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 Tony Carroll on March 31, 2013 at 8:41pm

In comemoration of Easter, I submit the following.

Comment by Steph S. on March 31, 2013 at 6:41pm

Comment by Steph S. on March 31, 2013 at 6:40pm

Booklover you have such a beautiful daughter and a beautiful black kitty too.

Joan that feast sounds wonderful - so nice to have your family there with you.

Beautiful hiking pictures Joan.

Comment by Joan Denoo on March 31, 2013 at 6:23pm

Sunday morning, at my daughter's home with her husband and soon to be joined by two grandaughters and their mates, and five great-grandchildren, celebrate coming spring. Of course a big feast of baked ham, au gratin potatoes, cole slaw, and all the trimmings send out aromas as they bake and marinate. 

My granddaughter, her mate, and their blended family of five children hiking this morning sent back these photos. We will all be together this evening with a shared dinner. 

Snow on the ground in the forest that surrounds their home has almost melted. A white rabbit and deer peak in on us, just checking in. Even Dominic and Spaz, dogs, watch them, but accept wild  visitors. There is something special about this family.

Comment by Joan Denoo on March 31, 2013 at 5:34pm
I appreciate your sharing, Patricia; the positive support that comes from staff feels so good, and then from family and friends is like frosting on a cake. I am prepared for the bad stuff, even with some good relaxation processes. I expect to complain when the time comes.
Comment by Grinning Cat on March 31, 2013 at 4:49pm

Melinda, it's great to see you and your daughter enjoying time together!

And thanks for that good advice on dealing with preachy Christian Facebook friends: "Unfriend them.... just because they don't see you on their friends list doesn't mean you're not there. Have faith."

Sk8eycat, that picture "This is not a chicken ... this is not a person ... this is not a difficult concept" is right on. A potential child is not yet a person. The unspoken "personhood" / "child" / "unborn baby" assumption behind anti-choice arguments needs to be consistently spoken and refuted.

Spud, observant Jews' Sabbath practices actually do follow somewhat logically from their (crazy!) axioms. The 39 categories of creative or controlling actions (rather than physical effort) that they avoid on the Sabbath are extrapolated from the categories of "work" used to build the tabernacle in the desert. Electricity is seen as a sort of "fire" that shouldn't be controlled directly, but timers and thermostats are OK, as is keeping food hot with a stove or oven that's already on. And as Melinda mentioned, traditional Jews are actually required to violate the Sabbath rules (and most others) when it means saving someone's life.

Many humanistic Jews, while rejecting "god said so" or "the rabbis said so", find value in the Sabbath as a time to "rest" from trying to dominate and control the world and other people, and appreciate who and what we have. It also asserts that time off isn't just for the rich, and that our dignity is based on more than our jobs and paychecks.

Comment by Idaho Spud on March 31, 2013 at 7:47am

Not important, but I had another thought about the Shakespearian nom bird picture.  I wonder if it could be real, but rotated.  The branch could be slanting down to the right, and the bird is standing plumb.  Not likely, just a thought.

Comment by Idaho Spud on March 31, 2013 at 7:41am

Steph, the cat chewing on the braid made me smile.

Comment by Idaho Spud on March 31, 2013 at 7:38am

Melinda, that is crazy.  Driving is more work than walking?  Pushing a button is more work than climbing the stairs?

Comment by Idaho Spud on March 31, 2013 at 7:35am

Yes Ruth, I thought the nom bird would fall over also.  Almost certainly  photoshopped.  However, I wonder if it's possible that a real bird could get in that position because of their strong grip.  What do you think Steph?


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