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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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Discussion Forum

Ode to Yahweh (Non Stamp Collector & 43alley)

Started by Loren Miller. Last reply by Joan Denoo on Tuesday. 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

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

Started by Ruth Anthony-Gardner. Last reply by Ruth Anthony-Gardner Feb 15. 4 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

You'll NEVER Guess Who Just Showed Up on Mr. Deity!!!

Started by Loren Miller. Last reply by Loren Miller Feb 14. 11 Replies

I don't believe this one either, but ... well, here it is: And would you believe - Mr. D made me laugh!  RD, that is!Continue

Tags: Richard Dawkins, Mr. Deity

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Comment by Ian Mason on August 30, 2013 at 9:12am

There are films available of various train routes taken from the cab. German TV often send them late at night.

Here's something for all us slow starters:

Comment by Ian Mason on August 30, 2013 at 1:35am

That's rough, Mindy. Bipolar can be a real bastard.I know a few people with the problem. Stephen Fry (the actor) made a documentary about his (ando thers) experiences with it that, I think, can be found on YouTube. With the right kind of help it is possible to learn to live with it but it's an uphill struggle. When I was younger and had a diagnosis of angst my family just said that I should "pull myself together". That was FUCK ALL HELP! All I got was guilt feelings about being so "weak". I feel for you and your friend.

I love trains too, so much that I tend to fall asleep in them.

Comment by sk8eycat on August 30, 2013 at 1:33am

Thinking, or saying, that someone with a bi-polar condition should "snap out of it" is unbelievably cruel. 

My sister is an Aspie, and I'm still hearing "friends" tell me that she's been spoiled, enabled, etc. They haven't lived with her for 69 years...I HAVE!  My parents tried everything, but nobody had even heard of Asperger's Syndrome when we were kids, and psychologists of those days had pretty weird ideas about any  form of autism.  They usually blamed the mother for being "cold."  I remember seeing my mother crying because even as an infant my sister hated to be cuddled and held the way most babies do. 

Mom loved babies and children, she bugged me about giving her some grandchildren until I (joyfully) told her that I had hit menopause. (I never told her about the abortions.)

Comment by Joan Denoo on August 30, 2013 at 1:13am

sk8eycat , love the 5s and 10s with the cat! 

I remember train rides as a child and loved it. The rhythm makes for nice relaxation exercises ... Not so good for walking and swaying. I felt like a klutz. 

Napoleon, I do not like to care for long-haired cats. They get so many mats and resist any attempt to get rid of them. I would too, if I had long tangled hair. 

Comment by Joan Denoo on August 30, 2013 at 1:07am

Brain/Mind disorders present terrible challenges. I am so sorry to learn of your friend, Mindy, and her struggles. Trying to help seems fruitless, especially when the whole body influences what the brain/mind does. "Snapping out of it" requires more than possibly can be handled by some. If she feels helpless, with no options, she is indeed, stuck. With all the different protocols she had must leave her in utter chaos, or a zombie. I don't know which is worse. 

Comment by Plinius on August 30, 2013 at 12:39am

Bi-polar can be bearable with the right treatment, but some sufferers I've seen also incurred two or three drug addictions, and that's another way of steadily getting worse. But ´snapping out of it´, what a crazy thing to demand!

Comment by sk8eycat on August 29, 2013 at 6:07pm

booklover...OMG! That's frightening!  Meds can't help?

Comment by sk8eycat on August 29, 2013 at 5:59pm

PS: IMO the best long train ride in the US is the Coast Starlight...Los Angeles to Seattle...or the reverse.  Beautiful, historical scenery once you get out of Los Angeles County.

I mentioned before that I love trains...my ideal vacation is just to get on a train and just RIDE!  I don't care where, and I really don't want to have to debark anywhere.

Comment by sk8eycat on August 29, 2013 at 5:54pm

A HIGH FIVE (and TEN) to y'all!

Cool High Five-ing Cat

Comment by sk8eycat on August 29, 2013 at 4:42pm

I have always loved trains!  When I was about 7 or 8 Mother and I went to Winslow to visit her sister and two brothers who had settled there after WW2. It was an overnight trip, and we were in an old-style Pullman car (pulled by a steam engine!). I loved the sounds, and the motion, and everything! When I was in Holiday we mostly traveled by rail, unless there was no connection to wherever we were going...then we got stuffed into buses. Ugh. Even now if I can't get somewhere by train, I won't go.  I don't mind flying but I HATE the paranoia that has saddled us with TSA and invasive searches.

 

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