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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 yesterday. 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

Tags: Lindsey McCutcheon, animation, Disney

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

Tags: NRA, guns, America's Best Christian, Betty Bowers

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

Tags: cancer, god, The Thinking Atheist, Seth Andrews

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 Joan Denoo on February 12, 2014 at 11:20pm

Chris, great photo. Just what makes the best sense. 

Comment by sk8eycat on February 12, 2014 at 9:54pm

Joan, I read this a couple of weeks ago and thought of you...but then you weren't around, at least not in this group, for a while so I didn't post it.  I need to get it off my saggy chest before I forget it, so here goes!

"Some of the best things in history  have been accomplished by people who got 'tired of being pushed around.' "  by Robert A. Heinlein - in several different books.

It may be your own personal history that you changed, but I have the feeling that you have helped many other people improve their lives, so here's to you! [Lifts teacup in salute, along with the biggest smile in my repertoire...(I used to know how to go out on the ice and really "sell it."  I can still do that!) ]

Love,

Elaine aka Felaine  

(The "F" is legit; my first name is Frances, but that was Mother's name, too, so I have been called "Elaine" since the day I was born.  Causes all kinds of fun when I have to show my Medicare card...  And now you all know my big "secret."  Tee-hee!)

Comment by Idaho Spud on February 12, 2014 at 7:50pm

Glad you had a nice day Mindy.

I agree that Joan has made a wonderful family.

Comment by Idaho Spud on February 12, 2014 at 7:48pm

Sorry for your bad day Mindy, and hoping for a better one tomorrow.

Comment by Idaho Spud on February 12, 2014 at 7:39pm

Nice spring video Carl.

Comment by Joan Denoo on February 12, 2014 at 3:23pm

Mindy, I am very happy to learn that you are having a little outing today with your mother and daughter! Hope that dark cloud is dissipating a bit, and you feel like you have better control over your life.

You came to the right place for a rant, you are entitled with all the stressful events in your life. Just remember, you can't eat an elephant in one bite ... take one bite at a time and work it through.  

Your resilience and flexibility exist in your character; your strength endures. 

Just as the Mexican plum refreshes and restores each year, you have cycles of dormancy, blossom, fruit, harvest, and dormancy again. 

Comment by The Flying Atheist on February 12, 2014 at 3:10pm

Chris, I love your photo of the relaxing cat. 

Joan, it sounds as if you're always surrounded by people you love.  How lucky for you!

Comment by Joan Denoo on February 12, 2014 at 2:57pm

I am sitting in my bedroom at my daughter's home in the northern woods, surrounded by forest and about a city block away from the county road. We can't see or hear cars and trucks as they amble by. The snow that didn't come in December and January finally came is so beautiful. The sun is out, the temps above freezing so we will lose the snow cover as fast as we received it.

The great-grandkids offer so many interesting stories and I love being with them. They are great kids, 4 years old to 14. They each have chores and a chores chart they follow. There is virtually no fuss about their responsibilities. They lose snowmobiling if they create any  complaint. 

Dominic, the two year old black lab is my real pal, knocks me over with his enthusiasm for a strong rub. He is very well behaved, stays out of the kitchen while any of us are cooking, and then he gets a great reward of a fresh bone or snack for his fine behavior. He doesn't even chase the deer and rabbits and birds that come around, unless they get close to the house, barn or other buildings. He is remarkable. 

Spice, a very long haired cat, suffers from hair balls, and it is a constant task to help her groom herself. She climbs up on the sofa on a towel put there for that purpose, when she wants to be groomed. She leaves when she has had enough. 

Laura and her husband, Larry, have a very fine relationship that is fun to be around. They really like each other. Each has their own business in their home and are together night and day and still get along well. It hasn't always been so. They were discussing divorce about five years ago, they both took training with Landmark, and learned how to communicate effectively. 

Their two daughters, grown now, with Michelle and her blended family of five children, and Laurie, and her partner expecting their first baby, have a good conflict resolution process, which they put into practice this week, to my amazement. Before Landmark, they were warring morning to night.

There are many health problems in the family. The adult men all have back injuries from their heavy work in the forest, and Laura and the girls have back problems because of their long hours on computers. They each have learned techniques of massage, and they each go to doctors for treatments and instruction.

We have very heavy winds today, quickly taking the snow cover. Skies are partly cloudy, so very beautiful.

I'm off to help prepare for a celebration for Zac's birthday. He is one of the two wonderful men who came into the lives of my granddaughters and family. They are real keepers. 

Comment by Plinius on February 12, 2014 at 5:00am

Take some time off Mindy, and have a good day! I always profit from a good example...

Comment by Joan Denoo on February 12, 2014 at 2:31am

Oh Mindy, This difficult day, with so many things to confront you all at once, sounds dreadful. Taking time to let down into a heap works to release tensions that build up to a high degree. Such time is necessary and empowering. 

I know you have the resources to take on each challenge, one by one, to resolve the problems and find tranquility again. You will take deep breaths, hold your head high, square your shoulders, clinch your fists, dig your feet into the ground and determine to ride the rough waters through to calm.

You have all that it takes to get through this day and flourish.  

 

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