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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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The Whole Bible in 30 Seconds (Betty Bowers)

Started by Loren Miller. Last reply by Ruth Anthony-Gardner 46 minutes ago. 1 Reply

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

Are You a Patriot? (Betty Bowers)

Started by Loren Miller. Last reply by Chris G 18 hours ago. 22 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 on Thursday. 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 Aug 21. 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

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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

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Comment by Ian Mason on September 24, 2013 at 9:07pm

Mindy, higher education is becoming an elite reservation. In my day (that's the 1980s) university education in Britain was free and there were student grants to live on.When I was finished I owed about £350 to the bank. One of my nephews who's just starting expects to have debts of around £50,000 when he's finished after 3 years. Most of the "reforms" to the education system were brought in by the so-called Labour government of Tony Blair.

Here in Denmark most education is still free and there is a form of financial support, albeit means-tested and not enough to live on. My daughter will end up owing very little when she's finished despite having to support herself for her 6-month period studying in Australia. That was paid for by the savings me and my ex had put aside every month for 18 years plus her own weekend job. I can't understand how any country calling itself "civilised" can restrict access to education in this way.

Ever read Gray's "Elegy in a Country Churchyard"? That laments all the unrecognised genius that's 6 feet under, the undiscovered Shakespeare that was an unlettered ploughman unable to express himself because he couldn't go to school.

Bit of a rant but I'm also outraged by the system, particularly when we're told that education is the key to the future but only the rich get through the eye of that particular needle.

Comment by Tony Carroll on September 24, 2013 at 8:28pm

This is from Uncle George's site (as in George Takei). Laughed so hard nearly split my gut, as the saying goes. How can something so wrong be so right? He does look fabulous, I must admit.

 

Comment by sk8eycat on September 24, 2013 at 1:54am

I buy groceries online from Schwan's (everything is frozen, but the veg taste VERY fresh, even when you nuke them. Their ice cream is to slide under the table in ecstasy for.), and Vons/Safeway for everything else. Electronic coupons are valid, and they have other specials.

I have a couple of friends who moved to Payson, AZ in 1999, and there's one of those giant Walphart stores right across the street from a Safeway AND a chain supermarket that's popular in Arizona.  My friends think WailMart is just wonderful.  The store plus the parking lot have destroyed several acres of what was once a large market garden... Ugh.

People don't understand that once something that large is built on fertile cropland, it is gone forever.  Or at least for our lifetimes.

This country's wealth has always been the land, but it's all being paved over at breakneck speed....nobody can eat asphalt.

I don't know if Schwan's delivers in Canada, but they WILL send packages via UPS...packed in dry ice.  Go to the Safeway web site and see if they deliver in your area...do they have stores in Canada?

Comment by Joan Denoo on September 24, 2013 at 12:38am

sk8eycat, I feel so much pain from your story, and the countless other stories that good, decent, honest, hard working people tell. The real parasites remain untouched, and it seems they remain untouchable. 

Yes, there will be an uprising and the sooner the better. The Walmart family steals time and money from those who work for them and should be held accountable. 

Can you see the masses assembling outside Walmart stores across the country with valiant leaders ready to storm the citadels? 

Comment by sk8eycat on September 24, 2013 at 12:22am

There is a loud segment of our population, including elected representatives of ALL the people in their districts,  who consider those who need public assistance to survive "parasites." Like Mitt R-Money's famous 47%.

On the contrary, the true parasites are the greedy moguls who keep sucking money out of the system, sending it to overseas banks so they won't have to pay taxes on it, and are so emotionally damaged that they will NEVER have enough of anything...money, power, toys....anything.

Yeah...I am physically weak, and facing bankruptcy, but I'm ready for an uprising....I wish people, in vast numbers, would boycott Walmart for starters.  That family disgusts me.

Comment by Steph S. on September 23, 2013 at 4:28pm

How's everyone? I am enjoying all the posts here and pictures.

Hope everyone has a good start to the week.

Comment by Ian Mason on September 23, 2013 at 10:46am

Love the bunny lady, Mindy. Perhaps she's a clever hunter/furrier..

R.e. a hermit life: by coincidence I've just started the novel "Oblomov" by Ivan Goncharev. I do heartily recommend it to those who think they'd like a withdrawn life.

Comment by Ian Mason on September 23, 2013 at 1:18am

Have just read Douglas Adams's "Long, Dark Teatime of the Soul" (1988) and was suprised by the similarities to Niel Gaiman's "American Gods" (2001) Shall we be kind and call it "inspiration"?

Comment by sk8eycat on September 22, 2013 at 8:35pm

Ooops!  Typo alert! Carl Sagan!

And I meant to add that the Heinleins really did have a cat named "Pixel."  Mrs. Heinlein sent me some Polaroids of him, but I've been searching and I can't find them...yet.

Comment by sk8eycat on September 22, 2013 at 8:26pm

Melinda, yes, I remember when they sent the Voyagers out, and Carl sagan was on some TV show explaining what the diagrams meant.  The lines in binary explain where we are in relation to some prominent pulsars.  (I think it's pulsars...)

In the meantime, I'm still playing around in Jeffs Cats Book club, on the Cheezburger site.  My latest "creation" is a joke:

THE CAT WHO PEEKS THROUGH CEILINGS Pixel Heinlein

 

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