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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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The myth of religions

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

The creation myth of civilizations instructs men to dominate, to conquer, to go forth and multiply. No reasonable person would pay attention to such a god. No hunter-gatherer receives such a senseless message from wise elders.However, that idea…Continue

Tags: masculine, violation, imperative, go forth and multiply,, conquest

Winter Driving, Preparing for the worst

Started by Joan Denoo. Last reply by Joan Denoo Feb 1. 2 Replies

Now that we enter the time the Celtics called Imbolc, a pagan celebration of the beginning of spring and season of new life, I ran across this video on preparing for winter driving. It offers reasons for each thing he puts in his vehicles to be safe…Continue

Tags: prepare, driving, winter

A Powerful Message from an old wise teacher :

Started by Joan Denoo. Last reply by Chris Dec 26, 2017. 10 Replies

I received a gift this morning from a virtual friend, Pamela Smith:A Powerful Message from an old wise teacher :" One day an old wise teacher was walking through a village. A very angry and rude young man came up and began insulting him. "You have…Continue

10 Tricks from 46 (Betty Bowers)

Started by Loren Miller. Last reply by Ruth Anthony-Gardner Nov 6, 2017. 3 Replies

Apparently, Betty Bowers, America's Best Christian, has been slumming.  That is to say, she's been talking to Mike Pence [gasp!].  It would seem as though Mike has offered some of his not-so-personal tricks of the trade on how to be a 21st century…Continue

Tags: tricks, Mike Pence, America's Best Christian, Betty Bowers

Surreal, I haz it

Started by Ruth Anthony-Gardner. Last reply by Grinning Cat Oct 19, 2017. 99 Replies

Surreal, not just found in art.Continue

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Comment by sk8eycat on January 13, 2015 at 4:37pm

Randy, a frieind of mine committed suicide a couple of years ago, and I'm still not "over it." 

It's an awful feeling, not to be able to pick up the phone or e-mail her when I think of something that would  interest her.  I still don't know WHY she did it, and I never will since her entire (fundamentalist) family has refused to communicate in any way with her atheist friends.  (She had a very popular atheist web site for more than 10 years....)

So, I do know how devastating the situation can be (hell, I still miss talking to my father, and he died in 1985!)  All I can do is send you an e-hug.  that feels so inadequate....  8 >(

Comment by Grinning Cat on January 13, 2015 at 4:13pm

Randy, I'm sorry to hear you've lost two good friends! (And I hope you didn't get too many well-meaning theists saying impossible things.)

Comment by The Flying Atheist on January 13, 2015 at 3:56pm

Sorry you've lost two of your friends, Randy.

Comment by Pat on January 13, 2015 at 2:41pm

Randall, my deepest sympathies. 

Comment by kathy: ky on January 13, 2015 at 2:36pm
Randy, I'm sorry to hear that too. It's hard losing old friends.
Comment by Bertold Brautigan on January 13, 2015 at 7:55am

Randall, sorry to hear of the loss of your friends.

Comment by Randall Smith on January 13, 2015 at 7:54am

I've lost two of my very best friends, both on Jan. 1st. A golfing buddy died after suffering through several strokes (age 80). And a former teaching colleague, turned cattle rancher, committed suicide (72). I found out yesterday about the suicide and am in a state of shock. We started teaching in Pomona, CA, and spent 5 years hanging out together. He went back to Arkansas, I to Indiana, but we kept in touch. A religious and conservative guy, but opposites attract. I'll miss them both.

Comment by Ian Mason on January 12, 2015 at 9:12pm

I'm appalled at that picture. How can people be like that?

Felaine, I hope you feel as well as possible as soon as possible.

Comment by sk8eycat on January 12, 2015 at 4:40pm

I guess I'm really out of it...tried both FlakeBook and, much later, Twitter, and got the hell out of both of them after a week of each.  I found them a waste of my not very valuable time.

I lost all hope when the Toilet Paper People gained majorities in both the House and the Senate in November.  It was a "Charlie Brown moment:"  We're doomed

Comment by sk8eycat on January 12, 2015 at 2:25pm

Joan, the progress (if you can call it that) of the stenosis has been going so slowly that I really don't notice it often.  I do know I can't get up off the floor as easily as I used to.  I have to grab a chair to lever myself up; I used to be able to just pop up...but age may have something to do with that, too.  And loss of muscles that I didn't use during the 20 years that I gritted my teeth and put up with the 24/7 sciatic pain.

I used to go to a gym, ages ago, but I hated every second of it. If I could still feel my toes, I would go back to ballet exercises.  I loved THAT.

 

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