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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.

Nobody here is into mind games. A discussion started with a loaded guilt-throwing question will be deleted.

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Your favorite photobombs?

Started by Ruth Anthony-Gardner. Last reply by Ruth Anthony-Gardner yesterday. 11 Replies

Running of the bulls photobomb.Continue

losing faith (TheraminTrees)

Started by Loren Miller yesterday. 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 on Saturday. 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

The FLDS Cult Is Unraveling

Started by Joan Denoo. Last reply by Idaho Spud Mar 29. 3 Replies

The FLDS Cult Is Unraveling"the internet is a lifeline for people trapped in the most restrictive and stifling forms of…Continue

Tags: Warren Jeff, internet, FLDS

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Comment by Joan Denoo on October 22, 2012 at 7:06pm

For all of us who have been responsible for changing diapers, we didn't realize those sweet little faces had such evil intent, did we?

Comment by Paula T. on October 22, 2012 at 7:05pm

AND guilt people into digging deeper into their pockets...

Comment by Paula T. on October 22, 2012 at 7:04pm

I am so glad to be done with church services...except for the very occasional wedding or funeral.  I won't be going to the service when my boyfriend's 13 year old makes her Confirmation next spring.

All the kneeing, holding hands, bowing of heads, etc.  UGH!  As if any of that makes anyone a better person.  Oh no!  Gawd is gonna strike me down cuz I didn't really bow my head during the consecration of the crackers and vino!  I really believe now that it is all for show.  Like the church papers I found in the ceiling of my basement years ago - they had the parishioners listed WITH THE AMOUNT THEY DONATED!!  Talk about trying to outdo the Jones'!

Comment by sk8eycat on October 22, 2012 at 6:43pm

Chris and Sk8eycat, the constipated protestant men is an interesting and funny observation

I first noticed that when I was still going to church...the men who were the most vocal about Jeebus would always put their heads on their fists and scrunch their faces up when they prayed (you can tell I seldom bowed my head), and I always wondered why.  Were they trying to force the prayer out of the tops of their heads? Or were they showing off (like Tebow)?

I've seen pics of Shrub in that position when he made his cabinet pray with him...

Gross.

Comment by Joan Denoo on October 22, 2012 at 5:51pm

Ian Mason, good for you! All kids really need, aside from basic food, shelter, protection, is to feel loved, cared for, and heard.
When I moved here 38 years ago I decided my three ten-year old children were going to define themselves and not have a definition placed on them. They blossomed, with a few side trips into alcohol land, but have become their own persons and I am so happy I made the choices I did.  I believe children have desire to be part of family and want to be accepted. 
I wish you well with your daughter with a relationship filled with respect and compassion. 

Comment by Idaho Spud on October 22, 2012 at 4:48pm

Green fire Jack-O-Lanterns & other Halloween ideas:

http://chemistry.about.com/od/halloweenchemistry/tp/Cool-Jack-O-Lan...

Comment by Ian Mason on October 22, 2012 at 4:35pm

Joan Denoo, you make me go all misty-eyed. Children recognise love and support and thrive when they get it.

Just been to the theatre with my 24 year old daughter. We're friends these days. I'm afraid that depression and alcohol marred things in her childhood. No grandchildren yet but that may happen at some point.

Comment by Grinning Cat on October 22, 2012 at 4:14pm

why do so many protestant men look like they're constipated when they pray? ... They cannot stand the thought that [Jesus] could come while they're having a poo.

They believe in a god who created us humans with a need to pee and poop, yet somehow would have a problem with that!

Then again, I'm hardly the first to point out that if the persons of the Christian trinity really are the same god, then according to the story, Jesus impregnated his own mother.

Comment by Joan Denoo on October 22, 2012 at 2:16pm

You are each one so great. It really lightens my day to read this site. Thanks again to Ruth for keeping it fun! 

Comment by Idaho Spud on October 22, 2012 at 1:32pm

Booklover, Thanks for the concern and I like the cute kitty in the pumpkin.

Steph, thanks for the concern and “Mah littul box” is funny.  It’s also a puzzlement.  Do you know why they love boxes so much?  My guess is it’s a sense of security, but it’s quite funny if that’s the reason they like such small boxes.

Ruth, “Hairbll koffs up kitteh” is funny.

Patricia, I like the cute black kittens with the blinking eyes, and I love your science vs religion comparison through the years.  A definite keeper.

Sk8eycat, the “lame neighbors” cat is funny and your comment about Cat Fu is hillarious.

Joan, the “Cat Fish Baby” made me smile, and the Incomplete data cat is amusing.  I’ve seen your science vs religion flow chart before, but it’s worth seeing again.

Tony, thanks for the memory.  Good Morning StarShine was popular during my dating years, but I’ve not thought of it since.

Chris and Sk8eycat, the constipated protestant men is an interesting and funny observation.  Please jebus, don’t come while I’m having a poo in the loo.  LOL!

 

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