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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 18 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 Lillie on May 4, 2013 at 11:53pm

Sounds like a perfect day, Ian, and congratulations on your sobriety milestone.  I have a few one day at a times myself.

Comment by Ian Mason on May 4, 2013 at 11:33pm

Glad to hear that things are going well, Joan and that other are following your lead in regular exams.

Yes, that's the stuff. Eaten with meat and cheese mostly but nice with stews too. There are no limits except your own preference. The last time I tried to take some with me from England, airport security confiscated it. Very popular in their canteen, I bet. My daughter has been able to find an outlet in Denmark that stocks it.

Thanks for all the good wishes. It's very kind of you. Today returns to the mundane - the housework needs doing. The sun is shining so I can see all the dust indoors and the dirt on the windows but such a positive day yesterday will bear me through.

Comment by Joan Denoo on May 4, 2013 at 6:53pm
Patricia and Melinda, good jobs! We an lick this demon in the bud.
Comment by Joan Denoo on May 4, 2013 at 5:26pm

I had a procedure done yesterday that was virtually painless; drawing a hematoma in my breast that required long needles and I got to watch on the ultra-sound equipment. I was so eager to watch, I wore myself out, turning and twisting to see what was going on. It was odd watching the pool of blood disappear through the needle into vials. Not a bit of pain but I imagined the sucking sound of the Titanic going underwater. There was no sound; I just imagined it.

Laura and Laurie went with me and kept me cheered up. I came home and slept the rest of the day. 

Chemo starts next week.

Remind your loved ones to get regular exams.  

Comment by Joan Denoo on May 4, 2013 at 5:15pm

Ian, I respect your life's journey, and your ability to overcome an addiction. The brain is a difficult thing to master when it acts against your interests. Congratulations. 

Your day with your daughter and her friend sounds very special and may you have many more such days. 

Is this the brand and style you enjoy? 

Comment by Loren Miller on May 4, 2013 at 4:29pm

Hey, gang.  Sorry if I haven't been around much, but the display on my laptop crapped out during my trip to Dallas, and there wasn't much I could do about it.

My time there was hardly boring, though ... and for more reasons than one!

Comment by The Flying Atheist on May 4, 2013 at 3:28pm

Ian, what a fabulous day!  You must be worn out.  That is one FULL schedule.  That's like a weeks worth of activities crammed into one day.  I had to google "Branston pickle."  Sounds tasty.  What are some of your favorite ways to use it? 

And congratulations on 10 years of sobriety.  Milestones like that are worthy of recognition.   --Carl

Comment by Ian Mason on May 4, 2013 at 3:13pm

Just got home from a really nice afternoon evening. 1) visit to an art gallery and enjoyed coffee and a (very young) music student concert in their cafe. 2) concert hall for Mahler's 8th symphony for 2 orchertras, 6 choirs and a bunch of solo singers, a mammoth work. 3) out to eat with my daughter and met her boyfriend for the first time. He seems like a nice young man. 4) got a present from my daughter ( a jar of Branston pickle) on the occasion of my being 10 years sober.

If any of you have had a day half as good as mine you are a very lucky person. This is one very happy man signing off and going to bed.

Comment by The Flying Atheist on May 4, 2013 at 10:31am

Tony, I enjoyed the pipers.  I actually learned to play saxophone in a program that was part of a pipers, drums and regimental marching band when I was 13 yrs old.  We used to march in tons of parades in the Chicago area.   

Comment by Steph S. on May 4, 2013 at 10:01am

Melinda that sounds like a wonderful day with your Atheist friend. I love the lolcat too. Flying Atheist those are great singing and dancing cats.

Ruth thanks for the coffee cup pic.

I actually love tuna. : ) Cats love it too.

Hope everyone has a wonderful weekend.

 

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