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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 Bertold Brautigan 2 hours ago. 34 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 Idaho Spud on October 4, 2014 at 2:35pm

On the first few songs that I recognize, that guy is excellent at imitating other singers.

Comment by Joan Denoo on October 3, 2014 at 3:32pm

Harvest time continues; there will be basil, thyme, sage, garlic and onions to harvest. My house will be a mess with all that drying laying around. I don’t have a drying machine, I prefer washing and then laying herbs on very clean white towels to dry. Then, I’ll put them in bottles that brought me my pills and capsules of medicine. 

I hope this day is one of joy and special people for each one of you and your pets, too. 

Comment by Plinius on October 2, 2014 at 9:11am

Mindy, I'm just the same as you. Hug for you! I'm glad we're friends!

Comment by Plinius on October 2, 2014 at 8:48am

13 is old - comparable to 75 in people, but some veterans hang on till they're 100. But our cats always die too early. I hope Dale stays with you for a good time.

That story of the two adults - five years ago someone warned us that husband's aunt wasn't doing well; she had Alzheimer's, forgot to eat, and a so called friend was emptying her bank account. She lived 250 Km from here - a long trip by public transport. We got  permission from the court of justice to be her curators/guardians so we could act. Scared away the ´friend´ and moved Aunt to a carehome here. She still doesn't know where she is, but her health is back and she's happy to live among kind people who'll kiss and hug her whenever she wants a kiss. She not quite sure who I am but she loves me. We visit her often, bring her home to see the cats and we do the shopping and the organizing. And her happiness is a big reward!

I don't believe in fate or anything, and it isn't really easy, but it feels all right to do whatever comes your way. I couldn't look in the mirror if I didn't try to help.

This might be a longer answer than you wanted...

Comment by Bertold Brautigan on October 2, 2014 at 8:34am

I don't know if it's actually true, but I read somewhere once that the average life span of 14 years for cats is tweaked by the fact that so many cats die of non-natural causes like collisions with vehicles or predators. While 14 is the actual average, it's not at all unusual for a cat to live to 19 or 20.

Comment by Plinius on October 2, 2014 at 8:08am

I love them too Randall, but I still wish I didn't live in the brightest spot in the Netherlands...

Comment by Randall Smith on October 2, 2014 at 7:44am

Chris, I love nighttime photos. Benelux countries with a little England I recognize.

Joan, I always enjoy reading your reminisces. I'm not quite as old as you, but it brings back childhood memories.

Carl, great autumn photos.

Comment by Idaho Spud on October 2, 2014 at 5:49am

Mindy, I'm so glad your daughter surprised you.  Sounds like a wonderful day.  Also like the encouraging news about Dale. 

Carl, thanks for the beautiful October forest.  I love forests.

Comment by Plinius on October 2, 2014 at 5:39am

And I really put the lights out!

Comment by Plinius on October 2, 2014 at 1:28am

Have a good trip, Ian! I begin to understand you better now that we've got two adults to take care of. There are good sides but it wears you out.

I'm glad Dale is doing better! I get the feeling he ate something that didn't agree with him - a piece of a toy perhaps? Then you get such a pattern.

Light grey autumn here and still high temperatures. But I feel ready for colder weather.

 

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