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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 Apr 14. 75 Replies

Surreal, not just found in art.Continue

Tags: surreal

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 Ian Mason on August 25, 2012 at 9:41am

Some English classics.

Comment by Ian Mason on August 25, 2012 at 9:37am

The only one that might be worth money. A "Sam Weller" by Beswick.

Comment by Ian Mason on August 25, 2012 at 9:35am

There were one or two here (mad fools!) that wanted to see some of my teapot collection. Prepare to be dazzled by a few of the 80+

The first one ever. I was recovering from my last relapse (alcohol) when I wandered into a second-hand sale. As soon as i saw this, i remembered when I'd first seen one like it. At my great-aunt's house when I was about 4 years old.

Comment by booklover on August 25, 2012 at 7:33am

Patricia, I loved the video of Chooka Parker!  Wonderful! :)

sk8eycat and Patricia, you are both right about the 'friendship'. Sk8eycat, cool about your book-collection and smart cat to like "Godless" the best! lol

Tony, cool pic of the newly-hatched squid!  Nature is awesome!

On our way to Green Bay for my nieces 13th b.day~ I wish you all a peaceful and fun weekend!~ Melinda

p.s.  I'm not even on FB anymore except my Sis and Daughter and a very few relatives.  I hate it. LOL.

Comment by Idaho Spud on August 25, 2012 at 6:40am

I wonder if Snoopy was raised in a Mormon household.

http://www.gocomics.com/peanuts

Comment by Tony Carroll on August 25, 2012 at 5:46am

Hey everyone. Been working alot, so I haven't been able to ost alot, but this is just to let you know I'm thinking of you. When I do get home at night, I ty to go throught the posts, but I usually glance at them and go to bed. Work will moderate some this week, so that will be better. 5:30 a.m. here, getting ready to go to work now, wom't be home until around 9:00 tonight. Found this picture I, newly hatched squid. Cute and eeewkey at the same time. Everyone have a great weekend.

Comment by sk8eycat on August 25, 2012 at 2:22am

Booklover: An occasional rant is necessary for your/our mental health. Sometimes you just need to.

If you recall, I did a lot of ranting 2 months ago about my "friend" who wore me out for more than two years with 2 or 3 phone calls a week, and most of the time she was NOT sober. When I was in ACA (Adult Children of alcoholics), we had a term for a certain type of irritating person, "Emotional Vampire."  Anyway, the "friend" finally committed suicide, and I felt sad, but also terribly betrayed because she had so much talent and so much to live for.  And I kept telling her so.

Anyway, this week I finally deleted all her e-mail addys from my address book.  I don't know why it took me so long to do that, but when I finished, it was like a breath of fresh air.  When a friendship becomes toxic, the only thing to do is DUMP them!  Save your own sanity.

{{{{Booklover}}}}

PS: I'm a booklover, too.  My collection is crowding me out of the house, but I don't care.  Hairy Jerry-Cat loves to rub his chops on certain books...Dan Barker's Godless seems to be his fave.

Comment by Plinius on August 25, 2012 at 1:30am

Very special music, Patricia! There were all sorts of styles mixed in, reminding me of about everything between Beethoven and jazz and it was all harmonious and without hesitation! Not even sure if I can believe what he said about ´make it up as I go´.

Comment by Ruth Anthony-Gardner on August 24, 2012 at 11:32pm

You mean Romney doesn't use the royal "we"?
Thanks for all the cute picture, y'all.

Comment by Patricia on August 24, 2012 at 11:22pm

Booklover,

It all takes a sort of a cooling off period. While everything is still rather new for you with the ex friend right now, time will help get things into perspective, & you'll realize you don't need the bs & will feel fine about it. There are plenty of others worth more so that sort of thing doesn't need you wasting your precious time on it. See how you feel in a month or two, bet it'll be much different. 

 

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