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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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 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 Joan Denoo on May 7, 2014 at 1:03pm

Mindy, I don't know how it is now, but when I travelled in Europe, I bought a railroad pass and went all over Europe without a hassle. Then jump on a flight or ferry to Ireland and do the whole adventure at minimum costs. It is fun to get off the train at interesting looking spots and just wander around. Eat in local restaurants, even if they don't speak English. Just look around until you see a dish that someone is eating that looks interesting to you, point to it for the wait staff, and before you know it, you have discovered something different and mostly tasty. Sometimes you eat something that isn't appetizing to your pallet, but what the heck, you only live once. 

I don't think there is the problem with money exchanges now with the Euro. When I adventured there, every time we crossed a border I had to get money exchanged. Someone else will have to advise you on that. 

Comment by Joan Denoo on May 7, 2014 at 11:37am

Patricia, Aurora, beautiful name for a beautiful daughter. 

Ian, The Earth's climatic changes explain much of history's human story. Cosmos covers the events that made it possible for Africans to leave the continent and migrate east and north by moderation of climate. 

Ramesses the Great, had vast gardens, farms, forests, armies, "was the third Egyptian pharaoh of the Nineteenth dynasty. He is often regarded as the greatest, most celebrated, and most powerful pharaoh of the Egyptian Empire."

Percy Bysshe Shelley wrote of Ramses II in Ozymandias
"Look on my works ye Mighty, and despair! 
    No thing beside remains. Round the decay 
    Of that Colossal Wreck, boundless and bare, 
    The lone and level sands stretch far away."

What were once abundant fields of crops now reveal only sand.  

Comment by Joan Denoo on May 7, 2014 at 10:36am

k8eycat & Idaho Spud, Ya, I listened through it wondering who would do her in. Loved the community covering for the perpetrator of the crime! 

Comment by Idaho Spud on May 7, 2014 at 7:40am

Unrequested help.

Comment by Ian Mason on May 7, 2014 at 5:11am

A very pretty daughter you have, Patricia.

That's the Judean desert, Joan. There's a lot of obvious erosion caused by rain. In Herod's time the palace was self-sufficient with water because it had huge cisterns to store rainwater. There was even s swimming pool. The Dead Sea is not far away but that's not drinkable :-D

Thoughts and feelings. I was impressed, as I often am, by the human ingenuity and skill involved but bore in mind that it was all created on the whim of a ruler. This is probably true of all ancient monuments. I have to take my hat off to the Jews of the time: the Briton's rebellion of 61 CE lasted a couple of months but the Jewish rebellion held out against several Roman legions for 4 years, ending atMasada. As a result all modern Israeli soldiers are "sworn in" there.

I think the landscape is fascinating and would love to wander about. I felt the same urge in Greenland and in Austria, always wanting to see what's over the next hill. In Austria it was possible to satisfy my urges to some extent without running any great risk to life and limb which was a real pleasure.

Comment by Plinius on May 7, 2014 at 4:49am

Help with suicide is still forbidden but there's discussion about it....

Comment by sk8eycat on May 7, 2014 at 1:02am

Actually, I think she had "help."

Comment by Joan Denoo on May 7, 2014 at 12:34am

Felaine, clever lyrics. She died eating her lute! 

Comment by sk8eycat on May 7, 2014 at 12:28am

Just for fun...listen to the lyrics very carefully:


Comment by Joan Denoo on May 6, 2014 at 11:28pm

Ian, what a godforsaken place! Even along the water's edge I see very little vegetation. Just sedimentary rock, that looks to me like the remnants of an ancient sea bed. There may be some metamorphic rocks in the scene, but everything looks sedimentary. Why do people die for such a place. The only commerce I see is tourist busses and there are lots of them. There looks to be an oasis where the busses park and I wonder how far down they have to drill to get water? 

What an interesting place to visit, Ian! What kind of feeling or thoughts did you have as you looked at Masada and recalled the history? 


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