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 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 The Flying Atheist on March 19, 2013 at 11:26am

Joan, there's not much I can add that hasn't already been said by others:  you're very much appreciated here and fondly thought of.  Consider me as one more person in the chorus.  

I, too, love the pictures of the Auroras.  That has got to be breathtaking to witness in person.  How lucky we are that we're intelligent enough to comprehend and appreciate the endless beauty and wonders that accompany our existence. 

Comment by Steph S. on March 19, 2013 at 11:23am

Yeah - isn't that the cutest face ever? I love it!!

Just makes your day. : ) Thanks booklover.

Comment by Steph S. on March 19, 2013 at 11:21am

Comment by Steph S. on March 19, 2013 at 11:20am

sk8eycat and booklover - those are great. I took them for my collection of images.

Comment by sk8eycat on March 19, 2013 at 10:38am

Comment by sk8eycat on March 19, 2013 at 10:38am

Patricia, I was making a feeble attempt at a pun. "Moondoggie" was a character in a 1950s surfer movie, and the dog in the photo was "mooning" the camera.


Comment by Plinius on March 19, 2013 at 1:10am

Thanks, Joan, for your wonderful attitude even when you tell bad news - you make me so glad!

Comment by Joan Denoo on March 19, 2013 at 12:07am

Patricia, I am so glad you found yours early! That makes all the difference in the world. My doctor and I had a discussion of what would have been the outcome for my mother's generation and my grandmothers'. He said it would not have been detected until a lump had formed and it would be much more difficult to conquer. 

Comment by Joan Denoo on March 19, 2013 at 12:03am

Steph, the procedure used to hurt like the devil. Cruelty and torture. Now, with new technology, it is virtually painless. Not even uncomfortable. The biopsy was painless too; it hurt less than my diabetes pricks that I do routinely on my fingers. 

You go girl! 

Comment by Joan Denoo on March 19, 2013 at 12:00am
Ruth, we started out as a group of women who shared a common feeling the church abandoned us and we felt a need for ritual and spirituality. Starting with two of us, it quickly grew to a dozen. Since we meet in our homes, a dozen was just too big, so we split, and we grew, and split again, and repeated and repeated until we had little groups of six all over the city. The group I am in was much more interested in economics and politics than ritual, so we became an activist group and eventually became some form of atheists.

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