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 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

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 sk8eycat on August 26, 2014 at 7:50am

How about (gritting teeth) "wellness"?  Whatever happened to "health"?

Comment by Idaho Spud on August 26, 2014 at 7:18am

I'm far from perfect, and a lot of things annoy me, but I usually refrain from criticizing people, except when they can't hear me, like when I'm watching TV.

One of the worst annoyances that has developed in the last few years may not even be incorrect, but it tasks me.  It's used a lot in documentaries.  When talking about what someone did, instead of saying "He became the third president"  they say "He was to become the third president."

Never remember hearing that most of my life, but in the last 25 years, I've noticed it more and more.

Comment by Grinning Cat on August 26, 2014 at 6:50am

Thanks for all the "anguished langwitch" laughs!

We had a good discussion last year on the "Decline in Writing Accuracy".

Comment by Plinius on August 26, 2014 at 1:35am

I'm sure I make lots of mistakes, especially in Dutch, but in English I correct what I've written most of the time. I see other's mistakes but I don't like to play the teacher when I'm not at work.

Comment by The Flying Atheist on August 26, 2014 at 12:08am

Hello, Nick.  Thanks for chiming in with your interesting post.  Please feel free to do so more often.  We have some good times here in this group.  Be part of the fun!

Comment by sk8eycat on August 26, 2014 at 12:04am

Mindy, one of the funniest quasi-medical words I ever heard was/is "optirectomy."  It is the surgical severing of an extra nerve between the eye and the...uh...anus, to cure a person's sh*tty outlook on life.

I think I may need one of those.

Comment by Ian Mason on August 25, 2014 at 11:47pm

I bought and read a book recently, "Grammar Rules", written by a senior British army officer. His point is that good grammar avoids misunderstanding, essential in the armed forces. He also recognises the difference between formal and informal language and regards it as legitimate. I agree heartily, as I wouldn't like to give up my London/estuary spoken English.

I've also mis-read all my life, putting letters in the wrong order even when I've understood a word: halycon for halcyon, charbanac for charabanc and many others. I don't know if that's mild dislexia or not.

Some of the best British comedy uses the misuse of language. If you can, seek out episodes of "Only Fools and Horses". Del-boy's French and English blunders are very funny.

Have a pleasant day, one and all.

Comment by sk8eycat on August 25, 2014 at 9:22pm

What drives me crazy (because I'm mildly dyslexic) is running into gross misuse or misspelling in professionally printed material: "different than,"  "it's" instead of "its."  "Alright."  Things like that.

I'm not exactly a speed-reader, but I do read at a good clip, and when I run across something in a hardcover book (that I may have paid more than $25 for), or  the Los Angeles TIMES, it's like slamming nose-first into a brick wall.  Totally destroys my concentration.

I know damn well that I'm a better proofreader than Spell Check, but I can't get a job with anybody....I've been trying for more than 20 years.  Too late now, anyway; I'm losing my eyesight, and Medicareless doesn't pay for eye care.

Comment by The Flying Atheist on August 25, 2014 at 8:33pm

Well, Mindy, you've done a good thing.  The first step is admitting you have a problem.  The second step is to notice that other people have the same problem and then make fun of them.

Comment by Joan Denoo on August 25, 2014 at 7:46pm

Even grammer check doesn't catch everything. I am really embarrassed, a teacher, not knowing correct grammer!

I have a darling relative who lives in France and speaks absolutely correct English. She will occasionally correct me and I wish she would do it more often. I'm not too old to learn She also gives me the grammer rules that apply.

Oh, my favorite poor English that someone wrote to me, "that was well wrote".  


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