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Betty Explains Religious Freedom (Betty Bowers)

Started by Loren Miller. Last reply by Randall Smith yesterday. 9 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

Ode to Yahweh (Non Stamp Collector & 43alley)

Started by Loren Miller. Last reply by Joan Denoo Mar 24. 1 Reply

Ages ago (five or six years, I guess it is) when I first started recognizing my own atheism, one of the first atheist YouTubers I ran onto was Non Stamp Collector.  His handiwork wasn't up to Disney's standards, nor even Hanna-Barbera, but his wit…Continue

Tags: Yahweh, YouTube, 43alley, Non Stamp Collector

Oregon Field Guide - Lamprey Decline

Started by Joan Denoo. Last reply by Ruth Anthony-Gardner Mar 15. 3 Replies

Oregon Field Guide - Lamprey Decline"Populations of Eel-like lamprey have suddenly plummeted since the year 2000 in the Columbia Basin, surprising…Continue

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Comment by Dyslexic's DOG on January 5, 2015 at 10:52pm

Well Patricia, I used to be considered a people person, I can go anywhere and casually start a conversation with anybody about anything, too often I instigate the conversation. Yet lately I find myself avoiding the usual haunts but, still, I could be in a supermarket and start a discussion about anything with total strangers and within a few minutes cover a wide range of topics.

As I tend to drift from one subject to another very quickly.

Mostly I avoid religion, especially during religious festive periods.

Those total strangers often become acquaintances and will acknowledge me every time I see them from then on.

Probably stems from my first job as a salesman, selling chemicals and farm supplies.

So often I had to pretend to be knowledgeable on veterinary supplies, but If the answers were not on the packets (which I memorized), then I would tell them to get their vet's opinion.

Comment by k.h. ky on January 5, 2015 at 9:24pm
Patricia, that wedding invitation made me laugh. It's so much like what I live with in this area. It could have been printed here.
My gson got me a sweatshirt for xmas that reads Hell For Certain with Kentucky printed beneath. It's actually the name of a town here. I love it. It seems to offend all the fundies.
Comment by Patricia on January 5, 2015 at 9:22pm

Thanks Melinda.

At least you had a loving mother. My childhood had nothing like that from any of the relatives, & being morons on dear ol' mummy's side & rather scummy on dear ol' daddy's side, there were plenty of relatives.

None were here in BC though, so I was mostly alone or being in trouble over some damn infraction or other. My pets, music, & books were my buddies. I never made friends easily & I'm sure some of the kids parents sort of cocked their eyebrows at the oddball moron kid in the neighborhood.

Finally finding out what the word atheism really meant showed me where I fit, but I'm still not a people person.

Comment by Patricia on January 5, 2015 at 6:58pm

Good childhood memories for me are pretty much non existent, & the few I do have do not include the parents, the house, or the church.

I don't really like being with people very much. I have never fitted in with the majority & gave up trying a long time ago. Occasional visits are fine but not a steady diet of being around anyone.

We're both loners, & it took me awhile to figure that out about myself.

I love writing email letters (but none of my small circle do, so don't get to do it much), reading, music, being ordered around by my cats, helping Rick where I'm able, cooking, baking bread, & working at stretching the dollar.

I used to walk everywhere, knit, sew, but no longer can because arthritis had other plans for me. I get on my stationary bike or do a little yoga now & then but I hate disciplined exercise.

Comment by Joan Denoo on January 5, 2015 at 6:31pm

Patricia, you do look miserable. Must be some unhappy memories to go with the look. 

Let's build some good memories. What brings you pleasure? What do you do and discover that hours have gone by? Who are the people you enjoy being with? Do you like to write? You communicate so clearly and inspire me and led me nicely through cancer. 

I know, we are limited by our bodies getting older. 

Comment by Joan Denoo on January 5, 2015 at 6:21pm

I hope I don't come across too hard, Mindy. Life kind of toughens one up. Especially when faced with systemic problems. Being part of the 1960s movement for ethnic diversity and women's rights, I became a strategist. 

I know people fight powerfully against what I believe in. I realize there will be resistance and retaliation, I just compartmentalize it and go on with I think I can and need to do. 

Comment by Patricia on January 5, 2015 at 6:05pm

The very miserably unhappy me at 15. The picture is a little brighter than reality, but the hair color gives you the idea.

Comment by sk8eycat on January 5, 2015 at 6:01pm

Our (Great) Aunt Grace had dark red hair (which had already turned white by the time we were born), and she really was a good example of the word....as in gracious, and graceful.  She and her husband put Dad through USC in the 1920s.  (He had a scholarship, but it didn't pay for everything.)

Comment by Patricia on January 5, 2015 at 5:40pm

I'm a redhead, by the bottle now of course, but it was bad enough I was named after dear ol' dad's old girlfriend. I don't like it but mummy dear wanted to call me Helen, which I also don't like.

At least the name Patricia is better than the ''Patsy'' I grew up with & after I found out its meaning, I wanted no part of it. Pat was fine until I had a boyfriend with the last name Head!!!

I had an aunt Grace too, but I never liked that name.

Comment by sk8eycat on January 5, 2015 at 5:31pm

*snerk!*

My semi-autistic and JW sister is named Grace....after our dad's favorite aunt, who was also a red-head.

 

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