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Welcome to our Hearth - a friendly gathering and open house for House of LIGHTS group, friends, and our neighbors here at DailyKos.
This is an open welcome to all members of our group and any that might like to learn more. It is a place where we learn more about each other, the very normal lives we lead, the moments of PTSD we encounter, and to share the support and encouragement with others that drop by.
House of LIGHTS (Loving Inspiration, Giving Hope To Survivors). A place for survivors of physical, sexual, psychological, and emotional abuse, assaults, and bullying. A place for the people who support them. A quiet place for all voices to be heard. A safe place where we can learn to educate, support, and protect our children and each other.
The weather is good tonight - so join us at the fire pit below the dKos orange squiggly thingy!
Pull up a chair, I'm sure someone is bringing hotdogs or marshmallows...
Off to your left (of course left!) are the refreshments...cocktails or lemonade...your choice!
Conversations among friends...things that give our life meaning:
A voice to soothe
Someone to listen when we rant and when we whimper
A hug when we need it
Walking or sitting with us and respecting the need for quiet
Someone to tell the truth even if we don't want to hear it
Someone that makes me laugh - when I'm not sure I can
A hand reaching out to us in the dark - leading us towards the light
Some others thoughts on Friendship
Friendship multiplies the good of life and divides the evil. Baltasar Gracian
Friendship... is not something you learn in school. But if you haven't learned the meaning of friendship, you really haven't learned anything. Muhammad Ali
I have friends in overalls whose friendship I would not swap for the favor of the kings of the world. Thomas A. Edison
In everyone's life, at some time, our inner fire goes out. It is then burst into flame by an encounter with another human being. We should all be thankful for those people who rekindle the inner spirit. Albert Schweitzer