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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.

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Men who challenge men to stop violence

Started by Joan Denoo. Last reply by Idaho Spud Jan 9. 19 Replies

Many men join in the effort to reduce violence against women and children and other men. He speaks of the need to place responsibility on men instead of focusing on women to stop violence. He offers a breath of fresh air, as do so many of the men on…Continue

Ian, a beautiful New Years blessing.

Started by Joan Denoo. Last reply by Chris Jan 5. 7 Replies

Ian, for some reason, my comment would not "send" on Hang with Friends; perhaps it will here!Ian, a beautiful New Years blessing. It goes in my file. I especially like the thought of surprising myself. Laura made a special trip to my Spokane home to…Continue

degrading love — part two (TheraminTrees)

Started by Loren Miller Jan 1. 0 Replies

TheraminTrees set up religion with his left in Part One of his treatise on how religion demeans and degrades the value of love.  Here in Part Two, he brings in a devastating, "Mike Tyson" right, which negates and invalidates any claim that either…Continue

Tags: Christianity, Islam, TheraminTrees, god, love

The Ark Encounter: A Less than Grand Opening (The Thinking Atheist)

Started by Loren Miller. Last reply by Idaho Spud Dec 31, 2016. 27 Replies

The day finally arrived.  Ken Ham's Ark Encounter opened on 7 July, 2016 ... to something a bit less than Disney-sized crowds, and more than a couple dissenting voices!  Seth Andrews has gathered a quartet of significant participants in the protest…Continue

Tags: Tracey Moody, Dan Broadbent, Seth Andrews, David Silverman, AronRa

Learning a Language as a Mature Adult

Started by Daniel W. Last reply by Idaho Spud Dec 14, 2016. 27 Replies

Trying to keep my mind exercised, and not interested in most of the reading materials that I can find.I decided to attempt to learn a language.  Actually, two.  The dilemma is, how do I do that without going to school - not an option - and without…Continue

What Annoys God Most? (Betty Bowers)

Started by Loren Miller. Last reply by Grinning Cat Dec 7, 2016. 10 Replies

Long story short, it's those near misses, the almost-but-not-quite, close but no cheroot moments, or, would you believe ... Near Death Experiences!  So what's the big deal?  Betty Bowers, America's BEST Christian and self-proclaimed expert on such…Continue

Tags: Near Death Experiences, America's Best Christian, Betty Bowers

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Comment by The Flying Atheist 6 hours ago

Bertold, speaking of alcohol, one of the weekly podcasts I listen to is the BBC's "In Our Time" with Melvyn Bragg.  Last month his panel discussed "The Gin Craze" that occurred in Britain during the 18th Century.  Very interesting listening.  Here's the link if anybody is curious.

http://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/b084zk6z

By the way, I highly recommend the "In Our Time" podcast in general.  It covers a vast array of subjects and time periods.  I really look forward to new episodes. 

Comment by k.h. ky 6 hours ago
Randy, did you come home to rain? It won't let up here. This is the second week of it and more rain in the forecast for the coming week :(
Comment by Bertold Brautigan 7 hours ago

From National Geographic--

Our 9,000-Year Love Affair With Booze

Alcohol isn’t just a mind-altering drink: It has been a prime mover of human culture from the beginning, fueling the development of arts, language, and religion.

Drinking is such an integral part of our humanity, according to McGovern, that he only half jokingly suggests our species be called Homo imbibens.

Comment by Plinius 8 hours ago

Hello Randy!

Comment by Bertold Brautigan 9 hours ago

Good to have you back, Randy. Two more days of normalcy before all hell breaks loose!

Comment by The Flying Atheist 9 hours ago

Welcome back, Randy.  Glad you had a good time. 

Comment by Daniel W 10 hours ago

Randy's back!  Yay!

Comment by Randall Smith 10 hours ago

Reporting in after two glorious, sun-drenched weeks in Florida's panhandle. They call it the "forgotten coast", but there seemed to be lots of cars on the roads. Beaches are virtually bare of people (not bare people). All in all, a nice getaway, but it's good to be home. Lots of catching up to do.

Comment by Ian Mason 22 hours ago

That't thinking ahead, Joan. The Norwegians seem to be good at that. They've also put a lot of the income from North sea oil aside for a rainy day.

Comment by Gary S 22 hours ago

I really enjoy that picture Bertold. :)

 

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