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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 Ruth Anthony-Gardner May 6. 82 Replies

Surreal, not just found in art.Continue

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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 Grinning Cat on June 21, 2013 at 10:35am

To be fair with the word puzzles, readers of Hofstadter's book also knew that the Tortoise had a headache at the time he was given the puzzles -- yet instead of interfering, it actually helped him solve them!

Comment by Plinius on June 21, 2013 at 6:26am

Thanks, Ian, but no thanks. What else can we do except try to create the world we want to live in? And Aunt was the one who spontaneously visited and welcomed me, when she found out that her nephew had a girlfriend; that was a wonderful gift to me!

Comment by Ian Mason on June 21, 2013 at 4:24am

Welcome back, Mindy. That sounds like a great break you've had.

Bon apettit, Joan. Glad to hear that your taste buds are working.

Chris, that must have been a moving experience with your aunt. It's all too seldom that family take that kind of trouble with their older relatives so thank you on behalf of carers everywhere, including me :-)

Comment by Plinius on June 21, 2013 at 3:28am

I'm happy you're so strong, Joan, and I hope your chemo day goes well without discomfort.

A Positive Journal, what a wonderful idea! Now that I'm often in the old people's home I'll make a note on the positive side of Alzheimer's; Aunt, and some other patients I've met, manage to forget their unhappy memories. Bad marriages, unwanted children, rape, injury and abuse disappear as if they never happened, and a calm world of kind faces, flowers and woolly animals opens. It's quite a job to enable patients to enter that safe world and in the last two years I've learnt to admire the caretakers in Aunts' ward.

Comment by Joan Denoo on June 21, 2013 at 2:31am

Grinning Cat, hey, I like the puzzle, 

"Find a common English word that begins with "he" and ends with "he", and 

Find a common English word that contains "adac". 
I'll give those a try tomorrow morning. 

Comment by Joan Denoo on June 21, 2013 at 2:28am

Chris, I kind of jumped when you described your demented 78 year old aunt. Oh! I think my mind is still strong. That is another thing for which I am grateful. I'll write about lack of dementia in my Positive Journal. That little project works well to keep my focus on healthy things. 

Comment by Joan Denoo on June 21, 2013 at 2:24am

Ruth, yes, I agree when you wrote, "I can't imagine Sichuan after chemo. I can't even handle it on a normal day any more."

Gordy prepares everything from scratch and he knows what to put in my bowl and what to leave out. Jamie and I worked on the blend and it is working. The sauce is what makes the difference between bland and delicious. 

So sorry you have stomach problems.  Do you have an appetite? I found I didn't want anything to eat at all, and I knew I couldn't allow that to happen. reverting back to soluble fiber helped me a lot. Yogurt and blueberries satisfy my sweet tooth. 
Do take good care, we need your wisdom now more than ever, and you need to feel strong and healthy to be fully flourishing. 

Comment by Plinius on June 21, 2013 at 1:27am

Yesterday I fulfilled demented Aunties birthday wish: she wanted to revisit a theme park (fairy tales) she had seen when young. One side of me thinks that it's quite horrible to expose a 78 years old to a children's fun park, but it worked out well: the old memories of previous visits were gone but she lost herself in wonder and delight.  

Comment by Ruth Anthony-Gardner on June 20, 2013 at 11:36pm

Great wave animation, Napoleon.

ROFL over Walmart dog. I think I resembled that dog (minus curlers) at the grocery store today. Luckily cashiers don't pass judgment on frump.

What an adventure, Mindy. I get excited to see a rabbit. My homemade low carb bread with too much xanthan gum was so bad the wildlife refused to eat it, even the ants apparently.

Joan, I can't imagine Sichuan after chemo. I can't even handle it on a normal day any more.

Grinning Cat, that apology to the aliens made my day!

Comment by Grinning Cat on June 20, 2013 at 9:30pm

Joan and Mindy, I'm glad to read that things are going well!

Foreground and background, or figure and ground, remind me of the two word puzzles in one of the Dialogues between Achilles and the Tortoise in Douglas Hofstadter's Gödel, Escher, Bach: An Eternal Golden Braid.

Find a common English word that begins with "he" and ends with "he". (Presumably Achilles had a longer word than "he" in mind!)

...and...

Find a common English word that contains "adac" (as a substring: there can be letters before and/or after it, but the "adac" can't be broken up or rearranged). "abracadabra" doesn't quite work because it contains "adac" backwards, not forwards.

The answers are not obscure Scrabble words like "zyzzyva"!

 

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