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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.

Nobody here is into mind games. A discussion started with a loaded guilt-throwing question will be deleted.

This group is not intended to compete with other groups on topics they cover but to "fill in the cracks." Whenever a discussion dwells at length on a topic for which there's an existing group, we urge you to provide members a link to that group to continue along their tangent.

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Are You a Patriot? (Betty Bowers)

Started by Loren Miller. Last reply by Chris G 2 hours ago. 17 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 yesterday. 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 on Monday. 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 Plinius on April 19, 2014 at 11:08am

Keep writing, Joan! I'll read it.

Comment by Idaho Spud on April 19, 2014 at 10:36am

Which one had a successful life?  Rhetorical question I know, but I have to answer anyway.  We all know who did. You did Joan.  Hands down, no question.

Comment by Joan Denoo on April 19, 2014 at 10:23am

Ian, thanks for your very kind comment. I know everyone is getting sick of reading my story, but every once in a while a new way of telling it appears, and so I give it another exposure. 

This time I wanted to reveal how supposedly negative feeling and situations can be turned into victories. For example, when I have a feeling that hurts, i.e. fear, anger, grief, I get out of it by thinking of ways to turn the energy into something whereby I come out a winner. An example, my former husband had many qualities, one of them being able to support us very well with boats, cars, ski trips, elegant holidays to Acapulco, and put a lovely roof over our heads and fill our bellies and take care of health and education costs. In other words, We had financial security. We didn't have safety and stability. 

Don knew how important financial security was for me so he refused to pay child support, thinking I would "come to my senses" and "stop trying to wear the pants of the family." Oh yes, he had control issues. 

So with no income, no education, no job prospects other than minimum wage jobs, I supported us and we grew happier and healthier, in spite of not having enough money. Our garden was beautiful, the kids and I were cleaning up the condemned house and it was becoming a beautiful home. 

I won in the long run. He still had his boats and several cars and trucks to haul around his motorcycles and took fancy vacations. 

Now tell me, which of us had a "successful" life?

Comment by Randall Smith on April 19, 2014 at 7:32am

NOW I realize what sk8eycat stands for! Thanks for the hint. And you all can call me Randy. Only my father calls me by my given name. Have a great weekend (despite it being Easter).

Comment by sk8eycat on April 19, 2014 at 1:11am

I thought THIS was a "spiral."

Comment by Plinius on April 19, 2014 at 12:42am

Have a great day, Mindy!

Comment by Ian Mason on April 18, 2014 at 10:21pm

Have a great day, Mindy. Enjoy your heathen feasting.

That's one heck of a life, Joan. You've stood up to and accomplished more than most people. I take my hat off to you.

r.e. number plates: "all is vanity and vexation of spirit". Ecclesiastes.

Loren, I don't know how doctors manage that contradiction but my last girlfriend's mother was a retired M.D. who'd worked in research AND took a theology M.A. to while away the time as a pensioner. Mind you, she also cheated at board games :-D

Comment by Joan Denoo on April 18, 2014 at 10:01pm

Oh! Carl! your mother and father must have been so proud of you all. You make quite a lovely looking family, all dressed up in fine attire, and a huge frown on a young lad, wishing he were someplace else. Where would that someplace else be? 

Comment by Joan Denoo on April 18, 2014 at 9:57pm

Mindy, hope your thumb heals quickly. I have an imagined picture of you with a huge white gauze bandage on it trying to type out your wonderful greetings to others. My imagination run wild!

Comment by Joan Denoo on April 18, 2014 at 9:49pm

I looked at several Sneak Peaks of Gray's Anatomy, and they cover just about every touchy topic. I don't dare watch because I become addicted to the stories and get depressed. It was hard to break a TV serial habit as giving up ice cream. 

I started to look for places I could get the serial on computer, and pulled back knowing how it will turn out. I'll just watch Cosmos over and over and over. 

 

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