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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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A Powerful Message from an old wise teacher :

Started by Joan Denoo. Last reply by Thomas Murray yesterday. 5 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

Speak English? YOU FIRST! (Betty Bowers)

Started by Loren Miller. Last reply by Thomas Murray on Friday. 4 Replies

Honestly, the title to this piece is badly under-representative of the content.  To be far more accurate, what we have here is Mrs. Betty Bowers, America's Best Christian, going on a rant.  Before you say it ... Say WHAAAA?  Betty Bowers ranting? …Continue

Tags: America's Best Christian, Betty Bowers

A Prayer for Our Nation (Betty Bowers)

Started by Loren Miller. Last reply by Ruth Anthony-Gardner on Friday. 2 Replies

I'm going to keep this one short and sweet.  Mrs. Betty Bowers, America's Best Christian, has seen what is going on with the current occupant of the Oval Office, and my impression is that she is not at all happy with it.  True to her citizenship,…Continue

Tags: prayer, Donald Trump, Oval Office, America's Best Christian, Betty Bowers

Any Babymetal Fans Here?

Started by Bruce Carroll. Last reply by Idaho Spud Sep 12. 5 Replies

Any Babymetal fans here besides me? I have to ask because 1) I really like Babymetal and 2) Babymetal unknowingly played a role in my journey out of religion.For those who are unfamiliar with Babymetal, here is a link to one of their most popular…Continue

Tags: Japanese Idol, Babymetal

If you could rid the world of one thing, what would it be?

Started by Idaho Spud. Last reply by Ruth Anthony-Gardner Sep 11. 30 Replies

Today, I heard Seth Andrews talk about the question, "If you could rid the world of one thing, what would it be?"  My first thought was religion, but after a few seconds I decided it would be irrational or anti-scientific thinking.  That would take…Continue

Tags: anti-scientific, irrational

Ignorance is Bliss: Why Religious People Seem Happier Than the 'Nones'”.

Started by Joan Denoo. Last reply by Idaho Spud Sep 11. 16 Replies

“Highly Religious Volunteer More, Lie Less, and Claim to Be Happier”~ Houston Chronicle; “Strongly Religious People are Happier than Non-Religious”  ~ Christian Daily."The study determined that 40 percent of highly religious adults—defined as those…Continue

Tags: Nones, happiness, non-religiosity, religiosity, bliss

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Comment by Joan Denoo on January 3, 2015 at 12:33am

Ian, by all means, do what you feel is right for you. If taking time off from work helps reduce stress, then by all means, do it. Please keep us up-to-date on how you feel. Having a strong sense of belonging to a community, even if it is a virtual one, may help. 

Comment by Joan Denoo on January 3, 2015 at 12:14am

Tom, perhaps you and I learned the same or similar strategies, be tougher that those who would try to silence us. They eventually get tired and stop their nonsense. If they successfully intimidate us, they win. I have no intention of lettering them do such a thing. 

Comment by Ian Mason on January 2, 2015 at 11:15pm

Holiday reading: by coincidence, two books with similar themes but also very different. "Rumpole and the reign of terror" by John Mortimer and "Arthur and George" by Julian Barnes.

Both written about 8 years ago, the "Rumpole" is a protest against British anti-terror laws which make it legal to imprison people without telling them or their legal counsel what they're charged with. Rumpole defends a Pakistani doctor who's been accused by anonymous letter.

The Barne's book is true account of Conan Doyle's efforts to clear the name of an Indian solicitor convicted of maiming animals on the basis of anonymous letters. The real case, in 1904, led to the founding of the Appeal Court.

Both can really be called Kafkaesque as the atmosphere of both does resemble "The Trial".

Comment by Ian Mason on January 2, 2015 at 11:02pm

Well done, Tom.

It does sound like people are feeling on top of things now. That's good to hear.

The weather in Denmark has switched from many minus degrees back to wind and rain. Personally, I don't mind at all after some of the recent winters with frost from November to March.

I've decided to take some time off work sick. I've been close to a depressive episode for some time now and all the usual strategies for warding it off haven't worked so I need to remove the most stressing element from my life. It usually goes against my moral sense to stay home from work but this time it seems like the right thing to do.

Comment by tom sarbeck on January 2, 2015 at 10:14pm

Thanks for the creationism cartoon, booklover.

In this retirement home for veterans, I'm way out of the closet. I might have bullied the xians who know me into keeping quiet; they don't give me any lines I can answer with zingers like that.

Life can be so hard; ho, ho, ho.

Comment by kathy: ky on January 2, 2015 at 7:38pm
Carl, I'm happy you're feeling better. Flu is running rampant now. I stay away from everyone as much as possible.
Mindy, I too am glad the holidays are over.
Joan, you sound much better than a few days ago.
Hello to everyone else.
Comment by Joan Denoo on January 2, 2015 at 2:48am

I enjoy having remodel work going on in and around my house. I like the smell of sawed wood, the sound of machines and the chatter of craftsmen. I guess it is because my Dad was a carpenter and we had all kinds of tools and machines and projects going on all the time. 

Comment by Joan Denoo on January 2, 2015 at 2:46am

Patricia I enjoyed your water skiing photo. Real teamwork. ! 

Raising huskies and malemute must have taken a lot of energy, I was around them when I lived in Kenai, Alaska and visited the native and homesteader families there who raced them. 

Comment by Joan Denoo on January 2, 2015 at 2:41am

Carl, your Sidney Bechet recording sounds great. I saved a playlist of his performances. Very pleasant background music. 

Comment by Plinius on January 2, 2015 at 1:21am

Back to normal again! Here we had two winterish days and now we're back in the rainy season. Statistics on the weather in 2014 say that the temperature was 1° C. higher than the average.

 

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