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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 15 hours ago. 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 Ian Mason on May 23, 2013 at 1:09am

The medical profession seems to have improved in some areas at least. Personally I think some of that is due to the higher level of education of society as a whole. We know too much to put up with bad treatment now. I saw a documentary last year where an elderly psychiatric consultant and a psychologist dicussed depression and the consultant bemoaned modern "horizontal" society as having declined from the old-fashioned "vertical" where everyone knew their place. In the good old days people didn't think so much and therefore didn't get depressed. If they did they got better when a doctor told them too because a doctor had the power of authority. What a shit!

Ruth: the pic is a jam sponge. 2 layers of sponge cake with jam sandwiched between.

Comment by Ian Mason on May 23, 2013 at 1:00am

Comment by sk8eycat on May 22, 2013 at 10:57pm

So much to catch up on!  I still don't care much for the skinny "Comments" section; did the webmaster decide we all need to go on a diet, or what?

Joan, I wish my Mom hadd had a "team" when she was going through chemo and everything   She was at home with my sister and me, still recovering from having a tumor removed from her femur (and 45 radiation treatments, too).  Dad was in the hospital having vein grafts in his legs.  It was one hell of a summer! 

Our pharmacist pitched a fit when he realized that her oncologist had not prescribed an anti-nausea drug to be taken before she took the chemo capsules each morning. (He called the doctor and did some yelling, and Mom got an Rx for Compazine. It helped.  Some.)

This was in 1984; I think therapy has improved greatly since then!

The good news was that by the end of that dreadful year, Mother was completely cancer-free, and was able to have a bone graft done to rebuild her leg...because bone is much stronger than the metal rods they use to hold things together.  (Her cancer started in her lungs and spread throughout her body, and we didn't know Jack till that leg bone broke.)

The cancer never came back.  She lived to be 87; that's long enough IMO, but I still miss her.

Comment by The Flying Atheist on May 22, 2013 at 8:04pm

Mindy, I was speaking with a coworker of mine about 30 mins ago who lives in Rockford.  She said no rain there last night but a couple of flights to O'Hare were diverted to the Rockford airport.  It was fairly nasty here.   

Comment by The Flying Atheist on May 22, 2013 at 6:51pm

Angela, we had our torrential rain and thunderstorm last night here in northern Illinois.  Lots of heavy rain and gusty winds.  Pretty intense.  My lights flickered a few times.  I thought I was going to lose power but luckily that didn't happen.  

Comment by Ruth Anthony-Gardner on May 22, 2013 at 6:39pm

I reported the order-of-comments problem to Brother Richard right away, and he fixed it.

Glad to hear you’re giving up smoking Ian. Your Mum’s health problem is especially scary to me. I had a similar problem within a few months of graduating from college, when I was living alone without having made any friends yet in Philly. I nearly died, but at the time I was young and healthy so hospitalization worked. At her age, I shudder to imagine. What’s a jam sponge?

I’m elated that your surgery went well, Joan. Your description of coming home to fragrant storm-scrubbed air was so vivid. You should be a writer. I’m happy to be a tiny droplet in your cloud of supporters. I’d never thought of the old-fashioned nun uniforms as burquas, but point taken. Thanks for the photo of the chemo room. It really helps me to feel as if I’m with you in spirit.

Love the cats in the tree with bird-poop hats and the peace negotiators Steph. Ohh! Environmental Science. Great!

Will you share before and after pictures of your exterior renovations, Pat? Love the rhododendron butterfly picture. Is it my imagination or do all of the pictures display much smaller in this new format?

Thanks for the Blitzer video, Tony. I liked the way she flipped her head and sort of laughed when she said she was an atheist.

Today I visited the urologist. The nurse told me that the doctor was going to use a telescope to look at my bladder. I replied, "That isn't even possible. What telescope would fit into my urethra? How about using a cystoscope instead." I was laughing for five minutes, picturing her trying to fit various telescopes in there, and stopped after Hubble and Aricebo.

Comment by Idaho Spud on May 22, 2013 at 6:05pm

Joan, I'm glad to hear your good news, and hope you don't vomit too much.  

That's all I have time for now, as I'm working in the garden most of each day now.

Comment by Grinning Cat on May 22, 2013 at 5:40pm

Just saying hi as well; glad to hear that things are going well, Joan, and that you're helping the woman who badly needs a support system!

Comment by Angela on May 22, 2013 at 3:43pm
Just saying Hi ! We just had a torrential rainstorm here in NE Alabama. Lightning, thunder and rain Oh my!
Comment by Steph S. on May 22, 2013 at 3:05pm
Those are beautiful flowers Patricia. Early detection is best - I agree.
Flying Atheist - I'm taking an Environmental Science class this summer. It's something I'm very interested in.
 

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