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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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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

Tags: surreal

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 Paula T. on August 23, 2012 at 8:26pm

Thank you, Patricia.  I do agree this is a great place to have fun and get support.

 

I like "Celebration of Life" phrase!  I'm going to use that when I speak on Saturday, it's perfect! :)

Comment by Ruth Anthony-Gardner on August 23, 2012 at 6:43pm

Thanks for the Hand With Friends LOLcat, Steph. And thanks for the beautiful video, sk8eycat. Us having minds "developed enough to contemplate our existence" means a lot to me too.

Beware .....Flight of fancy...

I wish we had a video with that aesthetic quality to show the moral/evolutionary challenge humanity faces today, in the context of all other possible sentient species who may have developed and faced exactly the same test. A visual glide through the our historical expanding moral/intellectual horizons, splintering into an infinite number of future scenarios fluctuating, quantum-like, with the moral vision of each. Internet connections such as ours would sparkle as small networks, pulsing on the same frequency. Meanwhile the Koch brothers squat like dark spiders at the center of other vast networks, poisoning the possibilities for survival with frantic purple tugs toward blinking out in a few hundred years.

Comment by Paula T. on August 23, 2012 at 6:38pm

This is a GIF from one of the ICanHazCheezburger sites.  I still laugh like crazy when I watch it and somewhere there is a longer version AND one in slow motion.  Enjoy!!

Blargh I am Dead.

http://i.chzbgr.com/completestore/2010/8/1/fb1d43c7-e6cd-4306-9350-...

Comment by Paula T. on August 23, 2012 at 6:23pm
Ruth, I love your cat picture :) I have 2 rottweilers and it never fails...when they are laying down in the middle of everything and I try to step over them, they HAVE to lift their heads. At least I am prepared to grab onto the wall or piece of furniture so break my fall! lol
Comment by Steph S. on August 23, 2012 at 6:10pm

I made this Lolcat for the group!

Hugs to you my friends!

Comment by sk8eycat on August 23, 2012 at 6:02pm

@Flying A -  "I actually feel even more special, and dare I say more privileged, because I can clearly see how lucky we are to be here.....AND, by chance, we also have minds developed enough to contemplate our existence"

Exactly!  I also feel lucky that I've been living in a time when we went from propellor-driven aircraft to jets...and I've seen with my own eyeballs 1) Northrop's "Flying Wing" and 2) a U-2 coming in to land at Lockheed....flew very low over most of Burbank, almost silently. The wings actually flexed visibly.

Then there was the first moon landing, and now all the gorgeous stuff coming in from the Hubble Telescope.

And a vast number of Americans still believe the whole universe was "created" 6,000 years ago.

Whatta buncha maroons!

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Comment by Paula T. on August 23, 2012 at 5:57pm
Awesome video, sk8eycat, thank you for sharing!

Thank you all for your kind words about my Dad. I wasn't trying to 'one-up' Patricia's situation. I haven't shared this with many and actually feel a bit guilty that I haven't actually grieved yet. It's like it still hasn't hit me, except at times when I think certain things or when looking at old photos of him, some I had never seen. In one, as a young man, he looks SO much like one of my sons, it shocked me. I knew that by sharing with all of you here, I wouldn't hear "I'll keep you in my prayers" or "he's in a better place". Thank you all very sincerely. Your support means the world to me :)
Comment by Steph S. on August 23, 2012 at 5:38pm

I just watched the video sk8eycat - it was wonderful!

I love to see space videos.

Comment by Steph S. on August 23, 2012 at 5:36pm

I love the attitude your cats have Ruth!

They sure are beautiful!

Comment by Ruth Anthony-Gardner on August 23, 2012 at 5:04pm

My cats share your attitude, sk8eycat. Our living room has a narrow passage between the TV and fan (to the right) and the seating (on the left). This is our Great Wall.

 

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