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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 on Monday. 75 Replies

Surreal, not just found in art.Continue

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Poem - "Oh, Wait..."

Started by Loren Miller. Last reply by Luara Apr 11. 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 Tony Carroll on November 27, 2012 at 6:51pm

Kalliope, that is my favorite Monty Python song. I have it on my MP3, and listen whenever I feel a little down. I plan on a natural burial, you know, just a shroud and put me directly in the hole. I have let my son and family know I want this played. Will probably piss some off, but I think it is a wonderful sendoff, even though I won't be there, or anywhere, for that matter. But will let them have a smile instead of a cry.

Comment by Joan Denoo on November 27, 2012 at 3:13pm

Signing off to clean my oven.  

Comment by Joan Denoo on November 27, 2012 at 3:12pm

Melinda, thanks for your kind words and assurances that I hadn't intruded. There are so many tools one can use that we should have learned in our families and education, but I didn't learn many of them until I responded the best way I could to pain and disappointment. I agree, this is a lovely group of people, wise and funny and bold. 
Love you and each one. 

Comment by Ruth Anthony-Gardner on November 27, 2012 at 12:41pm

Thanks for all of your wonderful sharing and support of one another. Yes, why do cats love boxes? Perhaps because there are so few things in their human environments that they can control. Boxes tend to be light and cat sized, as well as resembling a nest.

No fair, GrinningCat. Now I have that Grand Old Cat tune as an earworm.

I was missing yesterday because I'm working on another pullquote/slideshow. But this time I'm more ambitious and will buy Vegas Video to add sound and allow people to control it. It's a learning curve to figure out how to properly credit the pictures. I collected a bunch without getting all of the information I need, and now have to hunt for their sources or replace them.

Comment by Plinius on November 27, 2012 at 11:43am

From The Meaning of Life, an oldie, but I still enjoy it.

Comment by Joan Denoo on November 27, 2012 at 11:29am

Chris, that film is a KEEPER! Just a great lively tune, and lyrics worthy of memorizing. Let's have a sing-along. You are brilliant!

Comment by booklover on November 27, 2012 at 9:02am

Spud,that big cat looks really comfortable up there!

Good ideas Chris!

Comment by Plinius on November 27, 2012 at 8:58am

Wonderful pictures, esp. the kingfisher and the minnow - you can almost see what the minnow thought...

I have a way to cure myself of depressing ideas, perhaps some of you can use it: first think of the worst time in your life, then say to yourself: ´If I survived thát, today must be easy enough.´

And if that doesn't help, you can sing

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=44DlSj6bnn4

Comment by Idaho Spud on November 27, 2012 at 8:33am

Booklover, the cat in the tree is so very interesting and made me smile as well.  It took me a while to figure-out how it was positioned.  I guess he's got his front legs resting on the branches.

I'm constantly amazed and amused at the strange places and positions cats get into.

Comment by booklover on November 27, 2012 at 7:51am

 

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