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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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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 8, 2016 at 3:35pm

I've been on one of my days out with a good friend. A gourmet lunch at the cafe where student chefs train, then a really breathtaking art exhibition (link follows) A wander round some charity shops where I picked up a few books and DVDs. Evening, lasagne and a film, "Dr Strange". Good special effects but no real story. A good day.

http://en.aros.dk/exhibitions_/2016/joana-vasconcelos/

Comment by Idaho Spud on November 8, 2016 at 3:34pm

At my polling place this morning, there were about 10 times as many people voting as there usually are.  I've never had to stand in line to vote before.  I wonder if it's because of all the ruckus about trump.

Comment by Ian Mason on November 8, 2016 at 3:29pm

Good luck, USA. I hope you escape the Orange Monster.

Comment by Joan Denoo on November 7, 2016 at 10:56pm

Besides, I don't trust people to do what they say they are going to do. 

Comment by Joan Denoo on November 7, 2016 at 10:56pm

It sounds like those schemes some use to avoid paying bills on time; sending an empty envelope and then claiming to have sent the check; or check kiting to falsely inflate the balance of a checking account in order to allow written checks to clear that would otherwise bounce; or credit card kiting; or ...

I am too lazy to pull any of these shenanigans. 

Comment by Joan Denoo on November 7, 2016 at 10:44pm

Sunsets seem to be remarkable this year. Thanks to all who shared your scenes with us; We live on a beautiful Earth!

Comment by Daniel W on November 7, 2016 at 8:13pm

Interesting idea, vote trading.  Let's say, you live in WA state and you feel absolutely certain your candidate, Ms. Clinton will win your state.  You feel concerned, however, that Ms Clinton could lose national election due to a close loss in a swing state, say, Florida.  You think that taking a vote from Stein in Florida, and giving it to Clinton, will help your cause.

Meanwhile, that Green Floridian  knows a vote for Stein could help Trump, which they don't want.  But they do want the Greens to have a national presence.

So you agree you will vote for Stein, and the Green Floridian will vote for Clinton.   That helps Clinton where it matters more, and yet Stein gets the same popular vote that she would have before.

You could even strategize for the biggest impact, looking for someone in a swing state with a small population, so one vote has more effect; or trade vote with someone in the state where you think it's most likely to make a difference.

I think this involves a degree of trust that I don't feel.

Comment by Daniel W on November 7, 2016 at 7:48pm

With the impeding election, I'm all wired.  I feel as nervous as a cat in a rocking chair convention.  Doubt I will sleep much.  Can't beleive the nation put itself and all of its citizens through this mess.  Now we're about to enter the new era.  Whereever that leads.

Comment by Grinning Cat on November 7, 2016 at 4:25pm

In time for Election Day tomorrow, Hemant Mehta writes at Friendly  Atheist ("'My Vote Doesn't Count' is a bigger myth than God"):

"Not voting is the very antithesis of atheism just like making god your co-pilot is the very antithesis of atheism. There’s no point in refusing to rely on a deity to govern the course of your life if you leave it to other people (such as Evangelical Christians) to determine the circumstances of your government."

Comment by The Flying Atheist on November 7, 2016 at 2:02pm

Loren, I love Cleveland. I've been there more times than I can count. There's great history and architecture there.

In fact I always noted the many similarities it has with Chicago:  a great location on the Great Lakes, a major river running through it, an airport on the lake downtown (that was until our Mayor Daley infamously destroyed our Meigs Field runway with bulldozers in a secret overnight mission), and several downtown museums and venues.

I always got a smile on my face when I saw the old May Company building, as I was reminded of Jack Benny and Mary Livingston. 

 

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