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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 on Thursday. 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

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Comment by sk8eycat on December 5, 2012 at 2:28pm

Ian, can you go by rail to the Chunnel, and get to England that way?  Or would that require too many train changes, visas and other gov't red tape?

Joan, yes, Sk8eycat and Felaine are the same split personality. My first name is the same as my mother's (Frances), so I've been called by my middle name (Elaine) all my life to avoid confusion in the house...I never bothered to ask my parents why they did that to me, and it's way too late to do it now.  It's caused all kinds of problems with tax returns Social Security, Medicare, contracts, etc., etc.

When I started working for The Pet Press (at home, via e-mail), Lori wanted to put my name on the masthead.  I was on Disability at the time, and I didn't want anyone to know I was doing any work at all, so I came up with a serendipitous nom de plume that was close enough to "feline" to make me happy.

An' dat's de trooooffff!

>^,.^/p>

Comment by Joan Denoo on December 5, 2012 at 2:20pm

Patricia, great news! A Yule Log ready to warm and brighten Winter Solstice? 

Ian, I can hear your frustration and need to get some reasonable service at a reasonable price. I do hope you get to your Mum and can sort things out. My thought go with you. 

Melinda, I love these "perspective" photos. The cat really does look drunk! Your aging comment rings a great big bell for me, with even a drum roll and blast of a bugle: "I am getting old!" My youngest granddaughter was going through some rough time appropriate for a young woman of her age and I was going through some rough time appropriate for my age ... but there isn't as much fun to look forward to going on the down-hill slide. 

So, I guess the best plan, at least for me, is to be a "participant observer" and observe my aching joins, tired back, weariness, disinterest in doing anything productive, and just soak up those delicious naps, and happily accept offers to open doors or carry heavy packages. One little old lady offered to help me get a jar off the top shelf of a grocery store and I asked her how tall she was ... she was an inch shorter than I am. Oh dear! when little short old ladies offer to help me, I must look pretty old. 

Well, the fun things are visiting with you guys each day, doing a bit of reading and writing, finding pleasure in my local grocery store and hardware store, and gleefully trek off to all those doctors' appointments. I even had the great excitement of having my yearly "serious" talk with my financial advisor this morning. Yippee!!

I planned to go testify against coal trains coming through Spokane last night and I was just too tired. I could have given such a strong speech that the plan would have been scuttled at once. Oh! Well! Someone else has to do the work now. I am too busy napping. 

Comment by Steph S. on December 5, 2012 at 8:15am
It's sad that people don't know the meaning of occupied Flying Atheist.
I have a "No Soliciting" sign on my door and apparently some people don't know the meaning of the word.
I hope everyone is doing well today.
Love the drunk cat Melinda and good luck on your lab work.
Enjoy being with all of you!
Comment by Steph S. on December 5, 2012 at 5:27am
Melinda cute cat picture!
Joan I am reading the story about your kids and enjoying your photos!
I hope everyone has a good day!
Ruth I hope you are doing well. Miss you!
Comment by Steph S. on December 5, 2012 at 5:25am
Felaine I hope you get better soon!
Your doormat sory is really funny.
Congrats on your sister making the frontpage of the Cheezburger site!
Comment by Joan Denoo on December 5, 2012 at 3:38am

Felaine, I have been trying to figure out who you are. I couldn't remember anyone by that name or a story to go with it. Now, I realize you are sk8eycat. Right? 
I am very sorry, I must have missed something and didn't make the connection. Indeed, I do wish you well; I would be "scared shitless" too.  Do get well soon. 

 

Comment by sk8eycat on December 5, 2012 at 2:33am

Melinda, we have TWO doormats (front & back) that say, in very large letters, "OH NO not YOU again!" Nobody has ever noticed them. (It's kinda scary when some solicitor comes to the front door, we ask him/her to please leave, and they walk around the corner to the back door and ring that bell.)

Re: that Siamese kitten...my sister made the Cheezburger Front Page today (Tuesday) with that one captioned, "I smell nice!

I wish you well with your new doctor.

@Everybody: Thank you all for your kind thoughts.  I must confess that I'm scared sh^tless; I'm either going to have to have surgery (on my NECK!), or there's a 75%% chance that I'm going to end up like poor Christopher Reeve.  I've put things off too long.

I really wish I could give myself the monodigital salute.  Maybe I can learn to do it left-handed... 

Comment by Joan Denoo on December 5, 2012 at 1:39am

booklover, I love your sox photo. Are they your pets? 

Hope you have good outcome on your doctor's reports and really sorry you have to go back for labs. Keep us posted, and I am thinking of you. 

Comment by Joan Denoo on December 5, 2012 at 1:34am

The Flying Atheist, I tried to find a funny "occupied" sign but the only thing I could find was this one: 

You must have some interesting stories to tell about your work experience. 

Comment by Joan Denoo on December 5, 2012 at 1:18am

sk8eycat. I hope you recover full use of you hand. Sounds serious. I am thinking of you. 

 

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