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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 Plinius on October 10, 2013 at 7:11am

It's lovely, Tony! Just think of all the purring!

Comment by Tony Carroll on October 10, 2013 at 5:51am

This could work equally well as a Halloween or Christmas tree. Your choice.

Comment by The Flying Atheist on October 9, 2013 at 11:01pm

Comment by Tony Carroll on October 9, 2013 at 9:47pm

Comment by Joan Denoo on October 9, 2013 at 7:01pm

My first year in high school and all four years, I belonged to Teen Twirlers, a folk dance group. We had costumes for each of the countries and had some pretty intricate steps to learn. I just tried to find the names of some of them, i.e. Tarantella, Schuhplattler, Virginia Reel, polkas, Tinikling, Irish jigs, Tango, Rumba, and stuff like that. You probably learned these as well.
I didn't like ballroom dancing.  I preferred learning about the cultures, experimenting with their foods, regalia and traditions. Didn't do any dancing after high school. Got interested in science, especially horticulture, and spent my first year and a half in college at the greenhouses or barns.  I am too clumsy for dancing. 

Comment by Idaho Spud on October 9, 2013 at 4:58pm

I like dancing in a group also Patricia, but I'm not good, so it has to be with someone I've danced with a few times before.

Comment by Idaho Spud on October 9, 2013 at 4:51pm

Love the laughing cat Steph.

Comment by Patricia on October 9, 2013 at 4:50pm

I liked dancing too, but only by going to a club where everyone was up dancing around the floor. I was not a born ''performer'' so wasn't about to let someone watch while I had to do a routine in tap.......RUN!!!!! I was about 7. As I got older, I had all the singing lessons & saxophone lessons as well as being in the school band, & the girls dance band, but even then, I didn't like an audience.

I was supposed to be the ticket to ''hollywood'' that dear ol' dad always wanted but couldn't do himself. I didn't have the talent nor the ambition for it no matter what he wanted.

Comment by Patricia on October 9, 2013 at 3:08pm

British influence was/is very strong in India, & lot of our neighbors from India here are very fair. The Canadian comedian Russell Peters is Indian, but his parents speak with a Scottish accent, & his mother is very fair skinned. 

Comment by The Flying Atheist on October 9, 2013 at 2:24pm

Just in time for Halloween.

It's been used so many times it's become a scary movie cliché: an ominous, rustling sound in the next room. The person on the screen reluctantly opens the door and, suddenly, lets out a bloodcurdling scream at the sight of ... a cat.

Using scenes from such horror classics as "Friday the 13th," "Halloween" and "Pet Sematary" (as well as some non-horror hits like "Horrible Bosses" and "Romancing the Stone"), Alex Moschina created a fantastic supercut — "It's just a cat" — that includes no less than 25 cats.

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