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

Started by Joan Denoo. Last reply by kathy: ky Aug 9. 4 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

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

Started by Idaho Spud. Last reply by Jonathan Simeone Aug 5. 29 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

The Bourne Again Identity (Mr. Deity)

Started by Loren Miller. Last reply by Loren Miller Aug 3. 3 Replies

There's a young man, unconscious, found tangled with the bushes which describe the edge of your property, late one evening.  Who is he?  Where did he come from?  These are the questions which confound Ward and Pam as they attempt to deal with a most…Continue

Tags: mystery, Bourne, Brian Dalton, Mr. Deity

Where The Buffalo Roam AGAIN - Allan Savory Institute

Started by Joan Denoo. Last reply by Daniel W Jul 31. 3 Replies

Where The Buffalo Roam AGAIN - Allan Savory InstituteI have followed the Justin Rhodes family for many months and each videa is unique. this one is about their adventures in Colorado, and…Continue

Tags: restore, water, soils, bison, Rhodes

Yasmine Mohammed - Confessions of an Ex-Muslim (The Thinking Atheist)

Started by Loren Miller. Last reply by Idaho Spud Jul 7. 6 Replies

Yasmine Mohammed is not your average ex-Muslim.  Not only did she get shut of Islam, she also managed to escape what was at one time the most notorious of radical Islamist organizations: Al Qaeda.  She has since documented the story of her apostasy…Continue

Tags: Islam, Al Qaeda, Yasmine Mohammed, The Thinking Atheist, Seth Andrews

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Comment by Idaho Spud on May 4, 2017 at 11:26am

Daniel, I'm not sure if that's a religious person or not, with that following Jesus this close sign.  What say you?

Comment by Joan Denoo on May 4, 2017 at 10:57am

Lovely, warm, sunny weather arrives giving the forest reminders that spring just sprung. My seedlings in the greenhouse planted to go into my raised beds in the meadow look robust. The wise gardener in this far northern climate knows there will be another spring freeze, at least that is the typical pattern.

Laura and I drove into Spokane yesterday, 50 miles south of Newport, and the trees, shrubs, and bulbs blaze with color. We visited my home, and because I grow only perennials and the soil is fertile, the spring flowers put on their yearly show. The neglected garden doesn't matter because a day or two of work clears out all the overgrowth. We can get it beautifully groomed in just a few hours.

I no longer have the strength or stamina to do that kind of labor. However, I have two fine men who helped me over the past 20 years, one of them helped me plant the original design; he has a green thumb! He loves my design as much as I do. The other is a skilled gardener, prunes the tall shrubs and trees that I can't reach, and he does an almost as beautiful job as Cary did.

Cary grew into a first-rate gardener; he would have made a comfortable life using those skills had he lived. He didn't particularly like gardening, but he did needed tasks. As I walked through the garden paths, I saw trees and shrubs he planted and maintained. I had a quiet moment of tears and grief in a quiet corner under the Blue Spruce. Beautiful memories of him inspired me to have faith in the ability of humans to recover from addictions and create honorable lives.

I returned to my northern forest home with a feeling of contentment. My great grandchildren learn skills that suit their temperament; we honor their inherent nature even as we all work very hard doing the necessary chores.

I hope your day fills with wonder. 

Comment by Daniel W on May 4, 2017 at 10:17am

Photo snapped at a local coffee shop. 

Comment by Plinius on May 4, 2017 at 12:02am

That sounds very useful, Spud! 

Comment by Chris on May 3, 2017 at 9:06pm

Thanks for the post about the labor movement Joan.

Many younger people may not know how difficult the struggle for an 8 hour work day, overtime, and the abollishment of child labor was.

Comment by Idaho Spud on May 3, 2017 at 4:42pm

Today I received a free energy saving package from my electric company.  In it was a 5 minute shower timer, a digital thermometer  for checking water and refrigerator temperature, an LED night light, and 9 LED light bulbs rated for 22.8 years.

Comment by Joan Denoo on May 1, 2017 at 5:08pm

A chill just ran down my spine as I read the State Dept.'s report on labor struggles. If the U.S. State Dept. wrote such a report, what will reports reveal under the influence of tRump and his State Dept.?

Comment by Joan Denoo on May 1, 2017 at 5:05pm

"the day will come when our silence will be more powerful than the voices you strangle today."

~ Spies shouted, as he was hung for participation in the Haymarket RiotThe efforts by workers for better working conditions in the 1880s provides a rich history of labor's struggle.

"The life of a 19th-century American industrial worker was far from easy. Even in good times wages were low, hours long and working conditions hazardous. Little of the wealth which the growth of the nation had generated went to its workers. The situation was worse for women and children, who made up a high percentage of the work force in some industries and often received but a fraction of the wages a man could earn. Periodic economic crises swept the nation, further eroding industrial wages and producing high levels of unemployment."

The Struggles of Labor, US Dept of State

Comment by Chris on May 1, 2017 at 7:55am

Joan,

American workers can't compete with countries that don't have  Occupational Safety and Health  (OSHA), or environmental laws.

Trump apparently thinks he's going to create jobs by eliminating safety regulations.

Eventually American workers will be paid the same as those in third world countries.

Comment by Chris on May 1, 2017 at 7:36am

I agree with your thoughts on Prison reform Joan.

For Profit Prisons want harsh prison terms to fill their beds.

What's seen on the crime scene TV shows doesn't represent the reality that the FBI and other crime lable are sometimes corrupt.

How a lab chemist went from ‘superwoman’ to disgraced saboteur of m...

A prisoner challenging this on appeal was denied a new trial because  (according to the piece of shit judge)  there is no evidence she messed with your drug tests.

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