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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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Issues Atheist, Feminist, GLBTQ, Climate Change

Started by Joan Denoo. Last reply by BenGee on Saturday. 3 Replies

This is a test Continue

The Whole Bible in 30 Seconds (Betty Bowers)

Started by Loren Miller. Last reply by Randy Hatly on Thursday. 15 Replies

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

punishing doubt (TheraminTrees)

Started by Loren Miller. Last reply by Joan Denoo Oct 17. 2 Replies

If you are associated with religion and especially a fundamentalist religion, doubt is intolerable.  Certainty, however it may be achieved or imposed, becomes a necessary element, especially considering the utter dearth of any form of evidence or…Continue

Tags: religion, TheraminTrees, punish, doubt

A moment to relax and see the Earth from space; some how this comforts me.

Started by Joan Denoo. Last reply by Qiana-Maieev Oct 16. 3 Replies

All the squabbles and struggles that I have do not compare with those of some others on this great planet. There are no boundary lines, no political arguments, no up or no down. What is, is. For right now, the scenes offer tranquility. Just the…Continue

Tags: and, wonder, awe, of, space

His Dark Materials and the Catholic Church

Started by Tonya R. Wheeler. Last reply by Plinius Oct 16. 27 Replies

I recently watched the movie, "The Golden Compass" and since I could not find the sequels, I read the books. I enjoyed them, and I will be reading the first one, Northern Lights, starting tomorrow, since it just arrived via inter-library…Continue

Tags: Fantasy, Catholic, Religion, Atheist, Pullman

bending truth, or "We Can All Be Manipulated" (TheraminTrees)

Started by Loren Miller. Last reply by Loren Miller Sep 29. 39 Replies

The following is one of TheraminTrees' most thorough-going pieces, wherein he looks at the process and techniques whereby a "religious" organization (which will sound VERY familiar to most of us, once introductions are made!) takes a person who…Continue

Tags: indoctrination, truth, manipulation, TheraminTrees

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Comment by The Flying Atheist on September 7, 2013 at 5:25pm

I know willow trees are very invasive with their roots, but I think they are some of the most beautiful trees.  They're enjoyable to watch when the wind kicks up.  There was a willow tree right across the street from my childhood home.

Comment by Joan Denoo on September 7, 2013 at 5:13pm

Ruth, I am with you when it comes to trees. They not only add shapes and textures and lovely homes for birds, they offer year round pleasure. I have not planted poplars, aspens, willows, elms or maples because they cause problems with foundations, drains, sewers, and sidewalks. There are so many other trees to choose from that do not create problems.

Comment by Joan Denoo on September 7, 2013 at 4:55pm

We notice loss of trees in forests of the northwest, especially the forest Laura lives in. The trees migrate to higher elevations where there is not enough moisture to sustain their growth, so the young new forests do not thrive. I have no idea what the liability is for a neighbor's tree falling on your property; I would surely want to know my rights. 

Whispers from the Ghosting Trees

2. Shifting Baselines

3. Scientific Evidence that Trees are Dying – Across Species, Ages and Locations

Comment by Joan Denoo on September 7, 2013 at 4:33pm

Questions on: Poplar Ron Smith, Horticulturist, NDSU Extension Service

poplar tree problem roots

poplar tree dead branches

Patricia, the roots of a poplar are shallow and subject to allowing a tree to be blown over in a wind storm. They also are subject to many diseases and pests that weaken the branches. Preventing spread of roots can be done, but is a big job. Sorry I don't have better news for you but I sent the sites that may be of help in finding a solution. 

Comment by The Flying Atheist on September 7, 2013 at 4:12pm

Those two cute hugging kitties remind me of the Spike Lee film Jungle Fever.

Comment by Loren Miller on September 7, 2013 at 4:03pm

CAT LOVE!  [chuckle!]

Comment by Ruth Anthony-Gardner on September 7, 2013 at 2:03pm

Sorry, Patricia and Joan, I can't imagine viewing any tree that isn't poisonous or excessively invasive as ugly, even if branches die and it looks degraded. Wabi-Sabi. Fast growing trees absorb CO2 faster. Guess I'm a tree hugger at heart. However, planting Polars farther from your house only makes good sense.

Just sayin', "Boop!"

Comment by Joan Denoo on September 7, 2013 at 12:59pm

Patricia, the tree looks like it is poplar, notorious for growing fast, having brittle branches and turning incredibly ugly as branches die. By all means, do what you can to get rid of them. When they are young, they are so pretty and lush ... old age sets in very early and they become hazards. Many farmers of the Palouse plant them for wind breaks and very soon they become old hags. 

Comment by Ruth Anthony-Gardner on September 7, 2013 at 10:48am

Yes, he looks a lot like Pumpkin's baby picture, Patricia. I'm glad you're both doing better.

sk8eycat, loving a terrifying father is part of Dominator cutlure. To someone who is comfortable with mutual respect and unconditional love for children (Partnership Culture) it is illogical. Dominator parenting is explained by Riane Eisler in several of her books. It's the emotional foundation for people adoring the nasty dictators who oppress them. People raised by "strict fathers" are perfectly comfortable with this, and don't really get love or respect for leaders who don't act like Alpha Male primates. If you weren't raised with unconditional love and treated with respect for your feelings and intelligence as a child this makes perfect sense to you.

Comment by The Flying Atheist on September 7, 2013 at 3:15am

Pumpkin's picture makes me smile.  :)


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