Hang With Friends

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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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Guns: Both Sides Now (Betty Bowers)

Started by Loren Miller. Last reply by Grinning Cat on Wednesday. 2 Replies

Oh, NO!  The gun debate has gotten so heated that it has Betty Bowers, America's Best Christian, TALKING TO HERSELF!  Apparently, one of her has had a stroke or a serious breakdown in cognitive skills, as she does little more than parrot the NRA's…Continue

Tags: NRA, guns, America's Best Christian, Betty Bowers

the value of offence | qualiasoup & theramintrees

Started by Loren Miller. Last reply by Patricia Mar 3. 3 Replies

To me, this is a big deal (though it may not be to them): two great YouTube video producers have joined forces to deliver one very powerful message on an important subject.  TheraminTrees and QualiaSoup (brothers, I believe) have recently released a…Continue

Tags: offence, offense, QualiaSoup, TheraminTrees

The myth of religions

Started by Joan Denoo. Last reply by Joan Denoo Feb 16. 3 Replies

The creation myth of civilizations instructs men to dominate, to conquer, to go forth and multiply. No reasonable person would pay attention to such a god. No hunter-gatherer receives such a senseless message from wise elders.However, that idea…Continue

Tags: masculine, violation, imperative, go forth and multiply,, conquest

Winter Driving, Preparing for the worst

Started by Joan Denoo. Last reply by Joan Denoo Feb 1. 2 Replies

Now that we enter the time the Celtics called Imbolc, a pagan celebration of the beginning of spring and season of new life, I ran across this video on preparing for winter driving. It offers reasons for each thing he puts in his vehicles to be safe…Continue

Tags: prepare, driving, winter

A Powerful Message from an old wise teacher :

Started by Joan Denoo. Last reply by Chris Dec 26, 2017. 10 Replies

I received a gift this morning from a virtual friend, Pamela Smith:A Powerful Message from an old wise teacher :" One day an old wise teacher was walking through a village. A very angry and rude young man came up and began insulting him. "You have…Continue

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Comment by Idaho Spud on August 20, 2015 at 8:45am

Nice looking house Randy.  Is that a lightning rod on top, and one further down?

I've never been afraid of heights unless there was clear and present danger.  Even then, I usually keep my head and get down safely. 

Related to heights, the stupidest thing I did was decide to shovel snow off the church roof when I was church custodian.  It was higher than your house and my ladder just barely reached the start of the roof using a steep angle.  Getting on and off the roof was quite frightening, but I didn't fall, and at least I had a rope that I tied to me and the chimney once I was on top, so that I wouldn't slip on the snow.  Never did anything nearly that stupid again.

I've never had a huge panic attack, but I've had one or two mild ones related to social situations.

Comment by Randall Smith on August 20, 2015 at 8:06am

Leonard, on Big Bang Theory, did a great job of acting out a panic attack on an early episode (preparing for a date with Penny). Remember that one?

News on the home front: Got my chimney cleaned out yest. They said it was nearly clogged shut with creosote (I burn wood).

I used climb up on the steep roof and clean it out myself. But when I "froze" and couldn't step off onto the ladder, I said "that's the last time"! Took me 10 minutes to get down. Talk about a panic attack!

Comment by The Flying Atheist on August 19, 2015 at 12:37pm
I don't have panic attacks anymore since my heart surgery. Looking back I'm tending to think now that they never were actual panic attacks, but my body responding to my faulty heart valve and my chronically high blood pressure. My heart would start pumping fast, which alarmed me, only to cause more psychological unease and tention.
Comment by Plinius on August 19, 2015 at 11:09am

Is that usual for you, panic attacks? I'm not jealous.

Comment by The Flying Atheist on August 19, 2015 at 10:27am

In the past year I had a heart attack and didn't realize it at the time.  I thought it was just another panic attack.  It wasn't until tests were done months later that showed what really occurred.  

Comment by Plinius on August 19, 2015 at 10:13am

But she had a day when she couldn't move her legs, I think, and that looks like a stroke or a TIA.

Comment by Idaho Spud on August 19, 2015 at 10:02am

Thanks Chris.  I agree Carl.  I wonder if she had strokes in months or years before, because her posts on here didn't show it to me.  She was sharp through her last post.

Comment by The Flying Atheist on August 19, 2015 at 9:54am

Chris, thanks for that additional information about Felaine.  You are absolutely correct.  Her treatment came far too late to make a difference.  I also agree with you when you previously said that Elaine died of poverty.  Years of neglect in getting proper medical care was a result of having to make a choice between food or medicine.  No one should have to face that decision.  Such an infuriating situation.  I'm glad, also, that she was in a hospital and being properly cared for when she died. 

Comment by Plinius on August 19, 2015 at 2:01am

Patricia had a bit more news about Felaine:

Felaine's death was caused by several strokes so she didn't have a chance.
I still think her care came far too late, but she at least didn't have to become a vegetable, as she so feared.
We just have to be glad she was in the right place to die instead of at home, & looked after as best as possible under the circumstances.

Comment by Plinius on August 19, 2015 at 1:59am

I read a book about the Bermuda Triangle in the 80s - can't remember the author. The author believed in it, but the proof was non  existant. Full of vague threats, the Marie Celeste, other favourite mysteries and so on.  


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