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Comment by The Flying Atheist on April 4, 2014 at 1:08pm

Joan, you've mentioned several times in the past that you are humorless.  If you don't mind me asking, have you always felt this way about yourself?  Were you that way as a child?  I'm just very curious if your past episodes with abuse somehow may have stolen any possibility from you to fully enjoy everyday humor. 

For myself, I've grown up and lived my entire life laughing.  Laughing at myself, sharing good laughs with family and friends, laughing at the absurdities that life presents to us.  At the same time, even as a child I enjoyed sitting with adults to listen to their conversations, so my life wasn't just one big laugh fest.  You're situation is very foreign to me. 

Comment by Joan Denoo on April 4, 2014 at 11:35am

Spud, I am afflicted with lack of the same humor gene as you, it appears. Well, we are loosening up a little bit. 

Comment by Joan Denoo on April 4, 2014 at 11:32am

If you want a real treat take a peek at Charles Cusumano page. He is serious, intelligent, and angry ... in a funny sort of way. 

Comment by Joan Denoo on April 4, 2014 at 11:25am

XTC LYRICS

"Dear God"

, hope you got the letter, and...
I pray you can make it better down here.
I don't mean a big reduction in the price of beer
but all the people that you made in your image, see
them starving on their feet 'cause they don't get
enough to eat from God, I can't believe in you

Dear God, sorry to disturb you, but... I feel that I should be heard
loud and clear. We all need a big reduction in amount of tears
and all the people that you made in your image, see them fighting
in the street 'cause they can't make opinions meet about God,
I can't believe in you

Did you make disease, and the diamond blue? Did you make
mankind after we made you? And the devil too!

, don't know if you noticed, but... your name is on
a lot of quotes in this book, and us crazy humans wrote it, you
should take a look, and all the people that you made in your
image still believing that junk is true. Well I know it ain't, and
so do you, dear God, I can't believe in I don't believe in

I won't believe in heaven and hell. No saints, no sinners, no
devil as well. No pearly gates, no thorny crown. You're always
letting us humans down. The wars you bring, the babes you
drown. Those lost at sea and never found, and it's the same the
whole world 'round. The hurt I see helps to compound that
Father, Son and Holy Ghost is just somebody's unholy hoax,
and if you're up there you'd perceive that my heart's here upon
my sleeve. If there's one thing I don't believe in

it's you....  
Comment by Idaho Spud on April 4, 2014 at 10:29am

Oscar Wilde's advice sounds great.  Just wish I knew how to make people laugh more than once a decade.

Comment by Joan Denoo on April 4, 2014 at 10:11am

If you want to tell people the truth, make them laugh, otherwise they'll kill you. ~Oscar Wilde

Comment by booklover on April 4, 2014 at 8:24am

Me too Chris and Patricia!

LOVE the comic Carl!

Arp, you are right!

My daughter went on a nice date with a guy she likes.  I even watched him open the door for her when she got into his Jeep.

She is still "down," and not thrilled about being sociable.  That is part of her diagnosis, and depression/anxiety will always be there in some form.  It just make me sad that she'd rather just stay home and be a hermit.  She does like going out occasionally with a group of good friends, even more than occasionally.  But the idea of having a special someone who is in her personal space too much stresses her out extremely.  I just want her to be happy.

Have a good Friday everyone!

Comment by Patricia on April 4, 2014 at 1:22am

I signed up with a screen name, changed it to my real full name, & then decided to remove my last name because it was more comfortable. I've never had any surprises, & I've never hidden my atheism, but I just didn't like my full name showing. Comfort is important to me, whether physical or emotional.

Comment by Plinius on April 4, 2014 at 1:05am

Thanks Patricia. I don't want everyone to google my name and find me here - had a few surprises - so I changed to my old bookcross name.

Comment by The Flying Atheist on April 4, 2014 at 1:00am

 

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