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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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Mental health in the age of violence: Dr. Elliott Ingersol

Started by Loren Miller. Last reply by Randall Smith 16 hours ago. 1 Reply

I literally just discovered Dr. Elliott Ingersol yesterday, as a part of a discussion I had with other members of the Northern Ohio Freethought Society.  Dr. Ingersol is a licensed psychologist and clinical counselor in Ohio, as well as a professor…Continue

Tags: talk, psychotropic, therapy, psychology, Elliott Ingersol

maggie and milly and molly and may (Edward Estlin Cummings & Eric Whitacre)

Started by Loren Miller. Last reply by Loren Miller Nov 20. 2 Replies

It's amazing what you discover when you go looking for something you had no idea you'd find.  On an impulse, I pulled up Eric Whitacre's website to see if he had created any new pieces.  It would seem that he has: a song cycle called The City and…Continue

Tags: e e cummings, Eric Whitacre

There Is Only One Way to Destroy ISIS

Started by Joan Denoo. Last reply by Randall Smith Nov 18. 1 Reply

There Is Only One Way to Destroy ISISGrowth in population, policies and practices that create a gap between the typical person and the wealthy,…Continue

Passive and Active voices

Started by Joan Denoo. Last reply by Ruth Anthony-Gardner Nov 16. 1 Reply

Have you noticed that much of the discussion in families and with friends, in the print media, on TV, and now on the internet is in the Passive Voice? Many people whine, complain, gripe, accuse, blame, call names, ridicule, grumble, bitch, rebuke,…Continue

Tags: and, behaviors, communication., attitudes, learned

Detroit Businesswomen Team Up to Get Rape Kits Tested

Started by Joan Denoo. Last reply by The Flying Atheist Nov 14. 2 Replies

Detroit Businesswomen Team Up to Get Rape Kits Tested"In 2009, a Wayne County assistant prosecuting attorney noticed…Continue

Tags: women, Enough, SAID, black, victims

Something Beautiful – Nathan Phelps & Seth Andrews

Started by Loren Miller. Last reply by Loren Miller Nov 10. 7 Replies

And it is beautiful, too, indeed, I think some of Seth Andrews' best work.  Interesting point: rather than Seth's dulcet baritone doing the narration, this piece presses Nathan Phelps' deep bass intonation into service, bringing a different flavor…Continue

Tags: Nathan Phelps, The Thinking Atheist, Seth Andrews, beautiful, something

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Comment by Joan Denoo on December 5, 2014 at 8:28pm

Patricia, I am glad you keep tract of the progress of your eyes. Like cancer, other diseases can come from out of nowhere and catch us off guard.


Comment by Joan Denoo on December 5, 2014 at 8:26pm

Patricia, I agree that the photos revealing reality must be posted, often and as many as it takes to wake people up. I hesitated about showing some of the other photos Kevin took, but here goes: 

Comment by sk8eycat on December 5, 2014 at 7:02pm

Patricia, always go to Charity Navigator before donating money to any org.  Of course in the US, churches don't have to file anything with the IRS detailing how much they take in, and what they spend it on....but all other non-profits DO.  That's where Navigator gets its info, and posts it online.

Comment by Joan Denoo on December 5, 2014 at 6:51pm

Patricia, sorry to learn of your progressing macular degeneration. What are your presenting symptoms? Were you aware of it before you saw your ophthalmologist? So many eye conditions have no feeling associated with them and much damage can occur before one goes in for a checkup.  

Cataracts are one example of pain-free progression. There is usually sight loss before a person notices something might be changing. Glaucoma has the same painless progression, usually. 

Dame Judi Dench Among Millions With Macular Degeneration

Comment by Joan Denoo on December 5, 2014 at 6:01pm

Patricia, this horrible photo was taken by Kevin Carter, Photojournalist. He was an African photojournalist who was so devastated and depressed by the scenes he took revealing the 1994 famine in Sudan, he committed suicide at the age of 33. He received a Pulitzer Prise for his photos. 

Comment by Idaho Spud on December 5, 2014 at 4:07pm

Sorry about you peeps vision problems!  I can partially understand because I've had to wear glasses since the first grade, when I couldn't see the teacher's writing on the blackboard, from the front row.

After 52 years of wearing glasses, eventually, without them, I could only see clearly what was 4 inches from my eyes, and needed to carry 4 pair so I could see at various distances.

I finally got tired enough of them to have an operation.  I was going to get laser surgery, but the doctor talked me into getting my lenses replaced instead, not telling me that would likely cause big floaters in my eyes which now make reading a chore.

He also didn't tell me the artificial lenses would let in a lot more Ultraviolet radiation than my natural lenses, so I now have to wear annoying sunglasses outside, or get retina damage.

But, I'm still not as bad as you guys.  My left eye sees reasonably clearly at around 2 feet, and my right eye at distance, so between them both, I can see reasonably well from 1 foot to infinity.  I now only need glasses to read a book or the computer without straining too much.

Comment by Idaho Spud on December 5, 2014 at 3:54pm

I was riding with my sister when she sort of froze-up.  She started sliding on a snowy road, heading toward the river, so what did she do?  Threw her hands-up in the air, and screamed, instead of trying to control the vehicle.  My bad memory doesn't tell me what happened after that, but I know we didn't end up in the river!

Since that day, I try my best never to ride with her.

Comment by The Flying Atheist on December 5, 2014 at 3:44pm

Joan, thanks for the offer of reading material.  I have a mountain of books here to read, so I'm set in that department. 

I'm so glad I have glasses now so I can see what's written on the page!  Having to wear glasses was completely new to me starting this past September.  I thought there was going to be a long period of adjustment but the transition has been very easy.  I'm quite used to wearing them now. 

Comment by Idaho Spud on December 5, 2014 at 3:27pm

I can't understand my mother's viewpoint, because I'm a lot more nervous with someone else driving than when I have control.

Whenever I've driven with her in the car, I can see how scared she is, so I reduce my speed dramatically, and drive very cautiously.

Comment by Joan Denoo on December 5, 2014 at 3:24pm

Carl, I am sorry to learn what you experience. My thoughts go with you, hoping for a fast and complete recovery. Are there any reading material that you enjoy now that we can send you? Do you like sports, nature, poetry, prose? I can't think of other genres right now. You name it, we will find something.  



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