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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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Steven Weinberg on his anti-theism

Started by Joan Denoo. Last reply by Loren Miller 2 hours ago. 4 Replies

I like the sound of Steven Weinberg's voice. He has a calming impact on me as I rush to get my home of 41 years ready to sell and plan and put into motion the new garden at my daughter's home. My home is full o empty boxed quickly filling with the…Continue

Goodwill to Few Men (Betty Bowers)

Started by Loren Miller. Last reply by Donald R Barbera Jul 23. 3 Replies

Think Goodwill Industries does well by the poor?  Fact is, they do WAY BETTER for themselves, to the point where America's Best Christian, Betty Bowers, thinks they're ripping off the christian playbook a bit too well!  Have a look for yourself:…Continue

Tags: ripoff, Goodwill Industries, America's Best Christian, Betty Bowers

Your favorite photobombs?

Started by Ruth Anthony-Gardner. Last reply by Plinius Jul 10. 12 Replies

Running of the bulls photobomb.Continue

losing faith (TheraminTrees)

Started by Loren Miller Jul 5. 0 Replies

TheraminTrees has recently begun producing a new series of YouTube videos, which added to a wonderful library of earlier observations regarding his experience of religion. Good as all those pieces are, I personally think they pale against this…Continue

Tags: story, history, faith, TheraminTrees

Betty Explains Religious Freedom (Betty Bowers)

Started by Loren Miller. Last reply by Ruth Anthony-Gardner Jul 3. 10 Replies

Well, considering all the RFRA bills popping up all over the United States, plus all the fun and games ISIS is bringing to the good folks in Syria and Iraq, Betty Bowers, the epitome of well-dressed christianity, has decided to clarify the true…Continue

Tags: persecution, ISIS, Religious Freedom, America's Best Christian, Betty Bowers

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

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Comment by Joan Denoo on February 6, 2013 at 1:05am

Chris, I agree with your assessment. Especially, "Take comfort in honest things and honest people."

Comment by Plinius on February 6, 2013 at 12:57am

You're right Patricia, not to start a fight again and not to force yourself into something you aren't. Some things just cannot be patched. Take comfort in honest things and honest people.

My father sent me an invitation a short time before he died, for a happy family-show, to cover up that he had broken the family. I threw it away.

Comment by Joan Denoo on February 6, 2013 at 12:02am
Patricia, Happy belated birthday greetings ... I just now am opening my mail.
Your wounds run so deeply, and have such a long history, I can understand being confused by your mother's card and request for forgiveness. That is a lot to ask for. She undoubtedly is feeling her mortality, and her neglect of you as a loving, caring mother. When you needed her love and support and not have it hurts. I wish you could tell her how you feel especially when you needed her during cancer recovery. That won't change anything, but at least you will have had the chance to say, honestly, what you needed and missed from her. She might not be able to hear your words or recognize your feelings, but to be able to speak your truth, not to hurt her, but to let her know your thoughts may be healing for both of you. That is a judgment call you can make and either way makes sense to me.
There is much care, compassion, and just plain loveliness here on this site; this is a good place to renew and refresh.
Comment by Lillie on February 5, 2013 at 10:27pm

My mother is deceased which is a great relief to me as Melinda said about her grandmother.  However, I have been able to have some compassion for her now because I have had so many valuable opportunities to heal and move forward which she never had.  I like the idea that we can choose our families now and not stay stuck in harmful situations.  I have an older female friend who is like a mother figure to me.  She is so positive and loving that I feel only uplifted when in her presence.

Comment by Ian Mason on February 5, 2013 at 2:16pm

Happy birthday Patricia.

It does seem a bit late, the apology and the contact. Intimations of mortality? What you do is up to you,of course.

My brother and me resumed contact with our mother after a hiatus of 20 years, hoping for some explanations of what happened leading up to/around the divorce from our father. That didn't happen but we've stayed in touch out of a sense of duty. It hasn't been easy but we've felt compelled to "do the decent thing". If that's right or wrong I couldn't say.

Your view that there can only be an aquaintanceship between you sounds sensible. Distant and polite/amiable could be the best solution. Just mull things over and find out what is best for you.

Comment by Ian Mason on February 5, 2013 at 12:32am

Thanks, Joan. I'm sure she's turned out pretty much all right - despite being a conservative in economic politics - and will make good choices in life. We're going out to lunch and to see "Tosca" on Saturday and I'm looking forward to that.

Comment by Joan Denoo on February 4, 2013 at 11:43pm
Ian Mason, this is a good place to vent and release tension that builds up with all challenges one faces in life; and you have been challenged.
Learning of your daughter's conversations with you is a very good sign of her growing up. All the developmental phases present stress, but that going from "silent-adolescent" to sharing adult takes time and patience. She showed good judgment not staying with a drinking-sports-obsessed fellow. Finding a new friend at work gives hope he is steady. Having an English dad may create some opportunity for conversations. I know what you mean about our children finding ones that are "good enough." I guess the only thing a good parent can do is remain steady, especially when their lives get a little choppy. Being a good solid anchor for her to be able to trust and rely on frees you up to work at that ... we can't change others who may be unsteady; we can be a solid rock and everyone benefits.
Comment by sk8eycat on February 4, 2013 at 4:27pm

Tony, I am SO out of it that it's taken me this long to finally get the joke..."and I was like OMG!"  I effing LOVE it!  Thank you for the delayed LOL.

Everybody...think we should ALL sing "Here Comes the Sun" as a Solstice carol? 

Pass it along, maybe we can start something.

Comment by Idaho Spud on February 4, 2013 at 3:07pm

Felaine, thanks for Here Comes the Sun song.  Like Melinda, it brought tears to my eyes.

Comment by The Flying Atheist on February 4, 2013 at 12:53pm

Steph, don't feel bad about being behind.  Many times I leave town for work and when I return I'm 6 or 7 pages behind.  

Also, I was curious, Steph.  Are you planning on attending any of the American Atheist convention in March when it's in Austin?  You're lucky to have it in your city! 

 

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