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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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Issues Atheist, Feminist, GLBTQ, Climate Change

Started by Joan Denoo. Last reply by BenGee on Saturday. 3 Replies

This is a test Continue

The Whole Bible in 30 Seconds (Betty Bowers)

Started by Loren Miller. Last reply by Randy Hatly Oct 20. 15 Replies

Ever decide that you wanted to read the whole bible, cover to cover, only to realize half-way through Deuteronomy that the darn thing is industrial-strength BORING?!?  Well, never fear!  America's Best Christian, Betty Bowers, has done the Cliff's…Continue

Tags: bible, America's Best Christian, Betty Bowers

punishing doubt (TheraminTrees)

Started by Loren Miller. Last reply by Joan Denoo Oct 17. 2 Replies

If you are associated with religion and especially a fundamentalist religion, doubt is intolerable.  Certainty, however it may be achieved or imposed, becomes a necessary element, especially considering the utter dearth of any form of evidence or…Continue

Tags: religion, TheraminTrees, punish, doubt

A moment to relax and see the Earth from space; some how this comforts me.

Started by Joan Denoo. Last reply by Qiana-Maieev Oct 16. 3 Replies

All the squabbles and struggles that I have do not compare with those of some others on this great planet. There are no boundary lines, no political arguments, no up or no down. What is, is. For right now, the scenes offer tranquility. Just the…Continue

Tags: and, wonder, awe, of, space

His Dark Materials and the Catholic Church

Started by Tonya R. Wheeler. Last reply by Plinius Oct 16. 27 Replies

I recently watched the movie, "The Golden Compass" and since I could not find the sequels, I read the books. I enjoyed them, and I will be reading the first one, Northern Lights, starting tomorrow, since it just arrived via inter-library…Continue

Tags: Fantasy, Catholic, Religion, Atheist, Pullman

bending truth, or "We Can All Be Manipulated" (TheraminTrees)

Started by Loren Miller. Last reply by Loren Miller Sep 29. 39 Replies

The following is one of TheraminTrees' most thorough-going pieces, wherein he looks at the process and techniques whereby a "religious" organization (which will sound VERY familiar to most of us, once introductions are made!) takes a person who…Continue

Tags: indoctrination, truth, manipulation, TheraminTrees

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Comment by Idaho Spud on February 2, 2014 at 11:24am

Felaine, did Lyle say his name much?

Comment by Plinius on February 2, 2014 at 2:01am

Yes, there is help for people who cannot stay at home. We went through it with Aunt when her Alzheimer's became worse. First a report about the disabilities, then a report about what's needed, after that you can put the patient on a waitinglist for a care home. Every person who needs to be in a care home can be admitted, but it's not free of course. The health care organizations look at the patient's income (together with the government) and decide on a reasonable share the patient has to pay. It is balanced so that the patient has got health insurance, all the housing and care he/she needs and some money for clothes and small outings. I'm very glad that this part of the health care still works, even if the system is cut into all the time.

Comment by The Flying Atheist on February 2, 2014 at 1:27am

Mindy, I'm glad your heart monitor results show that all is well.  

{{{ reassuring hug }}}

Joan, thank you for the kind words.  As always, you are an inspiration.  In fact, everyone here is an inspiration.  I marvel at the wide range of topics discussed here.  It's all these stories. our highs and our lows, that trigger the necessary support from others that we need from time to time.  What a great group of people!

And now on to the mundane.......I did my federal tax return earlier this evening.  

Oh, Sk8eycat.  I love the cat walk video!  I got quite a good laugh from it. 

Comment by sk8eycat on February 2, 2014 at 12:20am

Joan, I posted this in the Kitty Group:


I think he's attacking his reflection in that shiny, tall kitchen waste basket thingie.

One of our (orange tiger) cats did that "walk" many years ago, when I was holding a tiny toy made of rabbit fur....above his head.  I never have a camera handy when things like that happen.
His name was Lyle;  I called him that so he could say his own name.

Comment by Joan Denoo on February 1, 2014 at 11:51pm

sk8eycat, a great kitty video! I've never seen a cat do THAT!

Comment by Joan Denoo on February 1, 2014 at 11:48pm

Chris, I do hope your b-i-l's convalescent home stay helps him and relieves you. What is the procedure when a person is no longer able to live alone or at his/her home? Are there facilities that he can go into? Does the government pay those bills? Not to ask about your personal situation, but as a societal issue when a person doesn't have money resources. 

When I visited a home in Hamburg, Germany, it was nationally owned and financed, I think. At least that is what I understood them to mean. It included a children's home as well. I enjoyed my visit there and found the aged and young fit well together with proper planning and policies and age-appropriate programs.  

Comment by sk8eycat on February 1, 2014 at 7:42pm

Thanks, Spud.  Now I'm twitching a bit, too.  Went online to find out how long this is going to go on..."7 - 21 Days"  is what they said.  GACK!  I have a cat-sitting job starting the 11th.....

Comment by Idaho Spud on February 1, 2014 at 1:51pm

Sorry Elaine.

Comment by sk8eycat on February 1, 2014 at 1:11pm

Oh, good, Mindy!  (About the heart monitor results)

Elaine is still having explosions.  :>(  I hate it when that happens.

So...this is the cutest kitty video I've seen in a while.  I posted it in Ailurophiles, but I thought I'd post it here too, and then go back to bed.

This kiity is adorable, but the really FUNNY part is in the last quarter of the video:

Comment by Idaho Spud on February 1, 2014 at 11:03am

No, Mindy, I don't think you did mention the results from searing your heart monitor were normal, and didn't mention the results from wearing it either : )

In any case, it's good news, and I'm glad for you.


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