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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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Goodwill to Few Men (Betty Bowers)

Started by Loren Miller. Last reply by Donald R Barbera on Thursday. 3 Replies

Think Goodwill Industries does well by the poor?  Fact is, they do WAY BETTER for themselves, to the point where America's Best Christian, Betty Bowers, thinks they're ripping off the christian playbook a bit too well!  Have a look for yourself:…Continue

Tags: ripoff, Goodwill Industries, America's Best Christian, Betty Bowers

Your favorite photobombs?

Started by Ruth Anthony-Gardner. Last reply by Plinius Jul 10. 12 Replies

Running of the bulls photobomb.Continue

losing faith (TheraminTrees)

Started by Loren Miller Jul 5. 0 Replies

TheraminTrees has recently begun producing a new series of YouTube videos, which added to a wonderful library of earlier observations regarding his experience of religion. Good as all those pieces are, I personally think they pale against this…Continue

Tags: story, history, faith, TheraminTrees

Betty Explains Religious Freedom (Betty Bowers)

Started by Loren Miller. Last reply by Ruth Anthony-Gardner Jul 3. 10 Replies

Well, considering all the RFRA bills popping up all over the United States, plus all the fun and games ISIS is bringing to the good folks in Syria and Iraq, Betty Bowers, the epitome of well-dressed christianity, has decided to clarify the true…Continue

Tags: persecution, ISIS, Religious Freedom, America's Best Christian, Betty Bowers

Surreal, I haz it

Started by Ruth Anthony-Gardner. Last reply by Ruth Anthony-Gardner May 6. 82 Replies

Surreal, not just found in art.Continue

Tags: surreal

Let's not define ourselves or others by our worst behaviors

Started by Ruth Anthony-Gardner. Last reply by Dominique Lutz Apr 16. 6 Replies

My take on the recent melt down at Hang With Friends, of which I missed part, is that some of us were tripped up by a habit of thought. It's something we learn growing up, and use without realizing how much pain it can generate -  failing to…Continue

Tags: dispute at Hang With Friends

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Comment by Joan Denoo on August 2, 2013 at 11:08pm

Here is my thought for the day for each of us. My favorite astrophysicist, Neil deGrasse Tyson says it better than anyone: 

The Power of a Cosmic Perspective, with Neil deGrasse Tyson | Big T...

Comment by Joan Denoo on August 2, 2013 at 10:44pm
Melinda, I hope our husband's management heard what he had to say! Speaking out in the face of "stupid decisions" makes good sense to me, even if it is risky!
Comment by Joan Denoo on August 2, 2013 at 3:08pm

Patricia, these topics do take over one's life, what one eats, when, having to locate the nearest rest room at an instant's notice, things that taste like metal ...  Your input gives me reality checks with your determination to not give in to the beast.

Ruth, You describe the ageing process as I see it. Now, given that reality, how do we get our minds off the aches and pains? 

Chris, we got your rain dance results today, a beautiful "Maiden's Rain" as the ancient Spokane Indian tribe named it. 
"Spokanes (Spokans) maintain that their name originated when
a native beat on a hollow tree inside of which a serpent made a noise that sounded like "Spukcane." One day, they say, as their chief pondered the noise, vibrations radiated from his head, which gave the word the vague meaning "power from the brain." 

Comment by Joan Denoo on August 2, 2013 at 1:01pm

How is this for a reframe. I was diagnosed with breast cancer on March 19, 2013, it is now Aug 2, 2013, I have only five weeks more of chemo treatments. I am 4 1/2 months into treatment! I am almost finished! Cancer has been foreground far too long!

OH! I feel so much better!

Do you see a duck or a rabbit? 

Comment by Plinius on August 2, 2013 at 12:27am

Good morning! 7.30 and it's already 30° (85°F) in here, so I started my rain/storm/thunder dance all over again.

It seems god has taken the shape of a deer this time - I think he was after interesting smells.

Comment by Ruth Anthony-Gardner on August 1, 2013 at 11:39pm

Oops, I forgot to mention the image source.

Comment by Ruth Anthony-Gardner on August 1, 2013 at 11:37pm

Femara’s side effects sound terrible, Patricia. I had no idea you were coping will all of that. The humidifier sounds like a good idea, but why not run one downstairs during the day too? What, you’re an indoor cat too? That’s an amazing deer video!

Joan, I don’t have an excuse for low energy from chemo, but just age related lack of get up and go. I identify with your weeds growing into giants and dust accumulating. I’ve been staring at a duct tape smudge on the window by my recliner for a couple of months, but never seem to get around to it. My back garden is really overgrown, but I’m too afraid of ticks to deal with it till after a hard frost. We’ve had a mild winter and tons of rain the past month. I had a tick ride in on my shoes just from walking across the grass from the parking lot to our front sidewalk (a few feet). I pulled it off one of my cats who likes to snuggle with the shoes in our foyer. Did I mention I especially loathe disease-carrying blood sucking insects, since childhood. So I watch my weeds grow every day.

If the weeds start watching you back, call a landscaper.

Comment by The Flying Atheist on August 1, 2013 at 7:55pm

LOL  That's a belly laugh, Patricia.  Thanks!

Comment by Joan Denoo on August 1, 2013 at 12:30pm

Patricia, I am very sorry to learn of your continued side effects of extremely dry skin & mucous membranes, terrible insomnia and others. Developing coping strategies for these must be frustrating. 

Being so low on energy is a new things for me. So far, my best coping comes from filling my awake time with reading interesting articles, listening to debates and critiquing so-called intelligent design. The hours pass quickly and I am absorbed in it, forgetting that my weeds grow to giants and star dust gets thicker all over my house. 
Thankfully, I have such great support from my family, they pick up all the loose ends for me. 

Comment by Joan Denoo on August 1, 2013 at 12:20pm

O enjoy reading the greetings from each one of you and know I have a "cloud of support" from many places. Thanks. 

Carl, I very much appreciate your thinking of me and your gift of Monet's Water Lilies! It evokes a real refreshing and restoring feeling in me. Thank you. 

 

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