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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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Men who challenge men to stop violence

Started by Joan Denoo. Last reply by Idaho Spud Jan 9. 19 Replies

Many men join in the effort to reduce violence against women and children and other men. He speaks of the need to place responsibility on men instead of focusing on women to stop violence. He offers a breath of fresh air, as do so many of the men on…Continue

Ian, a beautiful New Years blessing.

Started by Joan Denoo. Last reply by Chris Jan 5. 7 Replies

Ian, for some reason, my comment would not "send" on Hang with Friends; perhaps it will here!Ian, a beautiful New Years blessing. It goes in my file. I especially like the thought of surprising myself. Laura made a special trip to my Spokane home to…Continue

degrading love — part two (TheraminTrees)

Started by Loren Miller Jan 1. 0 Replies

TheraminTrees set up religion with his left in Part One of his treatise on how religion demeans and degrades the value of love.  Here in Part Two, he brings in a devastating, "Mike Tyson" right, which negates and invalidates any claim that either…Continue

Tags: Christianity, Islam, TheraminTrees, god, love

The Ark Encounter: A Less than Grand Opening (The Thinking Atheist)

Started by Loren Miller. Last reply by Idaho Spud Dec 31, 2016. 27 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

Learning a Language as a Mature Adult

Started by Daniel W. Last reply by Idaho Spud Dec 14, 2016. 27 Replies

Trying to keep my mind exercised, and not interested in most of the reading materials that I can find.I decided to attempt to learn a language.  Actually, two.  The dilemma is, how do I do that without going to school - not an option - and without…Continue

What Annoys God Most? (Betty Bowers)

Started by Loren Miller. Last reply by Grinning Cat Dec 7, 2016. 10 Replies

Long story short, it's those near misses, the almost-but-not-quite, close but no cheroot moments, or, would you believe ... Near Death Experiences!  So what's the big deal?  Betty Bowers, America's BEST Christian and self-proclaimed expert on such…Continue

Tags: Near Death Experiences, America's Best Christian, Betty Bowers

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Comment by Plinius on March 15, 2014 at 2:29pm

You're right, Spud, those are the practical unofficial systems. When I work on the sewingmachine I mostly use my fingers or nails instead of a tape measure to make reasonable seams.

Comment by Idaho Spud on March 15, 2014 at 1:18pm

Chris, I still quite often use a couple of old systems of measurement and think they're practical when I don't have a measurement tool with me and want a quick approximate answer.  Most of my shoes are very close to one foot in length, and the distance between the knuckles of my little finger are very close to one inch.

Comment by Grinning Cat on March 15, 2014 at 11:30am

I heard someplace that a majority of men would like to be taller. I'm in that group.

Great poster, Mindy!

Comment by Joan Denoo on March 15, 2014 at 11:04am

Carl, all three of my kids are 50 this year. Seems like only yesterday!

Comment by Randall Smith on March 15, 2014 at 8:01am

I had heard that your final height would be twice your height at 3 years of age (or 2?). According to my parents, I would be 6' tall. During my growth spurt years, I measured myself every month, eagerly anticipating the day I'd reach that magic number. Sigh. Never got remotely close--5'9" rounded up! Now, at age 71, I'm barely over 5'7". And hanging on bars didn't help!

Comment by Plinius on March 15, 2014 at 2:15am

Thanks Grinning Cat, you make me feel less stupid. The old systems are certainly colorful, but not practical at all. Here older systems have all but disappeared, no one knows about them anymore, but I remember my mother measuring cloth with an el. It's the distance between thumb and armpit, about 68 cm.

Comment by Ian Mason on March 15, 2014 at 1:54am

Yes, Randall. I am a doer of crosswords. After 20+ years of working nights I've found that they're an ideal pastime as they can be laid aside and taken up so easily as work demands. I'm better at Danish crosswords than English these days too. I do attempt the cryptic in the Times Lit. Supp. every week and my record is 5 answers solved.

Comment by Grinning Cat on March 14, 2014 at 10:24pm

Skillet cornbread... delicious!  <licks whiskers>

And sometimes pies are square.

Comment by sk8eycat on March 14, 2014 at 9:54pm

Cornbread CAN be round if it's made in a cast iron skillet!

Comment by Grinning Cat on March 14, 2014 at 9:48pm

Chris, the metric system makes so much more sense than the Imperial and U.S. systems with inches and feet and yards and miles (and fathoms and rods and furlongs and...), and ounces and pounds (of various flavors, too! as well as stones and such), and ....

Now to bring up fictional characters that are not part of any religion! J. K. Rowling wrote on pottermore.com that when Britain adopted the metric system, witches and wizards simply ignored it. They "are not averse to laborious calculations, which they can, after all, do magically, so they do not find it inconvenient to weigh in ounces, pounds and stones; measure in inches, feet and miles; or pay for goods in Knuts, Sickles, and Galleons." She refused to allow the publisher to convert measurements in Harry Potter and the Philosopher's Stone to metric, as was their standard practice; the old system is "much more picturesque, much quirkier, and therefore more appropriate to the kind of society I was describing."

Speaking of inconvenient units, how about velocity in furlongs per fortnight (1 fur/ftn is literally glacially slow: rougly 1 centimeter per minute).

 

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