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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 Qiana-Maieev 21 hours ago. 2 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

Are You a Patriot? (Betty Bowers)

Started by Loren Miller. Last reply by Chris G on Tuesday. 22 Replies

You might think that Betty Bowers, America's Best Christian, would be stepping outside of her comfort zone in tackling the concept of patriotism.  As it turns out, not only does she have a proper handle on the term and its implications, she also…Continue

Tags: patriot, America's Best Christian, Betty Bowers

We Don't Want Your (Atheist) Money! (The Thinking Atheist)

Started by Loren Miller. Last reply by Grinning Cat Aug 25. 11 Replies

I suppose I've heard stories like this before:Conscientious atheist donates money to worthy cause.Worthy cause initially accepts money.Worthy cause discovers source of donation.Worthy cause rejects donation.Swell, eh?  Well Matt Willbourne of…Continue

Tags: American Baptist Churches Association, Murrow Indian Children's Home, The Thinking Atheist, Seth Andrews

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

Started by Loren Miller. Last reply by Grinning Cat Aug 21. 24 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

Surreal, I haz it

Started by Ruth Anthony-Gardner. Last reply by Idaho Spud Aug 14. 91 Replies

Surreal, not just found in art.Continue

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Wedding Haka - Subtitled & translated

Started by Joan Denoo Aug 13. 0 Replies

I ran across a video of a wedding in which a group of wedding guests celebrated with a performance of a traditional Māori ancestral war dance, called a Haka. It was intended for sons, however, the women have joined in a participation of…Continue

Tags: new, traditions., women, men, Haka

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Comment by Joan Denoo on May 1, 2016 at 1:20pm

I am home, in my lovely old garden. I intend not to leave this treasured place alive. I am refilling the bird feeders and baths, meandering through the pathways, finding surprises at each turn of the course. A patch of red here, a spot of white there. Oh wonder of wonders, it all grows!

Comment by The Flying Atheist on April 28, 2016 at 8:11am

Randy, what a great trip!  Enjoy your time together in Greece.  I would love to go myself and experience the rich culture, scenery and food. 

Comment by Loren Miller on April 28, 2016 at 8:02am

Make sure you take part of that day in Athens at the Acropolis, Randall.  That is a can't-miss!

Comment by Randall Smith on April 28, 2016 at 7:10am

Thanks for the compliments (farm and "kids").

Emily is the youngest of my 3 daughters. My oldest, Valerie, is flying in from Honduras (where she lives) tonight. She'll spend the day with Emily tomorrow. Then, the next day (Sat.), the two of us will fly to Greece. After a day in Athens, we're going to Thessalonika to hike across the northern mountains, visiting national parks, monasteries, etc. We will then cross over to the island of Corfu. This is an eleven day trip sponsored by the Sierra Club. I'm very excited to do the trip, especially with my daughter.

Comment by Plinius on April 28, 2016 at 3:43am

You're in good company then!

Comment by Qiana-Maieev on April 28, 2016 at 3:09am

Don't know, I just call myself an old bat.

Comment by Joan Denoo on April 28, 2016 at 3:06am

Qiana, well, whatever its origin, it sounds nice to the ear. Are you soft and strong like the description of the fabric? 

Comment by Joan Denoo on April 28, 2016 at 3:02am

The name has such a pretty ring to it, I was sure it was a traditional name from some unknown place. I Googled "Qiana" and found these bits of information.

"Qiana is a silky nylon fiber developed in 1962 at the DuPont Experimental Station by Stanley Brooke Speck. The fiber was named Qiana when introduced by DuPont in 1968".

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Qiana

Given Name QIANA

GENDER: Feminine
Meaning & History: From the word for the silk-like material, introduced by DuPont in 1968 and popular in the fashions of the 1970s.
Sources and References: Cleveland Kent Evans, The Great Big Book of Baby Names (2006)

Qiana Towns, Instructor COMMUNICATIONS & ENGLISH, FACULTY COLLE...

Comment by Qiana-Maieev on April 28, 2016 at 2:57am

Hehe, ok, I'm a chunk of fabric.

Comment by Joan Denoo on April 28, 2016 at 2:36am

"I was a Christian" fits my experience. It is a keeper, Qiana-Maieev. 

 

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