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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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AOC Flips the Religious Freedom Argument on Its Head (NowThis)

Started by Loren Miller. Last reply by Loren Miller on Tuesday. 6 Replies

Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez may not be an atheist, but as it comes to the issue of State / Church separation, she has just surprised the daylights out of me (most pleasantly!) with a very powerful statement she has recently made regarding the behavior…Continue

Tags: separation, religious freedom, church, State, AOC

Viruses Don't Watch FoxNews (Betty Bowers)

Started by Loren Miller. Last reply by Grinning Cat Mar 12. 5 Replies

The above is the kind of headline which would likely send the Orange Nightmare into a royal hissy-fit ... but then, in addition to all the line-items outlined in the following video, viruses don't read, either!  Yes, I'm afraid that, once again,…Continue

Tags: virus, corona, Donald Trump, America's Best Christian, Betty Bowers

Secular and Reclaimed Winter Holiday Songs

Started by Grinning Cat. Last reply by Grinning Cat Mar 3. 43 Replies

This is an appropriate day of the year for this subject...What are some of your favorite winter holiday songs?It would be especially good to share powerful new secular lyrics to tunes that have become associated with Christmas.…Continue

Tags: singing, lyrics, reclaimed, reclaiming, HumanLight

#FakeChristians (Betty Bowers)

Started by Loren Miller. Last reply by Patricia Feb 22. 1 Reply

Once again, America's Best Christian, Betty Bowers finds it necessary to saddle up and call the soi-disant Christians of the current era on their apparent lack of anything resembling behavior that the carpenter-turned-rabbi would find even remotely…Continue

Tags: Franklin Graham, Jerry Falwell, Jr., Donald Trump, America's Best Christian, Betty Bowers

Short Future Coronavirus World

Started by Ruth Anthony-Gardner. Last reply by Ruth Anthony-Gardner Feb 15. 1 Reply

Recent Climate Models predict an equilibrium climate sensitivity as much as 40% higher, which means that we significantly less than a decade to avoid locking in catastrophic climate change.But who has the emotional resources to discuss our…Continue

Tags: existential threats, coronavirus pandemic, COVID-19

bending truth, or "We Can All Be Manipulated" (TheraminTrees)

Started by Loren Miller. Last reply by Grinning Cat Jan 30. 44 Replies

The following is one of TheraminTrees' most thorough-going pieces, wherein he looks at the process and techniques whereby a "religious" organization (which will sound VERY familiar to most of us, once introductions are made!) takes a person who…Continue

Tags: indoctrination, truth, manipulation, TheraminTrees

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Comment by Joan Denoo on March 16, 2020 at 10:50pm

Ian, I described to my son, Craig, the fun I am having taking virtual trips around Denmark and exclaimed to him what a beautiful country it is. He said, Yes, he knew it because he lived in Svendborg for six months setting up a computer network. I knew he traveled a lot with his work but didn't remember his time there. He visited Odder while he was there. 

Comment by Ruth Anthony-Gardner on March 16, 2020 at 8:26pm

Sorry I haven't been keeping in touch. Despite preparing for weeks, the lockdown here took me by surprise. Then, suddenly, food delivery or pick up at the grocer turned out to be three or four days out for the first window. We didn't expect to need using our emergency supplies now!

Joan, you look good. I'd forgo the haircut. We're only going out for doctor's appointments that are life-critical. Cancelled dentists, podiatrists, cat groomer who visited here, gynecologist. My gastroenterologist refuses to do a routine visit by skype. <sigh> If my hair gets too long, I'll chop off the worst myself. Who is going to see me, or care. If we have to wear masks to go out, hubby will need to shave off his beard. Consider it part of the adventure of senior coronavirus pandemic survival. As long as you can avoid contagion, there's an element of adventure. The second you've caught it, not so much.

Keep in touch, all. I'm interested in your experiences. We've been watching a lot of pandemic news on TV, and escape TV. Half of the time I forget to do even minimal exercise.

Comment by Plinius on March 16, 2020 at 12:18am

Thank you, Ian, Patricia and Joan! It's great to read such kind words!

Comment by Joan Denoo on March 15, 2020 at 9:11pm

Plinius, it seems you have smooth sailing as you move into a new developmental stage of life. You live in such a beautiful country with lots of history. I am sorry your hearing loss created problems for you. Fortunately, we have other senses to fill in the gaps. 

Comment by Patricia on March 15, 2020 at 2:19pm

Rick has been retired since 1999, & he's not regretted any of it. He can garden, do yard work, have coffee whenever he wants to. He built the basement suite despite not being a carpenter, started his model train hobby, has coffee pals in town, & says he's too busy to have a job.

Comment by Ian Mason on March 15, 2020 at 1:59pm

The best woods are on the edge of town, Joan.  Near Sønderbakken and the old deer park (Dyrhaven) by Kongehusvej. There are good, reasonably well-kept paths.

Chris, I have to say I've thrived with being retired. I don't know how I ever had time to work.

Comment by Plinius on March 15, 2020 at 4:06am

Part of my identity is through teaching, but due to hearing loss I have been forced to do less - it's really exhausting to concentrate on voices! I only have one group now, perhaps for another year. Luca has been home from work for some years now and she's in the middle of her transition, so we have a lot to look forward to, apart from books, cats, films, museums, plants... We'll be busy!

Comment by Joan Denoo on March 15, 2020 at 2:52am

Plinius, do you think you will be able to adjust to retirement without too much trauma? 

My Dad and my former husband, Don, had dreadful times; their identity was through their work. I guess it was a little like that for me, except my "work" from which I retired that caused me the most pain was parenting. It was easy to retire from my profession. 

Comment by Joan Denoo on March 15, 2020 at 2:47am

Loren, you do know how to make an old lady feel good! You are a real gentle man!

Comment by Joan Denoo on March 15, 2020 at 2:38am

Translation from Dutch to English:

"Current status of the corona virus
Click on a country for more information. This map will be updated as soon as new data is available. That
data is processed internationally, which sometimes takes longer to adjust."

Netherlands
Confirmed: 959
Deaths: 12
Recovered: 2 
Active: 945
Oh dear! Do be careful!

 

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