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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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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

You'll NEVER Guess Who Just Showed Up on Mr. Deity!!!

Started by Loren Miller. Last reply by Loren Miller Feb 14. 11 Replies

I don't believe this one either, but ... well, here it is: And would you believe - Mr. D made me laugh!  RD, that is!Continue

Tags: Richard Dawkins, Mr. Deity

Seth Andrews' Rebuttal to "10 Women Christian Men Shouldn't Marry" (The Thinking Atheist)

Started by Loren Miller. Last reply by Loren Miller Feb 6. 20 Replies

It seems as though some numb-nuts New York pastor by the name of Stephen Kim has written two marriage advice pieces for christian men and women.  Not surprisingly, his suggestions come straight out of his never-fail magic book.  Seth Andrews of The…Continue

Tags: advice, marriage, The Thinking Atheist, Seth Andrews, Stephen Kim

Seth Andrews' New Book, "Sacred Cows" (The Thinking Atheist)

Started by Loren Miller. Last reply by Patricia Feb 6. 7 Replies

For the last few podcasts, Seth Andrews has been alluding to a new literary effort he's been working on.  Well, the cat is out of the bag ... or perhaps I should say, the cow is out of the barn!  Seth's new opus is entitled: Sacred Cows: a…Continue

Tags: book, Sacred Cows, The Thinking Atheist, Seth Andrews

Living in the Answers

Started by Joan Denoo. Last reply by Patricia Jan 18. 13 Replies

I am weary of those who declare they understand all the answers to the creation of the universe and Earth. They claim they know the answers to the questions of life, meaning, death, and the afterlife. Those with all the answer speak with confidence,…Continue

Tags: confidence, education, government, family, afterlife

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Comment by Ian Mason on October 27, 2012 at 2:19pm

Patricia, a quiet life is also a good life.It sounds like you have a lot of love for each other and that's the main thing. Enjoy your quiet pleasures and one another.

My step-Mum thinks that I'm "poofy"  for prefering cats to dogs but I usually reply by saying there's nothing gay about liking a nice, warm pussy. I do like dogs as well though.

Comment by Steph S. on October 27, 2012 at 1:36pm

hey Melinda (booklover) I am a cat person too. Dogs are good and all - love them too - but cats - gotta have my cats.

Patricia - well I am glad that you are doing better now. I live quietly as well and I am also a loner. I enjoyed your train video you posted a while back. It was very cool.

Hope everyone is having a great weekend.

Comment by Joan Denoo on October 27, 2012 at 12:32pm

Melinda, I know what you mean. I have always had cats and dogs, and when the kids all grew up and moved away, and our beloved Ebony died, I did not replaced him, I didn't want to take care of anything for a while. Now I just take care of my garden and the neighbor cats come over for live food, even though I try to create a safe environment for the birds. I enjoy watching the cats watching the birds. 

Comment by Joan Denoo on October 27, 2012 at 11:57am

Bookloover, I like your companion, Molly Mae. She has soft eyes, and your "Download me a fish!" especially the cat's concentration. 

Comment by Steph S. on October 27, 2012 at 9:35am

You have a lovely dog Molly Mae booklover.

Joan - love the Carmen Miranda cat.

Love that computer cat booklover. Now I need to go and find a photo.

So nice to hear from you Grinning Cat - you will continue to be in our thoughts.

Comment by Joan Denoo on October 27, 2012 at 2:26am

Carmen Miranda: "Rebola a Bola" (1941) 

My goodness, does this bring back memories! Before and during WWII, Carmen Miranda paper dolls, coloring books, making her hats out of everything and trying to sing her songs. 

Comment by Joan Denoo on October 27, 2012 at 1:41am

Patricia, a heart attack at 43! What a shock that must have been. Then a stroke; his poor body certainly presents challenges that you both must face. How are you doing through all this? Is your health strong? 

Comment by Ruth Anthony-Gardner on October 26, 2012 at 11:00pm

Love the dog pic, booklover.

Take care of yourself and your Dad too, GrinningCat. Hugs.

Comment by Grinning Cat on October 26, 2012 at 10:54pm

Thanks for all the good thoughts, everyone... dog lovers too! :) My Dad is having ups and downs, and I'm told I should expect that for a while. Patricia, I've heard from others too (including an M.D. friend of the family who knows firsthand) that substantial recovery is often doable, though slow.

And even though I'm not at my own computer to mix together visually rich bits of communication, being part of this community is an important part of taking care of myself!

Comment by Tony Carroll on October 26, 2012 at 1:08pm

Grinning Cat, in this time of trials, will be thinking of you. Take care of your father and family, and don't forget to take care of yourself.

 

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