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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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A Powerful Message from an old wise teacher :

Started by Joan Denoo. Last reply by Thomas Murray yesterday. 5 Replies

I received a gift this morning from a virtual friend, Pamela Smith:A Powerful Message from an old wise teacher :" One day an old wise teacher was walking through a village. A very angry and rude young man came up and began insulting him. "You have…Continue

Speak English? YOU FIRST! (Betty Bowers)

Started by Loren Miller. Last reply by Thomas Murray yesterday. 4 Replies

Honestly, the title to this piece is badly under-representative of the content.  To be far more accurate, what we have here is Mrs. Betty Bowers, America's Best Christian, going on a rant.  Before you say it ... Say WHAAAA?  Betty Bowers ranting? …Continue

Tags: America's Best Christian, Betty Bowers

A Prayer for Our Nation (Betty Bowers)

Started by Loren Miller. Last reply by Ruth Anthony-Gardner on Friday. 2 Replies

I'm going to keep this one short and sweet.  Mrs. Betty Bowers, America's Best Christian, has seen what is going on with the current occupant of the Oval Office, and my impression is that she is not at all happy with it.  True to her citizenship,…Continue

Tags: prayer, Donald Trump, Oval Office, America's Best Christian, Betty Bowers

Any Babymetal Fans Here?

Started by Bruce Carroll. Last reply by Idaho Spud Sep 12. 5 Replies

Any Babymetal fans here besides me? I have to ask because 1) I really like Babymetal and 2) Babymetal unknowingly played a role in my journey out of religion.For those who are unfamiliar with Babymetal, here is a link to one of their most popular…Continue

Tags: Japanese Idol, Babymetal

If you could rid the world of one thing, what would it be?

Started by Idaho Spud. Last reply by Ruth Anthony-Gardner Sep 11. 30 Replies

Today, I heard Seth Andrews talk about the question, "If you could rid the world of one thing, what would it be?"  My first thought was religion, but after a few seconds I decided it would be irrational or anti-scientific thinking.  That would take…Continue

Tags: anti-scientific, irrational

Ignorance is Bliss: Why Religious People Seem Happier Than the 'Nones'”.

Started by Joan Denoo. Last reply by Idaho Spud Sep 11. 16 Replies

“Highly Religious Volunteer More, Lie Less, and Claim to Be Happier”~ Houston Chronicle; “Strongly Religious People are Happier than Non-Religious”  ~ Christian Daily."The study determined that 40 percent of highly religious adults—defined as those…Continue

Tags: Nones, happiness, non-religiosity, religiosity, bliss

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Comment by Joan Denoo on July 20, 2013 at 8:20am

sk8eycat, sad to learn you face difficult decisions concerning Hairy Jerry. 

Comment by Joan Denoo on July 20, 2013 at 8:16am

Changes in the weather, challenges in the political sphere, uncertainty in the economic domain, conflicts in the spiritual sphere, all these and more changes make life chaotic. The good news is that chaos generates the energy needed to make necessary changes. We certainly need to make many changes in life styles and expectations and processes of living. Flexibility and adaptability are key to survival.

Just think of scorpions and sharks; I found fossils of both in the Devonian strata in central Texas. There was a massive blooming of plants, animals and insects during that period and a massive extinction at the end,

Devonian period 419.2–358.9 million years ago.

Thankfully, we do not face the mass movement of tectonic plates. Our challenges are much more economic, political, religious and social. We can do something about these hurdles. 

Comment by Ian Mason on July 20, 2013 at 3:49am

Big HUG Sk8eycat.

Comment by Plinius on July 20, 2013 at 1:37am

Love to you and Hairy Jerry, Sk8eycat!

Comment by sk8eycat on July 20, 2013 at 12:06am

Hi.  Sorry I haven't been around lately.  I'm facing a difficult decision about what to do about Hairy Jerry, and I feel like I'm standing atop one of those tall, skinny stone needles out in the wilderness, with no way to get down.  I'm just in Brayne Freeze mode.  I've been here so often, but it never gets any easier.

I cherish all of you, and I WILL be back when I get over myself. I promise.

Comment by Ruth Anthony-Gardner on July 19, 2013 at 11:59pm

The story about a cat dying in a couch and being found a month later  isn't totally surprising. When Misty died we couldn't find her body for three days, no matter how closely we looked over the entire house. Grinning Cat ultimately found her corpse for us. This also makes me think about pets dying in vehicles during the current heat wave, or animals both domestic and wild being killed  by the Western Wildfires right now. Death is there, but we don't like to dwell on it when nothing can be done.

On a more cheerful note, here in eastern PA we're "enjoying" tropical climate lately. Over the past two weeks we often get short intense showers, quite unlike the rain events I remember over the past 68 years. Instead of starting slowly and tapering off slowly, it's a sudden 5 minute intense deluge that ends abruptly. And a few minutes later the roads are dry again. The showers have been a daily event, too. It's like Jamaica. This surreal pattern has been going on about two weeks. It feels as if Philadelphia has been relocated in the Caribbean.

Maybe I just need a rum punch.

Comment by The Flying Atheist on July 19, 2013 at 10:26pm

Comment by Plinius on July 19, 2013 at 2:42pm

Thanks for the idea, Flying Atheist! Not that the pc and I look as old as in the picture... ;-D

Comment by The Flying Atheist on July 19, 2013 at 12:04pm

Chris, perhaps it's time for an upgrade.

Comment by Plinius on July 19, 2013 at 10:07am

You've outdone yourself, booklover: 131 times the same message in Outlook! I cannot guess why or how. But this pc does more things I don't understand, like starting words in the middle of a sentence with a capital letter - German made perhaps.

Poor Sheldon - one of the small news items was just that: the cat was found dead in the three-seater a month after he disappeared. Probably in a household of people without noses.

 

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