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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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Men who challenge men to stop violence

Started by Joan Denoo. Last reply by Idaho Spud Jan 9. 19 Replies

Many men join in the effort to reduce violence against women and children and other men. He speaks of the need to place responsibility on men instead of focusing on women to stop violence. He offers a breath of fresh air, as do so many of the men on…Continue

Ian, a beautiful New Years blessing.

Started by Joan Denoo. Last reply by Chris Jan 5. 7 Replies

Ian, for some reason, my comment would not "send" on Hang with Friends; perhaps it will here!Ian, a beautiful New Years blessing. It goes in my file. I especially like the thought of surprising myself. Laura made a special trip to my Spokane home to…Continue

degrading love — part two (TheraminTrees)

Started by Loren Miller Jan 1. 0 Replies

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

The Ark Encounter: A Less than Grand Opening (The Thinking Atheist)

Started by Loren Miller. Last reply by Idaho Spud Dec 31, 2016. 27 Replies

The day finally arrived.  Ken Ham's Ark Encounter opened on 7 July, 2016 ... to something a bit less than Disney-sized crowds, and more than a couple dissenting voices!  Seth Andrews has gathered a quartet of significant participants in the protest…Continue

Tags: Tracey Moody, Dan Broadbent, Seth Andrews, David Silverman, AronRa

Learning a Language as a Mature Adult

Started by Daniel W. Last reply by Idaho Spud Dec 14, 2016. 27 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

What Annoys God Most? (Betty Bowers)

Started by Loren Miller. Last reply by Grinning Cat Dec 7, 2016. 10 Replies

Long story short, it's those near misses, the almost-but-not-quite, close but no cheroot moments, or, would you believe ... Near Death Experiences!  So what's the big deal?  Betty Bowers, America's BEST Christian and self-proclaimed expert on such…Continue

Tags: Near Death Experiences, America's Best Christian, Betty Bowers

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Comment by Bertold Brautigan on March 24, 2015 at 9:09am

Happy B-day Randall. Enjoy that Danube trip; it's beautiful.

Comment by Plinius on March 24, 2015 at 9:09am

Return flights. You should know FA!

Comment by The Flying Atheist on March 24, 2015 at 9:07am
Happy Birthday, Randy! All my best to you.

Many happy returns? Isn't that reincarnation? lol
Comment by Plinius on March 24, 2015 at 8:53am

Congrats Randall, and many happy returns!

Comment by Randall Smith on March 24, 2015 at 7:47am

72 revolutions around the sun (as Chris would say) today (3/24). It's been a great ride, and it ain't over quite yet.

I've led a fairly charmed life, godless and all. My parents were great. I thank them for clothing and feeding me, providing an education, giving me piano lessons and braces, and much more

My first (of two) wives gave me 4 wonderful children. Being twice divorced wasn't on the menu, but such is life. I'm happily single.

I enjoyed (mostly) teaching middle school students for 33 years. I don't know who was educated more. I learned a lot.

Over the years, I've traveled, hiked mountains and plains, seen the Mona Lisa, on and on. I'm headed to the Danube in two weeks. Mostly, I'm a homebody, however, gardening, golfing, reading, exercising, babysitting, just hangin' out.

It's a wonderful life--at least for me.

Comment by k.h. ky on March 23, 2015 at 11:19pm
I accidentally hit that I liked andold blog of mine and it popped up on the right. I feel like an idiot and hate this little pad!
Comment by Idaho Spud on March 23, 2015 at 10:31am

Trepidation indeed Randall.  Here's hoping things go well.

I don't quite understand the land value you're talking about.  Can you clarify that for me?

Comment by Idaho Spud on March 23, 2015 at 10:26am

I used to work with a guy that was probably the most enjoyable person to talk to that I ever met.  And, he had a great sense of humor.  We could be talking about something very serious, and he would all of a sudden say something funny about it, and make me laugh.

I ask him how he got such a sense of humor, and he said his home life was so miserable, he had to develop a sense of humor or die.

Comment by Randall Smith on March 23, 2015 at 7:38am

In a couple of hours, with fear and trepidation, I'm signing papers that will use my 100 acre farm land as collateral for my organic farm kids to secure a major loan for their operation. To make money, or be successful, you have to invest. They're running their operation on shoe laces. And they want to expand--fruit trees, modern equipment, cattle, etc. At $8000/acre, we're talking ten times that in land value. But, it's a risk I'm willing to take. No pain, no gain.

Comment by Plinius on March 23, 2015 at 1:51am

 I often wonder how people can come out of such an experience and be loving and kind.

Many people can't, but if you find one who can, listen and watch. I think such people have a special quality; they are hurt as often as anyone, but they remain unspoilt. Like this man http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/W%C5%82adys%C5%82aw_Szpilman  I read the book, and in an extra chapter one of his sons told how his father was a happy familyman and his children never even suspected that he had had such a bad past.

I love how your Ebony taught you!

 

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