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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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Bible Belt Atheist (New York Times)

Started by Loren Miller on Thursday. 0 Replies

The following showed up in my YouTube feed this morning, and I decided to have a look.  Turns out, the New York Times has given us a reasonably even-handed look at a good friend of ours, being one Jerry DeWitt, former bible-thumper and now a pretty…Continue

Tags: Bible Belt, atheist, Jerry DeWitt

How would you respond?

Started by Christina Scribner. Last reply by Christina Scribner Apr 10. 5 Replies

So, this morning, I was at my local coffee shop as I am most weekdays between bus runs. I do the editing on my husband's books so I had my laptop with me. My wallpaper is a picture I found online sometime back of a double helix with the word atheist…Continue

The Fake Christian Busybody Show (Andrew Bradley)

Started by Loren Miller. Last reply by Plinius Apr 9. 1 Reply

It seems as though there was a Gay Pride parade in some town somewhere and a Christian commentator, herein known as The Activist Mommy, apparently got her panties so in a bunch about it that she had to fire up her video camera and record a…Continue

Tags: gay, pride, The Activist Mommy, Andrew Bradley, America's Best Christian

America Held Hostage: Day 436 (MisterDeity)

Started by Loren Miller. Last reply by Ruth Anthony-Gardner Apr 9. 1 Reply

Now that Sinclair Broadcasting has stated their position regarding fake news and its threat to our democracy, Mister Deity's Brian Dalton has decided to throw his $0.02 worth in as well ... though I don't quite think his presentation was really what…Continue

Tags: fake news, Deity, Mister, Broadcasting, Sinclair

Guns: Both Sides Now (Betty Bowers)

Started by Loren Miller. Last reply by Christina Scribner Apr 3. 3 Replies

Oh, NO!  The gun debate has gotten so heated that it has Betty Bowers, America's Best Christian, TALKING TO HERSELF!  Apparently, one of her has had a stroke or a serious breakdown in cognitive skills, as she does little more than parrot the NRA's…Continue

Tags: NRA, guns, America's Best Christian, Betty Bowers

how dogma pollutes discourse (qualiasoup & theramintrees)

Started by Loren Miller Apr 3. 0 Replies

"The Lord is our God; the Lord is One." "I am the Way, the Truth, and the Life; no one comes to the Father, but by Me." "There is no god but Allah, and Mohamed is his prophet." Assertions, taught as fact, but without any form of corroborative…Continue

Tags: dogma, QualiaSoup, TheraminTrees

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Comment by Ruth Anthony-Gardner on November 12, 2017 at 9:28pm

Thanks for your first hand impressions of China, Randall.

Loren, thanks for the music moment.

Comment by Joan Denoo on November 12, 2017 at 7:22pm

Randy, thank you, thank you, thank you! I enjoy your writing style and the information you share tickles so many of my memories. The photos do not look like the cities I was in, way more cars, far fewer rickshaws, bicycles some loaded with what looked like a ton of goods. The streets of my day were absolutely spotless, too. Women were out sweeping before the business traffic started. I was part of the first wave of U.S.visitors and everyone who saw me seemed startled and then smiled. Eye to eye contact occurred from Macau and Hong Kong in the south, Xian, the TerraCotta Army, Beijing, Guilin on the Li River, Shanghai, Beijing, and little towns that I do not know the name. 

Oh, my, thanks for the memories,  Randy 

Comment by Chris on November 12, 2017 at 6:42pm

Regarding the previous post about streeet food. I didn't get ill, or have digestive problems in China.   What I saw and think still occours for one is a lot of  copycat goods - for lack of a better term.   I was warned don't purchase film, or (regarding Suiseki)  rock formations. It wouldn't occure to me to purchase ancient "artifacts".

I heard that fake ancient artifacts are sold all over the world.

Comment by Chris on November 12, 2017 at 6:27pm

Recycled oil in China.

Comment by Loren Miller on November 12, 2017 at 10:53am

Idaho, one not-quite-apocryphal story to which I wish I could say I was witness: some years back at Blossom Music Center, the power went out during a Cleveland Orchestra performance, leaving the stage entirely dark.  They kept playing.

'Nuff said.

Comment by Idaho Spud on November 12, 2017 at 10:50am

I've saved those interesting pictures from China.  I assume the two young peeps are Tibetans.  How do you tell the difference?

Comment by Idaho Spud on November 12, 2017 at 10:43am

Loren, I've always wondered if a conductor was really necessary for an orchestra that had lots of practice under their belt.

Comment by Idaho Spud on November 12, 2017 at 10:39am

Very interesting, Randy.   I like the pictures.  We could use some sidewalk sweepers in my trashy town.

I don't know if I could get very far when the traffic was high.  I would be rather stressed, worring about getting run over.

Sounds like they love their hand-held devices more than the peeps here.  Me, I don't even carry my phone anymore.  Leave it in the car when shopping, leave it downstairs, when going upstairs.

It's surprising to me that there are no Caucasians and the natives don't make eye contact.

Comment by Loren Miller on November 12, 2017 at 8:56am

Randall, your trip sounds like it was pretty amazing (DUH!).  I shouldn't be surprised that trying to convey your experiences would be an exercise in frustration to a degree.  Still, thanks for what you have offered us.

On another topic, The Cleveland Orchestra has been a wonder to me since I was about nine years old, but yesterday it was especially amazing, in that they performed Vivaldi, Haydn, and Mendelssohn without benefit of conductor.  Concertmaster Bill Preucil would start each movement and occasionally provide guidance, but mostly focused on his own violin as the ensemble did what they do best: play together in near-flawless fashion with a clarity of tone which leaves my jaw on the floor.

Just. Plain. Amazing.

Comment by Ian Mason on November 12, 2017 at 8:52am

With Disney T-shirts too! Thanks for sharing, Randall.

 

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