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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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Comment by booklover on August 7, 2012 at 9:35pm

Patricia, so sorry about your husbands health problems.  Yes, you are right, I used to be SO sociable, but the older I get, the less I like people, LOL, except I really like the people here on AN!  And I don't care what most people think about me anymore either. 

I really like your pic of Bill Gates and The Poop~ sounds about right. lol

Comment by Grinning Cat on August 7, 2012 at 9:27pm

Turns out that that "No Soliciting" sign is for sale at etsy.com. The artist, Matthew Flansburg, has several variations including one with "attack cats".

"No Religion!" is better and more general than similar signs' "We found Jesus" or "We are happy with our religion."

Other Etsy sellers have signs like "No Soliciting - unless you're a kid" and "No Soliciting - unless you have Thin Mints".

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Comment by Patricia on August 7, 2012 at 9:26pm

That's just it Dr. Kellie.....we really don't want social circles......we like the life we have as it is now, with occasional visits from family......& of course.....Atheist Nexus!

Comment by dr kellie on August 7, 2012 at 9:18pm

Don't give up on having social circles, if you want them.  I found good company in my local progressives group.  Not everyone is atheist, but most are.  I find them all quite delightful.  And well educated. 

 

And note that I live in the middle of Texas!

Comment by Patricia on August 7, 2012 at 9:16pm

I agree Paula T. It is no favor to treat kids to everything & more.....afford it or not. Like it or not, kids have to learn to go without some things, or go for cheaper whatevers, & they have to learn to deal with disappointments. We got our kids what they NEEDED, & the odd gift/surprise here & there, with a McDonald's trip for their birthdays. After that we told them they had to get a job to buy their own if they wanted something bad enough. We didn't want to be in debt the rest of our lives to hand them everything on a platinum platter, & handing over will never ''make anything up for a loss''. 

Comment by Patricia on August 7, 2012 at 9:08pm

Booklover,

Our social circle is pretty much non-existent, but it's mostly to do with the fact that we're both loners, & the older we get the less we want to do the social stuff. Then there's the fact of my husband's severe heart disease & he can't join others in activities they do......fishing, camping, even driving, as he lost his license after the stroke affected his eyesight. I never felt I fitted in anywhere so always had difficulty making friends. Then of course I found where I did fit after learning to use a pc & discovered great reading material.....ATHEISM!!!! I just can't/won't put up with the bs people throw around & frankly, I don't give a damn about what people think of me because of it.  

Comment by Paula T. on August 7, 2012 at 8:58pm
Patricia, my boyfriend's two younger daughters (16 & 13) are both immature, narcissistic, and want what they want and they want it now. They think daddy is made of money. He's been trying to make up for their mom passing away over 10 years ago and I'm finally helping him see that he hasn't done them any favors.

I'd love that No Soliciting sign, too! I never think to get the small bumper sticker type one for my front door. Although...the last time we had Mormons come to the house my atheist son spent over 30 minutes discussing religion, beliefs, and asking them why they believe. I was very proud of him :)
Comment by booklover on August 7, 2012 at 8:02pm

I like the No Soliciting sign Patricia.  I agree with it, except for a couple of neighbors I don't really want to welcome over here... lol

I've been really 'out there' with Atheist stuff on FB and one of my closest friends isn't anymore.  Oh well.  I am hardly friends with anyone on there anyway, and our friendship hasn't been the greatest in a few years.  Maybe this was an excuse to let it go...

I feel the older I get, the less I can stand the religious crap, and that makes my social-circle smaller and smaller.  Maybe I need a few more pets! :)

Comment by Patricia on August 7, 2012 at 7:51pm

Yes, Paula T. I see kids all the time who think the world ''owes'' them. But.....lots of that is brought on by parents who just hand over without making them earn anything & they grow up expecting that from everyone else. 

 

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