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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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Mental health in the age of violence: Dr. Elliott Ingersol

Started by Loren Miller 2 hours ago. 0 Replies

I literally just discovered Dr. Elliott Ingersol yesterday, as a part of a discussion I had with other members of the Northern Ohio Freethought Society.  Dr. Ingersol is a licensed psychologist and clinical counselor in Ohio, as well as a professor…Continue

Tags: talk, psychotropic, therapy, psychology, Elliott Ingersol

maggie and milly and molly and may (Edward Estlin Cummings & Eric Whitacre)

Started by Loren Miller. Last reply by Loren Miller Nov 20. 2 Replies

It's amazing what you discover when you go looking for something you had no idea you'd find.  On an impulse, I pulled up Eric Whitacre's website to see if he had created any new pieces.  It would seem that he has: a song cycle called The City and…Continue

Tags: e e cummings, Eric Whitacre

There Is Only One Way to Destroy ISIS

Started by Joan Denoo. Last reply by Randall Smith Nov 18. 1 Reply

There Is Only One Way to Destroy ISISGrowth in population, policies and practices that create a gap between the typical person and the wealthy,…Continue

Passive and Active voices

Started by Joan Denoo. Last reply by Ruth Anthony-Gardner Nov 16. 1 Reply

Have you noticed that much of the discussion in families and with friends, in the print media, on TV, and now on the internet is in the Passive Voice? Many people whine, complain, gripe, accuse, blame, call names, ridicule, grumble, bitch, rebuke,…Continue

Tags: and, behaviors, communication., attitudes, learned

Detroit Businesswomen Team Up to Get Rape Kits Tested

Started by Joan Denoo. Last reply by The Flying Atheist Nov 14. 2 Replies

Detroit Businesswomen Team Up to Get Rape Kits Tested"In 2009, a Wayne County assistant prosecuting attorney noticed…Continue

Tags: women, Enough, SAID, black, victims

Something Beautiful – Nathan Phelps & Seth Andrews

Started by Loren Miller. Last reply by Loren Miller Nov 10. 7 Replies

And it is beautiful, too, indeed, I think some of Seth Andrews' best work.  Interesting point: rather than Seth's dulcet baritone doing the narration, this piece presses Nathan Phelps' deep bass intonation into service, bringing a different flavor…Continue

Tags: Nathan Phelps, The Thinking Atheist, Seth Andrews, beautiful, something

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Comment by Joan Denoo on August 7, 2015 at 3:10pm

Spud, I like it, too. I love the look of inquiry. 

Comment by Idaho Spud on August 7, 2015 at 2:41pm

I like that image of the girl inspecting the snail.  I'm saving it.

Comment by Joan Denoo on August 7, 2015 at 2:15pm

Magic occurs in a child's mind when left to their own devices. I feel concern when the children coming along have every minute of their lives filled with some planned activity. I know parents feel that keeping a child busy will keep them from mischief; however, that special way of being when interacting  with events such as flowing water or web spinning of a spider activates the brain in ways that nothing else can. 

"Children who learn about nature solely from television and computers are not developing fully, They need to experience wildlife firsthand, like this child holding a snail."
~ E. O. Wilson 
Photo credit: © Renee Lee/

Children who learn about nature solely from television and computers are not developing fully, Wilson argues. They need to experience wildlife firsthand, like this child holding a snail. Photo credit: © Renee Lee/

Comment by Plinius on August 7, 2015 at 12:43pm

You're another dreamer, Spud! I could watch a spider weaving a web for so long that I felt like the spider.

Comment by Idaho Spud on August 7, 2015 at 7:53am

Randall, I think some peoples idea of sizes is way off as well.  I think I have large hands, but not excessively large compared to the average person, but I've tried on gloves labeled "large", that were very tight.  I would have labeled them "small".

Comment by Idaho Spud on August 7, 2015 at 7:49am

Joan, I liked your story of you girls engaged in the scientific study of the pendulum, and your mad uncle not buying it.  It reminded me of  similar things I did.  I remember walking home from school, and often taking the path that led to a little bridge across a fast flowing canal.  I would stand on the bridge, gaze into the water until my mind told me that I was moving up the canal.  It always amazed me.

Comment by Randall Smith on August 6, 2015 at 7:39am

Received my second "Bernie" t-shirt yesterday. The first one was a "small" (because I am), but it was way too tight. So I ordered a "medium", which fits better, but is still snug. If I was a big guy, would "large" be large enough?

Rachel Maddow says Sanders will be speaking at Liberty Univ., Sept 14. It's a conservative school and attendance will be required. Should be interesting.

Comment by Joan Denoo on August 5, 2015 at 4:50pm

Carl, those thunder storms sound like the kind that can dent cars, break windows, and destroy crops. 

Our temperature now, at 2:38 is 81 degrees and it feels like a real cold spell after our over 100 degree days. We have dry lightning that sets things on fire. From the Eastern part of the state to the Western part, we have uncontrolled fires and some that have been tamed. 

The experiments we conduct at Newport will either supply our families with vegetables, or the whole place may burn down. Whatever happens, we have done all the prep-work to make our homes and out-buildings protected from fire. Pend Oreille County District Fire Dept has educated the public on how to plant for fire prevention; my adult family members volunteer. 

At my great-granddaughter's first birthday party, the family was called out on a fire. It turned out to be brush and a lone pine tree; It was quickly extinguished. 

Comment by Plinius on August 5, 2015 at 9:56am

Thanks for all the kind words! 

Comment by The Flying Atheist on August 5, 2015 at 9:22am

Chris, knowing how to relax is one of my greatest achievements.  I really excel in that endeavor.

Randy, I couldn't agree with you more about the last two days of weather.  Absolutely perfect here as well.  This past Sunday we had two fierce storms move through this area.  Both very different in character.  Sunday afternoon was a downpour of rain with extremely damaging winds and hail.  Later that night, an incredible lightening storm came through.  But Monday and today are indeed Goldilocks days.

The Best Videos from Yesterday's Lightning and Hail Storm   


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