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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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10 Tricks from 46 (Betty Bowers)

Started by Loren Miller. Last reply by Ruth Anthony-Gardner Nov 6. 3 Replies

Apparently, Betty Bowers, America's Best Christian, has been slumming.  That is to say, she's been talking to Mike Pence [gasp!].  It would seem as though Mike has offered some of his not-so-personal tricks of the trade on how to be a 21st century…Continue

Tags: tricks, Mike Pence, America's Best Christian, Betty Bowers

Surreal, I haz it

Started by Ruth Anthony-Gardner. Last reply by Grinning Cat Oct 19. 99 Replies

Surreal, not just found in art.Continue

Tags: surreal

A Powerful Message from an old wise teacher :

Started by Joan Denoo. Last reply by Plinius Sep 28. 8 Replies

I received a gift this morning from a virtual friend, Pamela Smith:A Powerful Message from an old wise teacher :" One day an old wise teacher was walking through a village. A very angry and rude young man came up and began insulting him. "You have…Continue

Speak English? YOU FIRST! (Betty Bowers)

Started by Loren Miller. Last reply by Donald R Barbera Sep 27. 5 Replies

Honestly, the title to this piece is badly under-representative of the content.  To be far more accurate, what we have here is Mrs. Betty Bowers, America's Best Christian, going on a rant.  Before you say it ... Say WHAAAA?  Betty Bowers ranting? …Continue

Tags: America's Best Christian, Betty Bowers

10 Things About Patriotism (Betty Bowers)

Started by Loren Miller. Last reply by Plinius Sep 26. 2 Replies

It seems as though lately, Mrs. Betty Bowers, America's Best Christian, is evolving into America's Best Patriot.  She has recently been taking some fairly well-aimed shots at a certain Orange Nightmare and his sycophantic hangers-on, regarding the…Continue

Tags: patriotism, Donald Trump, America's Best Christian, Betty Bowers

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Comment by Idaho Spud on November 20, 2016 at 12:11pm

Kathy, I admire your boldness as well.

Randy, I'm like you in that respect.

Comment by kathy: ky on November 20, 2016 at 10:02am
Joan, not to worry. I'm not depressed in any clinical sense. Words like angry,

disgusted, fed up, and concerned would be more accurate.
Comment by kathy: ky on November 20, 2016 at 9:58am
I'm with Randall and Chris on the news strike. It's unbearable. The speculation started as soon as Obama was elected to his last term. Who was going to run the next time.
We never seem to get a break from political guessing games and theories.
And we never seem to get any real news. I use BBC, pbs, vice, and newspapers from all over the world.
I've got to get a couple more ffrf shirts so I can offend everyone :)
Comment by Thomas Murray on November 20, 2016 at 9:33am

Daniel,

If you do not have one, I recommend you buy yourself a sawzall. I've use mine to cut nails, metals,wood, holes, and I've it to prune trees and roots, cut wood for boarders around the garden, cut  firewood. Also it came handy to remove tiles and caulking.

Sawzal would be on my top ten tools must haves.

Comment by Plinius on November 20, 2016 at 8:09am

You could call yourself a realist, Randall, because the news ís depressing. I skim the news, I read background regularly, but I don't want to know about the daily bitching and biting. Much healthier...

Comment by Randall Smith on November 20, 2016 at 7:54am

While I don't suffer from clinical depression, local and worldly news does depress me. Therefore, I've made a decision to avoid the news and remain ignorant of all the negativity going on "out there". I know it's wrong, but for my own sanity, my head is in the sand.

Kathy, I admire your boldness (wearing the FFRF shirt)! And I thought I was being bold wearing a Bernie t-shirt.

Comment by Joan Denoo on November 19, 2016 at 11:59pm

Ruth, I wrote my comment about depression about the same moment as you wrote yours. I hear you and know of which you write. How to shuffle off the coil of depression with all the chaos enveloping us, I too, wonder about those others before us who faced sudden change in their lives caused by events beyond their control to change. 

Comment by Joan Denoo on November 19, 2016 at 11:04pm

Ah! depression! A useless emotion; it gets in the way of joy and adventure! It takes over and impedes thinking and laughing and crying and all other emotions that are so much friendlier. It covers one with a black cloud that blocks out the sun and moon and stars. It distorts even the most routine of pleasures, i.e. the first sip of coffee in the morning, the greeting across the fence with a lovely neighbor, the sound of a loved one who calls to see if I am OK. 

Finally, shed of the fog, I can imagine a preferred future, one that does not exist, but never will if we don't remember the possibility of a better life for us all. 

Comment by Ruth Anthony-Gardner on November 19, 2016 at 11:01pm

k.h. ky, I'm also struggling to deal with the news, both political and (related) climate change. Mild depression. <sigh> I spend more time reading news on these topics, and articles/interviews from people I respect. Trying to see my way forward. I try to think about how many people who lived through frightening changes in the past. Lots of people right now live in great insecurity. Other people seem to have coped, so surely you and I will also find a way.

Comment by Joan Denoo on November 19, 2016 at 10:54pm

Oh, we can have great fun, poking a finger in the eye of some pompous principal who cannot live up to his proclaimed principles. I'm glad you talked to him, Kathy, and that he saw your FFRF shirt. 

 

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