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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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Bible Belt Atheist (New York Times)

Started by Loren Miller on Thursday. 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 Chris on May 31, 2017 at 9:40am

Kathy,

A photo book is better to look at than a bunch of pictures on a computer.  Power Point  images aren't the same as a real photograph. I have some books of photographs that go back to tin types. I don't know who the book of tin types came from. The are probably from the early to mid 1800's.

There is something about a book that seems to be more rewarding to look at (if they are photographs), or read  if it's text than something on a computer.

Comment by Chris on May 31, 2017 at 9:32am

Randall,

What is the best, or most interesting  food you ate in your travels?

I understand that (U.S.) Southerners traditionally called old recipies receipts because they were passed on - received.

Comment by kathy: ky on May 31, 2017 at 7:52am
Joan, I'm a photo taker. Problem is I have hundreds of them if not thousands. And they are bulky, heavy and take up a lot of space. But sometimes we sit as a family and look through the years....
Comment by Randall Smith on May 31, 2017 at 7:11am

Okay, Joan. Here's the only photo of me taken on my camera. Plus (maybe) a view from the top.

Comment by Joan Denoo on May 30, 2017 at 7:09pm

Ian, your photos give me a whole lot of pleasure! I am not able to travel now and find going with you on your trips gives me a boost and I live through your scenes. I love the photos with you in them; you look as though you enjoy traveling as much as I did. 

Randy, I look forward to seeing your Tuscany photos and hope you will be in some of them. 

I generally don't take photos with people in them and I live to regret it. I had so many wonderful experiences the 20 +- years I traveled, and I have very few with family, friends, and new acquaintances in them. I can't go back and recapture the faces, I can find The Great Wall of China and the scenes in Costs Rica. 

Comment by Ian Mason on May 30, 2017 at 3:04pm

Thank you both.

Randall, I think a selfie or two, if you're on your own is all right.The pics of me here were taken by someone else.Otherwise, yes narcissism.

It's a bit quiet around here. I hope people aren't ill.

Comment by Randall Smith on May 30, 2017 at 7:23am

Thanks for sharing your photos, Ian. I would share some of my Tuscany pics, but a) I can't decide which ones to add, and b) it takes too long to download.

Of the 75 photos taken, I'm in only one. I noticed so many tourists taking "selfies"! To me, that's narcissism.

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