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

Started by Ruth Anthony-Gardner. Last reply by Dominique Lutz on Thursday. 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

Seeing Things (TheraminTrees)

Started by Loren Miller. Last reply by Ruth Anthony-Gardner Feb 25. 2 Replies

TheraminTrees doesn't release videos very often these days,  but when he does, they are positive GEMS.  Most recent of his works is the following, wherein he dismantles some of the common rebuttals atheist get from believers when we assert our…Continue

Tags: seeing things, YouTube, TheraminTrees

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Comment by The Flying Atheist on December 5, 2014 at 3:44pm

Joan, thanks for the offer of reading material.  I have a mountain of books here to read, so I'm set in that department. 

I'm so glad I have glasses now so I can see what's written on the page!  Having to wear glasses was completely new to me starting this past September.  I thought there was going to be a long period of adjustment but the transition has been very easy.  I'm quite used to wearing them now. 

Comment by Patricia on December 5, 2014 at 3:40pm

I never drove because when I had my learners at 16, I was too immature. Then as I got older, I realized I freaked out & ''froze up'' in sudden, or startling situations. I decided then that I would be a danger to myself & others around me so never again pursued it.

Glad to hear from you Carl. I'm sure we could help out with something to read or music, but so much is online already that it's not difficult to find something.

Comment by Idaho Spud on December 5, 2014 at 3:27pm

I can't understand my mother's viewpoint, because I'm a lot more nervous with someone else driving than when I have control.

Whenever I've driven with her in the car, I can see how scared she is, so I reduce my speed dramatically, and drive very cautiously.

Comment by Joan Denoo on December 5, 2014 at 3:24pm

Carl, I am sorry to learn what you experience. My thoughts go with you, hoping for a fast and complete recovery. Are there any reading material that you enjoy now that we can send you? Do you like sports, nature, poetry, prose? I can't think of other genres right now. You name it, we will find something.  

 

Comment by Idaho Spud on December 5, 2014 at 3:24pm

Ian, have you never driven before?  Is it because you never had a reason, or because you didn't want to?

I don't know any males here that don't drive, but some of my sister in laws didn't want to, but were forced to by their spouses, who didn't want to chauffeur them for the rest of their lives, and my mother has never driven.  She's too afraid of traffic, and dad was kind enough to not force her.

Comment by Idaho Spud on December 5, 2014 at 3:13pm

Sorry for you're troubles Carl.  Hope you get better.

Comment by Idaho Spud on December 5, 2014 at 3:11pm

I'm with you Mindy.

Comment by The Flying Atheist on December 5, 2014 at 3:09pm

Just checking in.  I've been feeling really "out of it" lately.  My energy level is very low and I'm very tired.  Despite my tiredness, I've been suffering from terrible insomnia.  My doctor just prescribed a sleep aid this week, so the last two nights I've been able to sleep soundly.  I'm on three high-blood pressure medications but my blood pressure readings are still sky high.

This has been a busy week with two doctor appointments plus a face to face interview with the Social Security Administration regarding benefits. 

This coming Monday, the 8th, I'm having umbilical hernia surgery.  The kidney transplant team wanted me to have this completed before having my kidney transplant.  The surgery will be done Monday afternoon and I'll be released from the hospital that evening barring any unforeseen circumstances.  It's not very invasive but still, I'll be under general anesthesia and have about a two week recovery period.  

I have kept up with all the goings-on here but quite honestly I haven't had the energy to be more active and engaged.  I miss my usual interaction.  

Cheers to all of you, my friends!    

    

Comment by Patricia on December 5, 2014 at 2:47pm

You said a mouthful Melinda.

Comment by Patricia on December 5, 2014 at 2:46pm

I know I am ex-moron, but I don't remember a lot as I quit going at age 17, but was daydreaming for most of the time I did go.

I still hadn't heard much about the outside world at that age, & when I began more serious reading after getting married & moving away, shocked, stunned, outraged, disgusted, hardly covers what I felt.

 

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