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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.

Nobody here is into mind games. A discussion started with a loaded guilt-throwing question will be deleted.

This group is not intended to compete with other groups on topics they cover but to "fill in the cracks." Whenever a discussion dwells at length on a topic for which there's an existing group, we urge you to provide members a link to that group to continue along their tangent.

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The FLDS Cult Is Unraveling

Started by Joan Denoo. Last reply by Plinius 10 hours ago. 1 Reply

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 on Tuesday. 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

Seeing Things (TheraminTrees)

Started by Loren Miller. Last reply by Ruth Anthony-Gardner Feb 25. 2 Replies

TheraminTrees doesn't release videos very often these days,  but when he does, they are positive GEMS.  Most recent of his works is the following, wherein he dismantles some of the common rebuttals atheist get from believers when we assert our…Continue

Tags: seeing things, YouTube, TheraminTrees

Let's not define ourselves or others by our worst behaviors

Started by Ruth Anthony-Gardner. Last reply by Ruth Anthony-Gardner Feb 15. 4 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

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Comment by Steph S. on May 19, 2013 at 1:29pm

Comment by Steph S. on May 19, 2013 at 1:27pm

Joan I am always thinking of you.

Sk8eycat - thanks for the pictures

Comment by Tony Carroll on May 19, 2013 at 1:03am

Just a little attempt at some levity, trying to lighten things a little. That's all.

Comment by tom sarbeck on May 19, 2013 at 12:58am

Tony, "...the rest of us silly monkeys,"?

Please.

Comment by Tony Carroll on May 19, 2013 at 12:50am

Dear Joan.

 

     You are about to embark upon a journey that some of us have gone through, some have seen close family/friends go through, and some that have never been touched by.

     To say my thoughts are with you is true, but somehow seem inadequate to the journey you must now undertake.

     To say that you are loved by your friends here is an understatement. Most, if not all of us look forward to hearing from you. Your kindness, joy, caring compassionate voice speaks to us through your writings. Your humanity shines like a beacon on the shore. The veil of darkness withdraws ever more.

     You have a singular voice that speaks of reason tempered with compassion at the rest of us silly monkeys, hooting stridently at times while flinging our poo. You “get” us. We are a better community for having you in it.

     I’m generally not one for advice, but if you will permit me, I would like to give some.

     Listen to yourself. Your body will know how much you can do, when to push it physically, when to rest. Lean on your family and friends. They will be there for you just as you’d be there for them. When it’s time to cry, cry. Time to laugh, laugh. If you are feeling mad and angry, let it out. They will understand, as will the medical personnel. Just be. Stand courageously in the sun, head held high as you beat back this disease. On that note I have no doubt.

     We will be waiting to hear how things go, so post only if you feel like it. We understand.

“I may not have gone where I intended to go, but I think I have ended up where I needed to be.”  
―     Douglas Adams,     The Long Dark Tea-Time of the Soul

 

                                                                 -Tony

Comment by Joan Denoo on May 18, 2013 at 11:41pm

This page is a treasure of beautiful, funny, sweet, playful, demanding, musical, and opinionated cats and a musical dog. I bookmarked this page. 

Thank you all for your warm sentiments and loving care. I am ready! a little nervous, but ready! 

So many women and men have suffered from this dread disease and we could make a big difference if we got together and worked for universal health care. 

My heart goes out to those who cannot afford health care coverage and get slammed with this monster. Especially if they don't get early diagnosis and treatment. 

A very dear friend stopped by my garden yesterday and we had a lovely visit ... she told me that 3 or 4 years ago she was diagnosed with breast cancer, chose to not go through the protocols of the medical community, and used diet and homeopathy remedies. This week she discovered the cancer has spread all over her body. She starts chemo next week too.

I know many people put great faith in diet and homeopathy, and it would be fine if they tracked her. But they didn't and she put her trust in remedies that had no track record. There was a lot of anecdotal testimony, but no double blind studies. 

We really have to be smart when faced with such challenges. Please, dear friends, men and women, get your check-ups. 

Comment by Grinning Cat on May 18, 2013 at 11:17pm

For Joan... my thoughts are with you!

And Tony, cats like music too:

Comment by sk8eycat on May 18, 2013 at 9:13pm

For all you do and think and write for us (to make US think for ourselves):

{{{{{{{JOAN!}}}}}}}

Love from Hairy Jerry, Pumpkin, and F. Elaine

Just Another Crazy Old Cat Lady

Pumpkin and moi (about 18 months ago)

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Hairy Jerry at about the same time (before his tumor became obvious...he's still beautiful IMO)

Comment by Steph S. on May 18, 2013 at 4:52pm

Comment by Steph S. on May 18, 2013 at 4:52pm

Tony Loren and Ruth - those are great pics.

I hope everyone is doing Ok.

 

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