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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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Are You a Patriot? (Betty Bowers)

Started by Loren Miller. Last reply by k.h. ky 22 hours ago. 20 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 on Thursday. 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

Tags: surreal

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

Onward (Unpaid) Christian Soldiers (Betty Bowers)

Started by Loren Miller. Last reply by Chris G Aug 13. 1 Reply

Proselytizing in the military is a dirty little secret most radical christians would rather didn't get out.  Well, never let it be said that America's Best Christian, Betty Bowers, was ever a wallflower where a pit bull was needed!  In the following…Continue

Tags: Military Religious Freedom Foundation, MRFF, America's Best Christian, Betty Bowers

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Comment by The Flying Atheist on May 6, 2014 at 6:12pm

What kind of noise/sound do they make?

Comment by sk8eycat on May 6, 2014 at 5:34pm

Yeah, I kinda got that impression from watching "Northern Exposure."  Spooky.

What I really want to do is take the long train ride to Churchill, and see both the Lights AND the bears.  Totally beyond my budget, but I can still dream...

Comment by sk8eycat on May 6, 2014 at 5:20pm

Gah!  The history is amazing, but I think the entire Middle East is the last place on Earth I'd want to be.  I want to see the Canadian Rockies, and Alaska...because I've been fascinated by the Northern Lights since I was a small child.  I wanna see them with my own naked eyeballs.

Comment by The Flying Atheist on May 6, 2014 at 2:34pm

Wow!  Great photos and interesting history, Ian, always makes for a rewarding holiday. 

Comment by Idaho Spud on May 6, 2014 at 1:27pm

Views from the top make it clear how tall it is!

Comment by Ian Mason on May 6, 2014 at 1:20pm

Comment by Ian Mason on May 6, 2014 at 1:19pm

That is Masada, king Herod's desert palace and fortress. Site of the mass suicide of the last Jews to hold out against the Romans during the uprising of 66-70 CE. 350 metres high but the "snake path" is a steep and winding (hence the name) 2 km. Hard bloody work and I hadn't allowed for the weather. Even though it was only the 2nd of April the sun was like a hammer. I brushed off flakes of skin for days afterwards. Worth it though. Views from the top:

Comment by Idaho Spud on May 6, 2014 at 12:57pm

That looked like a small hill until I enlarged it and spotted the tiny people.

Comment by Ian Mason on May 6, 2014 at 10:01am

Nice to hear from you, Randy and Carl. Thanks for the travel suggestions. So many places, so little time and money. History, culture and nature are my 3 big things and the Americas have them in abundance so I will have to go west soon before "time's winged chariot" takes my strength and stamina. I love walking but will have to accept that, in about 10 years time I won't be able to do what I can do now. This was my most recent climb (can't remember if I've posted this before)

Comment by The Flying Atheist on May 6, 2014 at 8:22am

I've been a bit absent from here but I have been keeping up to date with all the comments.  Good day to everyone!

Welcome back, Randy.  Thanks for your volunteer service.  I'm sure the setting was beautiful.  Others there will be able to enjoy their experience even more because of you.  I've always enjoyed hiking myself and love the excitement of finding out what's down the trial.

Patricia, I'm glad your weekend went well without any major flare-ups.  I know you were stressed about it.  At bare minimum, at least it was civil.  Sounds like you ate well too!  Despite what has occurred in your past, at least you have ended up in a good place.  Your husband and son sound like great people. 

Ian, I'm glad you have the opportunity to travel as much as you do.  Even when you are away to take care of family business, you always seem to fit some fun activities into your schedule.  You should definitely visit North America if you can.  Western Canada and the northwest U.S. have abundant beautiful scenery.  Of course, the Grand Canyon is also a highly recommended destination.  For great food in a beautiful urban setting, I recommend San Francisco and Seattle.  Of course Chicago, in the mid-west is a great food town as well and has wonderful architecture, museums and theater.  Washington D.C. has many great museums too.

 

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