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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.

Nobody here is into mind games. A discussion started with a loaded guilt-throwing question will be deleted.

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Bible Belt Atheist (New York Times)

Started by Loren Miller on Thursday. 0 Replies

The following showed up in my YouTube feed this morning, and I decided to have a look.  Turns out, the New York Times has given us a reasonably even-handed look at a good friend of ours, being one Jerry DeWitt, former bible-thumper and now a pretty…Continue

Tags: Bible Belt, atheist, Jerry DeWitt

How would you respond?

Started by Christina Scribner. Last reply by Christina Scribner Apr 10. 5 Replies

So, this morning, I was at my local coffee shop as I am most weekdays between bus runs. I do the editing on my husband's books so I had my laptop with me. My wallpaper is a picture I found online sometime back of a double helix with the word atheist…Continue

The Fake Christian Busybody Show (Andrew Bradley)

Started by Loren Miller. Last reply by Plinius Apr 9. 1 Reply

It seems as though there was a Gay Pride parade in some town somewhere and a Christian commentator, herein known as The Activist Mommy, apparently got her panties so in a bunch about it that she had to fire up her video camera and record a…Continue

Tags: gay, pride, The Activist Mommy, Andrew Bradley, America's Best Christian

America Held Hostage: Day 436 (MisterDeity)

Started by Loren Miller. Last reply by Ruth Anthony-Gardner Apr 9. 1 Reply

Now that Sinclair Broadcasting has stated their position regarding fake news and its threat to our democracy, Mister Deity's Brian Dalton has decided to throw his $0.02 worth in as well ... though I don't quite think his presentation was really what…Continue

Tags: fake news, Deity, Mister, Broadcasting, Sinclair

Guns: Both Sides Now (Betty Bowers)

Started by Loren Miller. Last reply by Christina Scribner Apr 3. 3 Replies

Oh, NO!  The gun debate has gotten so heated that it has Betty Bowers, America's Best Christian, TALKING TO HERSELF!  Apparently, one of her has had a stroke or a serious breakdown in cognitive skills, as she does little more than parrot the NRA's…Continue

Tags: NRA, guns, America's Best Christian, Betty Bowers

how dogma pollutes discourse (qualiasoup & theramintrees)

Started by Loren Miller Apr 3. 0 Replies

"The Lord is our God; the Lord is One." "I am the Way, the Truth, and the Life; no one comes to the Father, but by Me." "There is no god but Allah, and Mohamed is his prophet." Assertions, taught as fact, but without any form of corroborative…Continue

Tags: dogma, QualiaSoup, TheraminTrees

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Comment by kathy: ky on September 26, 2016 at 4:48pm
Temperatures are in the low 60s. I love it.
Comment by Idaho Spud on September 25, 2016 at 8:26am

Ruth, I like your "Never Too Late" picture.  Here's what my welcoming computer feels like to me:

Comment by Randall Smith on September 25, 2016 at 7:47am

I wholeheartedly agree with you, Joan, regarding living a "real life", as you put it. Perhaps I'm being a bit selfish, putting myself in the middle of the universe, but it makes me less of a misanthrope.     And rock on, Ruth!

Comment by Plinius on September 25, 2016 at 1:35am

Thanks, Joan, I'm back into work mode and very busy because I lose so much time. My two days of work are followed by two bad days in which I dare not leave the house - even the stairs are difficult. So in general I have three days left to shop, cook, clean etc. and for meeting people, but most of the time I can't manage all that. I've fallen a few times but I haven't hurt myself very much. We both never had a drivers license, so we picked a place to live close to public transport. On good days I can walk in town as if nothing is wrong. Thanks for the info on the device! I still have to go to hospital to have my ears checked.

And you're right, Ruth, where would we be without our computers! Our physical world is getting narrower but we can still live in a wider world and meet friends!

Comment by Joan Denoo on September 24, 2016 at 8:44pm

I can't think of a better way to spend time than on the computer, learnings about other nations and governments, seeing fantastic photos of nature, learning about the new physics when we are still working to understand previous ideas, finding out that not all nations are as violent as ours, and some have better health care than we do. 

It feels better than sitting in front of a screen watching other people's lives. Real life is a whole lot more challenging and interesting than love affairs and financial ruin of some "let's pretend of commercial TV. 

I like your photo, Ruth, "Never too late!"

Comment by Ruth Anthony-Gardner on September 24, 2016 at 6:41pm

Ian, us senior citizens don't use rocking chairs any more. We're parked in front of our computer screens.

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Otherwise, "I resemble those".

Comment by Joan Denoo on September 24, 2016 at 5:23pm

Oh! my goodness, no, I have not seen anything from Carl! 

Comment by kathy: ky on September 24, 2016 at 5:10pm
Anyone heard from Carl lately? He's usually around more.
Comment by Joan Denoo on September 24, 2016 at 2:57pm

Chris, I am sorry to learn of your dizziness, deafness. I understand it is progressive and knowing you, you researched it thoroughly. Have you fallen? Are you able to use public transit to get where you need to go. What do you do when you have an episode? Does a cane help maintain your balance? It seems you have a new normal. 

I assume you already checked out this device: 

Meniett device. For vertigo that's hard to treat, this therapy involves applying pressure to the middle ear to improve fluid exchange. A device called a Meniett pulse generator applies pulses of pressure to the ear canal through a ventilation tube.

You do the treatment at home, usually three times a day for five minutes at a time. Initial reports on the Meniett device show improvement in symptoms of vertigo, tinnitus and aural pressure, but its long-term effectiveness has not been determined.

Meniere's disease, Treatments and drugs

Isn't ageing interesting and challenging!!??

I'll be thinking of you. 

Comment by Joan Denoo on September 24, 2016 at 2:44pm

Spud, the unknown amount is undoubtedly, "other." 

 

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