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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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Poem - "Oh, Wait..."

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Before you ask, no, I didn't write this.  I discovered it in a comment on a Discovermagazine.com piece which…Continue

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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.

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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

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Bedtime Bible Stories (Betty Bowers)

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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

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Comment by Steph S. on August 21, 2012 at 11:52pm
What lovely words Joan. I enjoyed reading your post here - and yes I am unique - there is no one else like me. Personality does come from within.
Companions are very Important.
Comment by Joan Denoo on August 21, 2012 at 11:49pm

Great pictures! Very powerful evidence of the need for nurturing. I feel great. Hope you all do too. 

Comment by Steph S. on August 21, 2012 at 11:48pm
I love all the cute pictures posted here!
Thanks Tony, Ian, Joan, Patricia, Booklover - and anyone I might not have mentioned. I only went back 2 pages - I got behind again.
Many smiles!
Comment by Steph S. on August 21, 2012 at 11:44pm
Baboons are much smarter than congressmen. Thanks for the funny picture Tony!
Comment by Tony Carroll on August 21, 2012 at 11:04pm

Agreed. Well said. And  to continue:

Comment by Ian Mason on August 21, 2012 at 10:40pm

Very well put, Joan. Couldn't agree more.

To continue the inter-species theme:

Comment by Joan Denoo on August 21, 2012 at 10:09pm

Patricia, I am glad you have a mom-in-law who taught you how to become a good friend to a few. We need those kinds of people in our lives. We also need good role models; do you have someone you trust and who trusts you? Life is a lot easier with a companion to share the journey. Remember to do something good for yourself every day that makes you feel special, unique, and precious? 

Your contributions on this site makes my days brighter and I am sure you have found those who encourage you to flourish. This life is all there is; we don't have a second chance to do it over again; all we leave behind are memories that other carry about you. Spreading healthy and affirming and positive memories is a great legacy to leave behind. 

Another thing I believe is that there is no other like you; your personality comes from inside and it is your job to bring it to the front. I haven't been able to figure out how to get others' strengths grafted onto me. You and I have to pull strengths from inside each of us and no one can do it for us.

Comment by Tony Carroll on August 21, 2012 at 9:24pm

Awwww! So cute. I love it Joan. I'm gonna add it to my collection.

Comment by Joan Denoo on August 21, 2012 at 9:17pm

So many great photos. Here is a contribution from me:

Animal companions 

Comment by Tony Carroll on August 21, 2012 at 9:10pm

Hahaha!! They certainly are, Melinda. Much smarter :()!!!

 

 

 

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