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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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If you could rid the world of one thing, what would it be?

Started by Idaho Spud. Last reply by Loren Miller 1 hour ago. 22 Replies

Today, I heard Seth Andrews talk about the question, "If you could rid the world of one thing, what would it be?"  My first thought was religion, but after a few seconds I decided it would be irrational or anti-scientific thinking.  That would take…Continue

Tags: anti-scientific, irrational

Yasmine Mohammed - Confessions of an Ex-Muslim (The Thinking Atheist)

Started by Loren Miller. Last reply by Idaho Spud Jul 7. 6 Replies

Yasmine Mohammed is not your average ex-Muslim.  Not only did she get shut of Islam, she also managed to escape what was at one time the most notorious of radical Islamist organizations: Al Qaeda.  She has since documented the story of her apostasy…Continue

Tags: Islam, Al Qaeda, Yasmine Mohammed, The Thinking Atheist, Seth Andrews

Ignorance is Bliss: Why Religious People Seem Happier Than the 'Nones'”.

Started by Joan Denoo Jul 6. 0 Replies

“Highly Religious Volunteer More, Lie Less, and Claim to Be Happier”~ Houston Chronicle; “Strongly Religious People are Happier than Non-Religious”  ~ Christian Daily."The study determined that 40 percent of highly religious adults—defined as those…Continue

Tags: Nones, happiness, non-religiosity, religiosity, bliss

Afrodisiacs – African Aphrodisiacs

Started by Joan Denoo. Last reply by Joan Denoo Jun 26. 4 Replies

Am I so old and not know the definition of aphrodisiac, and its historical definition being based on Aphrodite, that her name came from the African drugs that Egyptians, Greeks, and Romans used for sexual enhancement? Dhu!  Aphrodite, ancient Greek…Continue

Tags: Africa, Lady, Victorian

Degrees of Doubt: The Claims and Credentials of Ravi Zacharias (The Thinking Atheist)

Started by Loren Miller. Last reply by Chris May 17. 1 Reply

Anyone here ever run onto an apologist by the name of Ravi Zacharias?  I've seen his name dropped multiple times on YouTube as supposedly being THE ONE APOLOGIST that no atheist wants to cross swords with, because of his facility with christian…Continue

Tags: Ravi Zacharias, Steve Baughman, The Thinking Atheist, Seth Andrews

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Comment by Joan Denoo on June 21, 2013 at 12:05pm

Chris, what a nice thought about the benefits of Alzheimer's. I have not thought of that. Delighted to learn your aunt wanted to play at a fairy tale park and "she lost herself in wonder and delight". Your commitment to your aunt reveals your fine  quality of character. Good for you!

Grinning Cat, I give up. You offer a nice little piece of gristle to chew on when things get tiresome. Interesting about a headache helping solve puzzles. 

Thanks for all your positive thoughts. This week is far more pleasant than last week. The good news, there are good and bad days, so I do experience relief. That gives me time to renew and refresh. 

Comment by Grinning Cat on June 21, 2013 at 10:35am

To be fair with the word puzzles, readers of Hofstadter's book also knew that the Tortoise had a headache at the time he was given the puzzles -- yet instead of interfering, it actually helped him solve them!

Comment by Plinius on June 21, 2013 at 6:26am

Thanks, Ian, but no thanks. What else can we do except try to create the world we want to live in? And Aunt was the one who spontaneously visited and welcomed me, when she found out that her nephew had a girlfriend; that was a wonderful gift to me!

Comment by Ian Mason on June 21, 2013 at 4:24am

Welcome back, Mindy. That sounds like a great break you've had.

Bon apettit, Joan. Glad to hear that your taste buds are working.

Chris, that must have been a moving experience with your aunt. It's all too seldom that family take that kind of trouble with their older relatives so thank you on behalf of carers everywhere, including me :-)

Comment by Plinius on June 21, 2013 at 3:28am

I'm happy you're so strong, Joan, and I hope your chemo day goes well without discomfort.

A Positive Journal, what a wonderful idea! Now that I'm often in the old people's home I'll make a note on the positive side of Alzheimer's; Aunt, and some other patients I've met, manage to forget their unhappy memories. Bad marriages, unwanted children, rape, injury and abuse disappear as if they never happened, and a calm world of kind faces, flowers and woolly animals opens. It's quite a job to enable patients to enter that safe world and in the last two years I've learnt to admire the caretakers in Aunts' ward.

Comment by Joan Denoo on June 21, 2013 at 2:31am

Grinning Cat, hey, I like the puzzle, 

"Find a common English word that begins with "he" and ends with "he", and 

Find a common English word that contains "adac". 
I'll give those a try tomorrow morning. 

Comment by Joan Denoo on June 21, 2013 at 2:28am

Chris, I kind of jumped when you described your demented 78 year old aunt. Oh! I think my mind is still strong. That is another thing for which I am grateful. I'll write about lack of dementia in my Positive Journal. That little project works well to keep my focus on healthy things. 

Comment by Joan Denoo on June 21, 2013 at 2:24am

Ruth, yes, I agree when you wrote, "I can't imagine Sichuan after chemo. I can't even handle it on a normal day any more."

Gordy prepares everything from scratch and he knows what to put in my bowl and what to leave out. Jamie and I worked on the blend and it is working. The sauce is what makes the difference between bland and delicious. 

So sorry you have stomach problems.  Do you have an appetite? I found I didn't want anything to eat at all, and I knew I couldn't allow that to happen. reverting back to soluble fiber helped me a lot. Yogurt and blueberries satisfy my sweet tooth. 
Do take good care, we need your wisdom now more than ever, and you need to feel strong and healthy to be fully flourishing. 

Comment by Plinius on June 21, 2013 at 1:27am

Yesterday I fulfilled demented Aunties birthday wish: she wanted to revisit a theme park (fairy tales) she had seen when young. One side of me thinks that it's quite horrible to expose a 78 years old to a children's fun park, but it worked out well: the old memories of previous visits were gone but she lost herself in wonder and delight.  

Comment by Ruth Anthony-Gardner on June 20, 2013 at 11:36pm

Great wave animation, Napoleon.

ROFL over Walmart dog. I think I resembled that dog (minus curlers) at the grocery store today. Luckily cashiers don't pass judgment on frump.

What an adventure, Mindy. I get excited to see a rabbit. My homemade low carb bread with too much xanthan gum was so bad the wildlife refused to eat it, even the ants apparently.

Joan, I can't imagine Sichuan after chemo. I can't even handle it on a normal day any more.

Grinning Cat, that apology to the aliens made my day!

 

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