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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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Goodwill to Few Men (Betty Bowers)

Started by Loren Miller. Last reply by Donald R Barbera Jul 23. 3 Replies

Think Goodwill Industries does well by the poor?  Fact is, they do WAY BETTER for themselves, to the point where America's Best Christian, Betty Bowers, thinks they're ripping off the christian playbook a bit too well!  Have a look for yourself:…Continue

Tags: ripoff, Goodwill Industries, America's Best Christian, Betty Bowers

Your favorite photobombs?

Started by Ruth Anthony-Gardner. Last reply by Plinius Jul 10. 12 Replies

Running of the bulls photobomb.Continue

losing faith (TheraminTrees)

Started by Loren Miller Jul 5. 0 Replies

TheraminTrees has recently begun producing a new series of YouTube videos, which added to a wonderful library of earlier observations regarding his experience of religion. Good as all those pieces are, I personally think they pale against this…Continue

Tags: story, history, faith, TheraminTrees

Betty Explains Religious Freedom (Betty Bowers)

Started by Loren Miller. Last reply by Ruth Anthony-Gardner Jul 3. 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

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Comment by sk8eycat on July 1, 2013 at 1:52pm

FA...I love that hug!  So I'm giving one right back atcha!

Comment by The Flying Atheist on July 1, 2013 at 12:34pm

Group Hug for sk8eycat....

Comment by The Flying Atheist on July 1, 2013 at 12:30pm

Felaine, relax and make yourself a Bloody Mary.  (After you see the MD.)

Comment by sk8eycat on July 1, 2013 at 12:05pm

Oh, my friends!  Last night I wrote an eloquent (I thought) thank you for all your kind words and sensible advice, and my effing computer froze up before I could click "Add Comment."  When I was able to get back  in here, it was gone.  Naturally.  So I said a few dirty words and went to bed.

Yesterday was NOT my day.

I'm here, I'm all right, and I'm still carefully trying to get the rest of the red stuff out of my hair without causing more damage.  I just talked to my MD, and she chewed me out, too, for not going to the ER....

You all are right, and I was wrong...shrugs...I haven't been very intelligent lately.

Anyroad, I wish there was some way I could hug you all...I appreciate every one of you SO MUCH!

And Joan, please send some of that cold rainy weather down here!  It's been in the triple digits for almost a week.  MUCH too early....whatever happened to "June Gloom" in SoCal?

(I'm hoping that the hills aren't so dry that the city has to cancel the annual fireworks show...or move it to one of the high school football fields that we can't see from here.  I love those elaborate displays.  They're magic...I keep saying, "Wow!  How do they DO that?")

Cheers, and thanks again.  And I think I'll stop using "bloody" as a cuss word.  For a while anyway. *snicker*

 

Comment by Joan Denoo on July 1, 2013 at 11:49am

We have a little mom and pop hardware store that has been here as long as I. The clerks are all retired tradespeople and they help with all kinds of home repairs. Yesterday, I went with my tale of woe about the squirrels breaking the shoelace holding a bird feeder in the Blue Spruce. The clerk went right to the spot and handed me flexible wire coated with some substance.  PERFECT! 

Yes, Carl, I love watching them, even if I do have to engage my local hardware person to help me keep the thing in the tree. When I have more energy, I will make a birdfeeder that is not as pretty, but more durable. 

Mindy, your story of the terrible fall, and your daughter's reaction is priceless. One of those little pieces that delights even as it evokes compassion. I call this kind of story "Minddroppings;" I borrowed  it from Neil deGrasse Tyson. Just little vignettes, along the order of  Isaac Bashevis Singer.

I'm my garden for breakfast with the birds and squirrels. Cary woke me up early this morning so I could get outside in the cool air before heat builds up. Got quite a big of chores done out here and I am pooped. Tomorrow and the rest of the week I will be useless, after four hours of chemo. I'll use the time to do some writing. 

Felaine, how is your healing going? And your shower door? 

Hi Grinning Cat. Always a joy to see you grinning face. 

Comment by Grinning Cat on July 1, 2013 at 11:08am

Felaine, take care of yourself! I'm glad you're okay.

Mindy, thanks for the laugh with the black cat.

A button I have:  "I'm not superstitious -- it's bad luck."

(Neil deGrasse Tyson had some choice words on superstition: "I'm not worried about kids. I'm worried about grown-ups, okay? These are the ones who vote....")

Comment by The Flying Atheist on July 1, 2013 at 9:35am

I like that black cat, Mindy. Funny.  :)

Comment by Plinius on July 1, 2013 at 7:19am

LOL booklover! Black cat crossing my path is Dido, wanting me to serve food.

Comment by Plinius on July 1, 2013 at 12:09am

Take care Sk8eycat, I hope you're well soon!

Comment by Joan Denoo on June 30, 2013 at 9:50pm
TFA, yes indeed. A lovely canopy of tress surrounds my home and one can watch them moving from tree to tree, without catching a glimpse of them. Then, all of a sudden, they burst into my yard and start their attempts to the bird feed. I have a special place for squirrels to eat, but they prefer the bird food site.
 

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