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Men who challenge men to stop violence

Started by Joan Denoo. Last reply by Idaho Spud Jan 9. 19 Replies

Many men join in the effort to reduce violence against women and children and other men. He speaks of the need to place responsibility on men instead of focusing on women to stop violence. He offers a breath of fresh air, as do so many of the men on…Continue

Ian, a beautiful New Years blessing.

Started by Joan Denoo. Last reply by Chris Jan 5. 7 Replies

Ian, for some reason, my comment would not "send" on Hang with Friends; perhaps it will here!Ian, a beautiful New Years blessing. It goes in my file. I especially like the thought of surprising myself. Laura made a special trip to my Spokane home to…Continue

degrading love — part two (TheraminTrees)

Started by Loren Miller Jan 1. 0 Replies

TheraminTrees set up religion with his left in Part One of his treatise on how religion demeans and degrades the value of love.  Here in Part Two, he brings in a devastating, "Mike Tyson" right, which negates and invalidates any claim that either…Continue

Tags: Christianity, Islam, TheraminTrees, god, love

The Ark Encounter: A Less than Grand Opening (The Thinking Atheist)

Started by Loren Miller. Last reply by Idaho Spud Dec 31, 2016. 27 Replies

The day finally arrived.  Ken Ham's Ark Encounter opened on 7 July, 2016 ... to something a bit less than Disney-sized crowds, and more than a couple dissenting voices!  Seth Andrews has gathered a quartet of significant participants in the protest…Continue

Tags: Tracey Moody, Dan Broadbent, Seth Andrews, David Silverman, AronRa

Learning a Language as a Mature Adult

Started by Daniel W. Last reply by Idaho Spud Dec 14, 2016. 27 Replies

Trying to keep my mind exercised, and not interested in most of the reading materials that I can find.I decided to attempt to learn a language.  Actually, two.  The dilemma is, how do I do that without going to school - not an option - and without…Continue

What Annoys God Most? (Betty Bowers)

Started by Loren Miller. Last reply by Grinning Cat Dec 7, 2016. 10 Replies

Long story short, it's those near misses, the almost-but-not-quite, close but no cheroot moments, or, would you believe ... Near Death Experiences!  So what's the big deal?  Betty Bowers, America's BEST Christian and self-proclaimed expert on such…Continue

Tags: Near Death Experiences, America's Best Christian, Betty Bowers

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Comment by Ian Mason on November 16, 2016 at 11:12pm

A lovely poem indeed. And I can only echo Daniel's words about a bereavement. I know that after my son died I could burst into tears over nothing for the first couple of months but as time passed, the pain diminished although the scar remains.

Comment by Joan Denoo on November 16, 2016 at 9:51pm

Daniel, Your words do comfort me. I am not turning my back on memories of the past even as I build new memories of the future. 

Ruth, Yes! To all you say. The funk does remain, kind of like the smell of a forest fire as wind blows away the clouds. 

To both of you, I join you in a blackout of politics, at least for a while. There have been times in the past when it was fun and exciting. This whole election leaves bitter taste of ashes in my mouth. 

Comment by Ruth Anthony-Gardner on November 16, 2016 at 9:28pm

Joan, I liked this new imperative the best.

"Crucify myself daily in imitation of the crucified christ," to Fuck you!

My thought for today is a quote:

The real contest isn’t between Democrats and Republicans or Clinton and Trump, but between “human beings and physics,” and physics “is not prone to compromise.”

Bill McKibben

I'm still in a funk, wearing black. Mildly depressed and angry at the cheating, bigotry, and willful ignorance in the US.

image source (text mine)

Comment by Daniel W on November 16, 2016 at 8:21pm

Joan, I know you have been feeling the pain.  I wish I could say something that could help.  In my work I've known many parents in the same kind of situation.  Everyone is an individual, but for most eventually it becomes more livable.  Time may not heal, but it helpss.

What you propose as your purpose sounds perfect to me.

That poem is very beautiful.

I am continuing to avoid politics by whatever means possible.  I wish I could put a filter on my computer so that anything that appears with a certain name, will not show up.  I did see once, someone had a way to do word replacements so that, for example, if you did not want to see the word GW Bush, you could make your couputer replace it with Elmer Fudd.  But I don't want even that!

Comment by Joan Denoo on November 16, 2016 at 5:02pm

such was his love, 

he folded her 

a field of flowers, 

cascading as far 

as they could see

and when she understood

what he had done

she wept flood of tears

to fill the lakes

and make the rivers run 

so their blooms 

would never cease. 

~ the mumbling hermit 

aka David Thomas 

@THE_MUMBLING_HERMIT

 

Comment by Joan Denoo on November 16, 2016 at 4:03pm

http://apod.nasa.gov/apod/ap161113.html

Super Moon vs. Micro Moon

So very many people have been born and died; The moons and stars reveal a bigger picture of what it means to be alive today. We live such short lives and we have only one life to live. None of this nonsense about rebirth or reincarnation.
We are the lucky one, we were born and we are alive. We are part of this magnificent universe and we have something to say and do. Does anyone know what that is? No, not even parents. We give birth to the next generation and they evolve into something full-of -wonder. 

Sometimes loving is painful; others it is joyful. A person knows one because of the other. 

Comment by Joan Denoo on November 16, 2016 at 3:47pm

Ian, yes, in some way I do have serenity while I have more determination to work the issues that matter to me. 

* Early detection of cancer, 

* Permaculture,

* Peaceful negotiations training,

* Restoration of war-torn peoples and countries.

If we don't want refugees, we had better work to improve living conditions in peoples' homelands. 

On the other hand, there is a burning coal were my heart used to be.I don't know how one recovered from the death of a child. 

Comment by Ian Mason on November 16, 2016 at 3:13pm

Randall, 'lovely' is not old-fashioned in England and is a word I'm fond of.

Glad to hear the good news, Carl. Keep up the good work. Thanks for showing the alternative to housework.

Sorry to hear about your back, Chris. I think the Danish expression for that is 'witch-shot' (hekseskud). I had one of those a few years ago and it was very uncomfortable.

Joan, you seem to have reached serenity and doing so without praying or accepting bullshit. I take my hat off to you.

Comment by Joan Denoo on November 16, 2016 at 2:47pm

Randy, your daughters have a special father. 

Comment by Joan Denoo on November 16, 2016 at 2:41pm

Christ, sorry to learn of your lumbago. 

I don't work that way anymore, not because I am wise, but because my body hurts too much. 

 

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