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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Discussion Forum

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 Plinius 3 hours ago

That's the second butt plug! We still have one in Rotterdam. The artist of that one meant to say that all free things - sex, winter solstice and a lot of other things - are heavily commercialized and turned into ways of getting at your money... I like the message!

Comment by Qiana-Maieev 6 hours ago

Thinking of you, Joan.

Comment by Bertold Brautigan 10 hours ago

Yes, it's gross that all the christmas crap comes out before hallowe'en, but at least here's a jolly holiday story.

Paris is in a twist because the new x-mas tree art, for some people anwyay, way too closely resembles a butt plug.

(When you see the pic, it's kind of hard to argue with the complaint.)

Comment by Idaho Spud 19 hours ago
Comment by Bertold Brautigan 20 hours ago

The rest of the H.P. Lovecraft quote - previously I'd only seen the first paragraph:

Comment by Grinning Cat yesterday

Joan, I'm so sorry... I have no idea what you're going through. You and the whole family showed Cary so much love, staying with him to the end.

Dear Joan, No words, no card, can make things “right” - Hugs from all of us(image source)

Comment by Idaho Spud yesterday

I'm glad you have family to comfort you Joan.  I don't know what else to say because I've never had a loss like yours, but my eyes are leaking again.

Comment by Randall Smith on Monday

Joan, indeed, I'm saddened by your loss. I take your words to heart on appreciating my family. I've often wondered how I would react if I lost a child or grandchild. It was hard enough losing parents.

Comment by Loren Miller on Monday

Joan, my deepest condolences.  Seems to be a lousy time, as my best friend Rich just lost his brother to a combination of a stroke and Alzheimer's.  It never rains but what it pours...

Comment by Joan Denoo on Monday

Ruth, thanks for the beautiful card! I like the expressions of your care.

Kathy, I agree with you about Ruth's card being beautiful. Ruth has a way with creating visuals that express deeper meanings than words alone.

Chris, your words always calm me and give me strength. I was not surprised that my family remained loving to Cary through the years and appreciative of him during these recent years. They expressed their love for him in very moving ways yesterday and Cary had no language to respond except his eyes and his hands. He spoke volumes and we knew, without a doubt, what he wanted. That gives me peace.  


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