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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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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

Let's not define ourselves or others by our worst behaviors

Started by Ruth Anthony-Gardner. Last reply by Dominique Lutz Apr 16. 6 Replies

My take on the recent melt down at Hang With Friends, of which I missed part, is that some of us were tripped up by a habit of thought. It's something we learn growing up, and use without realizing how much pain it can generate -  failing to…Continue

Tags: dispute at Hang With Friends

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Comment by sk8eycat on October 12, 2014 at 9:49pm

Mindy, I forgot to say I'm happy to hear Dale is improving. It's so distressing when they can; tell anyone what's wrong...where it hurts, or if it hurts.

I highly recommend watching Jackson Galaxy, either on Animal Planet, or his short videos on YouTube.  He really understands "CatSpeak."

Comment by Bertold Brautigan on October 12, 2014 at 7:09pm

@Sk8eycat - I hear you. I'm no kind of a MAC fan.

Comment by sk8eycat on October 12, 2014 at 7:02pm

It's good to be back!  But I really don't like this MacBook...starting with the size of the keys, and the total lack of a calculator-type keypad.

Anyroad, I don't remember if I posted this link before my Dell crashed...the "Windows Waltz"

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dGKwx-BFO0E

I WANT MY WINDOWS BACK!

Comment by Bertold Brautigan on October 12, 2014 at 6:26pm

Sk8eycat - We missed your razor-sharp wit and wisdom. Great to have you back.

Comment by Plinius on October 12, 2014 at 1:23pm

You're not really lonely when we all think of you, Sk8eycat! Don't forget it!

Comment by Joan Denoo on October 12, 2014 at 12:49pm

Felaine, I know what you mean about not having access to mail. I am addicted to Atheist Nexus and my friends here. I am surprised you had your Mac Book in reserve. I love mine and find it does so much and with few crashes. Whatever is the problem, I hope you get it fixed quickly. Also hope your friend doesn't charge you a lot. 

Comment by Joan Denoo on October 12, 2014 at 12:19pm

Chris, your selfie of you and your aunt is so sweet. I like the look and feel of caring for others. It just makes me feel good. 

It is cold this morning, so I will stay inside until it warms up a bit and then take my lunch outside and do some more winterizing. Cary gathered pine needles for me this morning that I use around the roses. 
Did I tell you, I am spreading last year's composts and making room for this year's abundant supply. My back and legs and arms hurt. I take the tasks slowly, stopping often for a coffee or water break and even sneak in a nap or two or three. 

We had rain yesterday, however, I was able to fill the wheelbarrow three times and scatter that lovely black gold into the boxes. 

Randy, I have been writing a lot. Having the cold mornings, I stay inside longer. My computer keeps dropping the signal when outside, so I think up topics on which I want to write and then come inside with a head full of words to capture. I even call myself a writer, even though I have not published anything. Yet. 

Comment by sk8eycat on October 12, 2014 at 11:07am

PS: I think it was Anne Nicol Gaylor (Annie Laurie's mother, and co-founder of FFRF) who came up with "Nothing fails like prayer."  (I sometimes run it all together, and use it as a password...on very few web sites!)

Comment by sk8eycat on October 12, 2014 at 10:57am

Oh! It worked!  My Dell crashed BIG time 2 weeks ago, and Bill still can't get the hard drive to boot up.  So I've been struggling with the Mac Book' can't remember any of my passwords, plus no e-mail....just internet.

I've been so lonely, frustrated, and totally freaked out.

Mostly, I've missed you all.  Terribly!

I'm waiting to hear from Bill ("my" tech)...he has the Dell hard drive at his place, but he's going through worse sh*t than I am; his mother had heart surgery this past week, and HE has dialysis every Mon-Wed-Fri....

I just wanted to let you know I'm still here,, and I've missed you all so very much!

Love, Felaine

Comment by Randall Smith on October 12, 2014 at 8:12am

Regarding cruising the Danube. I called the cruise people (YMT) for details and found out single passengers like myself have to pay an additional $1500! They don't do "bunkmates", saying 2 weeks spent with someone you don't know and eventually will learn to despise is too risky to chance.

However(!), when I told my sister that, she said "I'll go"! We get along great, so here's crossing my fingers she'll follow up. She's notorious for changing her mind on things. I may have to send out an "all call" for one of you nice people to join me!

 

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