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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.

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Goodwill to Few Men (Betty Bowers)

Started by Loren Miller. Last reply by Donald R Barbera Jul 23. 3 Replies

Think Goodwill Industries does well by the poor?  Fact is, they do WAY BETTER for themselves, to the point where America's Best Christian, Betty Bowers, thinks they're ripping off the christian playbook a bit too well!  Have a look for yourself:…Continue

Tags: ripoff, Goodwill Industries, America's Best Christian, Betty Bowers

Your favorite photobombs?

Started by Ruth Anthony-Gardner. Last reply by Plinius Jul 10. 12 Replies

Running of the bulls photobomb.Continue

losing faith (TheraminTrees)

Started by Loren Miller Jul 5. 0 Replies

TheraminTrees has recently begun producing a new series of YouTube videos, which added to a wonderful library of earlier observations regarding his experience of religion. Good as all those pieces are, I personally think they pale against this…Continue

Tags: story, history, faith, TheraminTrees

Betty Explains Religious Freedom (Betty Bowers)

Started by Loren Miller. Last reply by Ruth Anthony-Gardner Jul 3. 10 Replies

Well, considering all the RFRA bills popping up all over the United States, plus all the fun and games ISIS is bringing to the good folks in Syria and Iraq, Betty Bowers, the epitome of well-dressed christianity, has decided to clarify the true…Continue

Tags: persecution, ISIS, Religious Freedom, America's Best Christian, Betty Bowers

Surreal, I haz it

Started by Ruth Anthony-Gardner. Last reply by Ruth Anthony-Gardner May 6. 82 Replies

Surreal, not just found in art.Continue

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Let's not define ourselves or others by our worst behaviors

Started by Ruth Anthony-Gardner. Last reply by Dominique Lutz Apr 16. 6 Replies

My take on the recent melt down at Hang With Friends, of which I missed part, is that some of us were tripped up by a habit of thought. It's something we learn growing up, and use without realizing how much pain it can generate -  failing to…Continue

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Comment by Plinius on April 12, 2014 at 1:25am

You've got a very sensible daughter, Mindy! She is careful with other people and with herself.

People with any illness can choose: pick a healthy partner and you'll spend a lifetime doing more than you can because you don't want to let down partner.

Pick no partner: you won't let her/him down and you can order your life the way you want it.

Or pick a partner with a similar illness; you're on equal footing and you understand each other perfectly, but when the shit hits the fan you have to do the impossible to get things right.

Give her my love.

Comment by Steph S. on April 11, 2014 at 9:24pm

Comment by Steph S. on April 11, 2014 at 9:22pm

Oh enjoyed reading that booklover - I am glad to here of your updates. No need to apologize. Well I hope things go the way she wants them to go and everything works out for the two of them.

Comment by sk8eycat on April 10, 2014 at 10:04pm

Mindy, I love FFRF's DIY virtual billboards...I've wanted to make one for a long time, but I haven't been able to come up with a photo, OR anything clever to say.  This one is PURRfect!

Comment by Idaho Spud on April 10, 2014 at 8:26am

I've seen shows about the Alex.  A most amazing bird!  "Bird brain" is not the put-down it used to be.

Comment by Plinius on April 10, 2014 at 4:40am

Thanks for posting, I enjoyed that!

Comment by sk8eycat on April 10, 2014 at 2:49am

Anybody ever see any videos of Dr. Irene Pepperberg and the late, much lamented Alex (an African grey parrot)?

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Alex_%28parrot%29

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=SzPiTwDE0bE

Comment by Plinius on April 10, 2014 at 1:07am

Small brains are big enough. One of my cats remembered something ten years later, and he was happy about it.

Comment by Idaho Spud on April 9, 2014 at 2:46pm

That talking bird is fascinating Mapoleon.   It's amazing how smart birds are with such small brains.

Comment by sk8eycat on April 9, 2014 at 2:42pm

Migrating mallards have been stopping by our pool the last couple of weeks...not many, but one or two every morning.  I hope the chlorine and other chemicals in the water don't harm them.

There's an apartment complex out in the West Valley that gets huge flocks of them every year.  A friend of mine has a pool-cleaning service, and he is NOT fond of the ducks.  Tee-hee!

 

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