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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 on Thursday. 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

Tags: dispute at Hang With Friends

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Comment by Ruth Anthony-Gardner on December 26, 2012 at 11:52pm

Thanks for the cute cat pics, Steph and booklover. Three books in four days. Get well soon, Ian. You take any sublingual B-12?

Enjoy the days off, everyone. Hugs!

Comment by Ian Mason on December 26, 2012 at 2:25pm

Hope everyone has enjoyed the seasonal celebrations. I haven't been out much but on the other hand, I have recommendations for what to use those book-tokens auntie gave you on:

"The Etymologicon" by Mark Forsyth. An eccentric but logical whirlwind ride through the origins or English words and phrases. Will create an addiction and the overwhelming urge to tell people exactly what they're saying really means.

"Jingo" by Terry Pratchett. A fable for out times, set in (on?) the Discworld. Greedy, merchantile Ankh Morpork goes to war with the unstable desert realm of Klatch over a meaningless little island.

"Cider with Rosie" by Laurie Lee. An oldie but a goodie. I don't know why I've never read it before, just coincidence I think. Early 20th century childhood in a Cotswold valley. It lives up to the decription H.E.Bates gave it of being "one long prose poem".

There's something to be said for being a bit "under the weather" on days off. 3 books in 4 days :-) Have now started "No country for old men" by Cormac McArthy but work starts again this evening, so back to the old routine.

Love to you all.

Comment by Tony Carroll on December 26, 2012 at 1:57pm

Survived. Food was great, and only one prayer to suffer through. Though my son kept making faces at me during it, to try to get me to laugh. I'm an easy one to get to make laugh. But I made it.

Comment by Steph S. on December 26, 2012 at 11:20am

Hope you feel better soon Ian.

Did everyone survive Xmas with the relatives?

Comment by Ian Mason on December 25, 2012 at 1:46pm

This part of everyone if fine apart from some bothersome virus in the throat - but that just means I have to drink more tea :-)

How are you? Are you enjoying the holidays?

Comment by Steph S. on December 25, 2012 at 11:06am

Tony - that Aztec picture is really cool.

I'm pulling pics you all have posted here. So - I am adding to my graphics collection. Thanks for all the wonderful posts.

Comment by Steph S. on December 25, 2012 at 11:04am

Checking out your post Loren - thanks for linking it.

Love the cats Booklover.

Ian I love the coffee pic and xmas Ninja - cool.

Thanks for the pigs picture Chris.

So how is everyone today?

Comment by James Kz on December 25, 2012 at 9:42am

I did comment, Loren (as I had seventeen years in the Navy I am quite familiar with that of which you wrote).

And it is only getting worse. I fear for my country; I see a military overthrow as a possibility, in the name of "domestic enemies," (those enemies being supporters of the Secular State).

Comment by The Flying Atheist on December 25, 2012 at 8:45am

Chris, I love the pigs.  Believe it or not, my father has a pig collection!  Years ago he decided to share them with the family, so I have two of them.  lol

Comment by Loren Miller on December 25, 2012 at 8:13am

Peeps, I don't ordinarily go overboard promoting my own stuff on here, but in this case, I can't hold myself back.  I am PISSED about the matter of proselytism in the military and I urge you do do something about it!

Please check out my post about this ... then WRITE!

 

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