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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.

Nobody here is into mind games. A discussion started with a loaded guilt-throwing question will be deleted.

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Let's not define ourselves or others by our worst behaviors

Started by Ruth Anthony-Gardner. Last reply by Dominique Lutz on Thursday. 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

Seeing Things (TheraminTrees)

Started by Loren Miller. Last reply by Ruth Anthony-Gardner Feb 25. 2 Replies

TheraminTrees doesn't release videos very often these days,  but when he does, they are positive GEMS.  Most recent of his works is the following, wherein he dismantles some of the common rebuttals atheist get from believers when we assert our…Continue

Tags: seeing things, YouTube, TheraminTrees

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Comment by Steph S. on August 11, 2012 at 4:16pm
Great one Patricia! I'm not a morning person myself.
Comment by Ian Mason on August 11, 2012 at 4:05pm

Stealing that one, Patricia :D

Comment by Ian Mason on August 11, 2012 at 4:04pm

Nice cats, booklover. Unusual but very charming.

Comment by Steph S. on August 11, 2012 at 3:54pm
Love the Lolcat you posted booklover!
Joan I loved your statement about being older and happy and only answering to yourself.
Comment by Idaho Spud on August 11, 2012 at 3:32pm

Cool man.

Comment by Ian Mason on August 11, 2012 at 3:28pm

http://inoyan.narod.ru/kaleidoskop.swf

Run your cursor over this and let your mind EXPLODE. Great for old hippies :D

Comment by Ruth Anthony-Gardner on August 11, 2012 at 12:37pm

Thanks for the LOLcat laugh to start my day, Steph.

Joan, when you said, "I don't have to pretend to be interested in a boring topic and I don't have to engage in small talk. If I am going to talk or read or write it is about something that is of interest to me." I  said, "Yeah! *fistpump*"

Comment by Steph S. on August 11, 2012 at 11:13am

Your welcome Ruth! I appreciate all of you. So glad to be a part of this group.

I see people texting instead of talking to each other in restaurants all the time. I have been guilty of this myself. Sometimes we should just unplug from the phones. Or, you will have someone at the restaurant talking loudly on their phone. Really annoying.

Comment by Plinius on August 11, 2012 at 1:41am

You're right Joan, and I'm happy for you and for the fact that life gets better when you grow older. I'm only 58 but I feel lots better already - all the sourfaced grumblers from my past never prepared me for this! Finally I'm getting the messages my cats sent me: Let go and stop worrying! Relax and enjoy yourself!

I'll practice some purring now with Luna on top of the bookcase. Have a wonderful weekend all of you!

Comment by Joan Denoo on August 10, 2012 at 5:13pm

I love the article, Ruth, about elderly are happier. That may be so, but for me, it is letting go of the little things. Everything doesn't have to be perfect, Just enough is good enough, dishes will wait and so will laundry. I don't have to have everything ready on time for everybody else's convenience. I am the master of my day and if I don't want to vacuum, I don't. I eat what I like and what is good for me and don't worry if other people like it. I don't give a damn what other people think, and when I encounter a jerk, I can make a decision to go the other way, or don't invite them to my place. If someone makes a racist or sexist or homophobic comment I find it my obligation to object, publicly. I don't like to shop and don't and my clothes closet is getting emptier and emptier. So I wear pants with holes in the knees, or shoes that aren't shined, they are comfortable. I don't have to pretend to be interested in a boring topic and I don't have to engage in small talk. If I am going to talk or read or write it is about something that is of interest to me. I love history and tracking down patterns over time.  These are the Golden Years.

 

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