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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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Started by Loren Miller. Last reply by k.h. ky Jan 22. 8 Replies

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Comment by The Flying Atheist on April 26, 2014 at 9:48pm

Felaine, I'm much like you.  I keep in touch with the people who are real friends and have let others just fade away to a memory.  I do admit, there are a few friends from college that were very close and meaningful to me that I let slip away and I wish hadn't, but I was dealing with my own personal issues at the time.  Sadly, It just happened and I allowed it.  Now it just seems like ancient history from lifetimes ago.

Mindy, great to hear the news about your daughter!   

Comment by sk8eycat on April 26, 2014 at 6:27pm

To Mindy and Carl: one reason I have never gone to any reunions (HS class OR Holiday On Ice), EVER, is that I was always in touch with my real friends, and I just didn't give a rat's patoot about the rest!  Some I disliked intensely and never wanted to see again, anyway.

When one of my closest HS friends wanted to start a FB page years ago, I did join up, but I started hearing from the "never again" classmates (plus I got 5 times as much spam as I usually did), so I opted out ASAP, and never went back.

Some of the animal rescue non-profits I deal with have FB pages, and I understand why.  They can't afford real web sites.  I can still read those without joining.

Anyroad, my privacy is more important to me than having a lot of strangers "like" me.  I feel safe here, because they have managed to block trolls...I don't know how, but it's the first atheist "refuge" that has been successful at keeping the religious fanatics out.

And for some reason, I can't see anything right now.  Gonna go rest my eyes, and maybe have a cuppa tea.

PS: Mindy, I'm happy your daughter is doing so well!  Both socially and scholastically.

Hugs to everyone here!

Comment by Steph S. on April 26, 2014 at 6:22pm

Hey Mindy - sorry you had to go through all that. Did you say you were getting off Facebook? If you are I think that would be good for you. Then you don't have to see any posts from those people anymore. So congrats to your daughter on her math exam - good job. So glad you have some good news.

Just went for a bike ride and had a good time outside. Just going to watch a DVD movie and relax while eating my dinner.

I hope everyone is having a good weekend. I can't believe summer is almost here. Where is time going?

Comment by sk8eycat on April 26, 2014 at 6:10pm

I deleted it...but it was NOT from an e-mail this time.

Comment by Idaho Spud on April 26, 2014 at 5:21pm

Thanks for clearing that up Mindy.  I didn't know that the Archie cartoonist was that religious either.

Thanks for the G+ information also.

Comment by Idaho Spud on April 26, 2014 at 4:34pm

Mindy, does that cartoon have another installment, or is it that I just don't get the joke?

Comment by Idaho Spud on April 26, 2014 at 4:13pm

Mindy, glad to hear that things are going well for your daughter.

I finally quit facebook a couple of weeks ago, but now I'm getting some posts from people on G+.  I'd like to quit it also, but understand if I do that my mail  from gmail.com will disappear and I don't want that to happen.  Does anyone know about that?

Comment by Idaho Spud on April 26, 2014 at 4:06pm

For those that have computers that don't work like my iMac, perhaps I should try reposting the image:

Comment by Idaho Spud on April 26, 2014 at 3:56pm

Mindy, nothing showed-up for me until I right clicked in the blank space, and it gave me a lot of open image and save image options.  I clicked on open image in a new tab and saw it.

Comment by The Flying Atheist on April 26, 2014 at 3:46pm

Hi Mindy.  I thought I'd chime in with an opinion about your Facebook situation.  Everyone here has given you excellent advice.  In addition, it's pretty obvious you know how you want to respond, you just needed some outside validation.  I think your daughter hit the nail on the head:  "%&#@, no!"   As you pointed out (and Patricia dually noted) you weren't very close friends with this person to begin with, so there's no reason, in my opinion, to rekindle a friendship that didn't have a firm foundation from the start.    

I'd rather have a small group of strong, loyal friends than a large group of many acquaintances and friends of questionable value.  The fact that you are questioning whether or not you want to be friends with this person pretty much sums up the situation in a nutshell. 

 

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