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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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Surreal, I haz it

Started by Ruth Anthony-Gardner. Last reply by Joan Denoo Apr 21. 81 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

Richard Dawkins, Growing Up in the Universe

Started by Joan Denoo. Last reply by Joan Denoo Mar 14. 2 Replies

Here is an oldie, the young Richard Dawkins teaching kids about the universe. I especially like the one demonstrating how the eye evolved. This should answer those who believe it was impossible to evolve an eye. Continue

Tags: universe, teaching, Dawkins, Richard

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Comment by Lillie on September 10, 2012 at 8:31pm

When teachers are paid according to test scores, then they just teach the test.  Why wouldn't they?  One of the poorest counties in Florida had the highest test scores.  Wonder why?

Comment by Joan Denoo on September 10, 2012 at 8:28pm

Melinda, the notion of "ownership" that comes from the bible refers to this:
"King James Bible (Cambridge Ed.)
"And God said, Let us make man in our image, after our likeness: and let them have dominion over the fish of the sea, and over the fowl of the air, and over the cattle, and over all the earth, and over every creeping thing that creepeth upon the earth."

This is what is called dominionism. It is the notion of entitlement; that "every living thing" includes, humanity. A corrupting piece of scripture if I ever read one. From the very beginning, according to Dominionism, God has commanded the creation of totalitarian government. It is, in effect, a global Manifest Destiny theology. Christians,  commanded by God to dominate and subdue the world under a faithful and biblical government, use any means necessary to achieve those goals. 

This notion is what made it possible to destroy native cultures, forcing them off ancestral lands, stealing their resources; it made possible the buying and selling of human bodies and treating them savagely. It enabled them to dominate women, treating them as property. Not a very pretty picture; not a belief system that inspires ethical and moral behavior; not a policy to which I can give my allegiance. 

Comment by Steph S. on September 10, 2012 at 7:32pm

Sounds good Tony - and I agree.

Comment by Tony Carroll on September 10, 2012 at 7:28pm

Comment by Ruth Anthony-Gardner on September 10, 2012 at 5:09pm

Great gif Patricia!

Comment by Idaho Spud on September 10, 2012 at 10:54am

Lier lier, pants on fire.  Love it sk8eycat!

Comment by Joan Denoo on September 10, 2012 at 9:30am

Melinda, what a clever title for the dog/kitten photo. When I saw it, I thought, "Can't we all be friends?"

Steph, Mercats just make my day; hope your day overflows with good conversation, loving friends and family and co-workers, and that all good things come your way. 

sk8eycat, great photo of politicians. I' saving it. 

The expected cold front arrived but not as cold as predicted. Not going outside for breakfast this morning, too windy. The big drive starts now to get the garden ready for winter. We are collecting pine needles to cover the more tender plants.  

Comment by Steph S. on September 10, 2012 at 6:14am

Good morning everyone!

About to leave for work in 15 min.

Drinking my coffee and reading the posts.

Hope you all have a great day!

Comment by sk8eycat on September 10, 2012 at 12:04am

Is Mormon underwear made of asbestos?

Comment by Steph S. on September 9, 2012 at 11:36pm

Awww - Patricia! LOL - love it!

I want one too!

Joan lovely photo of the dog and cat.

Sweet dreams everyone!

Here's a Mercat for you!

 

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