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 yesterday. 3 Replies

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The Whole Bible in 30 Seconds (Betty Bowers)

Started by Loren Miller. Last reply by Randy Hatly on Thursday. 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

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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 sk8eycat on October 6, 2012 at 4:12am

Halloween has always been my favorite holiday, too.  But living with a JW makes it difficult now that I'm unable to run to the door and hand out the treats.  The JW sits out back by the pool so she won't be "contaminated."

When I was in Holiday, we had FAAAAAABulous Halloween parties.  The company had nothing to do with them; we did all the work ourselves, including a "floor show" that was a parody of that year's production.  LOLz all over the place.

Comment by Ruth Anthony-Gardner on October 6, 2012 at 12:42am

I kinda see Yosemite Sam in the black orchid. Napoleon Bonaparte, *yuch!* that's not what I had in mind by "Hang With Friends", it's supposed to be a casual form of Hang Around With Friends, as in keep company together.

Joan, I think both genetic and environmental factors influence mothering behavior. I would not have kept breeding a cat, no matter how pretty, who was a disinterested mom. To me a cat's behavior is most important, and beauty less so. Cute analogy.

Comment by Joan Denoo on October 6, 2012 at 12:06am

A black cat wandered into our lives when we lived in Ft. Hood, TX. We named her Ebony and she joined another female calico cat who also wandered in and we named her Calico. They always came into heat together and Ebony would take excellent care of her babies, keeping fed, clean and cuddled. Calico immediately abandoned her nest and returned only long enough to have her milk sucked away, then she would leave. Her babies were in constant motion, always hungry, dirty, never cuddled. When Ebony's babies were a few weeks old, she would take care of her babies and then go to Ebony's baby, feed them, clean them and their nest and cuddle them. This went on for several pregnancies. 
I tried to entice Calico into her nest by putting food and water in with her babies, but she would stay as short time as possible and then be off. She always had a Calico baby, so I would give mama Calico away and keep her daughter. 
The same pattern repeated, Ebony and Calico would come into heat, have their babies and Ebony cared for her babies and Calico abandoned hers. I tried with Calico II to keep her in the nest, but she refused. When Calico III matured and had kittens, she abandoned them and Ebony adopted them. Calico III was barren and so the experiment ended and I gave away all the cats but Ebony. She continued to have a few more litters and then became a crotchety old lady. I had her spayed and she was a young, frisky, playful cat again. Kind of like a human female who gets worn out having babies.

Obviously, I contributed to the overpopulation of cats at Ft Hood, but there was always someone who wanted the babies. When Calico I proved to be a poor mother I wanted to see if I could break the pattern. No, I could not.
Is motherhood learned or inherited?  

Comment by Steph S. on October 5, 2012 at 11:03pm
Cool Tony so glad you liked it!
Oh that's a real good one Tony - collections more great pics today!
Hope everyone has a great Friday night!
Comment by Tony Carroll on October 5, 2012 at 10:03pm

Collecting the haunted house, Steph. Gonna put it on my computer at work.

This made me really laugh. From UK Atheists site;


Comment by Steph S. on October 5, 2012 at 9:38pm

Yeah I have already started on buying the Halloween decor. All kinds of cool skeletons and stuff.

A lot of fun.

Comment by The Flying Atheist on October 5, 2012 at 8:54am

Thanks for all the fun posts, everyone.  I enjoy catching up.  Halloween is my favorite holiday....always has been.  Even as a kid I loved making homemade decorations and reading/watching/listening to anything scary or ghostly.  Still do!!  I guess I can honestly say that purchasing vintage Halloween decorations from eBay in recent years has been my attempt to re-live the spirit and era of my childhood.  

Comment by Tony Carroll on October 5, 2012 at 7:09am

Yeah, they do kinda look alike.

Comment by Ian Mason on October 5, 2012 at 6:41am

Am I the only one who sees Yosemite Sam in the black orchid?

Poor young men. What were they supposed to have done? Being gay is the first thing that springs to mind.

Comment by Plinius on October 5, 2012 at 2:38am

Yes, I'll hang with friends rather than alone, Napoleon.


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