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Hang With Friends

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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.

Nobody here is into mind games. A discussion started with a loaded guilt-throwing question will be deleted.

This group is not intended to compete with other groups on topics they cover but to "fill in the cracks." Whenever a discussion dwells at length on a topic for which there's an existing group, we urge you to provide members a link to that group to continue along their tangent.

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Please start a discussion to share stories, photos, and videos. Replies will pop up in your "latest activity" and a conversation can develop from the feelings and thoughts you contributed. Groups are built on discussions.

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

Started by Loren Miller. Last reply by Loren Miller yesterday. 39 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

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

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

Tags: bible, America's Best Christian, Betty Bowers

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

Tags: patriot, America's Best Christian, Betty Bowers

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Comment by Joan Denoo 5 hours ago
Comment by Joan Denoo 6 hours ago

Measles Has Been Eliminated in the Americas, WHO Says

"Smallpox was eliminated from the Americas in 1971; polio was eliminated in 1994 and rubella, also known as German measles, was eliminated in 2015."

Comment by Plinius 7 hours ago

Beautiful songs, Daniel and Carl!

Comment by The Flying Atheist 7 hours ago

Good song, Daniel.  While we're in the mood here's another one.  This is about Love, not Health, but the sentiment still applies.

Wishing you well, Ruth, and everyone else here.

Sometimes we just need a shoulder to rest on.

Comment by Daniel Wachenheim 8 hours ago

Ruth, so sorry  you're having medical problems.   What I used to tell people is "If it ain't one thing, it's another."

Comment by k.h. ky 9 hours ago
G Cat nice one. I love Gervasi. Sp?
Comment by Grinning Cat 13 hours ago

And happy International Blasphemy Rights Day today!

FREE SPEECH DOESN'T SURRENDER [pictures of Jehovah from Monty Python and the Holy Grail; Muhammad from Kurt Westergaard's 'bomb in turban' cartoon published in Jyllands-Posten in 2005; and Raptor Jesus] ...to anyone's imaginary friend. INTERNATIONAL BLASPHEMY DAY - SEPTEMBER 30“BLASPHEMY: a law to protect an all-powerful, supernatural deity from getting its feelings hurt.” Ricky Gervais (via We Fucking Love Atheism)

Comment by Grinning Cat 13 hours ago

My wisdom seems intact, after I had three impacted wisdom teeth (yet another bit of evidence against intelligent design!) removed when I was 20 or so. (The fourth was never there.)

Ruth, sorry to hear about your problems,and your trouble in getting through to your endocrinologist!

And Carl, congratulations to your parents! Sounds like your family had a wonderful time celebrating.

Loren, I found that when Ning (and AN) were having those problems, you could read more of the site when you're signed out... but that doesn't help for leaving messages or replies! (Thanks to Daniel there's an entire forum discussion about that stuff.)

Comment by Randall Smith 22 hours ago

Carl, being a life-long Cub fan, I'm envious. I've only been to Wrigley Field once. Congrats to you and your parents on their anniversary. What a wonderful occasion.

Gosh Ruth, what fun is life when you feel so "out of sorts"? I guess I could add several names to the "Hang with friends" list.

I've been out of sorts myself until yesterday morning. For 3 days I had a whopping tooth ache. My dentist squeezed me in (thanks to my daughter, his dental hygienist) to check out the situation. Xray showed a vertical crack in my lower right wisdom tooth. He (we) decided to extract it. After it was removed, I felt a little faint form the shock of it all, and had to lie down. 24 hours later, I'm good to go!  Two wisdom teeth out, two to go. I reckon I'm now less wise!

Comment by Plinius yesterday

Congrats with your family anniversary, Carl, you sound like you have a great family! I'm so glad to hear that!

Success with your gym programme, Ruth, I do hope it will work for you! I tried the gym some years ago - doctor's advice - but without success, after six months' training I hadn't lost weight and the training exhausted and depressed me, in spite of the promises of more energy...   I hope your husband feels better with the shoulder replacement!

Carl and Ruth, my health issues date from early childhood, and have probably a lot to do with a quite horrible and dysfunctional family. I have a fine collection of stress related complaints and have lived on an allowance for the disabled from my mid-twenties. I tried to educate myself out of the problems but I couldn't quite manage it. I'm still on the allowance but the high point in my week is a few hours' teaching. People who complain of their jobs have little idea what it is to be excluded from working.

 

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