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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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God's Annual Performance Review (Betty Bowers)

Started by Loren Miller. Last reply by Ruth Anthony-Gardner on Monday. 6 Replies

I don't know about you guys, but there wasn't a performance review I had in 30 years of field service that I didn't LOATHE.  It seems as though Betty Bowers, America's Best Christian, is up for turning the tables on the person you would expect would…Continue

Tags: review, performance, god, American's Best Christian, Betty Bowers

Learning a Language as a Mature Adult

Started by Daniel W. Last reply by Joan Denoo Mar 2. 28 Replies

Trying to keep my mind exercised, and not interested in most of the reading materials that I can find.I decided to attempt to learn a language.  Actually, two.  The dilemma is, how do I do that without going to school - not an option - and without…Continue

The Playboy Interview: Richard Dawkins

Started by Loren Miller. Last reply by Chris Feb 19. 14 Replies

I suppose it was the news that Playboy magazine was returning nudes to its pages after a year's hiatus that sufficiently perked my curiosity to check them out again.  I hadn't looked at Playboy since perhaps 2008, when I began to recognize that I…Continue

Tags: Richard Dawkins, Playboy

Such Lyrics!

Started by Donatien Alphonse François. Last reply by Grinning Cat Feb 13. 9 Replies

Hello Friends,I was ruminating a bit today on my sixty-some years existence. My mind went back to teenage years when I first figured out religion is not only obnoxiously loud, but also nothing I wanted anything to do with. Truly. I knew by age 15…Continue

degrading love — part two (TheraminTrees)

Started by Loren Miller. Last reply by Joan Denoo Feb 11. 1 Reply

TheraminTrees set up religion with his left in Part One of his treatise on how religion demeans and degrades the value of love.  Here in Part Two, he brings in a devastating, "Mike Tyson" right, which negates and invalidates any claim that either…Continue

Tags: Christianity, Islam, TheraminTrees, god, love

Questions......

Started by Thomas Murray. Last reply by k.h. ky Feb 9. 6 Replies

   It has been 6 month now since I signed up for Atheist Nexus membership. The past year has been sort of a bi-polar wave of emotions for me. I hope I wasn't offensive to the folks on here and I think I have been but I don't know to who. My desire…Continue

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Comment by sk8eycat on May 31, 2015 at 11:39am

Dear Pliny, what a coincidence!  I had a major dizzy spell last night, and landed on my knees and hip on the hardwood floor.  Took me 10 minutes to crawl to a chair and haul myself upright again....still dizzy.  I was too angry to be scared. 

I'm 75, and sick and tired of fighting gravity....in 1969 I had hopes of retiring to 1/6 G, but Tricky Dick Nixon wiped out that dream. 

Comment by Joan Denoo on May 31, 2015 at 11:18am

Ian, your description and history of "hotbed" makes gardening and sharing such a healthy hobby even as it produces something useful. 

Now, if we can all eat strawberries at Xmas time, I will be happy. Too bad the peasants couldn't enjoy the benefits of fresh fruit during the cold weather of Elizabethan England.

Comment by Ian Mason on May 31, 2015 at 9:40am

Lovely team-work, Joan. A family to be proud of.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=oXo6G5mfmro

The garden bed resembles something I know as a 'hotbed': dig a hole, fill with horse manure, top off with soil. Brought from the Nederlands by Protestants fleeing Catholic persecution, it revolutionised vegetable and fruit farming in England. I've read somewhere that Elizabeth I ate strawberries at Xmas that way.

Comment by Randall Smith on May 31, 2015 at 7:39am

Ditto, Joan (to what Chris said). And don't worry about your repeat sentences. We know about the glich. Just keep writing!

Ian, I've never been to Ireland. Eager to hear about your trip.

Comment by Plinius on May 31, 2015 at 3:34am

That's quite something, a whole family working together in joy and harmony! Thanks for the story! 

Comment by Joan Denoo on May 31, 2015 at 3:04am

Ian, I remember Dublin with very fond memories. I was there during peony blossom time and I was sad that I could not be in my garden with these lovely colors. I went to a botanical garden in Dublin and discovered a most lovely peony garden, complete with tea room and biscuits.

Comment by Joan Denoo on May 31, 2015 at 2:58am

We didn't put in the stone layer in our hugelkulture because we live on a sand hill, probably a part of the moraine of the last Ice Age. 

Comment by Joan Denoo on May 31, 2015 at 2:55am

Comment by Joan Denoo on May 31, 2015 at 2:53am

There goes my computer, repeating a sentence that I edited. Why "10-year-old Ethan and I created a strawberry patch." repeated at the end of the narrative is beyond me. Even when I read my comment before posting, this ghost of a former sentence gets tagged onto the end. If anyone knows why this happens, I will be most grateful to learn how to stop it. 

10-year-old Ethan and I created a strawberry patch. 

Comment by Joan Denoo on May 31, 2015 at 2:46am

The morning started with a heavy downpour, lightning and thunder. We thought our work day would have to be delayed. About mid-day, the sun came out, the sand was moist but not wet. Laura, Larry, my two granddaughters, Michelle and Laurie, Michelle's five children all showed up and took those jobs that matched their skill level and interests. My great-granddaughter, Brooklyn, entertained us all through the day. She walks now, is getting a vocabulary of a few words and lots of experimenting with her voice. 

The three dogs and a herd of cats joined in. 

Zac cut down five trees; Larry, Jacob and Travis drove the tractor with a backhoe and a loader. They dug two large hugelkulture trenches, the kids filled them with slash and old and new logs, then Travis covered them over with sand to form a fire break. The wood will become like a sponge and store water. The sticks will decompose and provide humus to the sand. 

Laurie took charge of the kitchen and Brooklyn and prepared the most excellent dinner with the help of 14-year-old Katelynn. Larry smoked three racks of ribs and BBQed lots of hamburgers. The girls made potato salad and cabbage salad, and Laurie made a chocolate cake topped with whipped cream and fresh strawberries. 

Eight-year-old Austin pulled grass out of a patch of Earth so that 10-year-old Ethan and I could prepare the soil for strawberries. Six-year-old Noah gathered glaciated pebbles to create a walkway. 

We all worked hard, ate well, laughed a lot and created memories that will last a lifetime for these young people. My memories will stay with me as I get older. I feel such pride and respect for this very healthy family. Not a cross word was spoken, nor any sign of criticism. There was a lot of teaching and learning going on. I was so proud of 16-year-old Jacob as he learned how to drive the tractor, dig the trench, and move sand around. He made a lot of mistakes and Larry very firmly and gently taught him how to manage the backhoe and loader, and how to place the out-riggers. When Jacob became frustrated, Larry encouraged him to climb back in the seat and try again. Jacob comprehended the skills. 

I am tired, very happy, and confident my family will be able to meet the changes taking place in society and have the sense of being self-sufficient. 

10-year-old Ethan and I created a strawberry patch. 

 

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