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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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Christmas: Behind the Curtain (The Thinking Atheist)

Started by Loren Miller. Last reply by booklover 1 hour ago. 23 Replies

Well, it's that time of year again.  Time to gird our loins, put on our battle armor and join the (dah-dah DAAAAAH!) WAR AGAINST CHRISTMAS!!! [groan!] Yeah, most of us have heard that crap before, probably too many times, in fact, how atheists are…Continue

Tags: Christmas, The Thinking Atheist, Seth Andrews

Seth Andrews - The Copycats: How Christianity Steals The Best Ideas

Started by Loren Miller. Last reply by Loren Miller on Wednesday. 11 Replies

Many of us have observed or learned how christianity shamelessly borrows from other sources to bolster its position and show off its supposed wonderfulness.  Well, Seth Andrews of The Thinking Atheist podcast has compiled some of the more modern-day…Continue

Tags: steal, borrow, copycat, The Thinking Atheist, Seth Andrews

Finding Your Roots

Started by Randall Smith. Last reply by Chris G Dec 15. 9 Replies

I've been into genealogy for a long time. It's fun, especially with internet help, but increasingly frustrating. You see, I've hit "brick walls". And being a Smith doesn't make research any easier.Wouldn't you think I could find the death date and…Continue

Secular and Reclaimed Winter Holiday Songs

Started by Grinning Cat. Last reply by sk8eycat Nov 26. 41 Replies

This is an appropriate day of the year for this subject...What are some of your favorite winter holiday songs?It would be especially good to share powerful new secular lyrics to tunes that have become associated with Christmas.…Continue

Tags: singing, lyrics, reclaimed, reclaiming, HumanLight

Aljam

Started by Randall Smith. Last reply by Grinning Cat Nov 24. 4 Replies

I'm not a news hound by any stretch, but I do like to stay informed about what's going on in the world. (I despise "local" news with all the reports of murders, robberies, fires, etc.)The national "evening" news shows really irritate me. I hate…Continue

Surreal, I haz it

Started by Ruth Anthony-Gardner. Last reply by Ruth Anthony-Gardner Nov 22. 79 Replies

Surreal, not just found in art.Continue

Tags: surreal

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Comment by Joan Denoo on May 9, 2014 at 1:20pm

Oh! my goodness! Problems go unsolved, Conflicts escalate! Inefficient and ineffective social services abound!

What is one to do? 

Curl up under the covers and peek out only to go potty and pour something in to be excreted? 

Pretend everything is good? 

Deny any problems or conflicts exist? 

Sit down, breath deeply, enjoy the breath, recognize life continues to exist even as challenges reign? 

Join with others who experience the same problems and conflicts?

Find people with different but similar challenges? 

Write a book? Poem? Song? 

Look realistically at what one has, what one needs, how to get basic needs met? 

Cry? Whine? Complain? Blame? Accuse?

Confront? Take a stand? Insist on being heard? 

Refuse to be trivialized, discounted, demonized?

Given what is real, how do I, as an individual, find joy, peace, community, meaning, purpose? 

I don't know? 

Comment by sk8eycat on May 9, 2014 at 10:35am

Mindy, I've been a member of the Church of the Innersprings for decades.  Love it!  Now, if I could just teach the cats to bring me breakfast in bed (but NOT kibble!  I want waffles with fresh strawberries, and hot tea!  Perhaps some chai...)

Comment by booklover on May 9, 2014 at 9:09am
Geez! What a week for lot if us! I'm sorry you guys have had to deal with all that you are dealing with! Ruth, banging your head against a brick wall is exactly what it feels like you are doing when dealing with many companies. I am not happy to hear that about Blue Cross, as that is the new ins. we will be getting when my husbands Union signs the new contract! Sorry you had to deal with that! They make patients sicker with stress!
Thanks for the pretty pics Randall, I'm sure everyone enjoys seeing something nice!
I woke up with a headache, but I'm determined to have a nice Friday! Yes Carl, the church of the internet is where I will be Sunday!
Hugs to all! ~Mindy
Comment by Plinius on May 9, 2014 at 8:59am

Beautiful picture, Randall, thanks. And get better soon, FA!

Comment by Randall Smith on May 9, 2014 at 7:59am

Friends, the sun WILL rise again to brighten your days!

Comment by The Flying Atheist on May 9, 2014 at 2:53am

Yes, it appears this has been a bad week for several of us.  I missed two days of work because I wasn't feeling well.  I spent most of this week sleeping and hardly got anything done that I wanted to. 

Comment by The Flying Atheist on May 9, 2014 at 2:24am

Sk8eycat, we have Peapod here in the Chicago area.  It's an online grocery and delivery service.  I've never used it but many times have sworn that I was going to sign up for it.  I imagine there must be a similar service in a city the size of L.A.  It may be cheaper to have your groceries delivered rather than paying for a cab.  Just a thought.

Comment by Plinius on May 9, 2014 at 2:07am

Difficult days for Ruth, Ian and Mindy. I had one of those days yesterday. We had a meeting about and with brother-in-law, plus a therapist, a psychologist, etc. He has been a model patient till last week when he picked a quarrel with a nurse.... about nothing of course, but he is also an Asperger patient. So when everyone wanted to discuss and organize things, brother-in-law was screaming murder and repeating every unimportant detail in a voice that could be heard in the whole building. So today I am dizzy with a blinding headache. It depresses me very much, having to care for someone to stubborn to see what needs to be done. 

My story - who's next? ;-S

Comment by Ian Mason on May 9, 2014 at 12:58am

Rant away, dear friends. It's good to get those feelings out and know that others understand. I hope you are ready to get back into the fray. My poor sister-in-law in England, who isn't a well woman to start with, has been driven close to distraction by the pure incometence she's had to battle with r.e. my mother. Private care-home, public social services, doctors......no-one seem to care about doing a decent job except those at the basic, hands-on carer level. With that kind of work (the same job I have) when the shit hits the floor (literally) there's only you to clean it up. No telephone, computer or paperwork to hide behind.

Hugs, understanding and good wishes to all.

Comment by sk8eycat on May 8, 2014 at 11:59pm

I have only Medicareless parts A and B...NO Rx insurance (Part D). When that first went into effect, my doctor warned me that it was a scam to benefit the pharmaceutical and insurance companies, NOT the patient.  Pharmaceutical companies are required to provide prescribed meds to low-income patients at no cost, and no questions asked, except one's total annual household income.  My sister and I are so far below the poverty level that we're invisible...so I've been getting my diabetes meds from Pfiser for free for 14 years. 

And we can get proper groceries once a month from a local aid center (NOT the county "food bank," that hands out mostly carbohydrates and sugary cereals)...IF  I can get a ride, and help carrying the bags.

I just feel guilty asking friends for a ride...but I became frightened of driving my huge old car a few years ago, so I sold it to a junker...and now I beg rides, or take taxis.  (It cost me $40 ...including tips...to go to my doctor today.)

The good news is that my A1c has been perfect for more than a year...the bad news is that I've gained 12 lbs since February.  I don't know how I did that...haven't changed my diet at all.

And that's my rant for now.  I need to share some hugs with you all...sounds like we need them.

{{{{{EVERYONE!}}}}}

Thank you.  <3

 

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