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 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 sk8eycat on December 20, 2012 at 4:34pm

From MEMEbase:

Party Like It's 2012

Comment by dr kellie on December 20, 2012 at 4:06pm

I just turned on the tv and saw that we are under a red flag wind advisory.  Never heard of such a thing, but damn, that wind is blowing.  My palm trees are singing a hurricane song, which is nice, but my old wood house is inhaling and exhaling.


Sk8eycat, your poor cats.  Mine are oblivious.  They don't even care about the end of the world.

Comment by sk8eycat on December 20, 2012 at 3:19pm

Solstice Customs and historical stuff:

There's also a very technical article about the Myan/Aztec calendars and cycles on another page on this site.  Something to send your friends who think the world is gonna end tomorrow (IF you know anybody that dumb.)

Comment by sk8eycat on December 20, 2012 at 3:03pm

dr. kellie: Sounds like you're having the cold, dry, gusty wind we had here (SoCal) on Tuesday. 

My 2 cats acted like it really was the end of the world even though it was warm enough in here.  I guess it was the sound of the wind whistling through the trees, and dead leaves skittering across the yard and against the house.  Poor kittehs couldn't find any place they thought was safe (both of them spent most of their lives in big catteries); they don't know what things like cardboard cartons, pillows, and deep closets are for.  They don't even know that beds are for hiding under.

BUT the wind stopped suddenly around 10PM, and didn't start up again.  It's still cold, but calm.

Comment by Ian Mason on December 20, 2012 at 2:29pm

It's always nice to see happy people, no matter what their gender, inclination, ethnic background. A smile is the shortest distance between people.

Denmark is chilly and damp at the moment with snow or sleet/freezing rain on the way and I'm working this weekend. Bugger! I would have enjoyed a couple of days at home in the warm with cocao and a good book. Oh well, there'll be another chance for that before the winter's over.

Comment by The Flying Atheist on December 20, 2012 at 2:16pm

Joan, those two men are charming!  I'm so happy for them.

Comment by Joan Denoo on December 20, 2012 at 2:08pm

Here are our two happy whiskered grooms, this time, not in flannel, but in suits, with vests!

Comment by The Flying Atheist on December 20, 2012 at 2:07pm

By the way, I hope I haven't insulted the numerous fine people here who live in Texas in places other than Austin and San Antonio!

Comment by dr kellie on December 20, 2012 at 1:42pm

Here in Texas there is a cold wind blowing.  I was in the yard yesterday to cut down a dead tree and I was sweating up a storm, and bitching to myself about why it was so damn hot in December.  All that changed overnight.

Comment by The Flying Atheist on December 20, 2012 at 1:29pm

Hi, Steph.  Thanks for asking about us.  You're so nice!  Hope all is well with you in Austin (the one place in Texas I enjoy going to......oh, and the river walk in San Antonio.)  We're supposed to be hit with a snow storm later tonight here in Northern Illinois.  First snow of the season.  We've actually set a new record for number of days without snow.  The effects of global warming?  Whatever the case, this situation is not 'normal.'  It will be interesting to see how intense this storm will be.....the media usually has a way of over-sensationalizing these events, especially the first big snow of the season.  The worst part is supposed to be the high winds.....30 to 40 miles per hour with wind gusts 50 to 60 MPH.  Chicago is only supposed to get 1 to 3 inches, but Northwest Illinois, where Booklover lives (Hi, Melinda!), may get considerably more. 


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