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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.

Nobody here is into mind games. A discussion started with a loaded guilt-throwing question will be deleted.

This group is not intended to compete with other groups on topics they cover but to "fill in the cracks." Whenever a discussion dwells at length on a topic for which there's an existing group, we urge you to provide members a link to that group to continue along their tangent.

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Kitbull | Pixar SparkShorts

Started by Loren Miller. Last reply by Loren Miller 4 hours ago. 7 Replies

The following showed up this morning in my YouTube daily feed, and I have to say, it just charmed the socks off of me.  This is what animation really can do in the hands of a creative and skilled team.  Really, it's what animation has done for darn…Continue

Tags: Kitbull, Pixar, Disney

The MMR vaccine and autism: Sensation, refutation, retraction, and fraud

Started by Joan Denoo. Last reply by Grinning Cat on Saturday. 3 Replies

The MMR vaccine and autism: Sensation, refutation, retraction, and fraud"Scientists and organizations across the world spent a great deal of time and…Continue

Tags: fraud, scientific, rate, incident, measles

exposing abuse | Jehovah's Witnesses on trial | part 2 (TheraminTrees)

Started by Loren Miller Feb 1. 0 Replies

We need to focus on the institution, not the individual priests. Practice and policy; show me the church manipulated the system so that these guys wouldn't have to face charges, show me they put those same priests back into parishes time and time…Continue

Tags: child abuse, TheraminTrees, Jehovah's Witnesses

Web slang

Started by Roswatheist. Last reply by Craigart14 Jan 29. 115 Replies

Is it me, or can most people on social networking sites not spell? I get acronyms, but actual misspelling, really? I'm not that old, either-not even thirty.Does this make anyone else crazy or is it just me?Continue

Introduce yourself

Started by Ruth Anthony-Gardner. Last reply by Ruth Anthony-Gardner Jan 28. 207 Replies

So we can picture you sitting at the table with us, how about telling us your favorite food and drink?I'm Ruth and you'll find me eating a cup of vanilla Greek yogurt, constantly refilling my teacup from a gigantic pot of hot green tea. (I share,…Continue

Tags: food, favorite

F.B.I. Opened Inquiry Into Whether Trump Was Secretly Working on Behalf of Russia (NY Times)

Started by Loren Miller. Last reply by Ruth Anthony-Gardner Jan 21. 5 Replies

WASHINGTON — In the days after President Trump fired James B. Comey as F.B.I. director, law enforcement officials became so concerned by the president’s behavior that they began investigating whether he had been working on behalf of Russia against…Continue

Tags: Russia, Putin, investigation, FBI, James Comey

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Comment by Plinius on November 15, 2018 at 6:36am

Wow, my first hearing aids! I'm completely overwhelmed by sounds - sounds I haven't heard for years, I realize now. Sounds I never knew were there, like squeeks in the keyboard, soundless alarmclocks begin to tick, the cat's feet patter, clothes and books rustle, zippers screech. I'm surrounded by explosions of sounds and it will take me some time to sort it out.

Comment by Ian Mason on November 12, 2018 at 12:32pm

It is hard to find the right words sometimes. That's why we fall back on clichés. I've heard variations on 'sorry for your loss' recently and while it's often used as a default, I take it as a genuine expression of sympathy. Peoples hearts are in the right place.

Comment by Plinius on November 12, 2018 at 8:11am

You're too kind, Joan, but to be of use to someone is often impossible. We all think of Patricia, who's in pain and on a horrible waiting list, but what can we do? Endlessly repeat our concern until the words have lost their meaning? Shake up the Canadian health care? Doesn't work.   

I'd better go and shake up a Dutch dentist, she must look after Aunt.

Comment by Joan Denoo on November 12, 2018 at 4:06am

Plinius, from my perspective, you always seem to find just the right words and feelings. I wish I had your clarity and empathic ability to relate. 
I agree it is hard to find the right expression!

Comment by Plinius on November 12, 2018 at 4:01am

But I must admit that it's hard to find the right expressions when you only have an internet contact....

Comment by Joan Denoo on November 12, 2018 at 3:31am

Thoughts begin in the mind, become transformed by the mouth and voice box energized by air from lungs. 

That is all, "I am thinking of you!" & "I pray for you!"
The end product is hot air meaning nothing. 
A phone call expressing care and concern, or dropping off a basket of homemade muffins, or asking for ways to help and then doing something. 
The end product involves action and has meaning. 

Comment by Plinius on November 11, 2018 at 2:08pm

:-D

Comment by Patricia on November 11, 2018 at 1:19pm

Comment by Loren Miller on November 11, 2018 at 9:04am

Well, we both know what T&P is, Chris: the desire to appear to be doing something about a situation when, in fact, what is accomplished is absolutely NOTHING.

Comment by Plinius on November 11, 2018 at 8:18am

People who have experienced real hurt drop the T&P ideas. The others keep using it.

 

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