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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 Loren Miller Nov 24. 9 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. 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. 99 Replies

Surreal, not just found in art.Continue

Tags: surreal

Speak English? YOU FIRST! (Betty Bowers)

Started by Loren Miller. Last reply by Donald R Barbera Sep 27. 5 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

10 Things About Patriotism (Betty Bowers)

Started by Loren Miller. Last reply by Plinius Sep 26. 2 Replies

It seems as though lately, Mrs. Betty Bowers, America's Best Christian, is evolving into America's Best Patriot.  She has recently been taking some fairly well-aimed shots at a certain Orange Nightmare and his sycophantic hangers-on, regarding the…Continue

Tags: patriotism, Donald Trump, America's Best Christian, Betty Bowers

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Comment by Loren Miller on May 29, 2016 at 7:48am

Joan, I think the short form of that is:

If you can't show it, you don't know it.
-- AronRa

Comment by Randall Smith on May 29, 2016 at 6:50am

So, Carl, how have you been lately? Or did I miss an update when I was in Greece? Every time you comment, I'm happy to know you're still active and hopefully energetic.

Out of curiosity, I opened up a bluebird box yesterday to see if it was in use, and there were 5 blue eggs sitting in there! Hurray!

Comment by Joan Denoo on May 29, 2016 at 3:20am

This was just posted on Facebook by Paul LaClair:

"To engage ethically with others, the first requirement is epistemic integrity, and that means commitment to evidence and reason as the justifications for belief, before expecting others to take that belief seriously. Truth claims are respectable to the extent that they can be confirmed intersubjectively and objectively. The faith maneuver is a self-referential abrogation of that ethical obligation, a solipsistic trump card to circumvent discussion and accountability. It's a blank check to abandon discourse and replace it with arbitrary and peremptory assertions. 'I believe it because I believe it, and that's all I have to offer' is a big fat finger in the face of your fellow man."

Comment by The Flying Atheist on May 28, 2016 at 11:08pm

Daniel, if you're happily pleased with the result of your sun tunnels then they have paid for themselves already.  Sometimes certain things are "just worth it" for their everyday pleasure. 

Comment by Joan Denoo on May 28, 2016 at 10:59pm

I know how much you care for your dogs, Daniel, and I have a deeper understanding of that with my bonding with Dominic. Charlie's age is an important factor in your concern. I hope your intention of Charlie's days being filled with companionship and love is realized. 

Your photos of Charlie and Baigou delight me. 

Good for you! Installing another sun tunnel in your home. The thought of you climbing on your roof gives me shivers, even if it is a one story structure, I think. 

Comment by Joan Denoo on May 28, 2016 at 10:48pm

Elgin Park, Michael Paul Smith

I ran across this video of an interesting fellow who turned dark memories of being bullied and alone into a place where he is never lonely.

Elgin Park, is a beguiling photography series featuring 1/24th-scale models of quintessential Americana that Smith describes as a ‘dreamlike recreation’ of his past. In Elgin Park, Smith describes how he’s found redemption through the project after bouts with suicidal spells, creating a world that has pockets of darkness, but where he is never lonely."

Comment by Randall Smith on May 27, 2016 at 6:56am

It never ceses to amaze me that so many people accept "Noah fables" and the like (Jonah...) as the so-called Gospel truth. Of course, they reject evolution.

Comment by Ruth Anthony-Gardner on May 26, 2016 at 8:25pm
We already have nonhuman autonomous entities operating in our society with the legal rights of humans. These entities - corporations - act to fulfill their missions without love or care for human beings.

That's for sure, Bertold!

Comment by Bertold Brautigan on May 26, 2016 at 7:33pm

Joan - Thanks for the tip the other day on the book What to Think about Machines That Think. It's quite a fascinating read. One of my favorite quotes so far:

  • We already have nonhuman autonomous entities operating in our society with the legal rights of humans. These entities - corporations - act to fulfill their missions without love or care for human beings.
  • . . . The corporate boards of the future will be circuit boards.
  • . . . Of course, the first superintelligent machines probably won't be corporate; they'll be operated by governments. And this will be much more hazardous.
Comment by Bertold Brautigan on May 26, 2016 at 6:53pm

Ruth, you remind me of the guy having a Rorschach test who says, "But doc, you're the one with all the dirty pictures!"

 

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