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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 19 hours ago. 84 Replies

Surreal, not just found in art.Continue

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The Ark Encounter: A Less than Grand Opening (The Thinking Atheist)

Started by Loren Miller. Last reply by Joan Denoo on Wednesday. 22 Replies

The day finally arrived.  Ken Ham's Ark Encounter opened on 7 July, 2016 ... to something a bit less than Disney-sized crowds, and more than a couple dissenting voices!  Seth Andrews has gathered a quartet of significant participants in the protest…Continue

Tags: Tracey Moody, Dan Broadbent, Seth Andrews, David Silverman, AronRa

Fan.tasia – A Disney Mashup by Lindsey McCutcheon

Started by Loren Miller. Last reply by Idaho Spud on Monday. 8 Replies

Any of you remember that Hollywood musical dance number mashup that Nerd Fest UK created put together some months back?  Well, someone by the name of Lindsey McCutcheon has…Continue

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The Gun Industry's Killing in Killing (Betty Bowers)

Started by Loren Miller. Last reply by Chris G Jul 20. 15 Replies

America's Best Christian has finally acknowledged that there may be one outfit which has her belief system beat for it's leverage on the government.  No great surprise, it's the NRA and the gun industries.  Betty's a good loser, though.  She's made…Continue

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The God of Cancer (The Thinking Atheist)

Started by Loren Miller. Last reply by Joan Denoo Jul 18. 10 Replies

Seth Andrews has been through the mill as it comes to dealing with those who insist that their faith in a deity is not just valid but necessary to their lives and to all lives.  Having dealt with that gauntlet and come out the other side an atheist,…Continue

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We Are America / Love Has No Labels (John Cena - Ad Council)

Started by Loren Miller. Last reply by Joan Denoo Jul 10. 3 Replies

It seems to be a repeating pattern: I wander around the internet and inevitably, I stumble onto all manner of stuff.  It happens all the time on YouTube, and as you doubtless have deduced, yours truly tripped over something a couple minutes ago,…Continue

Tags: patriotism, labels, love, Ad Council, John Cena

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Comment by Plinius on January 15, 2013 at 7:51am

Thanks for the Mental Health Awareness pic, Napoleon! I understand more and more of anxiety disorder now that I've lived all these years with someone who suffers from it. It's often a heavy struggle to lead a life that looks ordinary and even boring to some people - but we know better than that - and I'm happy to be reminded that we're not alone.

Comment by Tony Carroll on January 15, 2013 at 3:33am

I think it worked. Hypothesis confirmed.

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Comment by Tony Carroll on January 15, 2013 at 3:28am

Joan, I don't think the music will follow when this thread gets long enough to go to another page. So I will post a couple of things to test my hypothesis.

Comment by Joan Denoo on January 15, 2013 at 2:11am

sk8eycat, of course a girl should have free access to contraceptives and I saw the subcutaneous type, it makes a lot of sense. I had to train rats when I was in school and I learned so much I recommend all parents take rat training courses. Pretty much the same principles apply. Your driving analogy is a good one.

Yes, playing with babies is a lot different than dealing with a two year old, or seven, or 14, or even 21 year old. After that, being with them depends on whether it is fun or not. 

I love your story of dinner out with your parents and your response of "She talks BABY talk!" is perfect! Good for your parents. Gogo gaga with a baby is one thing, but with a four year old, you were one smart and courageous little cookie to be able to speak your truth.

You may never know why you feel as you do, but the more important thing is that you know what you feel. 

I am so sorry your father had a drinking problem; it is hard for me to understand how a parent could abandon a child to alcohol.I've worked with a lot of kids of alcoholic parents and they all felt abandoned and had abandonment issues. That is a form of abuse, and you may have not been hurt physically, something happens to the spirit of a developing child when alcohol takes away the attention and effection of a parent. 

Your insomnia and migraines concern me. Have you had a thorough physical recently? Do take care of yourself. There are so many wise nutrition-interested people here, there may be some remedies they could offer. 

There is one thing I know for sure, you have spirit and gumption and have a wonderful sense of humor. You are also pragmatic and wise, and I don't pretend to know what may help you, but I find some relaxation in broadening my thinking. You probably have tried these before. Here are just two ideas:
The Most Astounding Fact - Neil deGrasse Tyson

Voice of Reason Lawrence Krauss Reality is liberating

I like these because I can get out of my stressed life for a few minutes and see a far larger universe. 

You are a dear friend and may you be in full health. 

Comment by Joan Denoo on January 15, 2013 at 1:44am
Napoleon Bonaparte, I love you dearly, but your music drives me crazy. I can't turn it off. I have done everything I can to get it to stop. Can you turn it off, Please OH PLEASE! I shall be eternally grateful.
Comment by sk8eycat on January 15, 2013 at 1:29am

Joan, I have believed for decades that a) girls should have free access to contraceptives (perferably the subcutaneous type) as soon as they reach menarche, AND b) both prospective parents should be given rigorous psychological/psychiatiric tests, and tests on general knowledge before the contraceptives are removed.  We need to know something about how to drive a car before being issued a drivers license...so....?  (Same thing goes for gun ownership.)

I used to enjoy playing with my friends' kids when they were infants, but as soon as they started walking and talking, I was outta there.  I felt awkward with them.

I don't know why I'm like this; my parents treated me with the respect (and love) due an adult from the earliest time I can remeber. There was a time they took me out to dinner with them...I think I was almost 4...and the waitress talked to me the way the cheezburger cats "talk;" "Duzz oo know what oo wants to eet?" I turned to mother and said in a shocked manner (and a rather loud voice), "She talks BABY talk!"  I remember that very clearly....

Dad was choking on his martini, trying not to LOL.

Life was good till Dad's drinking got out of control.

Steph, I love Super Lazy...not only is she/he adorable, she/he is ME. I'm still catching up on the sleep I missed last week.  Ditto for all the chores I let slide when I went into the Insomniac Crazies. Had some interesting migraine light shows, too.  I'm just glad it's over.

Comment by Joan Denoo on January 15, 2013 at 12:19am

Steph, I think laughter, good, solid, honest laughter from pure joy is the best thing, at least for me. Learning how to laugh at a carton of broken eggs, or bunch of kids tracking in snow can be very funny. Now, tracking in mud is an entirely different story; the wrath of the Wicked Witch of the North prevents that from happening too many times. Life is too short to let some things upset us, and some good honest training of adults and children on responsible behavior makes life better for everyone. As the old saying goes, "Mom ain't happy, ain't nobody happy. That saves a lot of misery all around. 

If I didn't enjoy children, I would not have had them. Not everyone is healthy with all that chaos. It is far better that individuals decide for themselves whether to become a parent or not. Working at the boys' ranch, I saw far too many parents who hated their responsibilities and the kids failed to thrive. Perhaps there should not be a marriage license but a licence to have kids. 

 

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