Hang With Friends

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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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The Whole Bible in 30 Seconds (Betty Bowers)

Started by Loren Miller. Last reply by Randy Hatly yesterday. 15 Replies

Ever decide that you wanted to read the whole bible, cover to cover, only to realize half-way through Deuteronomy that the darn thing is industrial-strength BORING?!?  Well, never fear!  America's Best Christian, Betty Bowers, has done the Cliff's…Continue

Tags: bible, America's Best Christian, Betty Bowers

punishing doubt (TheraminTrees)

Started by Loren Miller. Last reply by Joan Denoo on Tuesday. 2 Replies

If you are associated with religion and especially a fundamentalist religion, doubt is intolerable.  Certainty, however it may be achieved or imposed, becomes a necessary element, especially considering the utter dearth of any form of evidence or…Continue

Tags: religion, TheraminTrees, punish, doubt

A moment to relax and see the Earth from space; some how this comforts me.

Started by Joan Denoo. Last reply by Qiana-Maieev on Sunday. 3 Replies

All the squabbles and struggles that I have do not compare with those of some others on this great planet. There are no boundary lines, no political arguments, no up or no down. What is, is. For right now, the scenes offer tranquility. Just the…Continue

Tags: and, wonder, awe, of, space

His Dark Materials and the Catholic Church

Started by Tonya R. Wheeler. Last reply by Plinius on Sunday. 27 Replies

I recently watched the movie, "The Golden Compass" and since I could not find the sequels, I read the books. I enjoyed them, and I will be reading the first one, Northern Lights, starting tomorrow, since it just arrived via inter-library…Continue

Tags: Fantasy, Catholic, Religion, Atheist, Pullman

Issues Atheist, Feminist, GLBTQ, Climate Change

Started by Joan Denoo. Last reply by Joan Denoo Oct 6. 2 Replies

This is a test Continue

bending truth, or "We Can All Be Manipulated" (TheraminTrees)

Started by Loren Miller. Last reply by Loren Miller Sep 29. 39 Replies

The following is one of TheraminTrees' most thorough-going pieces, wherein he looks at the process and techniques whereby a "religious" organization (which will sound VERY familiar to most of us, once introductions are made!) takes a person who…Continue

Tags: indoctrination, truth, manipulation, TheraminTrees

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Comment by Joan Denoo on September 12, 2016 at 6:47am

How is that working for you, Qiana? I live in a family of nighthawks, and I am an early bird; well, I used to be. Since I returned to my home, I have become more of a night hawk and life flows a little smoother when our days match up. 

Comment by Qiana-Maieev on September 12, 2016 at 2:48am

I am a night hawk.

Comment by Joan Denoo on September 12, 2016 at 2:45am

Thanks, Qiana. What are you doing up this late? Or are up up for the day?

I can't go to sleep:

The population of the US has risen +43.1% from 1977 to 2013. 

The number of home fires has declined -48.9%.

Good night. 

Comment by Qiana-Maieev on September 12, 2016 at 2:26am

Well wishes, Joan.

Comment by Joan Denoo on September 12, 2016 at 2:24am

BLAST! I did it again. I wrote in response to Daniel's home fires and calculated increase of US population and the decrease of home fires. Then I looked for some other information and in the process, I deleted my comment. It is late, and I don't want to recalculate it. I have to get up at 4:00 AM to get ready for my right-hand surgery. 

I know that will go well; the doctor is a pro and a prince!! He is so young! 

Goodnight everyone. 

Comment by Joan Denoo on September 12, 2016 at 1:23am

Ruth, you have had enough experiences with fire. I assume you have a smoke alarm in your bedroom and that it is loud. I'm glad you were able to awaken your husband. Did you have any permanent lung damage? 

When dad came to live with me after he broke his hip, my greatest fear was fire. He was 79s when he came; his weak muscles wouldn't hold him. He had to walk with a walker.

I had an alarm system installed that tied in with the smoke alarm business, and it had contact with the fire department. 

Dad had many falls the seven years he lived here. I was still working the first few years and then had to stop because he needed constant attention.  

When he fell, I could not get him up; he weighed over 200 pounds. So I called the fire department and told them I needed help picking Dad off the floor. I assured them they need not come as fast as they usually came. Dad was OK, and I could not lift him. The Alarm company and the fire department became friends, on a first name basis. 

We had an alarm that he wore in case he needed attention. He got along fine with it until he got lonesome if I wasn't home. I never locked the doors while he lived with me, the firefighters knew it. When Dad got lonesome, he pushed the button, and the firefighters would come in through the front door and find him happy to see them and ready for a chat. We had to take the alarm away from him.

Comment by Joan Denoo on September 12, 2016 at 12:53am

Carl, what is the protocol in such an incident? Have you ever been in a flight accident during your career? Is there a safest part of the plane to fly? How would you manage such an incident?

I learned Transcendental Meditation (TM) at Whitworth 37 years ago and used the techniques when I started having heart problems, cancer,a blocked bowel, and carpel tunnel surgery. Doctors and nurses have been surprised at how well I endure the procedures. I explained to them that I have 37 years of daily practice of TM. 

I wonder if that training would work so well in a plane crash. Would I be able to be calm and focused when everyone around me was chaotic?

What do you think. 

Comment by Daniel Wachenheim on September 11, 2016 at 11:10pm
Kathy, I bet you are right. I've set mine off a couple of times with smoky cooking.

As long as we are on the topic of fire hazard, it appears that fabric softener makes clothes more flammable.

there are multiple other articles about increased flammability of clothing treated with fabric softener. I don't know if that translates to dryer lint in the dryer exhaust, maybe? Fabric softener also interferes with wicking properties of some sport clothes, and damages microfabrics.
Comment by k.h. ky on September 11, 2016 at 11:18am
I would venture smoke detectors have contributed to fewer fires.
Comment by Plinius on September 11, 2016 at 4:24am

Many textiles for the home take longer to catch fire, due to new regulations.


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