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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 Joan Denoo on Tuesday. 81 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 Ian Mason on March 16, 2015 at 2:53pm

Can't get there in person, so here's a picture. Get well soon.

Comment by Ian Mason on March 16, 2015 at 2:50pm

Glad to hear that things are happening, Carl. Delays and waiting are so enervating. We'll all be thinking of you in the days ahead. All the best to you and your family/support team.

Comment by Idaho Spud on March 16, 2015 at 2:46pm

I'm glad to hear you have a positive attitude Carl.

Comment by Plinius on March 16, 2015 at 2:38pm

That's the best Pi I've seen so far!

Glad to hear from you Carl. I'll be thinking of you!

Comment by Joan Denoo on March 16, 2015 at 2:36pm

Carl, I am very happy to read your words, even as it saddens me that you have been through so much. The very good news is you have high spirits and a positive attitude. That will carry you far. I think of you every day and send you all the positive energy that quantum physics or whatever energy that can go from one person to another. 

I don't know if Chopra has grasp of what such energy can or can't do. For this time period, I claim positive energy can flow between you and your friends. 

Love your Pi day contribution. It is a keeper. 

My warm thoughts to you, always. 

Fondly, Joan

Comment by The Flying Atheist on March 16, 2015 at 2:16pm

I'm a little late for Pi day, but here's my contribution, none the less.

Comment by The Flying Atheist on March 16, 2015 at 2:11pm

Hi, Joan.  Thanks for asking about me.  I just spent nine days in the hospital.  I went to have a heart echo-gram and stress test.  After they took the initial images, they compared them to an echo I had one month earlier.  Within one month's time my heart pumping had deteriorated from 40% to 20%.  (Normal heart pumping percentage is about 60%.)  As a result, they cancelled the stress test and decided to admit me to the hospital.

The doctors scheduled aortic valve replacement surgery within the week, but unfortunately I contracted a viral infection and the surgery was postponed until my lungs cleared up.  I was ultimately released from the hospital this past Friday so I could finish recuperating at home (away from all the hospital germs) and regain my health, making me as strong as possible for my upcoming heart surgery.  That surgery has now been rescheduled for this coming Wednesday. 

At this time, I'm actually feeling very well.  Dialysis has removed a lot of fluid buildup that was in my body and around my lungs.  I've lost weight as a result and my face is thinner (which is a good thing.)  Barring any unforeseen circumstances, surgery will happen on Wednesday.  I'll have about a 4 to 6 week recovery period and then I should be ready for my kidney transplant.

Whew!  Long explanation.  At times it seems as if my plans have changed daily.  Mentally I'm doing great.  I'm looking forward to having this all behind me.     

Randy, congrats on your new grandchild. 

I hope everyone is enjoying the warmer weather.     

Comment by Joan Denoo on March 16, 2015 at 12:30pm

@ Carl, just want you to know that I am thinking of you. I don't need an answer back, but hope your plans progress and that you are in good spirits. 

Comment by k.h. ky on March 16, 2015 at 11:11am
Joan, the bandaid contact did exactly that. Protected the eye from the rubbing of the eyelid. Kinda surprised me. Having worn contacts for many years they were often the cause of eye abrasions.
Randy, another gchild is wonderful news. I'll never have more tthan the two and two halfs l have.
Everyone else : l hope you have a beautiful day like it's going to be here. Temps mid - seventies.
Comment by Ian Mason on March 16, 2015 at 9:19am

Spring is good. It's sort-of on the way in Denmark, coquettish and giving us the cold shoulder between the sunny spells.

I've seen 3 bio-pics in the last week: Mr. Turner, The Imitation Game and Theory of Everything. All different and all very good. Time and money well spent.

 

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