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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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Speak English? YOU FIRST! (Betty Bowers)

Started by Loren Miller 9 hours ago. 0 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

A Prayer for Our Nation (Betty Bowers)

Started by Loren Miller. Last reply by Ruth Anthony-Gardner 10 hours ago. 2 Replies

I'm going to keep this one short and sweet.  Mrs. Betty Bowers, America's Best Christian, has seen what is going on with the current occupant of the Oval Office, and my impression is that she is not at all happy with it.  True to her citizenship,…Continue

Tags: prayer, Donald Trump, Oval Office, America's Best Christian, Betty Bowers

Any Babymetal Fans Here?

Started by Bruce Carroll. Last reply by Idaho Spud Sep 12. 5 Replies

Any Babymetal fans here besides me? I have to ask because 1) I really like Babymetal and 2) Babymetal unknowingly played a role in my journey out of religion.For those who are unfamiliar with Babymetal, here is a link to one of their most popular…Continue

Tags: Japanese Idol, Babymetal

If you could rid the world of one thing, what would it be?

Started by Idaho Spud. Last reply by Ruth Anthony-Gardner Sep 11. 30 Replies

Today, I heard Seth Andrews talk about the question, "If you could rid the world of one thing, what would it be?"  My first thought was religion, but after a few seconds I decided it would be irrational or anti-scientific thinking.  That would take…Continue

Tags: anti-scientific, irrational

Ignorance is Bliss: Why Religious People Seem Happier Than the 'Nones'”.

Started by Joan Denoo. Last reply by Idaho Spud Sep 11. 16 Replies

“Highly Religious Volunteer More, Lie Less, and Claim to Be Happier”~ Houston Chronicle; “Strongly Religious People are Happier than Non-Religious”  ~ Christian Daily."The study determined that 40 percent of highly religious adults—defined as those…Continue

Tags: Nones, happiness, non-religiosity, religiosity, bliss

Eating Our Own: How You Can Save the Movement (David Smalley | The Thinking Atheist)

Started by Loren Miller. Last reply by Daniel W Aug 27. 11 Replies

While I've been peripherally aware of him for a while, David Smalley has not spent much time in the center of my focus when it came to scoping out atheist material on YouTube or elsewhere ... at least up until now.  His talk – Eating Our Own – came…Continue

Tags: Seth Andrews, The Thinking Atheist, Eating Our Own, David Smalley

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Comment by Idaho Spud on September 3, 2016 at 12:41pm

Your flag is bright!  Hard to forget.

Comment by Idaho Spud on September 3, 2016 at 12:40pm

I couldn't picture how that looked until I checked with Wikipedia.

Comment by Plinius on September 3, 2016 at 12:20pm

Schiedam has wasp stripes.

Afbeeldingsresultaat voor schiedam vlag

Comment by Idaho Spud on September 3, 2016 at 10:50am

My cities' Flag was voted the ugliest in the USA, but there are some other cities that I would rate higher (lower?), like Grand Rapids MI, which looks like Ms. Pac-Man after a bender. http://gizmodo.com/are-these-the-ugliest-city-flags-on-earth-172826...

Comment by Idaho Spud on September 3, 2016 at 8:53am

It could be several months, perhaps even a couple of years before I was discovered.  I don't interact with any of my used-to-be Mormon friends, and there's very tittle interaction with my Mormon family anymore.  

Theres only one neighbor that I talk to, and not often at that.  It would take them several months to wonder.  In the summer, their first clue would be the plants in my garden dying.  If it was in the winter, they wouldn't become concerned until early summer.

My mailbox is huge and can't be looked in, so it would be several months before the mailman would experience a clogged box.

Comment by Plinius on September 3, 2016 at 8:37am

Then you'd better organize a fixed point in your day for a short contact so someone can press alarm buttons when you don't react.

Comment by Randall Smith on September 3, 2016 at 7:01am

I recently read about a woman who had died in her home in Michigan, but found 5 years after the fact! She had no family or friends evidently. Neighbors mowed her lawn (thinking she was job-related traveling). All her bills and deposits were done automatically. She was not missed.

I was thinking that could be me--maybe not for 5 years, but several months. In the winter, I often hunker down and could possibly disappear from radar. If I slipped in the bathtub and went into a coma, who would know? How long would it take to be discovered? Fortunately, I have a sister and daughter nearby that might wonder where I was. But, it is a concern for me.

I was thinking of Luara and Steph as well as Pat.

Comment by Randall Smith on September 2, 2016 at 7:48am

Carl, that video was fun--very entertaining! Jimmy was quite talented.

Joan, in my genealogy work, tracing Smith ancestors has been a real challenge. Since my 3rd great grandfather came from Germany, I'm thinking he may have been a Schmidt (sp?) of some sort. He's where the line ends.

Comment by Plinius on September 2, 2016 at 2:40am

First vowel in your name then. I don't know how to use phonetics here, but finding similar sounds works too.

Comment by Plinius on September 2, 2016 at 1:50am

Joan, I went back to teaching a fortnight ago, and I must take some rest in between. 'Rien' is a one syllable name with the short vowel from 'me'.

 

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