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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 18 hours ago. 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 yesterday. 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 Bertold Brautigan on July 31, 2017 at 8:39pm

Joan - wonderful story. What a great dad!

Comment by Ruth Anthony-Gardner on July 31, 2017 at 8:12pm

Zeebrugge and Brugge look gorgeous. But they appear as vulnerable to sea level rise as Miami. Thanks for sharing the happy memories.

Comment by Thomas Murray on July 31, 2017 at 8:02pm

Joan,

That IS an exiting graduation gift.... what a lucky guy! ...and a great father too.

Comment by Joan Denoo on July 31, 2017 at 6:38pm

I have a mentor who gave his high school graduating son a one-way ticket to the other side of the world and told him to find his way home. My friend knew his son could trade in the ticket for cash, but the kid used the ticket, went to China via Europe and then returned on the train that runs the Silk Road. The youngster returned a man, he decided he wanted to be professional, graduated in business and started is own business. 

What a way to let go!

Comment by Joan Denoo on July 31, 2017 at 4:20pm

Ian, your phots cames through beautifully! I'm so glad that our friends can see what we have seen. 

Chris, the photos of Solvang and Brugge probably do look familiar to you. I will collect a few of Spokane so you can see what I saw. I"ll get you photos of Newport, WA too. It is a country town like so many others. 

Comment by Joan Denoo on July 31, 2017 at 3:58pm

Ian, that delicious treat is like many I enjyed. I'm so glad you travel and share with us. 

Adventure is kind of in my blood, listening to stories of colonists moving west on my mother's side and of a Plymoth, Massachsetts women who came as a widow and her son in 1632. 

Dad and I traveled all over the US following the places where anchesters lived. Dad's ancesters moved across the northern tier of the country and Mom's ancesters came across the southern tier. We tracked down a lot of relatives former homes. 

I found out there was a lot of violence against women and children in both families. They raises their children as the authoritarians of Europe raised theirs. I wondered why violence was so prevalent in the homes and asked lots of questions of the living relatives we found in the US. That experience meant that I had to go to Belgium and find out what parenting was like there. I got an earful!

Thus, "A Theory of Family Violence" as my master's thesis in 1977

and "A Splendid Heresy" was my doctoral dissertation in 1979, which was rejected for the degree. I am what is known as doctorate without an acceptable dissertation. Which means I received an excellent education but did not jump through the right ropes. 

That is a gift, because I thought if US was so sexist, how is the rest of the world. Trips to Eastern Europe, the Middle East, Asia, Indonesia, and a lot of hopping around, I found that women have a great challenge ahead of them. The great news is, women can do it!

"It" means get an education, be able to support herself and her children, have a healthy marriage, and raise self-sufficient children. 

Comment by Joan Denoo on July 31, 2017 at 3:42pm

Ian, my paternal relatives live in Brugge; Dad visited many times, I twice. It was badly damaged during WW II and rebuilt to match the ancient style. I am posting some stock photos so we can get just a hint of its beauty. ZeeBrugge is a city built at the sea and is a gateway to Brugge, which is land locked by silt. 

I have many happy memories in Brugge and met many relatives. One of them told me about making fuel for cars out of water!@#* Oh! we would be so lucky. They are great inventers and adventurers, they made their fortune that way. 

Brugge, Belgium

Zeebrugge, Belgium

This is beautiful beyond imagining. Lovely shops, great food, friendly people. 

Comment by Ian Mason on July 31, 2017 at 3:18pm

They're canals which once reached the sea. The name 'Brugge' means bridge or pier/jetty, referring to the town's function as a port in the Middle Ages. It is unspoilt and captivating. A fine place for relaxing.

Comment by Thomas Murray on July 31, 2017 at 2:47pm

  Ian,

  Nice pictures and I love the moat (or canals?)  surrounding the town and homes.

 My feeling is that every child or teenager and/or family should have at least one opportunity to travel the world. I believe the sight seeing will open the minds of people and to see how other cultures live.

Comment by Chris on July 31, 2017 at 1:54am

Viewing a  full Solar Eclipes is a once in a lifetime oppertunity.   Even though it's only about 800 miles from my house and I have friends who live in the path I can't make it for vairous reasons.

I feel for people who have never had the oppertunity to see solar events such as metor showers  because of  light pollution.

 

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