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

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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

Science, Atheism & the Joyful Life -- by Sean Faircloth, Richard Dawkins Foundation

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Comment by booklover on June 16, 2013 at 8:05am

I'm sorry everyone has so much pain. :(  Everyone has such good attitudes about managing it though!

Ian, I'm sorry about your friend.  It is sad.

Thanks Ruth.  I like to tell you guys about what's going on with my family.

Happy Father's Day Ian and all the fathers here on Hang With Friends!~ Mindy

Comment by Ian Mason on June 16, 2013 at 6:01am

Comment by Ian Mason on June 16, 2013 at 5:45am

Thanks for the good wishes and I hope everyone's aches and pains improve.

Mindy, I know from experience that the right kind of company at the right time can help with depression. I hope things go well for your daughter.

Just had the news that a former "drink-and-depression period" woman friend commited suicide last year. The last few times I spoke with her, about 4 years ago, I tried to tell her how much sobriety had helped me but it didn't sink in. Very sad.

Comment by Plinius on June 16, 2013 at 1:55am

I'm glad they had an operation that worked for you! I only have very narrow channels in the bone for the nerves to pass through - too much salt or too much stress and the nerve begins to scream for lack of space.

Comment by Patricia on June 16, 2013 at 1:44am

Painkillers never worked for me, but I spent that 4 hours working up to my feet so I could get out for a walk. Moods were pretty bad so kept mostly to myself, & 7 months of physio did nothing. Then finally the CT scan showed such a badly crushed disk, the specialist wondered how I could walk at all. I do have some permanent damage, but anything is better than that murderous pain!

Comment by Plinius on June 16, 2013 at 1:31am

Thanks Patricia! I wasn't on the floor much, but I used a lot of painkillers and I forced myself to move as much as possible, but I kept my mouth shut - certain that I'd say something nasty at a slight provocation.

Comment by Patricia on June 16, 2013 at 1:11am

OOOOhhh..... I had a very close & personal relationship with sciatica until I had the lumbar laminectomy, so I know exactly how you feel Chris. That pain is just terrible & I spent many months crawling on the floor with my elbows as it took four hours everyday to work up to my feet!!!!!

Comment by Plinius on June 16, 2013 at 1:00am

Thanks for asking, Steph! I had a grumpy week because of sciatica, but the pain and the grump are lessening now.

Comment by Ruth Anthony-Gardner on June 15, 2013 at 11:23pm

Thanks for checking in folks. Get better Ian. It's nice to hear about your family time, Mindy.

Joan, I had no idea that an amino acid could upset the stomach like that. Web MD says it's supposed to protect the digestive system. I have a delicate stomach, so I relate. Stay strong, Dear.

Comment by booklover on June 15, 2013 at 11:10pm
Joan, thanks for the information!! I'm glad you are feeling better!
Ian, I hope you feel better soon!
Steph, I love the pic! That is often how I have to read! Just tonight in fact! Lol
My niece, age 13, is spending the night tonight (from Green Bay), and she and my daughter are downstairs with my sisters ridiculously cute puppy. The girls are doing artwork. I'm so glad they are having cousin-bonding time! Also it is helping my daughter with her depression I think!
Goodnight friends! Mindy
 

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