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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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A Powerful Message from an old wise teacher :

Started by Joan Denoo. Last reply by Thomas Murray 5 hours ago. 5 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 Thomas Murray yesterday. 4 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 yesterday. 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

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Comment by Donald L. Engel on March 11, 2016 at 3:12pm

I wasn't aware of them working together.  That makes them even more dangerous.

Comment by Bertold Brautigan on March 11, 2016 at 3:05pm

They'll also gang up - a group of them can give larger dogs a run for their money as well.

Comment by Donald L. Engel on March 11, 2016 at 2:53pm

Ruth, a raccoon can kill any cat, and most small dogs.  They get up to 20 or 25 pounds.

Comment by Ruth Anthony-Gardner on March 11, 2016 at 12:08pm

Thanks for sharing your experience with the forest animals, Joan. I didn’t know a raccoon could kill an adult chicken. Hitting a deer, ugh <cringe>.

Sorry to hear about your stepmother, Ian.

Lately I've been reading about laws restricting women's access to abortion and contraception, and laws restricting what people on SNAP would be allowed to buy. <sigh> State level GOPs seem focused on bullying women and the poor. It's like paying close attention as you pull the legs off ants on your kitchen floor, while your doors are locked and your house is burning down.

Comment by Donald L. Engel on March 11, 2016 at 11:57am

I don't remember any hills as high as what some of the pictures show. 

Comment by Donald L. Engel on March 11, 2016 at 11:40am

Deer normally won't jump over 6 feet high, so I put up a seven foot chicken wire fence around our garden, and haven't been bothered since.  I gave up the Bambi scenario when I went hunting 60 years ago.

Comment by Loren Miller on March 11, 2016 at 8:26am

I did a while back, Chris, when I posted some pix of the trees where I live.  If I get the opportunity this fall, I'll break my camera out again and see if I can capture some of the beauty of the Cleveland MetroParks, and perhaps some of the other notable places the North Coast can boast about.

Comment by Plinius on March 11, 2016 at 8:15am

Show us, Loren!

Comment by Loren Miller on March 11, 2016 at 8:09am

The Netherlands shots were brilliant, Carl!  Thank you for those.  I'd like to think we have beauty like that in Cleveland here and there, especially around autumn when the MetroParks hit peak color.

Comment by Randall Smith on March 11, 2016 at 7:48am

Amazing photographs of The Netherlands, Carl. Some look like paintings. It's been 50 years since I was there.

Glad to hear you're okay, Joan. Personally, I've never been in a deer/auto accident, but some family members have. It's a real problem around these parts.

Ian, it came as a surprise to read about the Bambi/Jew comparison. Interesting thought.

Speaking of Jews, the PBS show "Finding Your Roots" featured Dustin Hoffman and his ancestry. He got very emotional "discovering", or at least admitting, he was Jewish. His father, evidently, never mentioned it, nor discussed his heritage. Hoffman was clueless.

 

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