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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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Betty Explains Religious Freedom (Betty Bowers)

Started by Loren Miller. Last reply by Ruth Anthony-Gardner yesterday. 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

The FLDS Cult Is Unraveling

Started by Joan Denoo. Last reply by Idaho Spud Mar 29. 3 Replies

The FLDS Cult Is Unraveling"the internet is a lifeline for people trapped in the most restrictive and stifling forms of…Continue

Tags: Warren Jeff, internet, FLDS

Ode to Yahweh (Non Stamp Collector & 43alley)

Started by Loren Miller. Last reply by Joan Denoo Mar 24. 1 Reply

Ages ago (five or six years, I guess it is) when I first started recognizing my own atheism, one of the first atheist YouTubers I ran onto was Non Stamp Collector.  His handiwork wasn't up to Disney's standards, nor even Hanna-Barbera, but his wit…Continue

Tags: Yahweh, YouTube, 43alley, Non Stamp Collector

Oregon Field Guide - Lamprey Decline

Started by Joan Denoo. Last reply by Ruth Anthony-Gardner Mar 15. 3 Replies

Oregon Field Guide - Lamprey Decline"Populations of Eel-like lamprey have suddenly plummeted since the year 2000 in the Columbia Basin, surprising…Continue

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Comment by k.h. ky on March 21, 2015 at 10:58pm
Ian, family history is facinating. An acquaintance found out her gfather was left when his mother died and he used the last name of the family who raised him. So his 'relatives' weren't related to him at all.
Comment by Ian Mason on March 21, 2015 at 10:14pm

Hurrah! That's great, Carl. As you've realised, we've been thinking about you. Very glad to hear that you're on the mend. Things aren't the same without you.

Also glad to hear that your husband has got his new knee, Ruth. A friend of mine had that a couple of years ago and is very glad for it.

I don't know if I've posted about this before, Chris. A cousin of mine looked into the family history and found out that his Dad wasn't his Dad and that he had a half-sister he knew nothing about. This caused some strain in family relations. Going further back, a middle-aged widow in the family married again, to a man named Singular Onion Gallehawk. His parents must have been strange.

Joan, my grammar and pronounciation are quite eccentric. Estuary English plus university education all stirred up by living in another country and speaking another language in everyday life. My family comment on it sometimes when I muddle my syntax.

Have a great Sunday everyone. Hope the church bells don't disturb you.

Comment by Joan Denoo on March 21, 2015 at 10:12pm

Carl, welcome back! You can't even begin to imagine how happy I am to see your The Flying Atheist back online! You sound like you are in excellent shape, emotionally. Your poor body will take a while to catch up. I won't bug you, however, here is a very pleased hug for you, {Carl}. May your recovery be quick and soon pain free. 

Comment by k.h. ky on March 21, 2015 at 10:04pm
Carl, glad to hear it. It took my post twelve minutes to hit the board. Major drawback of living in the middle of nowhere. Lousy internet service!
Comment by k.h. ky on March 21, 2015 at 9:42pm
I hope Carl is comfortable and doing well.

@Chris, a quick family story. My favorite uncle, who lived in Chicago, wore a huge handlebar mustache. When I saw him without it l asked why he shaved it.. Seems he came home one freezing morning, pulled his sweater off over his head and broke half of his mustache off above the lip. He never wore a mustache again.
Comment by The Flying Atheist on March 21, 2015 at 9:30pm
Hey, gang. Just checking in. I had a successful surgery on Wednesday and I'm recovering nicely. I will have to do some in-patient physical therapy at another hospital as a result of my legs being so weak from my kidney disease. Of course I have some lifting restrictions. I've been using my arms to help myself in and out of chairs and bed. I'm no longer allowed to do that, as the pressure may damage my incision. Time to work up my lower body strength.

Thanks to all of you for the well wishes and kind words.
Comment by Joan Denoo on March 21, 2015 at 5:07pm

Spring in Spain Calpe Costa Blanca Spanien 

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Comment by Joan Denoo on March 21, 2015 at 5:02pm

@Carl, just to let you know we are thinking of you. A gentle group hug. 

Comment by Joan Denoo on March 21, 2015 at 2:05am

Ruth, I wish a speedy recovery for your husband and an easy time of caregiving for you during his recovery. 

Six inches of snow, today?! Oh! dreadful. By April 23, there should be no snow or ice to deal with as you go to the facility. Oh dear, who knows?

Comment by Joan Denoo on March 21, 2015 at 2:00am

Manito Park is a lovely park with a perennial garden, an annual one, a sunken garden, an area dedicated only to roses, another to dahlias and, of course, our beautiful Japanese Garden. Then there is the duck pond and a beautiful playground for children. One of the hills offers sledding in the winter. There is a grassy knoll where spring bulbs come up before the grass needs mowing. Many volcanic outcroppings occur all through the park.  

 

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