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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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Descartes' OTHER Job

Started by Loren Miller. Last reply by Luara yesterday. 4 Replies

Trying to keep your head above water financially as a philosopher must have been hard for Rene Descartes.  Got to make ends meet SOMEHOW, so...!Continue

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The Party of Lincoln Goes South (Betty Bowers)

Started by Loren Miller. Last reply by Ruth Anthony-Gardner on Wednesday. 1 Reply

And so they have, in a big way, since Lincoln did his thing 150 years ago.  This business hasn't escaped the attention of American's Best Christian, either, and Ms. Bowers has no problem in holding forth with observations of her own about this…Continue

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Surreal, I haz it

Started by Ruth Anthony-Gardner. Last reply by booklover Apr 14. 75 Replies

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Poem - "Oh, Wait..."

Started by Loren Miller. Last reply by Luara Apr 11. 7 Replies

Before you ask, no, I didn't write this.  I discovered it in a comment on a Discovermagazine.com piece which…Continue

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Curious: Has anyone read the novel "Christian Nation"?

Started by Brent Feeney. Last reply by Plinius Apr 10. 11 Replies

So I've been thinking about this some lately, and I wanted to see what your thoughts were:I read a novel last fall that was making the rounds of Atheist blogs and what not called "Christian Nation", which is part alternative history and part…Continue

Stop the Religious Right. Four Steps You Can Take, Sean Faircloth.

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Thanks to Grinning Cat via Loren Miller led me to this additional video by Sean Faircloth. He provides positive and powerful examples of thinking and acting. Continue

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Comment by Idaho Spud on August 20, 2012 at 11:04am

Wow Chris, I'd be a nervous wreck also, if I had a wackaloon like that harassing me!  

Comment by Plinius on August 20, 2012 at 10:48am

Thank you Steph, you're very kind, but I can assure you that I never felt strong...

Have a Happy Monday yourself too!

Comment by Steph S. on August 20, 2012 at 10:37am

Wow - how terrible Chris that you would have to put up with something like that. The truth is often stranger than fiction. I can see how the stress level would be intolerable. I don't see how you were able to put up with that as long as you did. You must be a very strong person.

Happy Monday everyone!

Comment by Plinius on August 20, 2012 at 10:24am

The man had a neglected diabetes and was hallucinating because of it: he thought I sent flying cameras into his apartment to spy on him. Terrorised me for three years to "stop it". Was seen in the street with a 20 cm. long knife to defend himself against me. Screamed every night about the witch (who couldn't sleep at all). I've never been so happy as when we could sell that apartment and move. Cost me some years to lose the stress.

Comment by The Flying Atheist on August 20, 2012 at 9:37am

LOL  Yeah, Chris.  I'd also like to know why a neighbor would think you were a witch. 

Idaho, your telephone device story reminded me of cheezy but fun Ray Milland movie, The Man With The X-Ray Eyes (1962).   At first it's fun to see through people's clothes to their underwear, but his x-ray vision increases and gets more intense to the point where he doesn't enjoy it anymore after seeing disturbing images.   

Comment by Idaho Spud on August 20, 2012 at 9:23am

Why was she convinced you were a witch, Chris?

Comment by Plinius on August 20, 2012 at 8:54am

That selfcentred concentration of her on your concerns is horrible - I can imagine you feeling like a fish in a bowl. Reminds me of my ex-neighbour who was convinced that I was a witch.

Comment by Idaho Spud on August 20, 2012 at 8:34am

Yes, booklover, I was careful what I did after that.  I felt like a fish in a fishbowl.  I probably would have been better off not listening in on her. 

I'm reminded of movies that explore what it would be like to be able to read peoples minds ("What Women Want" is one I like because it's so funny), but most of them show more negatives to the ability than positives, and I think that may be true.  At least true if the ability can't be turned off & on.

Back to my busy-body neighbor, I remember her telling one person how I was reading the scriptures in church that day instead of listening to the speaker (as if her watching and reporting what others were doing wasn't just as bad or worse).  Not that I thought reading the scriptures instead of listening to a boring speaker was wrong.

But the things that bothered me the most were things she saw me do that she couldn't quite make-out, so she made-up a story about what I was doing.  Usually a story that put me in a bad light.  Oh well, perhaps I got what I deserved by using my electronic ability to spy on her. :)

Comment by booklover on August 20, 2012 at 8:07am

Tony that is inspiring. :)

Idaho Spud, cool you could create something that could let you listen-in on her.  Wow!  I bet you kept your shades shut after that! lol

Ian, funny pic. :)

Comment by Idaho Spud on August 20, 2012 at 7:28am

Patricia, your pic reminds me of me & a neighbor 30 years ago.  We were on a party line, so if one of us were on the phone & the other picked-up, we could hear them.  I suspected she was a busy-body, so I created an electronic device & hooked it to my phone so I could listen to her without making a tell-tale click.  

What I did was probably immoral and against the law, but I did find-out she was what I suspected.  There were things she talked about me doing that she couldn't have seen without using good binoculars. LOL.

 

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