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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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White House Petition: Change National Motto Back to "E Pluribus, Unum"

Started by Loren Miller. Last reply by k.h. ky Jan 22. 8 Replies

There is a petition being sponsored by whitehouse.gov to remove "in god we trust" as the national motto and replace it with the original: "E Pluribus, Unum" or "Out of Many, One."  As of this writing, there are around 11,000 signatures on it, with…Continue

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There Is Only One Way to Destroy ISIS

Started by Joan Denoo. Last reply by Loren Miller Dec 24, 2015. 3 Replies

There Is Only One Way to Destroy ISISGrowth in population, policies and practices that create a gap between the typical person and the wealthy,…Continue

coming out (TheraminTrees)

Started by Loren Miller. Last reply by Atheist in FundyLand Dec 23, 2015. 6 Replies

Whether as atheist, agnostic, gay / Lesbian or whatever, the process of coming out has been a repeated topic of discussion here on Atheist Nexus and for good reason: it is at once a necessary yet potentially supremely painful process, depending on…Continue

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If God Exists (DarkMatter2525)

Started by Loren Miller. Last reply by Loren Miller Dec 23, 2015. 4 Replies

"Practice makes perfect."  That's the concept, isn't it?  Work diligently at something, especially something you enjoy and are adept at, and your skills sharpen, your judgment improves, and the product of your efforts demonstrate that improvement. …Continue

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Mental health in the age of violence: Dr. Elliott Ingersol

Started by Loren Miller. Last reply by Randall Smith Dec 1, 2015. 1 Reply

I literally just discovered Dr. Elliott Ingersol yesterday, as a part of a discussion I had with other members of the Northern Ohio Freethought Society.  Dr. Ingersol is a licensed psychologist and clinical counselor in Ohio, as well as a professor…Continue

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Comment by Joan Denoo on March 28, 2013 at 6:02pm

Melinda, What a sight! Cats guarding against a dog invasion!

Comment by Joan Denoo on March 28, 2013 at 6:00pm

Well, I am on board the breast cancer train joining the Club of Cousin Cancer survivors. I got the diagnosis two weeks ago after I had a biopsy with positive diagnosis for cancer. I am in the diagnostic phase now. I had my first Breast Oncologist appointment yesterday and I am so incredibly impressed with her. She spent an hour with me telling the kinds of cancers I have, offered options, made recommendations and gave me a book personalized to my particular case. Her staff are just lovely, very efficient and friendly at the same time. We laughed a lot. 
Tomorrow is the Chemical Oncology doctor. 
April 1 is PEM a radiology test
April 2 is the Radiology Oncology doctor. 
April 3 is the Surgeon again.
I am not complaining in the least. If this had happened to my mother or grandmothers, they would not have had the early diagnosis, or treatment options that I and my two cousins had. I am a very interested, curious, observing patient of my own patientry. Kind of like sitting outside my own body and observing what all is going on. 
Prognosis is excellent. I'll live to be 100. 

I feel great, have a positive attitude 

I had great ambitions for my garden this year, and it seems I will be enjoying the garden but as a passive observer.

Comment by Joan Denoo on March 28, 2013 at 5:41pm

Loren, nice background music. Kind of gentles and as it refreshes. 

Comment by Joan Denoo on March 28, 2013 at 5:40pm

Spud, I Googled vinegar + yeast bread 

effect of vinegar on instant yeast dough

"The highest breads I've ever made have vinegar in them.  My Double Crusty recipe calls for a tsp. of vinegar which somehow gives the yeast a real boost and you can't stop the bread from rising to great heights.  I've made this bread with all white flour and all whole wheat and part of each, and it practically leaps out of the pans.  I've also used it in rolls called Air Buns and they expand like mad."

"One is to increase the acidity of the dough which, within limits, helps gluten development. Another is preparation of ersatz-sourdough bread."

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Comment by Loren Miller on March 28, 2013 at 5:06pm

An old friend of mine, rather new-age-y, but I think it has its moments:


Comment by Joan Denoo on March 28, 2013 at 4:32pm

Thanks for the bread recipe Patricia. It sounds yummy. 

Comment by Idaho Spud on March 28, 2013 at 4:15pm

Thanks Patricia, I'm going to try that bread.  Do you know what the vinegar does?

Comment by Lillie on March 28, 2013 at 2:20pm

LOL cake.  Reminds me of Alice In Wonderland.  Wonder if it tastes as good as it looks.  Probably really doesn't matter.

Comment by sk8eycat on March 28, 2013 at 2:13pm

Patricia and Melinda, there ARE fat-free ice creams and frozen yogurts on the market, and most of them rate from "Acceptable" to "WAAA-HOOO!!!" Schwan's makes the best (smooooth!), IMO, and they deliver.  Dryer's makes low fat/sugar free ice cream in fabulous flavors, and Ben & Jerry's has been developing some good low-fat products for several years now.

I just wish somebody would make CRANBERRY!  Sherbet, sorbet, ice...I don't care.  I've emailed B&J's and the local ice cream masters (Baskin Robbins), and I haven't even received a polite (or rude) reply. 

The late Jeff Smith put a great recipe for Cranberry Ice in The Frugal Gourmet Cooks American, but I lack an important ingredient...a Donvier machine.

(Cranberry swirled with tangerine or orange would be lovely, too.)

Drooooool

Comment by Joan Denoo on March 28, 2013 at 1:43pm
Patricia, do you have a bread recipe you are willing to share?
 

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