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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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bending truth, or "We Can All Be Manipulated" (TheraminTrees)

Started by Loren Miller. Last reply by Loren Miller yesterday. 39 Replies

The following is one of TheraminTrees' most thorough-going pieces, wherein he looks at the process and techniques whereby a "religious" organization (which will sound VERY familiar to most of us, once introductions are made!) takes a person who…Continue

Tags: indoctrination, truth, manipulation, TheraminTrees

punishing doubt (TheraminTrees)

Started by Loren Miller Sep 6. 0 Replies

If you are associated with religion and especially a fundamentalist religion, doubt is intolerable.  Certainty, however it may be achieved or imposed, becomes a necessary element, especially considering the utter dearth of any form of evidence or…Continue

Tags: religion, TheraminTrees, punish, doubt

We Don't Want Your (Atheist) Money! (The Thinking Atheist)

Started by Loren Miller. Last reply by Idaho Spud Sep 2. 17 Replies

I suppose I've heard stories like this before:Conscientious atheist donates money to worthy cause.Worthy cause initially accepts money.Worthy cause discovers source of donation.Worthy cause rejects donation.Swell, eh?  Well Matt Willbourne of…Continue

Tags: American Baptist Churches Association, Murrow Indian Children's Home, The Thinking Atheist, Seth Andrews

The Whole Bible in 30 Seconds (Betty Bowers)

Started by Loren Miller. Last reply by Randy Hatly Sep 2. 3 Replies

Ever decide that you wanted to read the whole bible, cover to cover, only to realize half-way through Deuteronomy that the darn thing is industrial-strength BORING?!?  Well, never fear!  America's Best Christian, Betty Bowers, has done the Cliff's…Continue

Tags: bible, America's Best Christian, Betty Bowers

Are You a Patriot? (Betty Bowers)

Started by Loren Miller. Last reply by Chris G Aug 29. 22 Replies

You might think that Betty Bowers, America's Best Christian, would be stepping outside of her comfort zone in tackling the concept of patriotism.  As it turns out, not only does she have a proper handle on the term and its implications, she also…Continue

Tags: patriot, America's Best Christian, Betty Bowers

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Comment by Qiana-Maieev on July 30, 2016 at 4:42pm

The cruise around the lake seems like a beautiful way to relax & enjoy great company.

Comment by Ian Mason on July 30, 2016 at 3:50pm

Have a good trip, Joan. I think a lot of young people are disillusioned about the main political system. Perhaps some good will come of that. A new '68 perhaps.

Christopher Hitchens said that the best way to develop the '3rd world' was the empowerment of women. I don't know if that's true in the West, where women tend to take on the same personas as the men they replace.

Comment by Joan Denoo on July 30, 2016 at 2:20pm

I'm off to the cruise on Lake Coeur d'Alene and my time with those fresh young college people who don't like what is going on politically. They will not vote for the Dem or Rep candidates and are scattered about who they will choose.

Comment by Joan Denoo on July 30, 2016 at 2:04pm

That is good, Spud! I surely don't want to hurt your feelings.  I wanted to do a reality check with you. Thank you for responding so quickly. 

It is wonderful to have you back online from your home. I enjoy and learn from you, dear friend. 

Comment by Idaho Spud on July 30, 2016 at 1:36pm

I didn't notice any insult Joan.  Things are fine.

Comment by Joan Denoo on July 30, 2016 at 1:30pm

Spud, I should have known you already did all the things you could do to solve the player problem. I didn't mean to insult you when I gave my suggestions. I am happy to learn that you did what you could. 

Comment by Joan Denoo on July 30, 2016 at 1:19pm

Ian, you are so right about Thatcher! We need any more of that ilk. But then, we don't need any more Reagans.

I was thinking of some of our traditional black women who not only had to fight slavery; many had dominating husbands. I suppose that is why the black women I knew and worked with were exceptionally bright and confrontational. They took an effective leadership role in their families and work; they were exceptionally well-trained teachers. 

Native American women often reveal excellent leadership qualities. One woman in Spokane said the Indian men didn't stand up to the challenges and lead their people. They took on leadership roles in the tribe, created an outstanding alcohol and drug treatment center that even white go and are helped. It isn't the "Let go, let god" crowd. The women required personal responsibility. They had a lower recidivism rate than other alcohol treatment programs. 

I just have a hunch there is a woman leader in the pipeline of women who are rising in politics, and she may be black or of either Indian heritage, or Asian culture. 

We need to start training our sons and daughters to assume leadership roles. My son Craig has two young sons. They are going to be effective leaders because of their home and school environment. 

The hosts of last night's dinner and today's cruise are both retired teachers. They trained their kids to be leaders. I met them last night and their families. What an incredible family! 

We have to stop doing what we are doing with our kids and start raising them to be adults. Too many kids learn how to be adult kids. We don't need any more kids. 

Comment by Idaho Spud on July 30, 2016 at 1:08pm

I'm using a tape player very little now because I have most of what I want on disk.

Comment by Idaho Spud on July 30, 2016 at 1:07pm

Every time my tape player quits, I find another one at a thrift shop.

Comment by Joan Denoo on July 30, 2016 at 1:03pm

Ian, do you have a thrift shop or some place people send their unwanted equipment? Jeeze, I would give it a try, especially with your treasures. I share your sadness. 

I have the same problem, except mine aren't treasures, they are simply the old stuff of no further interest to me, so I am not going to try to find a player. 

 

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