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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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Men who challenge men to stop violence

Started by Joan Denoo. Last reply by Grinning Cat yesterday. 17 Replies

Many men join in the effort to reduce violence against women and children and other men. He speaks of the need to place responsibility on men instead of focusing on women to stop violence. He offers a breath of fresh air, as do so many of the men on…Continue

Surreal, I haz it

Started by Ruth Anthony-Gardner. Last reply by Ruth Anthony-Gardner on Sunday. 83 Replies

Surreal, not just found in art.Continue

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Such Lyrics!

Started by Donatien Alphonse François. Last reply by Joan Denoo May 19. 8 Replies

Hello Friends,I was ruminating a bit today on my sixty-some years existence. My mind went back to teenage years when I first figured out religion is not only obnoxiously loud, but also nothing I wanted anything to do with. Truly. I knew by age 15…Continue

Atheist Pig STRIKES AGAIN!!!

Started by Loren Miller. Last reply by Loren Miller May 18. 2 Replies

There's no getting around it, Atheist Pig is fast becoming my fave secular comic, and as evidence, I refer you to the following.  Jesus and Mo had better watch their respective asses, 'cuz they got a porker coming up on the outside, and I'm pretty…Continue

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The Burial Waltz

Started by Donatien Alphonse François. Last reply by Donatien Alphonse François Apr 26. 4 Replies

Hi everyone,It was almost a half-century ago, at age 15 or so, that I encountered one of the more important influences in my life: a crazy group of poets/musicians who called themselves The Fugs.They had a huge impact on me in that, though raised in…Continue

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Comment by Joan Denoo on December 9, 2013 at 3:21pm

Yes, I will chime in with similar experiences. Frustating is just too weak a word for the feelings it evokes in me. Trying to remember who said what or to search for an idea that came through AN eats up lots of time. I join with the forgetters of the world in a massive, communal moan!

For those who have a photographic memory, give thanks to whatever energy seems appropriate.

Comment by Plinius on December 9, 2013 at 2:24pm

More confessions? It seems we all have the same problem...

Comment by The Flying Atheist on December 9, 2013 at 1:55pm

Sk8eycat, it doesn't sound like you have Alzheimer's.  I'm 49 and do the exact same sh*t you do.....forgetting words, forgetting what I went into a different room to do, etc.  Twice in recent years I've started the washing machine only to discover at the end of the wash cycle that I forget to put the clothes in. 

Comment by Plinius on December 9, 2013 at 1:52pm

How stressed are you Sk8eycat? Stress could cause all that - as I experienced...

Comment by sk8eycat on December 9, 2013 at 12:54pm

I meant to comment on "memory problems" last night, and forgot to do it. I forget words that I know I've known for years...usually in the middle of a conversation, or when I'm trying to write something.  It's maddening, and frightening.

Or sometimes I'll go into another room (usually the kitchen) and forget what I went there for. 

Is it age?  I'm terrified of developing Alzheimer's even though nobody on either side of my family has ever had anything like it. 

I try to do as many crossword puzzles as I have time for...especially the "cryptic" (British-style) ones.  That's supposed to keep the brain/memory tuned up, but I still forget names and technical words, and have to stop and try to dig them up.

Frustrating.

Comment by Joan Denoo on December 9, 2013 at 12:38am

sk8eycat, Oh yes! great song by Eric Idle and documentary by Brian Cox. 

"Earth is significant to those of us who live here, and we need to take care of it, but thinking we are the center of all creation is totally beyond ignorant and arrogant."

~ sk8eycat

Is it not strange so many people foul our planet and give no thought of consequences. One person, alone, can make little difference. Many people with a common concern can bring about change. 

ORGANIZE 

Comment by Ruth Anthony-Gardner on December 8, 2013 at 8:11pm

ROFL, booklover. That FSM argument is great. Sorry about not knowing where you live. I forget a lot these days.

Someone asked about my mother's maiden name and I had to stop and think a while.

Comment by Steph S. on December 8, 2013 at 5:05pm

Yes Mindy - no going to church here!!

Comment by sk8eycat on December 8, 2013 at 2:30am

Eric Idle wrote a special version of his "Galaxy" song to demonstrate the wonders of life and evolution. (I love him!)

http://io9.com/5971938/eric-idle-rewrites-monty-pythons-galaxy-song...

Comment by sk8eycat on December 8, 2013 at 2:20am

One of the most comforting and liberating events in my life was when I finally realized how tiny and insignificant our planet is, and I am, when compared to the entire universe.  Earth is significant to those of us who live here, and we need to take care of it, but thinking we are the center of all creation is totally beyond ignorant and arrogant.

 

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