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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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The myth of religions

Started by Joan Denoo. Last reply by Joan Denoo yesterday. 3 Replies

The creation myth of civilizations instructs men to dominate, to conquer, to go forth and multiply. No reasonable person would pay attention to such a god. No hunter-gatherer receives such a senseless message from wise elders.However, that idea…Continue

Tags: masculine, violation, imperative, go forth and multiply,, conquest

Winter Driving, Preparing for the worst

Started by Joan Denoo. Last reply by Joan Denoo Feb 1. 2 Replies

Now that we enter the time the Celtics called Imbolc, a pagan celebration of the beginning of spring and season of new life, I ran across this video on preparing for winter driving. It offers reasons for each thing he puts in his vehicles to be safe…Continue

Tags: prepare, driving, winter

A Powerful Message from an old wise teacher :

Started by Joan Denoo. Last reply by Chris Dec 26, 2017. 10 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

10 Tricks from 46 (Betty Bowers)

Started by Loren Miller. Last reply by Ruth Anthony-Gardner Nov 6, 2017. 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, 2017. 99 Replies

Surreal, not just found in art.Continue

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Comment by Joan Denoo on December 31, 2016 at 1:26am

Ian, Q? What are conshies?

Oh! A conscientious objector, right? 

My grandfather Denoo, a young Belgian man who was just perfect for sending off to the European battlefield to be mangled and killed in the endless wars, came to the U.S. because of a generous gift from his aunt. I have no idea who she was, but everyone knew that women had babies, preferably boys, to send off to war and the glory. Of the Fatherland!

Granddad Denoo was too old for WW II, but his three sons were the right age. One, Uncle John, had a job on the railroad that protected him from the draft; so was Uncle Louie who worked for the electric power company, an essential job. Dad went to work for Morrison Knudson (MK), building railroad bridges across the southern tier of the US so that men and material could be shipped quickly across the U.S. 

Mom and I lived in a 12-foot trailer that moved across the southern tier with the construction advancement. We were in Los Vegas when the Japanese bombed Pearl Harbor. 

He then was sent to Alaska to build airfields. Mom and I moved to Spokane, WA; They paid cash for a tiny two-bedroom house, and we settled in until the end of the war. I lived with my maternal grandparent's summers and vacation, while Mom worked for Kaiser Aluminum, Trentwood. 

Mom and the other women who worked at Kaiser in formerly male-held positions suffered both opportunity and challenge. The men didn't like women taking "men's" jobs, and administration knew valuable workers when they had them. Women moved up the ranks quickly and suffered the insults of men who felt overlooked.

Comment by Plinius on December 31, 2016 at 12:21am

A great job, Daniel! And to think that you did everything twice!

Comment by Bertold Brautigan on December 30, 2016 at 4:36pm

Dave Barry's year in review--

  • "Yes, we’ve seen some weird years. But we’ve never seen one as weird as 2016. This was the Al Yankovic of years. If years were movies, 2016 would be “Plan 9 from Outer Space.” If years were relatives, 2016 would be the uncle who shows up at your Thanksgiving dinner wearing his underpants on the outside."

Comment by Idaho Spud on December 30, 2016 at 1:28pm

Well, I guess the net is real life also, so here I call myself Spud.

Comment by Idaho Spud on December 30, 2016 at 1:25pm

In real life I call myself Francis.

Comment by Bertold Brautigan on December 30, 2016 at 1:24pm

I graduated from hs with a guy named Lynn. (Not to mention, a girl named Candi Kane and one named Holly Wood.)

Comment by Idaho Spud on December 30, 2016 at 12:51pm

Yes, Lynn does seem to be a female name around here as well.

Comment by Grinning Cat on December 30, 2016 at 12:41pm

I usually associate "Lynn" with women; though I've heard of one man named Lyn (Larsen, the theatre organist).

Comment by Idaho Spud on December 30, 2016 at 12:24pm

My first name is Francis.  My dad's middle name was Francis.  His dad's first name was Francis, and it went like that for a number of generations.  I don't know how many because, at present, I can't find the genealogical tree my mother made.

Francis is the 70th most popular male name in Idaho.  Frances is the 35th most popular female name.

I can remember some references to "Francis the Talking Mule" in grade school, because it was a show on TV or radio at the time.

I don't remember that reference bothering me much, but if I would have had children, I would not have given any that name because a lot of people don't seem to like calling me Francis.  Some have tried calling me Frank, but I tell them I don't like that name.  People also get it confused with the female name.

For a few months when I went to northern Idaho for some schooling, I decided to see how it would go if I went by my middle name, Lynn.  When I came back, I went back to Francis because I just found that Lynn didn't do anything for me.

When we were young, my siblings called me Francie.  We all called each other their name with ie added on the end.

Comment by Idaho Spud on December 30, 2016 at 12:08pm

I also hated my aunts kisses.  She was demonstrative, while my family was shy and introverted.  We never kissed or hugged, or said I love you.  We may have been better off if we had, but my parents showed us love in other ways.

They were very kind.  They never called us negative names, never raised their voice to us, and never paddled us.  My dad was the kindest man I've ever known.

 

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