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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Discussion Forum

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 July 25, 2014 at 4:39pm

Brooklyn Grace Staab was born yesterday about noon. Mother and baby doing fine. They might come today if Laurie's blood pressure and blood sugar are remaining normal. 

Comment by The Flying Atheist on July 24, 2014 at 9:01pm

Felaine, that Weird Al video and song is one of his best.  I haven't heard from him in a long time.  I didn't know he was still musically active! 

(Just in case anyone here is not familiar with the original song, here is the video.)

Comment by The Flying Atheist on July 24, 2014 at 8:36pm

Mindy, you inspired me to post this, from one of my favorite movies as a kid.....

Comment by Ruth Anthony-Gardner on July 24, 2014 at 6:40pm

I read about the storm in Washington, Joan. It seems that the burned out area from the Carlton fire is now extra vulnerable to landslides in such storms. Danger Of Flash Floods And Landslides Grow As Washington Wildfire S...

I hope you're far from the hazards.

Speaking of hazards, a note on texting while driving.

Keep us up to date on the baby.

Funny Weird Al video, ske8eycat, thanks.

Comment by sk8eycat on July 24, 2014 at 6:13pm

Weird Al song about little things that drive me crazy

(Felaine, the Grammar Nazi)

Comment by Joan Denoo on July 24, 2014 at 12:39pm

Had a terrible wind storm yesterday. Some trees really swayed low to the ground, others continued to stand. A local small community near hear lost 40+ house trailers and injuries. There were several fires, but no calls to this Fire District 8. 

Laura reported many people coming into the ER last evening and night. 

Comment by Joan Denoo on July 24, 2014 at 12:35pm

Doctors started inducing Laurie's baby last night because the baby is 9 pounds and healthy, Laurie's blood pressure is growing into risk levels and so they chose induction. Today was the expected birth day. 

at 10:3 AM Laurie is having strong contractions, gave up the plan for a natural childbirth, requested pain relief. Laura and Zac spent the night with her. 

I am so goosebumpy! 

Comment by Plinius on July 23, 2014 at 11:41pm

She is! And we could! But she can't adopt another cat for she is now also allergic to longhairs. BuT I guess she'll think of another project.

Comment by The Flying Atheist on July 23, 2014 at 3:42pm

Ursula sounds like such a good-hearted person!  We could use more humans like her.  Is she thinking about adopting another cat?

Comment by Plinius on July 23, 2014 at 3:14pm

Ai - my friend just phoned me that she had her last surviving cat put to sleep, so she has to get used to the life without cats. She always adopted the ugliest longhairs from the local shelter - she was allergic to shorthairs. They were really ugly, her longhairs with their crumpled faces, nose problems, eye problems and whatever a cat can get, but they became happy and healthy with Ursula. But you can also become allegic to longhairs...   


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