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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 18 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 on Friday. 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 Joan Denoo on September 14, 2015 at 12:04pm

Felaine's death is a symbol of all that is wrong with USA health delivery. We can make a difference for others, even if it is too late for our dear friend. I'm in the fight for universal health care in my country; the funny, sarcastic, irreverent, relevant, cynical nature of her comments ring in my ears. 

Comment by Idaho Spud on September 14, 2015 at 11:49am

Thanks Carl.   I hope I can get an in-home internet service also.  Several times a day now, I would like to access the net, but have to write down a reminder of what I want to know or do, for the times I'm at the library.

Glad to hear your good news.  Waiting to hear more good news after the transplant.

I've always thought Spike Jones was a hoot.  There's a movie called I.Q. that I enjoy watching every year, that has a very funny scene where a Spike Jones Tune is played.  Meg Ryan's a teacher and hears Spike for the first time when the head of the university plays her the tune on his new "stereo" system.  She looks startled when the craziness starts.  The university head says.  "Isn't the sound great?  It feels like you can just reach out and touch him."  Meg replies, "Or slap him!"

Comment by Idaho Spud on September 14, 2015 at 11:28am

Randy, I'm sorry for your loss of your father.  It sounds like you loved your father as much as I did mine.  Mine died at age 95, but it wasn't a sudden shock like your experience was.  Mine was in slow decline and was in so much pain, with such little mobility, and with a mind that was going, that we all felt relived that he was finally out of his pain.

Comment by Joan Denoo on September 14, 2015 at 11:07am

Randy, I am sorry to learn of your father's death. You spoke fondly of him and I enjoyed when you told of visiting him. Just think of all the changes he saw in his lifetime! What a remarkable time to live. 

Born during that period after WW I, the Great Depression, WW II, conquered diseases, space flight, transplanted organs, and family planning, to name just a few. 

Comment by The Flying Atheist on September 14, 2015 at 9:46am

Randy, I'm so sorry to hear about your family's loss.

Comment by Pat on September 14, 2015 at 8:45am

Randall, I'm sorry to hear about your loss. However, I am envious. I never had a good relationship with my father. And, when he died, it was no great loss to me. I've always envied the relationships of people like you and your dad. You are fortunate in that you have something I will never enjoy. Wonderful memories of him. 

Comment by Plinius on September 14, 2015 at 8:05am

Randall, I'm so sorry for your loss! I'm glad you were with him, but it's really a bad experience for you. 

Comment by Loren Miller on September 14, 2015 at 8:04am

Condolences, Randall.  It's bad enough to know it's coming, but to have it come on that fast has to be hard as hell.  Take care, bro.

Comment by Bertold Brautigan on September 14, 2015 at 7:56am

Randall, I'm so sorry to hear of your loss.

Comment by Randall Smith on September 14, 2015 at 7:47am

Speaking of falling: I'm sad to report that my very own father took a spill on steps, broke his hip, hit his head, and died 10 hours later. This was just 2 days ago. He was 97. It was all so sudden and shocking. I was at his bedside when his blood pressure dropped off the chart. There was no hope trying to revive him.

So I lost my one and only father, a great man, someone I admired and loved very much. I knew his passing would come sooner or later, but it's still not easy, especially coming so unexpectedly. 

 

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