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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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Goodwill to Few Men (Betty Bowers)

Started by Loren Miller. Last reply by Donald R Barbera Jul 23. 3 Replies

Think Goodwill Industries does well by the poor?  Fact is, they do WAY BETTER for themselves, to the point where America's Best Christian, Betty Bowers, thinks they're ripping off the christian playbook a bit too well!  Have a look for yourself:…Continue

Tags: ripoff, Goodwill Industries, America's Best Christian, Betty Bowers

Your favorite photobombs?

Started by Ruth Anthony-Gardner. Last reply by Plinius Jul 10. 12 Replies

Running of the bulls photobomb.Continue

losing faith (TheraminTrees)

Started by Loren Miller Jul 5. 0 Replies

TheraminTrees has recently begun producing a new series of YouTube videos, which added to a wonderful library of earlier observations regarding his experience of religion. Good as all those pieces are, I personally think they pale against this…Continue

Tags: story, history, faith, TheraminTrees

Betty Explains Religious Freedom (Betty Bowers)

Started by Loren Miller. Last reply by Ruth Anthony-Gardner Jul 3. 10 Replies

Well, considering all the RFRA bills popping up all over the United States, plus all the fun and games ISIS is bringing to the good folks in Syria and Iraq, Betty Bowers, the epitome of well-dressed christianity, has decided to clarify the true…Continue

Tags: persecution, ISIS, Religious Freedom, America's Best Christian, Betty Bowers

Surreal, I haz it

Started by Ruth Anthony-Gardner. Last reply by Ruth Anthony-Gardner May 6. 82 Replies

Surreal, not just found in art.Continue

Tags: surreal

Let's not define ourselves or others by our worst behaviors

Started by Ruth Anthony-Gardner. Last reply by Dominique Lutz Apr 16. 6 Replies

My take on the recent melt down at Hang With Friends, of which I missed part, is that some of us were tripped up by a habit of thought. It's something we learn growing up, and use without realizing how much pain it can generate -  failing to…Continue

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Comment by Idaho Spud on February 22, 2014 at 12:04pm

Wow Ian!  I'm Sorry you have such a boss.  I've had unpleasant bosses, but none that said anything like that to me.  That would stress me out for as long as I held the job!

That's funny about the squirrel running up your girlfriend.  I was in Scotland for 2 years and never saw many squirrels.  Was only in London one day and never visited a park, so I guess I missed them.

Comment by Ian Mason on February 22, 2014 at 11:47am

If you've ever seen the squirrels in London's parks those rabbits are not a suprise. I girlfriend I took over pulled out her camera and a squirrel ran up her trying to get at the camera to eat it.

Haven't had the computer on the past couple of days as I've been tired. Here's why:

Monday morning, as I was putting my coat on to go home from work, the boss turned up and said that she wanted a little chat. In her office she told me that I was the biggest problem she had, that I was the equivalent of having en extra resident in the care-unit and a difficult one at that and that something had to change. We arranged a further meeting for Thursday, later changed by her to Friday morning. This time I went "armed" with my union rep. The boss then DENIED saying the things she'd said the first time, made a u-turn, back-pedalled and was an incarnation of common sense. She even listened to what I had to say and approved. In the intervening days I took out my frustration at the gym with training sessions of 2-4 hours including long bursts on a stair machine. When the adrenaline finally ran out I was dog-tired but couldn't sleep because of the pains in my legs. Things have calmed down now and I'm starting to feel normal again, just hungry all the time.

The cause of all this was some long-term friction between me and one of the residents, a man who suffers from bipolar disorder and has all his life used his problem to manipulate those around him. He does things like use an emergency call button at night to tell the duty worked to pick his clothes up off the floor, open the curtains, close the curtains, straighten his duvet......and I refuse to play the game. 

As a long-term depression sufferer myself I know very well the perverse pleasure there can be in wallowing in the condition and making others dance to the morbid tune. I also know that the only way to self-respect and dignity is in the struggle to live despite an illness.

That's been my week :-D

A good weekend to you all.

Comment by Idaho Spud on February 22, 2014 at 11:10am

I only count 100, but it's funny anyway.

Comment by Idaho Spud on February 22, 2014 at 11:09am

Comment by sk8eycat on February 21, 2014 at 9:07pm

I think I've bought paperbacks from Better World through eBay's Half.com.  Are they in Washington state?  (Many of the used books I've bought have had Seattle or Tacoma public library stamps all over them...I don't mind that, as long as the books are readable.  I don't have a fetish about brand new books.

Comment by Ruth Anthony-Gardner on February 21, 2014 at 6:25pm

Cute pic of Leno with cat, thanks sk8eycat.

What a patient cat, Napoleon.

Comment by sk8eycat on February 21, 2014 at 3:49pm

We saw Leno around Burbank quite a bit...especially at a little Italian take-out place up the street from the Cat Hotel.  They made their own pasta; the lasagna noodles were like silk.

I also saw him a couple of times when he led the motorcycle Love Ride through town...that was amazing!  Imagine being surrounded by hundreds of happy people on big rumbling Harleys; it was like being in the middle of a harmless earthquake, or a continuous thunderstorm.  (This happened on Sunday mornings when I was driving home from my shift at the Hotel.  I always thought it was a MUCH better activity for adults than sitting in a church somewhere.  It's fun for everyone, and they raise money for MDA and other charities.)

http://www.loveride.org/menu_flash.htm

Comment by Idaho Spud on February 21, 2014 at 1:38pm

I miss watching Jay Leno also.  I liked him as much or more than Johnny Carson.  Why did they fire Jay when he was at the peak of his popularity?

I've not watched Jimmy Fallon yet since he took Jay's spot.  I watched him a few times when he had the other show, and he didn't do anything for me.

Comment by sk8eycat on February 21, 2014 at 9:54am

I miss Jay Leno...I met him a few times when I was working nights at the Cat Hotel (before the end of 2005).  He was just a nice guy when he was being himself, and loved his elderly cat, Cheeseler, with all his heart.  That wins BIG points with me!

The first time he called to say he was picking her up, I went crazy looking for her carrier...finally called the Hotel owner to ask where it was stored, and she said he didn't use one.  I said something intelligent like "hunh?"  she just said, "You'll see."

So, while I was running his credit card and printiing out the invoice, Mr. Leno went back to Cheeseler's condo, gently picked her up, kissed her,and then buttoned her inside his shirt so that just her head was poking out.  She was purring so that you could see her little old body vibrating through the fabric.  True love and trust, IMO.

EARLIER photo of Jay Leno and a young Cheeseler:
Jay Leno with His Cat

Comment by The Flying Atheist on February 20, 2014 at 10:29pm

Hi, Mindy.  I'm doing well, thank you.  Was out tonight for some wine and dinner with my best friend.  I had a delicious hamburger topped with American cheese, grilled onions and BBQ pulled pork on a pretzel roll.  Carrot cake for desert.  Very nice! 

Loren, that's a great clip of the Muppets.  What a great cast of characters.  I was a big fan of the Tonight Show with Johnny Carson but strayed away when Jay Leno came on board.  I've heard that Jimmy Fallon is getting good reviews and that the show is now, once again, filmed in New York.  I happened to see a clip earlier today of his first Tonight Show and his guest Jerry Seinfeld.  It was funny and fun to watch.  I'm happy for Jimmy Fallon, he has a good personality.

One of my favorite memories from a trip to California back in 1988 was being in the audience for a taping of The Tonight Show.  That was such a great day.  Johnny Carson was a class act.  And you just couldn't get any better than Doc and the band.    

 

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