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

Started by Loren Miller. Last reply by Soren Sagan yesterday. 9 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 on Tuesday. 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

Christmas: Behind the Curtain (The Thinking Atheist)

Started by Loren Miller. Last reply by sk8eycat Dec 12. 11 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

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

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Comment by Idaho Spud on February 12, 2014 at 7:48pm

Sorry for your bad day Mindy, and hoping for a better one tomorrow.

Comment by booklover on February 12, 2014 at 7:41pm

I love your descriptions Joan!  What a wonderful family you have made! 

We had a very nice day. :)

Comment by Idaho Spud on February 12, 2014 at 7:39pm

Nice spring video Carl.

Comment by Joan Denoo on February 12, 2014 at 3:23pm

Mindy, I am very happy to learn that you are having a little outing today with your mother and daughter! Hope that dark cloud is dissipating a bit, and you feel like you have better control over your life.

You came to the right place for a rant, you are entitled with all the stressful events in your life. Just remember, you can't eat an elephant in one bite ... take one bite at a time and work it through.  

Your resilience and flexibility exist in your character; your strength endures. 

Just as the Mexican plum refreshes and restores each year, you have cycles of dormancy, blossom, fruit, harvest, and dormancy again. 

Comment by The Flying Atheist on February 12, 2014 at 3:10pm

Chris, I love your photo of the relaxing cat. 

Joan, it sounds as if you're always surrounded by people you love.  How lucky for you!

Comment by Joan Denoo on February 12, 2014 at 2:57pm

I am sitting in my bedroom at my daughter's home in the northern woods, surrounded by forest and about a city block away from the county road. We can't see or hear cars and trucks as they amble by. The snow that didn't come in December and January finally came is so beautiful. The sun is out, the temps above freezing so we will lose the snow cover as fast as we received it.

The great-grandkids offer so many interesting stories and I love being with them. They are great kids, 4 years old to 14. They each have chores and a chores chart they follow. There is virtually no fuss about their responsibilities. They lose snowmobiling if they create any  complaint. 

Dominic, the two year old black lab is my real pal, knocks me over with his enthusiasm for a strong rub. He is very well behaved, stays out of the kitchen while any of us are cooking, and then he gets a great reward of a fresh bone or snack for his fine behavior. He doesn't even chase the deer and rabbits and birds that come around, unless they get close to the house, barn or other buildings. He is remarkable. 

Spice, a very long haired cat, suffers from hair balls, and it is a constant task to help her groom herself. She climbs up on the sofa on a towel put there for that purpose, when she wants to be groomed. She leaves when she has had enough. 

Laura and her husband, Larry, have a very fine relationship that is fun to be around. They really like each other. Each has their own business in their home and are together night and day and still get along well. It hasn't always been so. They were discussing divorce about five years ago, they both took training with Landmark, and learned how to communicate effectively. 

Their two daughters, grown now, with Michelle and her blended family of five children, and Laurie, and her partner expecting their first baby, have a good conflict resolution process, which they put into practice this week, to my amazement. Before Landmark, they were warring morning to night.

There are many health problems in the family. The adult men all have back injuries from their heavy work in the forest, and Laura and the girls have back problems because of their long hours on computers. They each have learned techniques of massage, and they each go to doctors for treatments and instruction.

We have very heavy winds today, quickly taking the snow cover. Skies are partly cloudy, so very beautiful.

I'm off to help prepare for a celebration for Zac's birthday. He is one of the two wonderful men who came into the lives of my granddaughters and family. They are real keepers. 

Comment by booklover on February 12, 2014 at 9:05am

Thanks guys for letting me feel sorry for myself and for the sympathy! lol.  I love the smiley Ian, and Carl, I love Gone With The Wind!  You always have great advice Joan, and Chris, that cat is PERFECT. :)

Today will be good.  My Mom is taking my daughter and I to a new restaurant for lunch, and then we have some errands to run.  I am still worried about my son's knee, but I'll just have to wait until Monday for answers about that!

I hope all of you have a good day too! {{{Hugs}}}~ Mindy

Comment by Plinius on February 12, 2014 at 5:00am

Take some time off Mindy, and have a good day! I always profit from a good example...

Comment by Joan Denoo on February 12, 2014 at 2:31am

Oh Mindy, This difficult day, with so many things to confront you all at once, sounds dreadful. Taking time to let down into a heap works to release tensions that build up to a high degree. Such time is necessary and empowering. 

I know you have the resources to take on each challenge, one by one, to resolve the problems and find tranquility again. You will take deep breaths, hold your head high, square your shoulders, clinch your fists, dig your feet into the ground and determine to ride the rough waters through to calm.

You have all that it takes to get through this day and flourish.  

Comment by Joan Denoo on February 12, 2014 at 2:18am

Carl, your time lapse video gives me shivers from being full of wonder at the sprouting of plants in springtime. Beauty of seeds unfolding into blossoms and the eventual development into more seeds, creating a cycle of life. It is so much more interesting than the story of a magic bringing life into being at the whim of some super power pales in comparison with the evolution of life forms.  

And of a different kind of wonder is the cat pictures and the habitat created for their pleasure. What a delightful way to entertain the cats and the owners. 

 

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