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.

This group is not intended to compete with other groups on topics they cover but to "fill in the cracks." Whenever a discussion dwells at length on a topic for which there's an existing group, we urge you to provide members a link to that group to continue along their tangent.

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The Whole Bible in 30 Seconds (Betty Bowers)

Started by Loren Miller. Last reply by Randy Hatly yesterday. 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 on Tuesday. 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 on Sunday. 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 on Sunday. 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

Issues Atheist, Feminist, GLBTQ, Climate Change

Started by Joan Denoo. Last reply by Joan Denoo Oct 6. 2 Replies

This is a test Continue

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 December 18, 2012 at 7:17am

Last lessons of the year today. I gave text and music of Lennon's Happy Xmas - War is over if you want it to the beginners' group and Imagine to the advanced group. They loved it!

Comment by Plinius on December 18, 2012 at 7:00am

If I understand the face of the cat, Santa deserved it.

Comment by Ruth Anthony-Gardner on December 17, 2012 at 9:15pm

What a great cat-friendly house.

My solid state drive isn't working yet, but my husband got a dual boot arrangement running. I can still log in with the old operating system for the time being, when he's not doing his nerd thing with the computer. Can't seem to get drivers to install.

Comment by The Flying Atheist on December 17, 2012 at 9:03pm

Melinda, that last cat pic you posted......oh, boy.  I can just tell they'll be out of control.....running all over the place, up and down and across wood planks.  Better than television.  lol

Comment by Tony Carroll on December 17, 2012 at 7:15pm

Comment by sk8eycat on December 17, 2012 at 7:14pm

I had some "issues" with my dad when I was in my teens, but when he sobered up I quit skating and went to work in his bookkeeping and escrow office.  I learned a LOT, and got to know him better, but always felt that I'd let him down because I never went to college, never got married, etc. 

But the week after he died, I had to call ALL his clients to tell them that I wasn't qualified do their taxes and stuff (I was working in advertising by then).  Anyway, every single one of them told me "He was so proud of you."  I fell apart....and I have always wondered why he never told me that.

Oh, and we had a row with Dad's sister and her husband (son of a preacher-man) because Dad had been adamant about no services... he just wanted his ashes scattered in the ocean without any fuss, so that's what we did.  (I've already made arrangements for the same thing for myself. Phish Phood.)

Families....there's always someone who has to complicate things. Or feel offended, or whatever.

Comment by sk8eycat on December 17, 2012 at 6:42pm

Just got this as part of an e-mail from FFRF...I think it's clever


Comment by sk8eycat on December 17, 2012 at 6:34pm

Dear Grinning Cat, when my father died (in 1985, right before my 46th birthday), some twit did say "He's in a better place now," and I screamed back, "WELL, I'M NOT!!!"  Idiots.

This is not a comforting thing to say, but I have to tell the truth...I still miss him.

Comment by Grinning Cat on December 17, 2012 at 4:14pm

Thanks for all of your support and good thoughts! (And refreshingly, without having to deal with well-meaning theistic talk about a better place, etc.)

Felaine, the hugging cat is perfect!

Comment by sk8eycat on December 17, 2012 at 3:20pm

"I bought this at Macy's Cyber Monday Re-tail Sale!"

(I don't know if this is a PhotoShop-type job or not, and I don't really care...'tis beautiful!)



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