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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 Joan Denoo on Tuesday. 81 Replies

Surreal, not just found in art.Continue

Tags: surreal

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

Started by Ruth Anthony-Gardner. Last reply by Dominique Lutz Apr 16. 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

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Comment by Joan Denoo on March 20, 2013 at 9:04pm
Patricia, Interesting perspective! I told my doctor I didn't want any restorative work done, just to be cancer free with a nice clean scar is fine with me.
Comment by Lillie on March 20, 2013 at 8:48pm

The Carnival joke is hilarious. 

Comment by The Flying Atheist on March 20, 2013 at 8:03pm

Joan, [stepping back on my soapbox] I've spoken to people from countries who have universal health care and I don't need any further convincing that universal health care is the best system.  When we (the U.S) were having our health care debate four years ago, I was extremely excited with the possibility of finally making major positive changes to our broken and wasteful health care system.  We also had the added luxury of being able to study the various systems from other countries (U.K., Germany, Canada, Japan, Sweden, etc.) that were already in place and to see which aspects worked best.  With that information, I was hoping the U.S. would develop a hybrid of the best of the best.  Well......we all know how that turned out.  Such a disappointment that we missed a golden opportunity.  Who would of thought at the beginning that we'd be hearing cries of 'death panels,' 'rationed care' and 'socialism?'

Comment by The Flying Atheist on March 20, 2013 at 7:32pm

Joan, I think you just invented a new salad dressing.  Franch:  a combination of French and Ranch. 

Comment by Joan Denoo on March 20, 2013 at 7:09pm

oops, that should be France. 

Comment by Joan Denoo on March 20, 2013 at 7:08pm
It just makes sense for everyone to pay into a fund and it covers everything. Sure we would pay a lot over the years, but we pay a lot for health care whether we pay into a fund or not. Include percentages of wage earners, small businesses, stocks, bonds, corporate gains, every cent earned whether through investments or labor pays in and everyone has access to basic health care. I am not interested in having face lifts or fat removal or cosmetic surgery being covered, unless for health reasons, but everything humans are subject to is covered.
Talk to some people from Canada, or Franch, or Sweden.
Any of you from other countries want to chime in here?
Comment by Joan Denoo on March 20, 2013 at 6:59pm

TFA, please stay on your soapbox. Obviously we aren't getting adequate care, whether privately or through our employer. The evidence is all in and there is no doubt about it, our medical care system is broken. And no one knows that better than the wonderful doctors on my team. 

Comment by sk8eycat on March 20, 2013 at 6:48pm

PS: I have to take Hairy Jerry to the vet tomorrow, and I'm scared.   He has a large growth/lump on his jaw, he's old, frail, and I don't think I'm going to like what I'm going to hear. ("Nature Advocate" would probably be delighted.  I am so sorry I posted that article in Ailurophiles!  That one person's response was the most vicious, mean-spirited thing I've read since the buybull.)

Comment by sk8eycat on March 20, 2013 at 6:43pm

Ruth...1) the dog was "mooning" the camera  2) "Moondoggie" was the name of the character played by James Darren in the first "Gidget" movie. (1959)

(Or I could say that Moondoggie was the nickname of the boy Francie/Gidget falls for in the original novel.  I read the book before I saw the movie; I was 2,000 miles from home and terribly homesick for the ocean...loved them both!)

Comment by Ruth Anthony-Gardner on March 20, 2013 at 12:45pm

Sorry to hear about your stepmother, Ian. That’s a lot of life stress in a short time.

A pit bull like Siamese, I don’t think I could get along with Buddy, Joseph.  Thanks for sharing the Buddy fell from tree story. It sounds as if he had no lasting harm.

LOL, great quote sk8eycat, and the rubics cube is a perfect touch to the classic prayer image. I did not get the Moondoggie pun. But I’m not that good at puns.

Steph, your Starwars LOLcats were a hoot.

I regret nothing cat was great  too, booklover. Great way to start my day.

Or to anyone in the Southern Hemisphere, Happy Fall!

 

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