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

Started by Loren Miller. Last reply by Joan Denoo yesterday. 22 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

Fan.tasia – A Disney Mashup by Lindsey McCutcheon

Started by Loren Miller. Last reply by Idaho Spud on Monday. 8 Replies

Any of you remember that Hollywood musical dance number mashup that Nerd Fest UK created put together some months back?  Well, someone by the name of Lindsey McCutcheon has…Continue

Tags: Lindsey McCutcheon, animation, Disney

The Gun Industry's Killing in Killing (Betty Bowers)

Started by Loren Miller. Last reply by Chris G Jul 20. 15 Replies

America's Best Christian has finally acknowledged that there may be one outfit which has her belief system beat for it's leverage on the government.  No great surprise, it's the NRA and the gun industries.  Betty's a good loser, though.  She's made…Continue

Tags: NRA, guns, America's Best Christian, Betty Bowers

The God of Cancer (The Thinking Atheist)

Started by Loren Miller. Last reply by Joan Denoo Jul 18. 10 Replies

Seth Andrews has been through the mill as it comes to dealing with those who insist that their faith in a deity is not just valid but necessary to their lives and to all lives.  Having dealt with that gauntlet and come out the other side an atheist,…Continue

Tags: cancer, god, The Thinking Atheist, Seth Andrews

We Are America / Love Has No Labels (John Cena - Ad Council)

Started by Loren Miller. Last reply by Joan Denoo Jul 10. 3 Replies

It seems to be a repeating pattern: I wander around the internet and inevitably, I stumble onto all manner of stuff.  It happens all the time on YouTube, and as you doubtless have deduced, yours truly tripped over something a couple minutes ago,…Continue

Tags: patriotism, labels, love, Ad Council, John Cena

In God We Trust? (Betty Bowers)

Started by Loren Miller. Last reply by Qiana-Maieev Jul 4. 4 Replies

HEY, gang!  Your favorite America's Best Christian, Betty Bowers is BACK and just in time for the Fourth of July!!!  This time, she's hit it big, coming to us live and in color from the Capitol!  Seems as though she's as upset about this whole "In…Continue

Tags: congress, god, Jesus, America's Best Christian, Betty Bowers

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Comment by Joan Denoo on August 2, 2013 at 11:08pm

Here is my thought for the day for each of us. My favorite astrophysicist, Neil deGrasse Tyson says it better than anyone: 

The Power of a Cosmic Perspective, with Neil deGrasse Tyson | Big T...

Comment by Joan Denoo on August 2, 2013 at 10:44pm
Melinda, I hope our husband's management heard what he had to say! Speaking out in the face of "stupid decisions" makes good sense to me, even if it is risky!
Comment by Joan Denoo on August 2, 2013 at 3:08pm

Patricia, these topics do take over one's life, what one eats, when, having to locate the nearest rest room at an instant's notice, things that taste like metal ...  Your input gives me reality checks with your determination to not give in to the beast.

Ruth, You describe the ageing process as I see it. Now, given that reality, how do we get our minds off the aches and pains? 

Chris, we got your rain dance results today, a beautiful "Maiden's Rain" as the ancient Spokane Indian tribe named it. 
"Spokanes (Spokans) maintain that their name originated when
a native beat on a hollow tree inside of which a serpent made a noise that sounded like "Spukcane." One day, they say, as their chief pondered the noise, vibrations radiated from his head, which gave the word the vague meaning "power from the brain." 

Comment by Joan Denoo on August 2, 2013 at 1:01pm

How is this for a reframe. I was diagnosed with breast cancer on March 19, 2013, it is now Aug 2, 2013, I have only five weeks more of chemo treatments. I am 4 1/2 months into treatment! I am almost finished! Cancer has been foreground far too long!

OH! I feel so much better!

Do you see a duck or a rabbit? 

Comment by Plinius on August 2, 2013 at 12:27am

Good morning! 7.30 and it's already 30° (85°F) in here, so I started my rain/storm/thunder dance all over again.

It seems god has taken the shape of a deer this time - I think he was after interesting smells.

Comment by Ruth Anthony-Gardner on August 1, 2013 at 11:39pm

Oops, I forgot to mention the image source.

Comment by Ruth Anthony-Gardner on August 1, 2013 at 11:37pm

Femara’s side effects sound terrible, Patricia. I had no idea you were coping will all of that. The humidifier sounds like a good idea, but why not run one downstairs during the day too? What, you’re an indoor cat too? That’s an amazing deer video!

Joan, I don’t have an excuse for low energy from chemo, but just age related lack of get up and go. I identify with your weeds growing into giants and dust accumulating. I’ve been staring at a duct tape smudge on the window by my recliner for a couple of months, but never seem to get around to it. My back garden is really overgrown, but I’m too afraid of ticks to deal with it till after a hard frost. We’ve had a mild winter and tons of rain the past month. I had a tick ride in on my shoes just from walking across the grass from the parking lot to our front sidewalk (a few feet). I pulled it off one of my cats who likes to snuggle with the shoes in our foyer. Did I mention I especially loathe disease-carrying blood sucking insects, since childhood. So I watch my weeds grow every day.

If the weeds start watching you back, call a landscaper.

Comment by The Flying Atheist on August 1, 2013 at 7:55pm

LOL  That's a belly laugh, Patricia.  Thanks!

Comment by Joan Denoo on August 1, 2013 at 12:30pm

Patricia, I am very sorry to learn of your continued side effects of extremely dry skin & mucous membranes, terrible insomnia and others. Developing coping strategies for these must be frustrating. 

Being so low on energy is a new things for me. So far, my best coping comes from filling my awake time with reading interesting articles, listening to debates and critiquing so-called intelligent design. The hours pass quickly and I am absorbed in it, forgetting that my weeds grow to giants and star dust gets thicker all over my house. 
Thankfully, I have such great support from my family, they pick up all the loose ends for me. 

Comment by Joan Denoo on August 1, 2013 at 12:20pm

O enjoy reading the greetings from each one of you and know I have a "cloud of support" from many places. Thanks. 

Carl, I very much appreciate your thinking of me and your gift of Monet's Water Lilies! It evokes a real refreshing and restoring feeling in me. Thank you. 

 

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