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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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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

Tags: surreal

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

Tags: dispute at Hang With Friends

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Comment by Joan Denoo on October 13, 2014 at 12:44pm

This looks impressive to me, does it to anyone else? 

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Comment by sk8eycat on October 13, 2014 at 11:59am

Dale looks like a cutie-pie!  We have a black female short-hair...who looks like a blimp.  She has really bonded with my sister (who also looks like a blimp.)

"Gift" means "poison" in German?  THAT is fascinating!  It's sorta like the Hebrew word that has been mistranslated for centuries as "witch;" it really means "poisoner."

Comment by Bertold Brautigan on October 13, 2014 at 11:24am

There are times when you SHOULD look a gift horse in the mouth. (BTW "gift" in German means poison.)

Comment by sk8eycat on October 13, 2014 at 11:21am

Bertold, Thank for the comments re: Macs & PCs.  Now that I think about it, the Mac fans I know ARE more interested in the artistic side of things, while I have spent most of my adult life (not counting the years I was skating) as a bookkeeper/payroll clerk/tax preparer.  And I still occasionally do a few little jobs for friends that require using Word and Excel.

That's one reason I'm so annoyed that this laptop has no 10-key calculator pad.  The tech guy who is helping/trying to get my Dell up and running again brings his own PC laptop with him, and it does have a 10-key pad, so there's definitely room for everything if the designer really thinks about what's needed.

But this Mac was a "gift." Used by someone I thought was a friend for 3 years until she switched to a iPad.  She asked if I wanted this Mac, and I decided to give it a try as a backup....so she shipped it down here from Oregon.  Ok, fine.

3 months after she did that, she phoned me...ON MY BIRTHDAY...(which she knew)...and asked if I had mastered the thing yet.  When I said, "not really," she got very hissy, and told me to return it so she could donate it to her garden club.  I could not pay for the packing and shipping, and I asked her if I could keep trying.  Dead silence. It's been nearly a year, and I haven't heard Word One from her since.

Maybe I should post this in the discussion about forgiving people.  My answer would be, "No.  Not really.  Not when you find out someone thinks of you as a servant."  (I started out 20+ years ago as her part-time dog sitter when she still lived in Pasadena.)

Comment by Idaho Spud on October 13, 2014 at 11:14am

Mindy, I must hop-in to say I'm pleased that Dale is back to eating, drinking, and being alert.

Comment by The Flying Atheist on October 13, 2014 at 11:03am

Mindy, I'm glad Dale is feeling better these days.  Looking forward to seeing a photo of your new kitten.  :)

Patricia, that's a great photo!  Happy Thanksgiving to you!

I hope all of you have a great week.   

Comment by Randall Smith on October 13, 2014 at 7:28am
Wow, Patricia--what a great photo, taken at just the right moment! Priceless!
No comment on computers or cats. As Ian says, I'm phlegmatic about either.

Joan, keep on writing, even if it is only for just the fun of it. I'm sorta addicted to A/N, too.
Sk8, nice to have you back. I, too, love your wit and insight.
Comment by Bertold Brautigan on October 13, 2014 at 6:42am

>Bertpld, what IS it about Mac fans?

Earlier on Apple was ingenious about inserting itself into schools, and their software for music and artistic pursuits was superior. PC's were regarded more as "business machines" and MACs were for the more creative. And, while I have to say there are few entities on earth more fun to despise than Microsoft, I'd still rather run a Windows machine any day. I've worked with a lot of tech support people, and some have strong preferences while others are "ambidextrous" with both Apple and PC. I also hate the f-ing iPhone compared to the 'Droid. Apple is so anal about customers having to keep things the way they think they should be.

Comment by Plinius on October 13, 2014 at 2:26am

Congrats, Patricia!

Comment by Plinius on October 13, 2014 at 12:28am

Mindy make sure you use Feliway or whatever it's called with you. I mean the feromones in a spray that tells a cat he's home and all is right. It made a world of difference when we moved brother-in-law's scared cat.And I'm glad Dale is improving!

 

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