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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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Betty Explains Religious Freedom (Betty Bowers)

Started by Loren Miller. Last reply by Randall Smith on Wednesday. 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 Plinius on March 6, 2015 at 1:07am

Same for me Grinning Cat. I don't mind when people look strange at me for not knowing celebrities, TV-programmes or fashion houses. Perhaps I'm a little proud of it.

Comment by k.h. ky on March 5, 2015 at 5:14pm
Thanks everyone.
Comment by Grinning Cat on March 5, 2015 at 1:01pm

Randy and Ruth, I have no patience for TV news. Not only for the sen­sation­al­ized trivia in lieu of things that pro­foundly affect the world -- my #1 pet peeve is "celeb­rity non-news" that we wouldn't care less about if a random person had the same drunk-driving arrest or fight with their spouse -- and cheap, lazy reporting and reacting to tweets instead of actually reporting news....

I've long preferred newspapers and the web for reading articles in my own order, at my own pace. In the car, I find public radio -- NPR, BBC World Service late at night -- to be an oasis of thoughtfulness and calm.

Kathy, I hope you feel better soon!

And Chris, thanks for the petition link urging the UN Security Council to refer ISIS to the International Criminal Court for kidnapping people into slavery. http://www.walkfree.org/iraq-slavery-icc/

Comment by Emma Lennon on March 5, 2015 at 12:54pm

Funny thing about "The Dress." Just the other day, I commented on Twitter that I'm so sick of the dress that I actually miss the "Team Edward/Team Jacob" arguments. (That is a reference to a book and film series called  Twilight, which I actually despise with a passion.)

Comment by Plinius on March 5, 2015 at 8:14am
Comment by Randall Smith on March 5, 2015 at 7:37am

Ruth, your cartoon is soooo true. When the nightly news kept running that dress story, I hollered " Who the f*** cares?!!" For the life of me, I don't know why I continue watching it--usually only the first 15 minutes.

Kathy, I'm so sorry about both your eye and the weather. Hopefully, both will recover.

Carl, I saw that another great Chicago baseballer died--Minnie Minoso of the White Sox. I grew up with him in the 50's. Once, when I went to a game, we had seats about 5 rows up in left field. He came over and chatted with the fans--sort of. He was Cuban, and his English was limited. But I still remember!

Comment by Plinius on March 5, 2015 at 12:51am

Get well soon, Kathy!

Comment by k.h. ky on March 4, 2015 at 11:42pm
Nine inches of snow and still coming down. I think I'll hibernate the rest of the week. Not that I have a choice in the matter.
Comment by Ruth Anthony-Gardner on March 4, 2015 at 10:11pm

Yeah, I hear you k.h.ky. We're getting snow here too. Never fully dug out my car from from the last two storms.

Sorry about the wisteria face whip. I fell Monday over a week ago, and my cane pivoted up to smack me on the chin. Still have an ugly bruise. Scratched corneas are painful. A microscopic piece of grit flew up as I crossed a street when I was in my 20's. The cornea actually sagged from the cut, but I was close to an eye hospital. My husband had cornea cuts from a yucca, and from a brand new $20 bill.

What a colorful description of your house, Joan, "moves with seasons and sings as she dances."

That CATastropohic storm gif is scary-creepy.

Comment by Idaho Spud on March 4, 2015 at 5:46pm

That's interesting Kathy.  I've never heard of a bandaid contact.  Many years ago, I tried contact lenses for a year, but could never get used to them.  They bothered me the whole year.

 

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