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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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A Powerful Message from an old wise teacher :

Started by Joan Denoo. Last reply by Loren Miller Nov 24. 9 Replies

I received a gift this morning from a virtual friend, Pamela Smith:A Powerful Message from an old wise teacher :" One day an old wise teacher was walking through a village. A very angry and rude young man came up and began insulting him. "You have…Continue

10 Tricks from 46 (Betty Bowers)

Started by Loren Miller. Last reply by Ruth Anthony-Gardner Nov 6. 3 Replies

Apparently, Betty Bowers, America's Best Christian, has been slumming.  That is to say, she's been talking to Mike Pence [gasp!].  It would seem as though Mike has offered some of his not-so-personal tricks of the trade on how to be a 21st century…Continue

Tags: tricks, Mike Pence, America's Best Christian, Betty Bowers

Surreal, I haz it

Started by Ruth Anthony-Gardner. Last reply by Grinning Cat Oct 19. 99 Replies

Surreal, not just found in art.Continue

Tags: surreal

Speak English? YOU FIRST! (Betty Bowers)

Started by Loren Miller. Last reply by Donald R Barbera Sep 27. 5 Replies

Honestly, the title to this piece is badly under-representative of the content.  To be far more accurate, what we have here is Mrs. Betty Bowers, America's Best Christian, going on a rant.  Before you say it ... Say WHAAAA?  Betty Bowers ranting? …Continue

Tags: America's Best Christian, Betty Bowers

10 Things About Patriotism (Betty Bowers)

Started by Loren Miller. Last reply by Plinius Sep 26. 2 Replies

It seems as though lately, Mrs. Betty Bowers, America's Best Christian, is evolving into America's Best Patriot.  She has recently been taking some fairly well-aimed shots at a certain Orange Nightmare and his sycophantic hangers-on, regarding the…Continue

Tags: patriotism, Donald Trump, America's Best Christian, Betty Bowers

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Comment by Ruth Anthony-Gardner on November 19, 2017 at 11:15pm

I don't get clinical depression, but do get depressed by what's happening in the world. I've found that exercise does help, as research suggests, but don't start feeling better until about 30 minutes in, after my body is warmed up and blood flow pumping. Group support is important. Keep it up.

Comment by Joan Denoo on November 19, 2017 at 5:57pm

Ian, happy to share encouragement with a depressed support group. Be confident that the ones with clinical depression may not be cured by support groups, alone, although they help. Clinical depression is a chemical problem and needs to be addressed.

"Situational depression is a short-term form of depression that can occur in the aftermath of various traumatic changes in your normal life, including divorce, retirement, loss of a job and the death of a relative or close friend. Doctors sometimes refer to the condition as an adjustment disorder. A person with situational depression may have symptoms that are more or less identical to someone with clinical depression; however, there are certain key differences between the effects and treatment of these two disorders."

I had situational depression when I  had cancer and again when Cary died. I quickly sought help with medication and a support group. 

 

Comment by Ian Mason on November 19, 2017 at 2:34pm

Joan, I shared the kitten with my depression support group. People love it. Thanks.

Comment by Ian Mason on November 19, 2017 at 2:33pm

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Comment by Idaho Spud on November 19, 2017 at 1:38pm

Cute & funny!

Comment by Patricia on November 19, 2017 at 1:27pm

Oh, such a cute little kitty!

10 more days!

Comment by Joan Denoo on November 19, 2017 at 1:26pm

Patricia, Oh! My goodness! I know you can hold on until you finish that process! 

Comment by Patricia on November 19, 2017 at 1:12pm

Hahaha....I'll be green until I finish these blood thinner pills.....ICK!

Comment by Joan Denoo on November 19, 2017 at 1:03pm

For those who feel they "don't fit in"

Not easy being green

Comment by Joan Denoo on November 19, 2017 at 12:45pm

Thomas, thank you for your invitation to hear Robert Sapolsky who offers powerfully structured lectures that give me goosebumps; his clarity and discipline make following him challenging and exciting. Here is one example of one of his recent talks: 

https://www.ted.com/talks/robert_sapolsky_the_biology_of_our_best_a...

Sapolsky traces the factors that influence behavior, good and bad. 

Now I am ready to take on:

“Robert Sapolsky on depression:”

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NOAgplgTxfc

An excellent explanation of different types of depression, offering treatment and prevention. 

Now, for “Religion is a mental Illness.” 

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=mJM5mipwebw

Wow! I've never seen this lecture! I can’t believe I haven’t seen it before! Splendid!

 

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