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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 booklover yesterday. 75 Replies

Surreal, not just found in art.Continue

Tags: surreal

Poem - "Oh, Wait..."

Started by Loren Miller. Last reply by Luara on Saturday. 7 Replies

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

Tags: poem

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.

Started by Joan Denoo. Last reply by Joan Denoo Apr 9. 2 Replies

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

Started by Loren Miller. Last reply by Joan Denoo Apr 9. 6 Replies

Some speeches by atheists are factual and practical, dealing with the nuts and bolts of reality.  Some are diatribes against the superstitions we seek to overcome, pointing out the man behind the curtain and the fallacies and snake oil he tries to…Continue

Tags: life, joy, Richard Dawkins Foundation, Sean Faircloth

Bedtime Bible Stories (Betty Bowers)

Started by Loren Miller Apr 8. 0 Replies

Uh, oh!  America's Best Christian, Betty Bowers, is at it again, THIS time with bedtime stories!  Somehow with her retelling of some of the classics, I'm dubious that her versions would go over with the Brothers Grimm or Hans Christian Anderson,…Continue

Tags: stories, bedtime, Betty Bowers

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Comment by Patricia on November 16, 2013 at 4:16pm

Melinda, I am having some pretty good luck with the sleep deprivation cd's I've been trying all week from ebay. They also have cd's for depression too.

Comment by Joan Denoo on November 16, 2013 at 4:02pm

Ian, great answer. So full of compassion and care. 

Comment by Ian Mason on November 16, 2013 at 2:47pm

Sorry to hear of your loss, Felaine. It's good that your aunt knew that she was loved.

Mindy, if I haven't said this before: for people with depression family and friends are like a lighthouse that can give guidance and hope in the stormy night. I'm sure you are doing a grand job in getting your daughter home to a safe harbour again. Shine on!

Comment by Joan Denoo on November 16, 2013 at 12:19pm

Even in the driest valleys life bursts forth. 

Comment by booklover on November 16, 2013 at 8:09am

I saw that on FB too Loren!  I love Mark Twain.  Such a true saying!

Joan, I'm glad you had a good therapist.  My daughter did too, but the therapist left doing therapy to take a different kind of job. :(  My daughter is up early this a.m., going to meet a friend who is an art teacher, and they are going to the school where her friend teaches and hanging a bunch of art.  I'm glad she has something to get up and do, and hang-out with a friend she rarely sees.

  Cute cat Steph and thanks for the hugs as always my sweet friend! :)

Have a good weekend everyone!~ Mindy

Ha

Comment by Steph S. on November 15, 2013 at 9:40pm

Comment by Napoleon Bonaparte on November 15, 2013 at 9:14pm

Gods are for wimps


Comment by Steph S. on November 15, 2013 at 8:22pm

Mindy - yes virtual hugs to you and your daughter - I hope everything works out OK.

Comment by Joan Denoo on November 15, 2013 at 8:12pm
Thanks Loren, Mark Twain does have a way with ideas!

Mindy, I wish your daughter had a therapist such as I at Cancer Care Northwest. She has some kind of insight that gets to the underlying issues of distress. Everyone I talk to at CCNW, staff and patients, marvels at her great skills. Thinking about you.
Comment by Loren Miller on November 15, 2013 at 8:02pm

Just saw the following on my wife's FaceBook page ... thought it was VERY apropos to what we are about:

 

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