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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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The Whole Bible in 30 Seconds (Betty Bowers)

Started by Loren Miller. Last reply by Randy Hatly yesterday. 15 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

punishing doubt (TheraminTrees)

Started by Loren Miller. Last reply by Joan Denoo on Tuesday. 2 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

A moment to relax and see the Earth from space; some how this comforts me.

Started by Joan Denoo. Last reply by Qiana-Maieev on Sunday. 3 Replies

All the squabbles and struggles that I have do not compare with those of some others on this great planet. There are no boundary lines, no political arguments, no up or no down. What is, is. For right now, the scenes offer tranquility. Just the…Continue

Tags: and, wonder, awe, of, space

His Dark Materials and the Catholic Church

Started by Tonya R. Wheeler. Last reply by Plinius on Sunday. 27 Replies

I recently watched the movie, "The Golden Compass" and since I could not find the sequels, I read the books. I enjoyed them, and I will be reading the first one, Northern Lights, starting tomorrow, since it just arrived via inter-library…Continue

Tags: Fantasy, Catholic, Religion, Atheist, Pullman

Issues Atheist, Feminist, GLBTQ, Climate Change

Started by Joan Denoo. Last reply by Joan Denoo Oct 6. 2 Replies

This is a test Continue

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

Started by Loren Miller. Last reply by Loren Miller Sep 29. 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

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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.

Comment by Ian Mason on October 1, 2014 at 11:00pm

Comment by Ian Mason on October 1, 2014 at 10:59pm

That looks like a really substantial pro-democracy movement building up in Hong Kong. I think Carl is right that Bejing has a terrible record as regards such things. The West will, of course, only make a token protest if shooting starts.

Glad to hear that Dale is perking up a little, Mindy.

Autumn. "Season of mists and mellow fruitfulness". Every season has its beauties.

I'm off to England again tomorrow. A niece getting married and things to decide and sign about my dement Mum. To be honest, I'm getting tired of airports and 'planes. Although I've enjoyed this year's holidays and family visits, I feel that I've reached my limit for the time being.

Be well, everyone.

Comment by Joan Denoo on October 1, 2014 at 9:02pm

I found this about the drone video Dramatic aerial drone footage of Hong Kong protests

"Aerial footage filmed by a drone shows the large number of people joining pro-democracy protests in Hong Kong. Protest leaders have threatened to step up their campaign if the region's chief executive does not meet them by midnight on Tuesday, after he insisted that Beijing would not retreat on limits to voting reforms."

I was in Hong Kong in the 1980s. The masses of people were everywhere. The tall buildings that we call apartment houses, they called estates. The estates I went to, to interview women, consisted of one room for each apartment. They had community bathrooms and elevators that stopped at every other floor ... If I remember correctly they stopped at every 4th floor, but memory could be fading. 
I had fantastic meals in these one room apartments; how they did it I cannot tell. They had fold down beds on all four walls, and these were fastened up to the wall during the day and a big table was unfolded out to the center of the room. Folding chairs appeared from nooks. In one room, it was not uncommon to have a family of one or two small children, a mother and father, and a grandmother and grandfather. Often there was another child of the grandparents.

I was told it took four adults to raise one child. Everyone worksed men and women of all ages. The elders assumed childcare duties as a normal situation. There were child care facilities paid for by the government and the business. These were called Crèche.

A working mother had a month off after the birth of a baby and then had a year of release time so she could nurse her baby while working. She was not penalised for that lost work.  Most women I talked to did not want more than one child. 

It was in China that I saw the first contraceptive inserts into the arms of young women. 

Comment by The Flying Atheist on October 1, 2014 at 7:55pm

Happy October!

Comment by The Flying Atheist on October 1, 2014 at 11:53am

The Hong Kong video I posted was removed.  Here it is from another source.  Hopefully this one won't also disappear.



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