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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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Alexa for Evangelicals! (Betty Bowers)

Started by Loren Miller. Last reply by Patricia Oct 9. 1 Reply

Never let it be said that Mrs. Betty Bowers, America's Best Christian, is anything less than up to date with the state of the art as it comes to the modern household.  However, as a discriminating conservative Christian, Betty would never tolerate…Continue

Tags: digital assistant, America's Best Christian, Betty Bowers

New Rule: Church and Destroy (Real Time with Bill Maher - HBO)

Started by Loren Miller. Last reply by Loren Miller Sep 30. 6 Replies

Bill Maher is an atheist [whoa, shock and amazement!].  He is also a dedicated opponent of Donald Trump and anyone who would support the man or his goals ... and that includes ol' Yahweh, himself!  As it turns out, there is a substantial correlation…Continue

Tags: Stalin, Mao, Hitler, New Rules, Donald Trump

concealing abuse (TheraminTrees)

Started by Loren Miller. Last reply by Ruth Anthony-Gardner Sep 23. 3 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

Liberal Redneck - Climate Change the Game (Trae Crowder)

Started by Loren Miller. Last reply by Ruth Anthony-Gardner Sep 20. 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

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

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Comment by Joan Denoo on September 8, 2014 at 10:16am

Jibo actually exists? It acts like intelligence lives within a machine. I can see all kinds of uses that would facilitate my #1concern, family violence. If episodes could be recorded, perhaps both the abuser and abused would see the idiocy of dominator and victim; perhaps others would believe how bad a situation is; perhaps a professional could unwind the triggers and demonstrate ways to make healthy changes. 

Now, as to fun! Oh boy! I could get all the photos I want and from the events I want to record. l could show you that flock of goldfinch without startling them away by my movement. 

Where did you find this Lore? Wherever, I want to subscribe. 

Comment by sk8eycat on September 8, 2014 at 10:10am

Loren, there's a humanoid robot built by Honda, called ASIMO...for Asimov?  Cute, but I'd like one that can be pre-programmmed to clean litter boxes, dust, vacuum, test and correct the pool water, and do all the other household jobs that I hate.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ReN2l816L8k

Comment by Joan Denoo on September 8, 2014 at 10:05am

This is my kind of thinking, don't mess around with nice words, it just encourages them to keep trying. I'm sharing 

And I was able to open both photos. 

Comment by Loren Miller on September 8, 2014 at 9:25am

And now for something COMPLETELY different:

JIBO, The World's First Family Robot!

Comment by Loren Miller on September 8, 2014 at 8:26am

Hmmm, broken link, yet when I click on it, it works.  Ooooooooooooooooooooookay, let's try this again, just for fun:

Comment by Bertold Brautigan on September 8, 2014 at 8:14am

@ Loren--

Love it! It's kind of like Duck Dynasty in reverse.

Comment by Loren Miller on September 8, 2014 at 7:55am

Seen by a friend of mine while vacationing in Maine:


Whatcha think?  I got a chuckle out of it!

Comment by Plinius on September 8, 2014 at 3:21am

Grinning Cat, I don't have a driver's licence! =^.^=

But I always have a donor codicil with me, so if I'm hit by the tram they can start recycling at once.

Comment by Joan Denoo on September 7, 2014 at 11:38pm

k.h. ky, I'm glad you don't agree with me. Of course, you are correct! Carl should do whatever works for him. If whining, pouting, asking "why me", or sitting on a pity-potty works for him then he should do whatever. 

Thoughts, words and actions of a victim pull a person down faster than anything I know. Depression is a great killer and the way to become depressed and anxious is to feel, think and act like a victim. 

Change the language/change the feeling. Give it a try. Talk to yourself using negative frames and see how quickly you go into the dumps. Using pro-active language, such as, "I can do this!" or "Just get through one more minute/hour/day ..." or "This challenge is real and I am up to it!" brings better outcomes for seriously ill people. 

If a seriously sick person needs to vent, we are strong enough to walk that walk with him or her. If that same person wants to mobilize all his or her resources toward flourishing, then language can facilitate it.   

I know I sound tough, and that is what healing is all about., Kidney failure, cancer, infections and diseases need a kind of toughness to make it over the hump. As participant observers we can hold their hands, listen to their feelings, hear their struggles, pay attention to their fears, respect their anger, appreciate their sadness, be sensitive to their grief, sit with them through treatments, encourage them and affirm them as being up to the tasks. 

Comment by kathy: ky on September 7, 2014 at 11:01pm
Hey, Joan, this is one time l don't agree with you.
Carl, whine all you like. If not now when.
 

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