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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 2 hours ago. 1 Reply

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 2 hours ago. 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 22 hours ago. 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 sk8eycat on September 12, 2014 at 10:18am

Joan, I think that racial nastiness is coming to the surface again...it's never really gone away...because certain bigots a) never expected Obama to be re-elected 2 years ago, and b) DID expect him to fall on his face trying to clean up the Cheney-Bush mess. (And I also suspect they expected him to be assassinated long before now.) 

They are taking their frustrations out on anyone with dark skin... especially the helpless ones.  And they have never, ever figured out that neither skin nor culture have anything to do with intelligence and ability, no matter what their eyes and ears tell them.

It's going to take several more generations to weed out the hatefulness, if it can be done at all.  We won't live to see it happen.

Comment by The Flying Atheist on September 12, 2014 at 9:54am

It's seems most everybody loves trains so I thought I'd post this story about new limited train service between Chicago and Madison, Wisconsin on restored Pullman railroad cars.  Very cool. 

Pullman Cars Connect Madison, Chicago by Train for First Time in 40...

https://www.travelpullman.com/Varsity

Comment by Plinius on September 12, 2014 at 9:48am

They call them vari-focals here, and they're easy to get used to. I've had them for some years, and the only fault I find is that the ´window´ for reading is very small, so I use reading glasses too. I got my first pair of glasses when I was three: astigmatism and a ´lazy eye´. With good glasses you don't notice my squint, and I have to use less energy to see well.

I hope you get used to your glasses soon, Carl!

Comment by The Flying Atheist on September 12, 2014 at 8:33am

Randy, I didn't even know tri-focals existed.  Yes, that has got to be difficult getting used to. 

Good morning, all my friends!  It's a bit chilly here today.  50-degrees/10-celcius with a little bit of rain early this morning.  The beautiful season of Fall is definitely waiting in the wings and ready for the curtain to go up. 

Comment by Randall Smith on September 12, 2014 at 8:01am

Carl, you think bifocals are difficult, you should TRI-focals! After 40 years, I'm still not comfortable with them. But, they're helpful in computer monitor and car dashboard reading, etc.

It appears I'm going to have to find out why my computer speakers don't work (the light doesn't even come on). I think it's more than a sound card needed. I'm missing out on all the fun and/or informative videos. 

Comment by Joan Denoo on September 12, 2014 at 1:31am

For a shorter version, and only a teaser, here is 

Comment by Joan Denoo on September 12, 2014 at 1:28am

OOHH Oh! I forgot that I deleted the faith article because the video started half way through the film and I didn't want that. So, I deleted it, intending to repair it and send if off. However, Carl's article on footbinding popped up and I forgot about my faith article. Here it is. 

Comment by Joan Denoo on September 12, 2014 at 1:15am

Carl, the cuttle fish video is a great one that hold attention, not only because of cuttle, but also that great narrator. 

Comment by Joan Denoo on September 12, 2014 at 1:05am

Felaine, that is a remarkable story of breaking the barriers in ice skating in the U.S. That was a very few years ago. It is beyond my belief that racial barriers are coming back in some communities. 

Comment by Joan Denoo on September 12, 2014 at 12:52am

Oh? Some others of you are not receiving comments either? I will post my comment again and see if it gets through. 

OK, Felaine, let's designate some dates of celebrations worthy of our attention. I think I have these dates correct. Feel free to correct my mistakes, add and/or subtract whatever you feel is worthy of note. 

1980 - The World Health Organization (WHO) certified that smallpox had been eradicated from the planet in 1980.

03-26-1953 - Polio vaccine discovered.

04-14-2003 - Human Genome Project Completed

07-04-1997 - Mars Pathfinder spacecraft landed.

07-20-1969 - 1st moon landing.

08-20-1977 - Voyager 2 launched.

09-02-1945 - Japan's surrender in 1945.

09-05-1977 - Voyager 1 launched.

 

 

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