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 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

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 on October 9, 2012 at 1:30am

I like the text about the unhappy muslims, Sk8eycat! The happy ones are the muslim girls, as far as I can see - they use their freedom to the utmost while still adapting to muslim rule.

When anything went wrong in the USA we used to say "Oh well, that's where we sent the religious nutters and the criminals." but the difference is unimportant now.  

I'm off to work on a beautiful autumn day. Sleep well!

Comment by Tony Carroll on October 8, 2012 at 11:45pm

About that time my friends. Sleep well. Pleasant dreams, and remember,

Comment by Ruth Anthony-Gardner on October 8, 2012 at 10:13pm

Thanks, Tony Caroll! Perfect Columbus Day image. I never liked history for the same reasons, sk8eycat. Only as an adult did I discover how much of what I'd been taught in school was spin, hiding real history.

Comment by Tony Carroll on October 8, 2012 at 9:43pm

Okay, this one made me laugh

Comment by Ian Mason on October 8, 2012 at 9:28pm

Sounds lovely, Joan. Batten down the hatches ready for winter and a good round of cosy. Nature can put on a beautiful show at this time of year.

Very nice kitchen, Patricia. Hope the work you're doing now goes well.

Comment by sk8eycat on October 8, 2012 at 9:11pm

Joan, I read, and read, and read.  I wasn't interested in American history in school because it was taught so badly.  By rote. Memorizing names and dates...blah!

As for Tony's poster, I'm sure some of my mother's ancestors weren't too happy with the pale-faced invaders.  (Including Dad's ancestors from England, Northern Ireland, and Scotland.)

"There goes the neighborhood!"

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

This day sparkled with bright autumn colors, cool breezes, and falling leaves. All tender plants turn black quickly after a frost and black makes a good contrast to reds, oranges, and burgundies. Mt. Spokane had a snifter of sow, more like a veil than at cap.
Had my roof repaired to withstand winter winds,
outdoor water pipes blown out, almost all the Concord grapes picked,  and fireplace smoke fills the air. Really nice. 

Comment by Joan Denoo on October 8, 2012 at 8:43pm

sk8eycat, It appears you, too, have interest in early colonization of the Americas. History hides some dreadful realities from people and it is only though looking for slave narratives or sometimes through women's letters or journals can one get a feel for the struggle and wit and whimsey of those early immigrants, free or slave. I like your stories and hope you have more. 

Comment by Steph S. on October 8, 2012 at 8:03pm

booklover that is great - no I haven't seen it - thanks I love it.

You always post cute and funny stuff.

Tony -love that poster. I didn't have today off - no holiday for me.

Comment by Tony Carroll on October 8, 2012 at 7:57pm


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