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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 Ruth Anthony-Gardner May 6. 82 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 Plinius on August 9, 2012 at 1:50am

I see I'm not the only one who has got very few friends left and is happy with that. We rid ourselves from a clutter of human parasites some years ago (always there at mealtimes, leaving us with the dirty dishes and talking nonstop about viewpoints which they knew we hate). I hesitated a long time, also because of tests that warn you that your health and well-being are in danger when you have got a very small social network, but I feel so much better without those people!  

Comment by Tony Carroll on August 9, 2012 at 12:40am

This one made me laugh. Just had to share with you guys.

Comment by Paula T. on August 8, 2012 at 10:47pm
I lost my best friend a few years ago. She is VERY Roman Catholic, but I don't believe she reads the buybull or attend mass each week. She told me that I should read more (religious type BS) and not believe the stuff atheists say. She is totally messed up because of the religious upbringing and she was molested by her father and brothers as a child. She's married for the 2nd time to a snake and I do not like him. She sent me another FB friend request and I blocked her. She also wrote a message to my boyfriend asking if I was ok. He didn't respond. I feel sad that she is so unhappy, so deeply, and feels that religion is the key to happiness. Gawd will make everything better...
Comment by Tony Carroll on August 8, 2012 at 9:28pm

Yay, I'm getting a day off! Sorry I haven't been around as much as usual, just been very busy, but I've been thinking of you guys, and reading the posts.

Patricia, I'm so sorry to hear of the problems you're having. I will be thinking of you, and if you ever need to vent or just talk, go to my page. Will be happy to listen/commiserate/laugh/cry with you. You do indeed have friends here.

Melinda & Steph, what can I say other than thank you both for your concern. Big warm fuzzy bear hugs to you both. Your friendship, heck everyones friendship here means so very much to me.Even when I'm too busy to respond back or be as active as I want, you're all in my thoughts.

Be well everyone. Take care.

Comment by Steph S. on August 8, 2012 at 6:18pm

I love the lolcat picture booklover!

Yes, be glad the friendship is over. Now you can move on with your life in a positive way. That person was not a true friend.

Comment by Steph S. on August 8, 2012 at 6:09pm

I am so glad all of you are here too!

It is wonderful to come here and talk. : )

Comment by The Flying Atheist on August 8, 2012 at 5:55pm

Patricia, I'm sorry to hear so much pain and stress has come upon you....and in such a short period of time.  Please know that my well wishes for you are indeed sincere.  We're all glad to have you here.....no matter what mood you're in. 

Comment by The Flying Atheist on August 8, 2012 at 5:35pm

Melinda, I had a friend in college who was very demanding and manipulative.  During one of our many altercations I remember finally saying to her, "I've never had to work so hard to be somebody's friend!"  And that's the point.  True friendship should never be hard work or cause you unwanted and constant grief.  I have a VERY small circle of friends, but boy-o-boy, they are THE BEST.  About ten or so years ago I made a conscious decision to rid myself of "toxic" associations and of people that had nothing positive to offer.  As a result I have fewer friends but I'm much happier with the friends I do have.    

Comment by Steph S. on August 8, 2012 at 5:07pm

That's a really pretty GIF Ruth.

Patricia sorry to hear about your hubby.

And Ian I am sorry to hear your battles with depression.

I'll be thinking of you.

Comment by Steph S. on August 8, 2012 at 5:04pm

booklover (Melinda) I don't keep friends who are stressful to me either. It's not worth it. It's better to have no friends than friends like that. I also know some people who claim they keep all their friends - I'm not sure if I believe them. Doesn't seem possible to me. People grow apart and evolve.

 

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