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.

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Issues Atheist, Feminist, GLBTQ, Climate Change

Started by Joan Denoo. Last reply by BenGee yesterday. 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 November 27, 2012 at 8:58am

Wonderful pictures, esp. the kingfisher and the minnow - you can almost see what the minnow thought...

I have a way to cure myself of depressing ideas, perhaps some of you can use it: first think of the worst time in your life, then say to yourself: ´If I survived thát, today must be easy enough.´

And if that doesn't help, you can sing

Comment by Idaho Spud on November 27, 2012 at 8:33am

Booklover, the cat in the tree is so very interesting and made me smile as well.  It took me a while to figure-out how it was positioned.  I guess he's got his front legs resting on the branches.

I'm constantly amazed and amused at the strange places and positions cats get into.

Comment by Ian Mason on November 27, 2012 at 1:55am

One more with the "puss in box" theme.

Comment by Steph S. on November 27, 2012 at 12:12am
Those are beautiful songs Tony and Joan.
And Melinda - you are a good mom with a wonderful family.
I enjoy your company - such a great place to be.
Comment by Joan Denoo on November 26, 2012 at 11:13pm

Tony, what a wonderful tune to get caught in my head. Thanks. 

Melinda, you do all the right things to stay healthy and feel comfortable. I didn't mean to imply you are not. I'm rather enjoying the old lady I am becoming and even liking my anger as a good thing. There is a lot to be angry about. And, the really good news is there are some things I am doing, can do, will do but not right now. I love hibernating. I feel like an old bear mother, past her child rearing time and just lolling all about. My kids even poke their noses in every once in a while to see if I am OK and then they go about their business as need be. I've got these wonderful flabs that hang down between my elbow and shoulder and if they get any bigger, I shall be able to fly!

You are a great Mom, and you have wonderful kids. Great things to celebrate! And it seems your husband is a kind and gentle man ... what more can we desire?

I love this group so much and feel very comfortable with everyone. I come here to relax and enjoy and even to quiet down after a busy day of writing and doing whatever needs doing. How you find all these fun and funny cat photos is beyond me!. Please do keep sending them. I have grown accustomed to their frolics. 
Muppets "I've Grown Accustomed to Your Face" skit performed live at...

Comment by Tony Carroll on November 26, 2012 at 10:48pm

You know, sometimes you get a song stuck in your head. Been singing this one off and on all day, so I decided to share it. Don't know why it just popped into my head, but it did.

'The Hills Are Alive' from The Sound of Music. Hope you guys enjoy.

Comment by Steph S. on November 26, 2012 at 10:03pm
Ian I also come here first thing in the morning. It's such a wonderful group with such nice people!
Comment by Lillie on November 26, 2012 at 9:52pm

Why do cats love a box?

Comment by Ian Mason on November 26, 2012 at 9:37pm

Feel for you, Melinda. I've been a "troubled soul" all my life, diagnoses: always with "atypical" in front (depression, OCD, ADD, ADHD). Then my daughter was diagnosed with anorexia.What a nightmare! It hurts so much more when it's your young ones.

Fortunately she made an almost full recovery.

About 18 years ago I took someones advice about how to deal with a crisis and started taking regular exercise and haven't looked back. It sooths the mind and keeps some sort of limit on the waist - although that has expanded since I stopped smoking. I may have to (gasp) EAT LESS! Almost unthinkable :(.

Anyway, all the best to you all. Love being here. This is my first stop when I turn on my laptop in the morning.

Comment by Steph S. on November 26, 2012 at 8:05pm

I love that Grinning CAt - I am like singing that song.

Thanks for sharing what's going on with you Melinda. I'm good at listening - you can talk to me anytime. : ) 

I love all the pictures posted here! Thanks Melinda, Ian, Grinning Cat, and anyone else I might have missed.

It's always a joy coming here to be with you all.


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