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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 1 hour 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 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 March 11, 2016 at 8:15am

Show us, Loren!

Comment by Loren Miller on March 11, 2016 at 8:09am

The Netherlands shots were brilliant, Carl!  Thank you for those.  I'd like to think we have beauty like that in Cleveland here and there, especially around autumn when the MetroParks hit peak color.

Comment by Randall Smith on March 11, 2016 at 7:48am

Amazing photographs of The Netherlands, Carl. Some look like paintings. It's been 50 years since I was there.

Glad to hear you're okay, Joan. Personally, I've never been in a deer/auto accident, but some family members have. It's a real problem around these parts.

Ian, it came as a surprise to read about the Bambi/Jew comparison. Interesting thought.

Speaking of Jews, the PBS show "Finding Your Roots" featured Dustin Hoffman and his ancestry. He got very emotional "discovering", or at least admitting, he was Jewish. His father, evidently, never mentioned it, nor discussed his heritage. Hoffman was clueless.

Comment by Joan Denoo on March 11, 2016 at 3:49am

Thanks for those lovely scenes of The Netherlands, Carl. I remember having coffee in Amsterdam, and the beautiful little cakes they served were too charming to eat and too delicious not to. The cream there was delightful. 

Comment by Joan Denoo on March 11, 2016 at 3:41am

Ian, an interesting idea, Bambi as allegory of Jews in Europe! That would be fascinating to watch with awareness of the allegory. 

Getting older isn't easy. When one works hard during the productive years it would be nice to have smooth going for the final stage of life. 80 is a whole lot harder than 70. I don't want to reach 90. 

Comment by Ian Mason on March 11, 2016 at 2:26am

Just returned from a few days in England. A very pleasant stay although it's clear now that my step-mum won't be with us much longer. She's 92 and can't even be bothered to eat and drink now. Her appetite for life has run out. The rest of the family are well, although my generation is begining to reach the stage of creaks and aches, knee and hip replacement etc. Such is life if you live long enough.

Comment by Ian Mason on March 11, 2016 at 2:20am

Indeed, Joan, country life has its less pretty side. The original 1920's Bambi novel by Felix Salten is sometimes considered an allegory of the the situation Jews faced in Europe.

Lovely photos, Carl. What a lovely place.

Comment by Joan Denoo on March 11, 2016 at 2:14am

Randy, I think it was Dewey vs. Truman that the polling called listed phone numbers for their tally on election night and miscalled the election. I was a young girl and was disappointed because the voting results interfered with my favorite Saturday radio program, Let's Pretend. 

DEWEY DEFEATS TRUMAN

I am unable to bring the photo here. . 

Comment by Plinius on March 11, 2016 at 1:14am

Thank you Carl! The landscapes are familiar of course, but the photographer is really gifted!

Comment by Joan Denoo on March 11, 2016 at 12:15am

Carl, Laura and I were not hurt; the headlight disappeared under the fender, and the driver's side front fender will need repair or replacement. It happened so fast. I saw it out of the corner of my eye to my right on the passenger side and it looked like it jumped over the car and hit the left headlight and fender. The poor thing struggled so mightily to get up and off the road. 

Donald, I like being so deep in the forest but it is not all green meadows with deer prancing through looking like Bambi's mother. They eat our crops and tear down our fences. Memories of The Yearling come immediately to mind. 

I am a city woman losing my naivety. 

Thankfully, we don't eat our poultry; they lay eggs, eat bugs, weed the garden and fertilize as they mosey around. . 

 

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