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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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Liberal Redneck - Climate Change the Game (Trae Crowder)

Started by Loren Miller. Last reply by Ruth Anthony-Gardner 6 hours ago. 2 Replies

Trae Crowder isn't just about atheism.  He has a deep and abiding concern about what's going on with this planet's climate and the all-too-probable catastrophe we face from a fundamental change in weather patterns.  That said, Trae is thinking about…Continue

Tags: climate change, Al Gore, Trae Crowder

concealing abuse (TheraminTrees)

Started by Loren Miller. Last reply by Loren Miller Sep 3. 2 Replies

We think of institutionalized child abuse and for many of us, the natural reaction is to think of the Catholic Church. Certainly, their guilt is beyond question, even as the headlines of the Boston Globe early in 2002 and the more recent news…Continue

Tags: Children of God, Jehovah's Witnesses, David Berg, child abuse, TheraminTrees

Men who challenge men to stop violence

Started by Joan Denoo. Last reply by Grinning Cat Aug 27. 20 Replies

Many men join in the effort to reduce violence against women and children and other men. He speaks of the need to place responsibility on men instead of focusing on women to stop violence. He offers a breath of fresh air, as do so many of the men on…Continue

CBS News Treats Uri Geller as Actual ESP Talent?

Started by Loren Miller. Last reply by Joan Denoo Aug 25. 1 Reply

CBS Sunday Morning is beginning to piss me off.  This morning they presented a story on the US governments foray into…Continue

Tags: espionage, fraud, ESP, Uri Geller, Sunday Morning

Is Christianity Persecuted? (The Thinking Atheist)

Started by Loren Miller. Last reply by Patricia Aug 10. 7 Replies

Okay, gang ... when is the last time you saw Seth Andrews do an animated video on his YouTube channel?  Seems like donkey's years ago, don't it?  Well, apparently Jeff Sessions and his "religious liberty task force" got Seth's nelly up enough that…Continue

Tags: religious liberty task force, Donald Trump, Jeff Sessions, Seth Andrews, The Thinking Atheist

worshipping narcissists (qualiasoup & theramintrees)

Started by Loren Miller. Last reply by Ruth Anthony-Gardner Aug 4. 2 Replies

They're all around us: people who perceive the world as revolving around them and will go to considerable lengths to make it so: narcissists.  Such beings have been with humanity, I suspect, since humanity emerged from the gene pool.  Even worse,…Continue

Tags: narcissist, QualiaSoup, TheraminTrees

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Comment by Ian Mason on September 19, 2014 at 4:04pm

I'm an incurable reader too. Can't imagine life without books.

Comment by Ian Mason on September 19, 2014 at 4:01pm

Great concert this evening. Aarhus symfoniorkester playing Adams's "Doctor Atomic" symphony, Bartok's "The Wonderful Mandarin" and Berstein's "Age of Anxiety". Music full of tension and fear, a stirring experience.

Comment by Idaho Spud on September 19, 2014 at 1:33pm

Patricia, have you seen the movie Matilda?  You remind me of her.

Comment by Ruth Anthony-Gardner on September 19, 2014 at 1:09pm

Sorry I haven't been with you lately, booklover. There have been health-related challenges in my life, band drama in my husband's life, a visit from relatives for two days, and lots of stress from keeping up with Ebola news. Here's an estimate, for example, of the expected infections and deaths in Liberia. The graph gives details when you roll over data points. Exponential growth, not everybody gets what that means.

(a non-interactive copy of the graph)

Comment by The Flying Atheist on September 19, 2014 at 9:53am

Joan, I certainly wouldn't call you a snob.  I would say you are a serious person, but by no means snobbish.  You don't display any snobbish qualities to me.  On the contrary, you appear passionately caring about others and about justice for all. 

For me, I like my science fiction more sciency than fictiony.  I really like the idea of "what if" in terms of using real science.  

Comment by Bertold Brautigan on September 19, 2014 at 9:46am

For some reason I have a hard time focusing on audio books. Before I know it I've zoned out again and have no idea what the narrator's been saying.

That book of Mailer's was amazing.

Comment by Future on September 19, 2014 at 9:33am
I don't have time to read, but I love audiobooks - can't get enough of them. I spend enough time in the car by myself to finish two per week on average. Some narrators are much more interesting to listen to than the voice that reads in my head.

Recently I finished Castle In The Woods, by Norman Mailer. It's about the Hitler family during Adolf's upbringing, as told by a demonic minion of Satan who was put in charge of influencing the boy. Very entertaining mixture of history and fiction. Sometimes I didn't want to get out of the car so I could keep listening.
Comment by sk8eycat on September 19, 2014 at 8:31am

I guess I've been reading everything I could get my hands on since childhood...starting with Kipling's "Just So Stories"...not to have strong feelings about books in general, and fantasy and SF in particular..

Forrest Ackerman's "invention" of the term "sci-fi" (he came up with that excrescence in the 1950s when high fidelity sound systems hit the market, and became "hi-fi") horrified SF writers and fans, and still does.  But then, Forrey (who often signed his name 4-E) was more of a movie fan and hanger-on than a reader.

Comment by Randall Smith on September 19, 2014 at 7:29am

As for my two cents worth: Except for Asimov and maybe Jules Verne, I was never a Sci-fi fan. I liked "real" science. Although written in 1949, Michener's "The Fires of Spring" was an inspiration to this young teenager in about 1960. I also loved "Caravans" ('63) and "The Source" ('65). "Hawaii" long and good, but I couldn't finish "Centennial".

Bertold, I enjoyed your eclectic photos on your home page.         Joan, I'm with you--an admitted "snob". I no longer read fiction, love biographies (reading about Robert E. Lee now), science and history. Unlike you, however, I do like music (classical and jazz).        

Comment by Plinius on September 19, 2014 at 2:00am

I read the Covenant by Michener - about South Africa. A very enjoyable genre; fiction fragments against a historical background.

 

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