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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 Jul 23. 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

Tags: surreal

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 The Flying Atheist on February 24, 2013 at 9:41am

Melinda, you and your husband each get a Gold Star in parenting for yesterday's activities.  Now.....can I get you to come over to visit me?! 

I'm enjoying my morning coffee right now as well.  Can't get started without it.     

Comment by Idaho Spud on February 24, 2013 at 9:40am

Great spy cam/cat pictures.  It took me a long, long time to spot the cat.

Comment by Plinius on February 24, 2013 at 12:52am

Thanks for the videos Flying Atheist! Must be a fantastic feeling to play in an orchestra! I practised on the keyboard but I could never get over the right handed - left handed confusion in my head. So I gave it up and try to create beauty in other ways.

I also loved "His Dark Materials" very much, Ian! I was thinking of the book my parents gave me to read a hundred years ago; "The Pilgrim's Progress" with mysterious old steel engravings. Quite thrilling to an isolated ten year old, but even then it came to me that the author never explained WHY the baddies wanted to be bad, and it weakened the story very much. Pullman draws a world in which every person has his/her own intentions, and it's thoroughly believable. Lyra, the main character, doesn't realize that she is in a big story and has to do her part (unlike Frodo in the Lord of the Rings) - she just tries to fulfill a promise to a friend. I love that, it makes a wonderful difference!  

 

Comment by The Flying Atheist on February 24, 2013 at 12:37am

Comment by The Flying Atheist on February 24, 2013 at 12:26am

Joan, that's a really great story.  Music is always capable of bringing joy into people's lives.  Even if you "had no music talent," as you put it, it sounds like you certainly can appreciate all that music can offer.  Thanks for sharing a wonderful family story.  I'm sure you treasure your father's instruments. 

Comment by sk8eycat on February 24, 2013 at 12:25am

PS: to Grinning Cat, I love the Spy Cat.  Neither of mine are agile enough to climb that high anymore (one is 14 and the other is 15), but they still try.  They're both sacked out right now.  I think I'll follow their example.

G'NITE-ALL!  ;>)

 

Comment by sk8eycat on February 24, 2013 at 12:20am

Oh, wow!  I've been meaning to get those books, and I get sidetracked. (I just received a first edition of the original ELOISE by Kay Thompson; it's somewhat battered, but for $0.75 plus S&H, I can't complain.)

Comment by Ian Mason on February 23, 2013 at 11:31pm

Just finished Philip Pullman's "His Dark Materials" trilogy. Wow! I can thoroughly recommend it to all from age 13 and up.

Onward to the republic of heaven!

Comment by Grinning Cat on February 23, 2013 at 10:34pm

For booklover:

Comment by Joan Denoo on February 23, 2013 at 8:32pm
The Flying Atheist, I bet your niece is eager. The time will come when you and she can have a nice jam session together.
My Dad's name was Jules and when he was in the second grade his class read a book called "Jules the Drake", about a duck who ate everything he could find and the king's men captured him and jailed him. He coughed up a bee that stung the jailer, a ladder that he used to climb over the wall, and several other items I long ago forgot. In any event, his little class mates started calling him Drake, and the name stayed with him even to his tombstone. As a child, they had only radio and chores so the whole family took up music ... Dad played sax and clarinet, an uncle play banjo, an aunt sang, and one played the piano. When he was a young man he started a dance band called "Drake and his Ducklings" and they played all over the inland NW at granges and places like that. Whenever our families got together, there was always a jam session and we little kids joined in as we showed interest. My cousin became a classical pianist; sadly, I had no music talent. When I saw you with your sax I remembered the pre-and post-WWII music they played and it brought sweet memories. I still have Dad's instruments.
 

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