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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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Betty Bowers Reviews "When Christians Break Bad" by Bonnie Weinstein

Started by Loren Miller. Last reply by Grinning Cat Sep 17. 5 Replies

This is new!  Betty Bowers, America's Best Christian, reading a book other than the bible???  True enough!  Seems as though some shiksa by the name of Bonnie Weinstein has recently penned a tome with the title: When Christians Break Bad: Letters…Continue

Tags: MRFF, When Christians Break Bad, Military Religious Freedom Foundation, Bonnie Weinstein, America's Best Christian

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

Started by Loren Miller. Last reply by Grinning Cat Jul 30. 42 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

A MESSAGE FROM THE QUEEN

Started by Patricia. Last reply by Patricia Jul 13. 9 Replies

Hilarious Must Read Letter To The Citizens Of The United States Of America From Her Sovereign Majesty Queen Elizabeth II.Published by BhaviniA MESSAGE FROM THE QUEENTo all the citizens of the United States of America from Her Sovereign Majesty Queen…Continue

Consumers do not see this coming

Started by Joan Denoo. Last reply by Meri Weathers Jul 11. 5 Replies

GRAIN & FOOD PRICES TO SOAR! China Trade, Farmers, Weather, and GSMWhat can I do to be more self-sufficient? 1. grow more of my food,2. eat lower on the food chain,3. find simple, less expensive pleasures, 4. build support community, 5. prepare…Continue

Tags: community, farmers, poverty

Evangelicals Breaking Up with Jesus (Betty Bowers)

Started by Loren Miller. Last reply by Grinning Cat May 28. 10 Replies

Has evangelical Christianity lost sight of Christ?  Seems to me that there are a whole lot of evangelical Christians who are presuming to represent Jesus by not representing him or misrepresenting him or – let's be honest here – talking out of their…Continue

Tags: Franklin, Graham, Trump, Jesus, America's Best Christian

How would you respond?

Started by Christina Scribner. Last reply by Tom Sarbeck May 27. 15 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

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Comment by Plinius on May 8, 2019 at 11:01pm

I have the cheapest pre-paid phone I could find, and I only use it so a few people can find me.

Comment by Ian Mason on May 8, 2019 at 1:50pm

That's a witty and apposite post from The Onion, GC.

Comment by Patricia on May 8, 2019 at 1:30pm

My phone stays on the table at home, does NOT go in the bedroom, stays in my handbag while out, unless I need the grocery store's app coupon, or need to make a call.

Comment by Grinning Cat on May 8, 2019 at 12:13pm

I like having the Internet and a "Swiss army knife" tech gadget in my pocket. (Don't need the absolute latest and greatest phone.)

As for people staring at their phones everywhere, even at the game, The Onion had it right, nine years ago: 
Report: 90% Of Waking Hours Spent Staring At Glowing Rectangles

"We discovered in almost all cases that Americans find it enjoyable and rewarding to put their faces in front of glowing rectangles for hours on end," said Howard West, a prominent sociologist on the Stanford team. "Furthermore, when citizens are not staring slack-jawed at these mesmerizing shapes, many appear to become lost, confused, and unsure of what they should be doing to occupy themselves."

Comment by Patricia on May 7, 2019 at 2:51pm

Yes, Ruth, it suits us just fine. We never used all the bells & whistles anyway, or even half of them, so the text & talk is more than sufficient. I text with the kids a lot so the talking part is minimal....calling a taxi, the dr., Go-Bus,  whatever. I do use the coupon app in the grocery store, but that's about it.

Comment by Ruth Anthony-Gardner on May 7, 2019 at 2:40pm

I have a smart phone for emergency calls. I much prefer to sit at my desk and use a full size keyboard and 2 screens. For voice calls, I'm usually home and use the land line. Patricia, your deal makes a lot more sense. 

Comment by Joan Denoo on May 5, 2019 at 3:25am

Ian, you have a right to be annoyed.

Comment by Ian Mason on May 4, 2019 at 8:19pm

I stick with my antique Nokia. It's fine for calls and texts, which is all I need. I get annoyed at the gym when people sit on a bench or machine and stare at a screen instead of training. They're in my way and I want to use the equipment for its intended purpose.

Comment by Randall Smith on May 4, 2019 at 7:16am

Yeah, I get chided for not having a smart phone. It's shameful that so many people spend 90% of their waking hours staring at their phones--even (and especially) in China. I see spectators at ball games (on TV) looking in their laps rather than watching the action.

I don't remember ever having to use my cell phone for an emergency, but I feel better having it with me, just in case.

Comment by Joan Denoo on May 2, 2019 at 4:55pm

L&L gave me a cell phone that I have instructions to take wherever I  go because I am unsteady on my feet, fall down frequently, and my phone tells them where I am located. So far, I am in the house, garden greenhouse, or at Michelle's. I haven't fallen in the forest, yet. When I go outside, Dominic always accompanies me; he gets more attention outside than inside because he is shedding now and leaving tufts of his beautiful black hair wherever he goes.  

 

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