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.

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Issues Atheist, Feminist, GLBTQ, Climate Change

Started by Joan Denoo. Last reply by BenGee on Saturday. 3 Replies

This is a test Continue

The Whole Bible in 30 Seconds (Betty Bowers)

Started by Loren Miller. Last reply by Randy Hatly Oct 20. 15 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

punishing doubt (TheraminTrees)

Started by Loren Miller. Last reply by Joan Denoo Oct 17. 2 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

A moment to relax and see the Earth from space; some how this comforts me.

Started by Joan Denoo. Last reply by Qiana-Maieev Oct 16. 3 Replies

All the squabbles and struggles that I have do not compare with those of some others on this great planet. There are no boundary lines, no political arguments, no up or no down. What is, is. For right now, the scenes offer tranquility. Just the…Continue

Tags: and, wonder, awe, of, space

His Dark Materials and the Catholic Church

Started by Tonya R. Wheeler. Last reply by Plinius Oct 16. 27 Replies

I recently watched the movie, "The Golden Compass" and since I could not find the sequels, I read the books. I enjoyed them, and I will be reading the first one, Northern Lights, starting tomorrow, since it just arrived via inter-library…Continue

Tags: Fantasy, Catholic, Religion, Atheist, Pullman

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

Started by Loren Miller. Last reply by Loren Miller Sep 29. 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

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Comment by Steph S. on September 8, 2012 at 11:54pm

Good night and sweet dreams! Now I need to go and read through the posts for the day. : )

Comment by Ruth Anthony-Gardner on September 8, 2012 at 11:34pm

Good one, Joan. I shared it. As a retired biology teacher I was ROFL. Booklover, how did you get Dorka's eyes to glow. They're so sharp and the focus of the picture, which is otherwise soft. Was it Photoshopped for this effect?

Comment by The Flying Atheist on September 8, 2012 at 10:22pm

So far, I've gone through my entire life laughing all along way.  I laugh at work, at home, with family and with friends.  It sure makes life so much better. 

Comment by Derek Bly on September 8, 2012 at 10:13pm

A silly voice, you say? I always told my kids that it was the responsibility of parents to embarrass them in public. It builds character. 

Years ago in Disneyland, when my eldest was about 14, we came upon the Sword in the Stone display. I was hauled out of the audience to show that the sword could not be pulled from the stone. Then a little kid comes up and pulls it out. Of course, the fellow dressed up as Merlin trips lock to release it. My son was embarrassed to see me up there, striking a knightly pose. 

Ah, but then the fun began. Merlin proclaimed the little kid could be king, but I would remain a knight. So I said, "Once a king, always a king," which Merlin repeated with his mike so everyone could hear. Then I added, "But once a knight is enough." Merlin started to repeat that, too, but went silent when he realized what he was saying.

The adults all got a good laugh, but my son was mortified!

Comment by The Flying Atheist on September 8, 2012 at 7:32pm

Sk8eycat, thanks so much for sharing your recipe.  I'm gonna have to make it one of these days soon.  

Everybody, has such beautiful cats.  I wish I could have one.  Years ago I had a roommate that had two.  They were so adorable and much fun.  Great personalities.  Tigger and Shorty.  

Booklover, do you embarrass your teen-age son?  Stop that!!!!!  lol  My parents intentionally liked doing that to me when I was their last child living at home.  It sure brought them some laughs.  lol     

Comment by Joan Denoo on September 8, 2012 at 5:57pm

ryan leman, I am so far behind, I wonder if I will ever have time to read them all. However, when I do have time, there are so many fun and funny pictures and stories, I look forward to seeing them all. Winter is coming and that is a good time to be at the computer. This season is a very busy one, getting ready for frost warnings any day now. Earlier than usual, according to weather reports. 

Comment by Joan Denoo on September 8, 2012 at 5:52pm

sk8eycat, I corrected some mistakes. Yes, of course you may use it. 

"I don't understand evolution!"?

Why is it easier to believe that some sky spirit created Earth and all that inhabit it in six days and took the seventh off? Or believe dinosaurs and homo sapiens co-existed? Or believe the Earth is 6,000 years old, +-, whatever? Or believe that man was created to obey "god"; how do you know which god? Or believe that Noah's flood created the Grand Canyon, or that some poor bloke lived inside the belly of a whale, or stones talk, or a man named Jesus is the son of god, born of a virgin, was crucified, died, was resurrected and ascended into heaven? or god punishes all who do not obey him and sends them to eternal damnation in a lake of fire and rewards those sheep who follow him with eternal life with relatives who make no sense, or that one must be "born-again" to satisfy some un-seeable being, or that there is no moral or ethical code without religion. 

You folks just make no sense to me and I am not interested in your people knocking on my door or calling me. I have very low regard for those who manipulate and exploit others using fear as a weapon instead of thinking reasonably. And above all else, keep your damnable beliefs out of science schoolrooms. Your message is just plain child abuse. 


Comment by Joan Denoo on September 8, 2012 at 5:17pm

sk8eycat, I understand your feeling; reading the buybull is the best remedy for religiosity I know of, other than sermons and buybull study. The phrase that got me was being told to "crucify yourself daily in imitation of the crucified christ." If Christ was crucified for my sins, why do I have to do it too? 

Comment by sk8eycat on September 8, 2012 at 4:08pm

I've always wanted a black one and an orange one at the same time...Halloween jelly beans, but it's never quite worked out that way, and I can only support two any and "biscuit" colored.

The Pumpkin (I did NOT name him that!)

Caption this picture

Comment by Steph S. on September 8, 2012 at 3:32pm
Black cats are my favorite!
Love your new kitties Chris!
How wonderful for you!

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