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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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Seeing Things (TheraminTrees)

Started by Loren Miller. Last reply by Ruth Anthony-Gardner on Thursday. 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

Seth Andrews' Rebuttal to "10 Women Christian Men Shouldn't Marry" (The Thinking Atheist)

Started by Loren Miller. Last reply by Loren Miller Feb 6. 20 Replies

It seems as though some numb-nuts New York pastor by the name of Stephen Kim has written two marriage advice pieces for christian men and women.  Not surprisingly, his suggestions come straight out of his never-fail magic book.  Seth Andrews of The…Continue

Tags: advice, marriage, The Thinking Atheist, Seth Andrews, Stephen Kim

Seth Andrews' New Book, "Sacred Cows" (The Thinking Atheist)

Started by Loren Miller. Last reply by Patricia Feb 6. 7 Replies

For the last few podcasts, Seth Andrews has been alluding to a new literary effort he's been working on.  Well, the cat is out of the bag ... or perhaps I should say, the cow is out of the barn!  Seth's new opus is entitled: Sacred Cows: a…Continue

Tags: book, Sacred Cows, The Thinking Atheist, Seth Andrews

Living in the Answers

Started by Joan Denoo. Last reply by Patricia Jan 18. 13 Replies

I am weary of those who declare they understand all the answers to the creation of the universe and Earth. They claim they know the answers to the questions of life, meaning, death, and the afterlife. Those with all the answer speak with confidence,…Continue

Tags: confidence, education, government, family, afterlife

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Comment by Ian Mason on June 17, 2013 at 2:42am

I was once on a TU course at a place that used this as wake-up music: Sibelius: Karelia Suite - Intermezzo. I love it.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=XtIw5AkUEsE

Comment by Plinius on June 17, 2013 at 1:24am

Thanks for the link, Joan! I often use these exercises and most of the time they work well. But even so I'm getting shorter all the time; I lost about 6 cm. And the exercise, the painkillers and a little pampering calmed down the nerve and I'm almost back to normal again!

That is good news that you get a grip on your well-being through diet!

Take care of yourself, Ian, while taking care of others! It's hard when there is no comfort except friendship. I'll think of you.

Comment by sk8eycat on June 16, 2013 at 11:31pm

Ian, thank you for the "Box of Sunshine;" I really needed it today for a lot of reasons.  

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So...I hope this cheers everyone up the way it did me when I saw it in the newspaper:

'Ride of the Valkyries' rouses Caltech students for finals

In a long-standing ritual, residents at one of Caltech's dorms wake to Wagner's score during their stressful finals season.  

 

Comment by Ian Mason on June 16, 2013 at 10:51pm

Patricia, that is REAL pain. I felt like that a couple of years ago when I had (thanks to bad dentistry) continually infected teeth/abcesses. I was ready to take a pair of pliers and pull the things out myself. Glad that life is better for you now.

It's not been Fathers' Day in Denmark but I don't hear from my daughter when it is (5th June) Too many years of being a terrible father when I drank.

The bad news keeps on coming: the daughter of some good friends has taken her own life. In her early 30s, she had suffered from schizophrenia since her early teens. In her good periods she was a happy, smiling, caring young woman but in the end the delusions and the voices of the increasingly long bad periods were too much. Will be visiting her parents this evening along with some others. I hope we can be of some use.

Comment by Joan Denoo on June 16, 2013 at 9:53pm

Patricia, your experience sounds dreadful. Did you know you had the option to have surgery earlier? I can't even imagine being in so much pain for so long. 

Comment by Joan Denoo on June 16, 2013 at 8:59pm
My strategy is working. Much better tummy; Wish other aches and pains for each one of you is as easy to get control of.
Mindy, hope your mini-vacation is restful even though the drive of five hours + does sound like a lot of sitting. If I remember correctly, the drive from your area to Wisconsin is a pretty drive.
Ian, a nice bright greeting from you with sunshine feels good. Hope your Father's day was very special.
Chris, really sorry to learn of your pain. Does being active help? I haven't had that problem so looked it up at http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=JRZuQ7WmcDI. It appears to be dreadful and especially after reading Patricia's comment. Do take care, both of you.
Comment by Ian Mason on June 16, 2013 at 3:31pm

Thank you, Mindy.

Hope your strategy works for you, Joan.

To the cinema for the second evening in a row. This time "Song for Marion" with Terence Stamp, Vanessa Redgrave and others. A pensioners' choir that sings Motorhead and hip-hop! Another life-afirming British film about ordinary people. Sad and sweet.

Comment by Joan Denoo on June 16, 2013 at 3:05pm
My strategy for today is to go back to WebMD Soluble Fibers: "Sources of soluble fiber: oatmeal, oat cereal, lentils, apples, oranges, pears, oat bran, strawberries, nuts, flaxseeds, beans, dried peas, blueberries, psyllium, cucumbers, celery, and carrots."
Thanks Ruth!
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.

 

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