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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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Eat vegetables, Be happy

Started by Ruth Anthony-Gardner. Last reply by Plinius 2 hours ago. 9 Replies

An association between the amount of fruit and vegetables people ate and their happiness? Yes indeed. People who ate 7 portions of fruits and/or vegetables a day were the happiest.…Continue

Tags: vegetables, fruit, diet, happiness

Optical Illusions

Started by Ruth Anthony-Gardner. Last reply by Idaho Spud yesterday. 59 Replies

This one seems a bit creepy, like the middle one shouldn't be able to change rotation like that. from Cheezburger.comContinue

Forest Fire

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change.org

Started by Patricia. Last reply by The Flying Atheist Jul 16. 6 Replies

There's a new petition taking off on Change.org, and we think you might be…Continue

Saving Number 90 - From Seth Andrews (The Thinking Atheist)

Started by Loren Miller. Last reply by Joan Denoo Jul 1. 9 Replies

Seth says himself that the following is a departure from the usual fare his YouTube channel features.  Personally, I think it's a positive and constructive move, because it demonstrates that no, we are NOT just about atheism.  We're also very much…Continue

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Comment by Steph S. on March 4, 2013 at 5:42am

Good Morning all.

I hope you have a wonderful day.

Comment by Joan Denoo on March 4, 2013 at 12:14am
Carol Burnett Show outtakes - Tim Conway's Elephant Story.
It seems the bleep by Mama was “Do you think that little axxxxxx is done?”
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3qqE_WmagjY
Comment by Ruth Anthony-Gardner on March 3, 2013 at 11:14pm

Ahh, I'd cuddle the little blue eyed kitten.

Sleep well, all. Hugs to you too.

Comment by Steph S. on March 3, 2013 at 9:30pm

booklover I just dog that's confused and the jesus praying to himself!

Very very funny.

Flying Atheist I love the communist cat.

Comment by Steph S. on March 3, 2013 at 9:28pm

Comment by Grinning Cat on March 3, 2013 at 9:05pm

Melinda, prayer in general is talking to oneself, but your picture takes that idea to a new level!

Comment by Ruth Anthony-Gardner on March 3, 2013 at 8:43pm

Interesting, Patricia, thanks. This tourist gets an experience for no work, which naturalists have to spend months to get. apparently this particular group of gorillas has learned to trust the tourist camp and its inhabitants.

Comment by booklover on March 3, 2013 at 4:50pm

I think this is hysterical!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Comment by sk8eycat on March 3, 2013 at 1:26pm

Joan, I have not thought things through as well as you have, but I do find it difficult to remain silent when I disagree with someone...I want them to understand my point of view on whatever subject we're discussing.  It would be nice if I could get them to agree with me, but I just want them to understand how and why I arrived at a particular conclusion.

I get tired of hearing the old saws like"Someone in the church must have hurt you badly," or, "You are angry at god...blah-blah-blah." How can I possibly be angry at something that doesn't exist?  I do get angry with people who insist that a Bronze Age book of myths and legends is the perfect guide to life, and want to change our country's laws to coincide with the cruelties in that book.

And as much as I love "Hair," I lose patience with people who believe that the position of the planets and constellations (as seen from Earth) at the time of one's birth have anything to do with reality.

And sometimes, I just like to rant.  I'm snorting and growling right now over some "junk science" that's been in the news lately ... blaming feral cats for the decline of the bird population in the US.  NObody has actually gone out and counted the number of kills by cats and compared them to climate change, habitat destruction, and other predators.

And there I go again.  Sorry.  = 8 0

Comment by Joan Denoo on March 3, 2013 at 11:12am

For me, it depends. Is my goal to maintain the friendship or speak my truth. If a response is interest in knowing more, I can engage in a discussion that incudes listening and asserting; if it is aggression, I can aggress; if the other changes the subject, I can change the subject as well. 

Now I have choices to make because there are always consequences to an option chosen. If I want to save a relationship, the issue remains in the background and will come up again. If I remain silent, that implies agreement and my point of view remains unsaid ... do I have to remain silent in order to have the friendship? If so, my obligation to speak is more important than the individual. My goal is not convert another human being to my way of thinking. I have absolutely no interest in what a person thinks unless it impacts my life; I am interested in how they think through their issues. 

In my 77 years of living, I have not found it beneficial to me or to my values to remain silent. When I think, reason, compare and contrast evidence and draw conclusion, I develop a value. If that value has validity, I stand on that foundation and speak.

 

 

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