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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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punishing doubt (TheraminTrees)

Started by Loren Miller Sep 6. 0 Replies

If you are associated with religion and especially a fundamentalist religion, doubt is intolerable.  Certainty, however it may be achieved or imposed, becomes a necessary element, especially considering the utter dearth of any form of evidence or…Continue

Tags: religion, TheraminTrees, punish, doubt

bending truth, or "We Can All Be Manipulated" (TheraminTrees)

Started by Loren Miller. Last reply by Joan Denoo Sep 2. 28 Replies

The following is one of TheraminTrees' most thorough-going pieces, wherein he looks at the process and techniques whereby a "religious" organization (which will sound VERY familiar to most of us, once introductions are made!) takes a person who…Continue

Tags: indoctrination, truth, manipulation, TheraminTrees

We Don't Want Your (Atheist) Money! (The Thinking Atheist)

Started by Loren Miller. Last reply by Idaho Spud Sep 2. 17 Replies

I suppose I've heard stories like this before:Conscientious atheist donates money to worthy cause.Worthy cause initially accepts money.Worthy cause discovers source of donation.Worthy cause rejects donation.Swell, eh?  Well Matt Willbourne of…Continue

Tags: American Baptist Churches Association, Murrow Indian Children's Home, The Thinking Atheist, Seth Andrews

The Whole Bible in 30 Seconds (Betty Bowers)

Started by Loren Miller. Last reply by Randy Hatly Sep 2. 3 Replies

Ever decide that you wanted to read the whole bible, cover to cover, only to realize half-way through Deuteronomy that the darn thing is industrial-strength BORING?!?  Well, never fear!  America's Best Christian, Betty Bowers, has done the Cliff's…Continue

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Are You a Patriot? (Betty Bowers)

Started by Loren Miller. Last reply by Chris G Aug 29. 22 Replies

You might think that Betty Bowers, America's Best Christian, would be stepping outside of her comfort zone in tackling the concept of patriotism.  As it turns out, not only does she have a proper handle on the term and its implications, she also…Continue

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Comment by Ian Mason on June 17, 2013 at 2:42am

I was once on a TU course at a place that used this as wake-up music: Sibelius: Karelia Suite - Intermezzo. I love it.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=XtIw5AkUEsE

Comment by Plinius on June 17, 2013 at 1:24am

Thanks for the link, Joan! I often use these exercises and most of the time they work well. But even so I'm getting shorter all the time; I lost about 6 cm. And the exercise, the painkillers and a little pampering calmed down the nerve and I'm almost back to normal again!

That is good news that you get a grip on your well-being through diet!

Take care of yourself, Ian, while taking care of others! It's hard when there is no comfort except friendship. I'll think of you.

Comment by sk8eycat on June 16, 2013 at 11:31pm

Ian, thank you for the "Box of Sunshine;" I really needed it today for a lot of reasons.  

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So...I hope this cheers everyone up the way it did me when I saw it in the newspaper:

'Ride of the Valkyries' rouses Caltech students for finals

In a long-standing ritual, residents at one of Caltech's dorms wake to Wagner's score during their stressful finals season.  

 

Comment by Ian Mason on June 16, 2013 at 10:51pm

Patricia, that is REAL pain. I felt like that a couple of years ago when I had (thanks to bad dentistry) continually infected teeth/abcesses. I was ready to take a pair of pliers and pull the things out myself. Glad that life is better for you now.

It's not been Fathers' Day in Denmark but I don't hear from my daughter when it is (5th June) Too many years of being a terrible father when I drank.

The bad news keeps on coming: the daughter of some good friends has taken her own life. In her early 30s, she had suffered from schizophrenia since her early teens. In her good periods she was a happy, smiling, caring young woman but in the end the delusions and the voices of the increasingly long bad periods were too much. Will be visiting her parents this evening along with some others. I hope we can be of some use.

Comment by Joan Denoo on June 16, 2013 at 9:53pm

Patricia, your experience sounds dreadful. Did you know you had the option to have surgery earlier? I can't even imagine being in so much pain for so long. 

Comment by Joan Denoo on June 16, 2013 at 8:59pm
My strategy is working. Much better tummy; Wish other aches and pains for each one of you is as easy to get control of.
Mindy, hope your mini-vacation is restful even though the drive of five hours + does sound like a lot of sitting. If I remember correctly, the drive from your area to Wisconsin is a pretty drive.
Ian, a nice bright greeting from you with sunshine feels good. Hope your Father's day was very special.
Chris, really sorry to learn of your pain. Does being active help? I haven't had that problem so looked it up at http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=JRZuQ7WmcDI. It appears to be dreadful and especially after reading Patricia's comment. Do take care, both of you.
Comment by Ian Mason on June 16, 2013 at 3:31pm

Thank you, Mindy.

Hope your strategy works for you, Joan.

To the cinema for the second evening in a row. This time "Song for Marion" with Terence Stamp, Vanessa Redgrave and others. A pensioners' choir that sings Motorhead and hip-hop! Another life-afirming British film about ordinary people. Sad and sweet.

Comment by Joan Denoo on June 16, 2013 at 3:05pm
My strategy for today is to go back to WebMD Soluble Fibers: "Sources of soluble fiber: oatmeal, oat cereal, lentils, apples, oranges, pears, oat bran, strawberries, nuts, flaxseeds, beans, dried peas, blueberries, psyllium, cucumbers, celery, and carrots."
Thanks Ruth!
Comment by Ian Mason on June 16, 2013 at 6:01am

Comment by Ian Mason on June 16, 2013 at 5:45am

Thanks for the good wishes and I hope everyone's aches and pains improve.

Mindy, I know from experience that the right kind of company at the right time can help with depression. I hope things go well for your daughter.

Just had the news that a former "drink-and-depression period" woman friend commited suicide last year. The last few times I spoke with her, about 4 years ago, I tried to tell her how much sobriety had helped me but it didn't sink in. Very sad.

 

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