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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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Goodwill to Few Men (Betty Bowers)

Started by Loren Miller. Last reply by Donald R Barbera on Thursday. 3 Replies

Think Goodwill Industries does well by the poor?  Fact is, they do WAY BETTER for themselves, to the point where America's Best Christian, Betty Bowers, thinks they're ripping off the christian playbook a bit too well!  Have a look for yourself:…Continue

Tags: ripoff, Goodwill Industries, America's Best Christian, Betty Bowers

Your favorite photobombs?

Started by Ruth Anthony-Gardner. Last reply by Plinius Jul 10. 12 Replies

Running of the bulls photobomb.Continue

losing faith (TheraminTrees)

Started by Loren Miller Jul 5. 0 Replies

TheraminTrees has recently begun producing a new series of YouTube videos, which added to a wonderful library of earlier observations regarding his experience of religion. Good as all those pieces are, I personally think they pale against this…Continue

Tags: story, history, faith, TheraminTrees

Betty Explains Religious Freedom (Betty Bowers)

Started by Loren Miller. Last reply by Ruth Anthony-Gardner Jul 3. 10 Replies

Well, considering all the RFRA bills popping up all over the United States, plus all the fun and games ISIS is bringing to the good folks in Syria and Iraq, Betty Bowers, the epitome of well-dressed christianity, has decided to clarify the true…Continue

Tags: persecution, ISIS, Religious Freedom, America's Best Christian, Betty Bowers

Surreal, I haz it

Started by Ruth Anthony-Gardner. Last reply by Ruth Anthony-Gardner May 6. 82 Replies

Surreal, not just found in art.Continue

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Let's not define ourselves or others by our worst behaviors

Started by Ruth Anthony-Gardner. Last reply by Dominique Lutz Apr 16. 6 Replies

My take on the recent melt down at Hang With Friends, of which I missed part, is that some of us were tripped up by a habit of thought. It's something we learn growing up, and use without realizing how much pain it can generate -  failing to…Continue

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Comment by Joan Denoo on April 7, 2013 at 1:00pm

"The Declaration of Independence announces the sublime truth, that all power comes from the people. This was a denial, and the first denial of a nation, of the infamous dogma that God confers the right upon one man to govern others.

"It was the first grand assertion of the dignity of the human race. It declared the governed to be the source of power, and in fact denied the authorityof any and all gods. Through the ages of slavery — through the weary centuries of the lash and chain, God was the acknowledged ruler of the world. To enthrone man, was to dethrone God."

Robert G. IngersollIndividuality (1873).

 

Comment by Joan Denoo on April 7, 2013 at 1:00pm

A very interesting discussion takes place that I want to share with you. 

"Dr. Allan H. Clark

"It has always seemed to me that Epicurus's riddle is the simplest way to raise the main problem of theodicy—how do you justify the belief in a good and just god in the presence of manifest evil? The standard Christian answer is that this world is a test and that the balance toward good is restored in the promised afterlife. To answer that there is Ingersoll's little verse:

 

Happiness is the only good.

The place to be happy is here.

The time to be happy is now.

The way to be happy is to make others so."

~ Robert G. Ingersoll, Variant, as it appears on a manuscript copy he jotted down for a fan (26 March 1897)"

 

Comment by Idaho Spud on April 7, 2013 at 10:10am

Felaine, can't see an injection in your rear?  Take a mirror. : )

I've watched many injections now, and I seem to feel more pain when I watch than when I don't.  But even then it's just a small prick.  No big deal.

I love the "Imagine no Religion" story.

Comment by Joan Denoo on April 6, 2013 at 10:56pm

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Comment by Joan Denoo on April 6, 2013 at 6:10pm

Felaine, a "lumbar laminectomy and fusion" sounds really serious. I hope you found relief!!! My procedure is a simple out-patient procedure so I won't be needing a room, but I like the idea of covering the Catholic Scarecrow with "Imagine no Religion" sign. Maybe I should go prepared for when I am in recovery. 

I will start looking now for a film of the procedure I expect to have. 

Happy cat-sitting, and thank you for your care. This is a snap compared to what you had. 

Needles don't hurt at all, now ... remember those huge things they used to draw blood? Reminded me of needles used on cows. Nothing has hurt so far, except I had to go off Aleve and baby aspirin for several days for one test, and my joints hurt. I am back on my regular Rx routine and have no pain now. 

My life-span is at a good time, except for the mess our political and economic system is in. I liken human thinking and behavior as appropriate for beasts, but Homo sapiens should be able to rise above a beak-and-claw existence and stop using violence to gain power. We now have the capacity to reason, negotiate, compromise, and to create a just world. For those who would terrorize, they could be hunted down, singled out, put on trial, and allow the population and cultures to live without fear of bombs, or bullets. 

Comment by sk8eycat on April 6, 2013 at 5:38pm

In '09, I wanted a video of my lumbar laminectomy and fusion, but Doc said it would be done with microscopic instruments, and he would be too busy to have a cameraman/woman in the OR, anyway.

I found out later that the procedure took FOUR HOURS!  I don't remember anything between being wheeled out of the prep room and waking up in my own room (utterly painless...I totally understand why/how some people become addicted), and the first thing I saw was the Catholic Scarecrow on the wall.  I asked to have it removed, but they refused, so as soon as I was on my feet (3 days later) I covered it with my FFRF "Imagine No Religion" T-shirt.  Doc (very young secular Jew) laughed so hard when he saw it that I thought he was going to literally ROTFL.

There are places on the net where you can see animated (bloodless) depictions of almost any type of surgery; you just have to hunt for them.

I'll be off the net...cat-sitting... when you have your surgery (April 14 to the 26th), so I'm wishing you the best of luck now, and I'll keep on thinking about you till I get back home and check in here.

Idaho: I've watched my own blood draws and injections since I was a teen; IMO it hurts less when I know what's going on. Of course I can't see an injection in my rear...

Comment by Idaho Spud on April 6, 2013 at 2:49pm

Joan, the expanded-cheeks chipmunk is cute. 

I think Matt D. dropping the pen is great, and I very much like your post that talked about rats beating humans.  

I’m glad you’re ready for surgery.  You may be braver than I am, in wanting to watch, but a few years ago, I started watching when my blood was drawn.  My curiosity finally overpowered my chickenness.  Also, when I had a colonoscopy, I wanted to watch, but I was unconcious until the last 10 minutes.  But I did get to see a watermelon seed in my large colon.  : )

A video is a great idea.  Next time I’ll ask if I can get one.

Comment by Joan Denoo on April 6, 2013 at 12:50pm

I have great news, the cancer cure train is leaving the station and I have my surgery scheduled for April 16. I feel fine, I am ready and I wish I could watch the surgery. Maybe I could get someone to film the procedure. Well, that is a task upon which to work. 

IZ "What a Wonderful World"

Comment by Joan Denoo on April 6, 2013 at 11:55am

Well, if I walk through an isle of jock straps, I don't feel any differently than I suppose men feel when walking through bras. 

In other words, poor planning on the part of the store. 

Comment by Joan Denoo on April 6, 2013 at 11:52am

Oh, I read further and realize the questions concerned magic. 
NEVER, UNDER ANY CIRCUMSTANCES, MAGIC!

Looking at the effect of natural selection, I feel full of wonder, sometimes with goose bumps.  

 

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