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

Started by Joan Denoo. Last reply by kathy: ky Aug 9. 4 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

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

Started by Idaho Spud. Last reply by Jonathan Simeone Aug 5. 29 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

The Bourne Again Identity (Mr. Deity)

Started by Loren Miller. Last reply by Loren Miller Aug 3. 3 Replies

There's a young man, unconscious, found tangled with the bushes which describe the edge of your property, late one evening.  Who is he?  Where did he come from?  These are the questions which confound Ward and Pam as they attempt to deal with a most…Continue

Tags: mystery, Bourne, Brian Dalton, Mr. Deity

Where The Buffalo Roam AGAIN - Allan Savory Institute

Started by Joan Denoo. Last reply by Daniel W Jul 31. 3 Replies

Where The Buffalo Roam AGAIN - Allan Savory InstituteI have followed the Justin Rhodes family for many months and each videa is unique. this one is about their adventures in Colorado, and…Continue

Tags: restore, water, soils, bison, Rhodes

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Comment by Plinius on April 18, 2016 at 1:37am

More than 24 hours before I could get here! I hate site problems like that!

Comment by Joan Denoo on April 17, 2016 at 11:16pm

Sunday, 9:00 PM PDT We are up and running. HURRAH!

Chris, I enjoy the site, "Atheist Comedy: What to do if God Came Back." I've not seen her before. 

What is it about hips as we age? It just doesn't make sense, it is such a big bone, as bones go, why should they hurt so badly. I was out cutting branches off downed trees getting them ready to bury in hugelkultur beds. It was hard work, and I felt just fine; except my right hip hurts like the dickens! Ageing has its good features and bad. Let me see if I can reframe hip pain into something positive. The obvious reframe is I know I am still alive when I feel pain. Oh, poop! That won't work! 

Randy, I understand and agree with your mother's request and am glad to learn you put up a railing for yourself.  A late 40th birthday to your son-in-law. I continue to receive Silverthorn Farm newsletter and enjoy their spirit. 

Comment by Randall Smith on April 13, 2016 at 7:26am

One has to walk up some stairs (steps?) to get into my house. My mother would suggest I needed a railing for support. I pooh-poohed the recommendation. Now that I'm at the same age when she complained, guess what I just did? Yep, I put up a railing. I needed it because of my aching hip.

Happy 40th birthday to my wonderful son-in-law, who runs my farm (http://silverthorn-farm.com).

Comment by Plinius on April 10, 2016 at 1:14am

Yes, it works. A very enjoyable series!

Wonderful Randall, to walk such an end! But too much, I fear. I don't walk very much - back, knees and feet won't cooperate, but I try to be outside and moving at least an hour a day.

Comment by Plinius on April 10, 2016 at 1:10am
Comment by Ruth Anthony-Gardner on April 9, 2016 at 3:10pm

Glad to hear about your improved energy and stamina, Flying Atheist [Carl]. You’re lucky to not need your walker any more. Yeah, I’m kinda inflexible about names, sorry.

Ian, that personalized walker really had me laughing. I use mine mostly for the gym. It’s personalized with a blood pressure monitor snapped around one side, and a snap on hook to keep my gym card lanyard in place.

Randall, maybe it’s time to rethink charity runs. Ten days of pain is a “sign”. You limped for 3 miles? Your enthusiasm is laudable, but at 73 we need to avoid overdoing joint things. The other day I hyperextended two metatarsal joints just by bending over to pull a tiny weed from my raised garden. At our age (I’m approaching 72) it’s too easy to do permanent damage. We are still entitled to a piece of pie without guilt. <wink>

Joan, you make tending chicken sound like fun. I envy your joie de vivre.

Today it's been snowing here just north of Philly. I'm tired of Arctic Vortex. BTW, Paul Beckwith has a nice how to video on using the nullschool site, Be a Climate Scientist in 15 minutes.

Comment by The Flying Atheist on April 9, 2016 at 2:26pm

Good job to you and your daughter, Randy.  Praise and blessed exultation to the motivating power of pie.  Life's sweet, final reward.  

Yup, very cold here today as well.  Woke up to 26 degrees and snow on the ground! 

Comment by Joan Denoo on April 9, 2016 at 12:54pm

My exercise consists of walking about a city block on a gravel road through the forest to get to the chicken coop each morning. Yesterday, their breakfast was greens out of the greenhouse, cabbage leaves, and banana peels. The bucket of greens had disappeared before I finished cleaning their nests and changing their water. 

Comment by Ian Mason on April 9, 2016 at 11:47am

Well done, Randall. Enjoy the pie.

Comment by Randall Smith on April 9, 2016 at 11:10am
Because it was very cold (25F), and my hips still ached, I decided not to even walk (let alone run) in the 5k event this morning. I was just going to support my daughter (who won her age division). But, the Ibu. kicked in, and I changed my mind, managing to walk (with a limp) the full 3 miles. Nobody over 50 was quicker (I'm 73). Heck, I wasn't even trying to "win". I wasn't even dressed for it. I'll probably pay, physically, but at least I won't feel guilty about eating a piece of pie later!
 

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