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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 5 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 yesterday. 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 24, 2017 at 3:58pm

Carl - I had to settle for being a nerd. Since then I learned the old adage: If you can't dazzle 'em with brilliance baffle 'em with bullshit.

Comment by Idaho Spud on July 24, 2017 at 3:56pm

Funny story Bertold.

Comment by The Flying Atheist on July 24, 2017 at 3:43pm

Bertold, I had to rely on my sparkling personality and my impeccable wit to be god in high school.  These days I substitute with memes and gifs.

Comment by Bertold Brautigan on July 24, 2017 at 3:25pm

Carl - so true; if any of us had showed up in high school with a smart phone we would have been a god.

Comment by The Flying Atheist on July 24, 2017 at 3:19pm

Comment by Joan Denoo on July 24, 2017 at 1:42pm

I like your story, too, Bertold. 

Comment by Plinius on July 24, 2017 at 1:08pm

Nice story, Bertold!

Comment by Bertold Brautigan on July 24, 2017 at 12:59pm

Once in Germany I was enjoying a nice wine with friends in a restaurant. It was a white wine called Ewiges Leben [in German "eternal life."] We ordered a third or fourth bottle, but they were out. The waiter informed us that "You've drunk us out of eternal life."  It sounded better in German, but I still liked the idea, even though there's no such thing.

Comment by Joan Denoo on July 24, 2017 at 12:44pm

During the last seven years of Dad's life, he lived with me and my son Craig. We went to as authentic a Chinese restaurant I could find where they had outstanding food. I always ordered Longevity Wine, which was a sweet fruit wine, for him, a teetotaler. He loved it and would get really fun and funny. His usual demeanor was sober, strict, and no small-talk. 

Comment by Loren Miller on July 24, 2017 at 11:49am

There is actually such a thing as plum wine.  My wife and I have it regularly when we go to a Japanese hibachi-style restaurant.  Kinsen is our preferred brand.

 

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