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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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Men who challenge men to stop violence

Started by Joan Denoo. Last reply by Grinning Cat 13 hours ago. 17 Replies

Many men join in the effort to reduce violence against women and children and other men. He speaks of the need to place responsibility on men instead of focusing on women to stop violence. He offers a breath of fresh air, as do so many of the men on…Continue

Surreal, I haz it

Started by Ruth Anthony-Gardner. Last reply by Ruth Anthony-Gardner on Sunday. 83 Replies

Surreal, not just found in art.Continue

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Such Lyrics!

Started by Donatien Alphonse François. Last reply by Joan Denoo on Friday. 8 Replies

Hello Friends,I was ruminating a bit today on my sixty-some years existence. My mind went back to teenage years when I first figured out religion is not only obnoxiously loud, but also nothing I wanted anything to do with. Truly. I knew by age 15…Continue

Atheist Pig STRIKES AGAIN!!!

Started by Loren Miller. Last reply by Loren Miller May 18. 2 Replies

There's no getting around it, Atheist Pig is fast becoming my fave secular comic, and as evidence, I refer you to the following.  Jesus and Mo had better watch their respective asses, 'cuz they got a porker coming up on the outside, and I'm pretty…Continue

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The Burial Waltz

Started by Donatien Alphonse François. Last reply by Donatien Alphonse François Apr 26. 4 Replies

Hi everyone,It was almost a half-century ago, at age 15 or so, that I encountered one of the more important influences in my life: a crazy group of poets/musicians who called themselves The Fugs.They had a huge impact on me in that, though raised in…Continue

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Comment by Joan Denoo on June 14, 2014 at 2:20pm

Carl, Hehehe, satin, sateen, charmeuse island! Charmeuse? What is that? Don't see how it is different that satin or sateen. 

Ian, Oh! Yes! I can imagine myself on an dessert, cake, candy, confection, cookie, ice cream, pastry, and tart island. 

Felaine, we have so many beautiful basalt outcroppings with interesting patterns that solidified from the molten rock. Some dullard, nitwit, idiot, foolish, misguided, deluded, blockhead, simpleton, misled, deceived, clod, tricked, fools like to spray paint "Jesus Saves" on them. 

Anyone foolish enough to deface such beautiful natural basalt outcroppings should have to scrub the paint off with their noses.

Comment by sk8eycat on June 14, 2014 at 1:41pm

Oh, la!  I love both of those!

Years ago some nit spray-painted "Jesus Rules" on the stage door of a building next to an office where I worked.  I bought a 2' x 3' piece of stiff cardboard, and some florist's sticky clay, and stuck a removable sign under the spray paint:

SO DOES A YARDSTICK! (OR A T-SQUARE)

It stayed there for several months, so apparently nobody objected very much.

Comment by Idaho Spud on June 14, 2014 at 1:20pm

I prefer polyester myself, and being stranded on a dessert island doesn't sound all bad.

Comment by Ian Mason on June 14, 2014 at 1:14pm

Comment by The Flying Atheist on June 14, 2014 at 12:38pm

Potato, potatoe.  Desert, dessert.  Gate, gait.

Comment by sk8eycat on June 12, 2014 at 4:51pm

Patricia, how old is Purr-Dee?  Most cats start getting that high cheekboned look at around age 15...depends on if they are shorthairs or not, and most Persians never get that look because of their facial bone structure.

Little Pumpkin turned 15 in January of this year, and has always been small and skinny...his totally feral mother was not even a year old when she had Pumpkin and his 2 litter-mates.  Mr. P and one other had birth defects; Pumpkin's was correctable, and Tripod's was not.  (Pumpkin's umbilical didn't seal up, and he was so tiny that Dr. Mullen couldn't help him till he was about 3 months old...so he peed through his belly-button, and we had to wash him as often as possible to prevent skin damage.)

The mobile vet I spoke of in a previous post adopted Tripod..

Their mother was too feral to be adopted, and we found a place for her at the Best Friends Sanctuary in Kanab, Utah.

Comment by Joan Denoo on June 12, 2014 at 1:33pm

In honor of the cats and dogs in our lives and the joy they bring, here is a little photo I found (from stock). 

Comment by sk8eycat on June 12, 2014 at 1:30pm

Carl, I think that quote about science, or a paraphrase of it, is MUCH older than Neil de Grasse Tyson.  BUT I can't remember where or when I first read it....could have been something Asimov or Heinlein said/wrote back in the late 1940s, for all I know.

BUT Tyson put it out there for the knuckle-dragging mouth-breathers to think about, and freak out. Science doesn't need their approval, it just IS.

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I just wish there was a way to keep the TP crowd, and people who need to expose their semi-automatic people-killers in retail stores from breeding. 

Just remembered something from one of Armistead Maupin's Tales of the City novels...a young woman yelling at a chubby past-middle-age man driving an expensive sports car on Wilshire Blvd.: "Sorry about your penis!"

Comment by The Flying Atheist on June 12, 2014 at 12:49pm

Comment by sk8eycat on June 12, 2014 at 11:23am

Mindy, I've been thinking of you and your Molly, and remembering what we went through with Jerry-Cat last year.  He also had a squamous cell carcinoma on his jaw, but was determined to keep on keeping on.  MUCH too long! 

The vet gave him an Rx for trans-dermal Prednisone cream that I could rub inside his ear (instead of trying to shove a pill down his throat), and it seemed to help for a while.  But I kept him too long, and had months of guilt afterwards.  He was such a loving cat, and beautiful.  The vet told me that cats and dogs with white or pale-colored fur, are much more likely to develop that type of cancer from exposure to the sun. 

Last month's issue of The Pet Press had an article on treatments by a veterinarian oncology specialist...I didn't even bother to read it.  Too painful, and how the *bleep!* do you explain to an animal that something as ghastly as chemo might help.  Just might.

We went through that with my Mom in 1984, and it did work, but she was aware of the risks, and gave her consent.  Animals are different.

Keep Molly as comfortable as possible, lavish love on her, and I think she will tell you, in her own way, when it's time. 

Having access to a mobile vet helps enormously.  We had one 20 years ago, and she was wonderful, but after serving in Bosnia with the Army K-9 corps, she'd had enough of everything, came home and sold her practice (to someone I didn't like much), and retired.

 

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