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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

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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

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Comment by Randall Smith on November 10, 2014 at 7:10am

Joan, "shitty outlook on life"? Not you! Perhaps cynical, but not "shitty". Hope the tests, etc. turn out well.

As for tea, I prefer mine iced, mixing black and green loose tea leaves for steeping. Nowadays, it's difficult to find loose leaf tea. It's beer I never acquired a taste for.

Comment by sk8eycat on November 9, 2014 at 9:44pm

Ah, I didn't know what the test was for.  My mom had heart problems after she went through chemo and radiation, but in those days (1980s) the usual thing was just to fit her with a Holter monitor for a couple of days, and get the results from the tape.  I don't recall any dietary restrictions, but she and dad both stopped drinking coffee on their own when they started having medical problems....about the same time that "Mr. Coffee" machines hit the market. 

I never learned to like coffee....(backstage / Green Room coffee is dreadful!  So our family has always been major black tea and cocoa fans.  (And I HATE what the hyper conservatives have named themselves.)

Comment by Joan Denoo on November 9, 2014 at 8:41pm

I don't like tea, although I have lots of different flavors in my cupboard. I got out some grape juice that I processed from my Concord grapes and that will satisfy my taste buds. The thought of giving up coffee laced with chocolate is bothersome, but doable. I appreciate the suggestion, Felaine. I have nothing else to complain about. 

Thanks for the well wishes on the test. It is simply a routine check up for my heart. The procedure is not at all painful, just a little needle prick and nuclear energy surging through my body. I take a couple of hours nap and wake up for the test. Then to see my heart doctor. She will read the results. 

I will meet my new cardiologist for the first time tomorrow. I fully expect that my pacemaker will need to be updated, right on the time schedule they gave me those years ago. Laura is going with me.

I will ask my cardiologist for an ophtho-rectomy while she is at it so that I will not have such a shitty outlook on life. 

Comment by sk8eycat on November 9, 2014 at 8:21pm

Joan, Do you have any herbal tea in the back of a cupboard, or someplace?  I hate most herbal teas, and am not really fond of green or white tea, BUT Stash Meyer Lemon tea is good, no caffeine, and most white teas might as well be caffeine-free.  (They're also too bland for my taste.)

Mulled apple juice or cranberry juice...either one is good heated with whole cinnamon and cloves, or allspice....or are you only supposed to drink clear liquids? 

Comment by Joan Denoo on November 9, 2014 at 7:54pm

OH darn, I have to give up caffein until tomorrow afternoon!

Comment by Bertold Brautigan on November 9, 2014 at 1:39pm

Good luck with your test, Joan.

Comment by Joan Denoo on November 9, 2014 at 1:13pm

Sunday morning, good morning all. OH in 45 minutes I have to stop coffee, tea, chocolates! until after my nuclear test. I am not to go near a pregnant woman after the test. Let me think about that for a minute ... I guess I should not go to anyplace that has pregnant women ... home, I guess.

A little Sunday morning fun:

Comment by Ruth Anthony-Gardner on November 9, 2014 at 11:46am

Thanks for sharing pics and details of your family’s visit, Randall. If you haven’t taken sublingual B-12 to help fight your cold, I recommend it.

Sk8eycat, I agree with you about cell phone rudeness. Too bad an individual in a group cant’ just react that way. If you were alone with the offender, yes. Otherwise you’d have to overtly get the others to go along.

LOL, Joan. Cute comment on facebook unfriending.

I agree that storage is still a big problem for solar power at home, Joan. I was surprised that the system we bought and returned just had two lead acid batteries. Our house is flimsy, and I was shocked at how heavy the two solar panels were. Our roof might not have handled them with snow. I researched light weight solar panels, but that technology doesn’t seem mature enough yet. BTW, I made a mistake in not insuring the solar panel shipment, assuming that Fed Ex would handle glass carefully. Then the Fed Ex Ground guy who picked them up said they just stack boxes on top of each other in their trucks. So I might be out thousands. Will know in a week, I guess.

Comment by Idaho Spud on November 9, 2014 at 8:25am

Charlie Girl is looking mature in that picture.

Comment by Randall Smith on November 9, 2014 at 7:48am

Smart politicians are always being ridiculed. It's the bully state of mind. I remember when Adlai Stevenson was berated for being too egg-headed. And Eisenhower was no dummie. And look how Pres. Obama is treated.

 

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