splendid Heresy" was my doctoral dissertation in 1979, which was rejected for the degree. I am what is known as doctorate without an acceptable dissertation. Which means I received an excellent education but did not jump through the right ropes. 

That is a gift, because I thought if US was so sexist, how is the rest of the world. Trips to Eastern Europe, the Middle East, Asia, Indonesia, and a lot of hopping around, I found that women have a great challenge ahead of them. The great news is, women can do it!

"It" means get an education, be able to support herself and her children, have a healthy marriage, and raise self-sufficient children. 

Comment by Joan Denoo on July 31, 2017 at 3:42pm

Ian, my paternal relatives live in Brugge; Dad visited many times, I twice. It was badly damaged during WW II and rebuilt to match the ancient style. I am posting some stock photos so we can get just a hint of its beauty. ZeeBrugge is a city built at the sea and is a gateway to Brugge, which is land locked by silt. 

I have many happy memories in Brugge and met many relatives. One of them told me about making fuel for cars out of water!@#* Oh! we would be so lucky. They are great inventers and adventurers, they made their fortune that way. 

Brugge, Belgium

Zeebrugge, Belgium

This is beautiful beyond imagining. Lovely shops, great food, friendly people. 

Comment by Ian Mason on July 31, 2017 at 3:18pm

They're canals which once reached the sea. The name 'Brugge' means bridge or pier/jetty, referring to the town's function as a port in the Middle Ages. It is unspoilt and captivating. A fine place for relaxing.

Comment by Thomas Murray on July 31, 2017 at 2:47pm

  Ian,

  Nice pictures and I love the moat (or canals?)  surrounding the town and homes.

 My feeling is that every child or teenager and/or family should have at least one opportunity to travel the world. I believe the sight seeing will open the minds of people and to see how other cultures live.

 

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