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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 on Tuesday. 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 Plinius on January 21, 2018 at 1:59pm

I missed that.

Comment by Patricia on January 21, 2018 at 1:17pm

Guys,

Kathy did mention it in the godless in the garden group, early Dec.

Comment by Plinius on January 21, 2018 at 12:43pm

That is a very big job to clear everything, but at least you can work on steadily - I know the long discussions with a packrat - my partner is one but she is learning. You'll feel much lighter without all that stuff and the move will be easier. You could also stack everything and have it carted away by a recycling company, or is that impossible? 

Comment by kathy: ky on January 21, 2018 at 11:49am

Chris, not much help. We only have one daughter and she works a crazy rotating split shift. With over a two hour drive roundtrip. But I can find someone to move me. The first thing I have to do is clear this place out and clean it up. My husband kept everything. And I mean everything.  Everything our gdaughters did. Every check stub, insurance info on every vehicle we've ever owned, every health insurance we've had. Warranties. I've been sorting papers, shredding and burning for six weeks  now and I've barely put a dent in it. 

Comment by Plinius on January 21, 2018 at 11:00am

That has been a bad road for you two and you're very brave, Kathy, staying in reality and not fleeing into hopelessness or whatever. Moving seems a good choice - I don't know how far you are from a town of course, but it often helps to get more contacts. When your home becomes unmanageable it's a good time to get packing. Have you got someone to help you? 

Comment by kathy: ky on January 21, 2018 at 10:33am

I'm coping the best I can.  He was diagnosed with liver cancer in April I believe. We were going to Vanderbilt but it was so advanced by the time it was found that little could be done. He had one Y-90 therapy  that had no effect other than to make him very sick. The Dr's tried to talk him into regular chemo but all they could promise was that it would make him even more sick. We discussed it and he declined further treatment. There was just to much cancer spread to far with to many complications.  From the time of diagnosis they predicted six months to a year. He lived seven months. 

We were together thirty years. Like all marriages there were good times and bad. Times we could have walked away or cheerfully killed each other but we stayed together. I don't know how to go forward from here. I'm just trying to find my way. Find a new normal. This stinking weather isn't helping any. And it's isolating. I'm going to have to sale this place and find something smaller in town that I can manage. 

Comment by Randall Smith on January 21, 2018 at 7:21am

Joan had a birthday? Missed that. Happy belated, Joan!

I may miss a few more tidbits in the next 2 weeks, as I'll be in Mexico Beach, Florida, basking in the sunshine. Yahoo! Talk to you when I return. (I leave all computer stuff at home.)

Comment by Plinius on January 21, 2018 at 4:33am

Kathy, if you want to whine you need a different approach - I'm sorry that you didn't mention the death of your partner earlier - we would have tried to lighten your load. How are you now? Did you have to do a lot of reorganizing? Can you cope?

Sending hugs.

Comment by Joan Denoo on January 21, 2018 at 1:38am

kathy: ky, you describe your experience with trusted friends; that is not whining! My heart goes out to you and wish I could give you a warm hug and sit with you a while. Our friendship is a "virtual" one, however, it is as real as if we were sitting together sharing our good times and our bad. 

Comment by Ruth Anthony-Gardner on January 20, 2018 at 10:59pm

Sorry to hear about your husband, kathy: ky

I'm tired of Winter too. My sister has an extraordinarily steep unpaved drive, I appreciate how difficult that can be. Thanks for sharing that you're going through "the worst six months of my life followed by the worst winter on record." We're always interested and care. That's not whining. Sharing your experiences with friends is a strength. You deserve to be heard.
 

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